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    Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

    El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 1230, Costa Rica
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    Overview
    • Excellent64%
    • Very good26%
    • Average6%
    • Poor3%
    • Terrible1%
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    “organic farm” (25 reviews)
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    #1 of 8 Specialty lodging in El Castillo
     
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    1 - 5 of 272 reviews

    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Nicely located in front of the volcano Very basic room, clean, but just what you need to explore the area. They have also tents in front of the farm view. Great team, very welcoming and hospitable Speaks good English, know how to guide you around...More

    Thank Frqflyer
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We started our trip in Costa Rica in Arenal and we could not have found a better place to start our vacation! Stunning views and absolutely gorgeous surroundings. We were welcomed by Alex, who was very helpful, friendly and able to help us out with...More

    Thank MeMyselfandCharlie
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

    This place was exactly what we needed to clear our heads! From the spectacular views, friendly staff, wonderfully wholesome meals, and exceptional hiking trails we were not disappointed! We ended up booking another night because we couldn't resist one more sunset in the mountains🌄 Thanks...More

    Thank Heather H
    Reviewed June 5, 2017

    The room was great with 3 beds and the shower was good. Everyone was very friendly and able to help you with whatever you need. Just know that it takes 30 min to get to LA Fortuna on a bit of a bumpy road at...More

    1  Thank Brittany F
    Reviewed June 2, 2017

    We were only able to stay here for 1 night but we loved it, we stayed in a deluxe terrace tent and the view from the terrace was phenomenal! We loved the feeling of being out in nature like camping but with so many amenities......More

    Thank Christina N
    Linda Vista Hotel
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    1,939 reviews
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    Hotel Castillo del Arenal
    214 reviews
    #2 of 2 hotels in El Castillo
     
    Rancho Margot
    311 reviews
    #1 of 8 Specialty lodging in El Castillo
     
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    • Pool
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    • Free Internet
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    • $33 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Number of rooms
    • 8
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    • Location
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    • Province of Alajuela >
    • Arenal Volcano National Park >
    • El Castillo
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    Brittany F
    April 13, 2017|
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    Response from EssenceArenall | Property representative |
    Dear Brittany, Sorry for not reply your question. We din´t see the email at the right time. apology for any inconvenience Best regards, Jairo Lopez.
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    April 13, 2017|
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    Response from ZaMartin | Reviewed this property |
    Take the 142 west from La Fortuna. Take a left to enter Arenal Volcano National Park, which is well marked. Follow the signs to Essence. You will go through the tiny town of El Castillo. Keep going. When you think... More
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    Response from gary g | Reviewed this property |
    As the others have said you will need a car. I wouldn't exactly say you need a high clearance auto but it wouldn't hurt.
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    "Deluxe terrace tent #4 had an awesome view and a double bed"
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    "awesome views, yoga, organic farm"
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    "if you enjoy to wake up in the middle of the nature, ask to stay at the farm, you wont regret it!! And say..."
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