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Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

1 km al sur de El Castillo junto a la Granja de Mariposas, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 1230 Costa Rica
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Free cancellation until 11/14/20
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#1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in El Castillo
Certificate of Excellence
Essence Arenal is an incredible volcano and lake view hostel, the perfect opportunity to live a real eco experience in a familiar atmosphere. With all comforts: pool, cafeteria, Japanese heated pool, common kitchen, fire place, jungle trails, waterfall, private or shared bathroom, TV and DVD rental, Internet, Play Station, tours info. And a unique position to observe volcano activities.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Baggage storage
Hot tub
Outdoor pool
Horseback riding
Non-smoking hotel
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Room features
Private balcony
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Great View
Mountain View
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, German


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47Car recommended
Grade: 47 out of 100
11Restaurantswithin 0.75 miles
2Attractionswithin 0.75 miles
531Reviews10Q+A52Room tips
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My mate and I shared the basic tent. Beautiful surroundings, lovely people, good food. Amazing beds even too! Slept very well. Strongly recommended. Views are great and plenty of activities to do. Car rental nearly a must.
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Food was typical, fresh, prepared in front of our eyes and very good. Waiters are extremely friendly and always happy to help. The place is beautiful with a great view on volcano and laguna Arenal. Worth the road !
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This hostel is amazing with really good service that is able to help you whenever it is necessary. The food here is splendid and tastes really good, while it also keeps the culture alive. This hostel will also help you book a tour. I would recommend going to this hostel.
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We stayed one night in a lovely -nature surrounded- tent, which was upgraded since not many guests are visiting the hostel in this part of the year. The sounds surrounding us during the night were amazing and if you are able to adapt yourself it’s very easy to enjoy the simplicity of this place! We had an amazing experience during the Volcano Tour guided by CARLOS, a very reliable and fun guy that will share his knowledge with you. CIAO CARLOS! Highly recommended if you want to stay in touch with the nature! Enrico and Andrea
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Response from EssenceArenall, Gerente at Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel
Responded Nov 9, 2019
Dear Enrico y Andrea. Thanks a lot for enjoying us and sharing your experience. Was a pleasure to shared with you guys We hope to see you soon again. Best regards.
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Fantastic location with view on Volcano Arenal! Friendly and helpful staff! Great concept growing own food and vegan meals! Made chocolate ourselves as part of a paid tour organized on own farm. I would always return and stay for longer,
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$38 - $50 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
essence arenal boutique hotel el castillo
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaArenal Volcano National ParkEl Castillo
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Frequently Asked Questions about Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel
Which popular attractions are close to Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel?
Nearby attractions include Butterfly Conservatory (0.4 miles) and Arenal Eco Zoo (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel?
Conveniently located restaurants include La Ventanita, Pizza John's Jardin Escondido, and Phoenix Restaurante.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of El Castillo.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and German.
Does Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.