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Orange City, Florida
Reviewed 6 days ago NEWvia mobile

Great place to get off the beaten path and hike around the Arenal Volcano and lake. Enjoyed the stay in a comfortable tent and the vegetarian meals were all very good. Great massage as well! We weathered Hurricane Otto (just lots of rain).

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Reviewed 5 October 2016

A lovely little botique hostel close to the Arenal Lake and with a great view (weather permitting) of the Arenal volcano. With tent rooms/dorms as well as private rooms available there is something for everyone. The staff is incredibly helpful and friendly and the owner speaks German, English and Spanish fluently. You can enjoy a free one hour yoga session...

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Lahaina, Hawaii
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We flew into Libera arriving mid day and headed towards Arenal stopping along the way we arrived at Essence Arenal Hostel around 6:30pm and got a great room with a view of the lake. They called it a tent, but it was a very sturdy permanent structure with a private porch over looking the gorgeous lake and a comfy bed....

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We spent three nights at Essence Arenal and our stay got beyond our expectations. The location, the outlay of the camp and finca were just great. We booked a deluxe room and found it well appointed with a comfy wet area for showering. Food was a unique experience every single day with Liliana in charge for the dinner menu. The...

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Arroyo Grande, United States
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

We arrived when it was pouring rain. Went up the hill in the van with no shocks. It was an adventure. The hostel had no wifi, which was a feature we loved, but also found out was temporary. So, they do have wifi. We also thought they didn't have warm water, but they do. Basically, we thought we were getting...

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1Thank Ashley S
Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

It was amazing!good vibes, amazing food (lovely chef), fantastic views, good treatment and reasonable prices for rooms and tents. We were 7 in total, all agree it was amazing. It has a organic farm 25 minutes away from the hostel but the walk is sooo worth it. You can choose the trial or a normal path to get to it....

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2Thank Maria E
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful flat spot with a spectacular view of both the lake and the volcano.5 $ if you bring your own tent. The 5 minute walk from the parking lot is more like a 10 minute trek. Breakfast and dinner are available. There is a lovely natural pool. For those people without a tent they have large tents set up on...

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Longueuil, Canada
Reviewed 11 August 2016

We were suppose to stay here three nights with our three kids and after one night we loved the place so much we decided to stay an extra night. We had a great view of the volcano. A great service, the manager was very helpful. Did great activities because of his suggestions. We ate many meals there and everytime it...

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1Thank Melanie L
Toronto, Canada
Reviewed 26 July 2016

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...

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Savannah
Reviewed 25 July 2016 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!...

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  • Free Parking
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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
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Price Range: £24 - £65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 8
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Essence Arenal Boutique Hotel El Castillo
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“Room 9 - amazing view overlooking the Arenal Volcano”
 of 5 bubbles zuma009, 19 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Get the superior room if you like private bath and a good view.”
 of 5 bubbles coopervictoriaelise, 6 Apr 2016 | Read review
“dont stay here”
 of 5 bubbles meganbI1293JY, 18 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Tent with awesome scenery or closed room with all comodities.”
 of 5 bubbles 956samuelr, 16 Feb 2016 | Read review
“Take a tent!”
 of 5 bubbles Yogitraver, 2 Feb 2016 | Read review
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