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Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

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Paris, France
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We absolutely loved our stay at Essence Arenal and warmly recommand to stay in this part of Arenal ! The property is organised in two distinct part, one more like a hostel with very confortable rooms and tents, another one in the farm, 5 minutes within the property. We stayed in both part of Essence and enjoyed both of them!...

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Evanston, IL
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

"Bad roads lead to good people." If you've driven in Costa Rica, then you know the joy of bouncing down unpaved roads without a care for the suspension BECAUSE IT'S A RENTAL CAR. Then as the potholes become more treacherous and multiply to the point where you lose sight of any actual *road* between them, you think (confidently) OK, THIS...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I was there with my friends and we have slept in the tent. The atmosphere is very relaxed and they use to serve different thematic dinners. The tents are in the park, where you can walk to see the coffe' plants or relax in the small jacuzzi, on an amazing laguna view. I do suggest.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This isn't to say that the rest of the country wasn't beautiful and the other places we stayed weren't remarkable in their own rite, but Essence Arenal was the most vibrant and memorable part of our tour. The views, food, accommodations, people, and food (I mention it twice because it was so effin good) had us planning our next trip...

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Ottawa, Canada
Reviewed 15 December 2016 via mobile

We were a group of 4 and stayed here for 3 nights. The views of the Volcano in the morning were AMAZING. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, especially Hido, he's the man! We had dinner here one night and breakfast every morning. Best Pico de Gallo we had tasted throughout our entire trip, we even asked the chef...

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Orange City, Florida
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via 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 28 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 15 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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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • 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: $38 - $72 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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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 hello to Pastor for me!”
 of 5 bubbles delicatmod, 19 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Go for a tent!”
 of 5 bubbles ZaMartin, 17 Jan 2017 | Read review
“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
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