A friend and I stayed two nights at this hostel. Everything about it was fabulous starting with the extremely friendly, helpful staff. Many of the staffers are volunteers and they were delightful to talk with. The people really made the visit most extraordinary. The view is spectacular from there and we were able to access amazing hiking trails by taking the shuttle in the morning. The location is quite remote and up a long bumpy dirt road, but that just made for fewer people on the trails. The dinner was good and interesting, plus a bonus to sit with other travelers and engage in conversations with them. We heard birds and howler monkeys at night which was a delight. It is not fancy but has everything we needed. We absolutely loved our time there and wish we had stayed longer.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Essence Arenal Boutique Hotel El Castillo