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Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went to Essence Arenal to stay in April 2016 for 2-3 days, and ended up staying 3 weeks! The staff there were sincere, humble, and treated guests like friends. From the owner Nico, Jairo the manager, Gerrard, Melissa, and to all the chef's and service staff that made my stay there incredible...thank you...cause I felt like home. It doesn't... More 

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Savannah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I cant say enough wonderful things about essence arenal! We stayed in the tent with 4 children. The staff was wonderful, very helpful and very accommodating. The views from the tent were amazing! The sounds of birds and monkeys all around. The hot tub felt great after hiking. The showers and toilets had Windows with beautiful views of lake arenal!... More 

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Boulder, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yoga is every morning with the wonderful Melissa. She is like a bird of paradise which makes the whole experience of being high up on a hill overlooking the lake and the volcano even more special. Waking up early to walk a trail in the dense jungle, skip over a fresh water stream and then ascend a tropical organic farm... More 

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West Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I stayed at Essence Arenal for the second half of our first trip to Costa Rica amd we were blown away by the service and amenities, not to mention the amazing location! We stayed in one of the terrace tents and would absolutely do it again. Everyone was super helpful and always in a great mood. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We booked 2 nights here and booked a third night after the first. The superior rooms were comfortable although the shower took a bit of getting used to. The food here is vegetarian, locally produced and very good (even for a non vegetarian). However, the real joys of the place are in its location. A 30 minute drive from La... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

The location is the real star of this hostel but the permanent tent accommodation and freshly cooked vegetarian meals from their organic farm make up for the steep hill and steep prices. It's only $10 more for a superior room but the experience of waking up to the bird life and howler monkeys shouldn't be missed. Also there is very... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

First and foremost, the views from this hostel are spectacular. Enjoy breakfast and coffee looking at Arenal Volcano. Priced fairly reasonably. I showed up and asked how much it would be for a room; was able to negotiate to $25 and get a room to myself with use of the shared shower and bathroom. Facilities are clean. Staff is very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Exceptional view and property. Amazing view of Arenal volcano from the El Castillo village. About 25 minutes out of la Fortuna. Much quieter and more relax. Room was very standard even if we had chosen the superior room with a private bathroom. Toilet was leaking. Bed was very creaky and not the most comfortable. Amazing property had hamacs, spa, little... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Essence Arenal is a combination hostel and hotel, rural Costa Rica style. We stayed 4 nights and became very attached to Jairo, the extremely helpful young manager. We also enjoyed the very social atmosphere there. The Wi-Fi is only available from the dining area, so people hang out there when they're not eating together. We got to know many fellow... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

We stayed in the Superior Terrace Tent, great view over the forest, quiet, hear the monkeys (walk their trails and see the Howler monkeys). Clean bathrooms and showers are a short walk away. We were able to at their restaurant- decent, or walk downhill to the local "Soda" for a good meal. We were family of 4, friendly for kids,... More 

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
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. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

Address: El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 1230, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Price Range: $30 - $84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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