Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

Address: Arenal National Park, El Castillo, Province of Alajuela, 0651230, Costa Rica | Inn
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This inn is located on Arenal National Park, El Castillo.
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      TravelPod Member ReviewsEssence Arenal Boutique Hostel El Castillo

      Reviewed by carlyandjosh

      A beautiful place to be!

      Reviewed Oct 30, 2013
      by (5 reviews) Adelaide , Australia Flag of Australia

      This hostel is on a beautiful large property, with walking trails, waterfalls and an organic farm. We highly recommend staying at Essence! We slept so well here and ate the best dinners, which we helped to prepare! We had so much fun there.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

      Reviewed by gabrielle.dumas

      Pura Vida

      Reviewed Jul 2, 2012
      by (1 review) , Canada Flag of Canada

      Cet hotel est a la hauteur de nos attentes, les gens sont sympathiques, la nature est magnifique et lambiance est calme et naturel.

      This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of

      TripAdvisor Reviews Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel El Castillo

      4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding

      Travel Blogs from El Castillo

      Up High

      A travel blog entry by davidandmaria on May 25, 2014

      15 photos

      ... tree until now.

      We went to Musashi for dinner, a Japanese restaurant, even though we were quite far from the sea. It was well worth the visit. All the sashimi and sushi was cut, made and rolled in front of us before being served tapas style. The fish was very fresh and tasty too, despite being up in the mountains. There was a shortage of Asahi beer in Costa Rica though but the wine, Chilean again, was a good second choice.


      ALL the activities

      A travel blog entry by nellems on Jan 26, 2014

      4 comments, 14 photos

      ... Have a quick nap before heading to 100% Aventura, the adrenaline will soon be pumping through your body. This is a zip lining tour that is not for the faint hearted, or height frightened, so you will probably need to do this by yourself. After getting in your double harness (1 for your waist, 1 for your shoulders) you will be given instructions in a large group. Although it may seem annoying that there are many 60 year olds doing this, complete ...

      Kayaks, Waterfalls, Hotsprings

      A travel blog entry by egatfield on Jun 23, 2013

      6 comments, 8 photos

      ... anyway. After all, you can only get so wet! We enjoyed the warm, tropical downpour in stark contrast to the frigid rain in Idaho.

      Later that morning, we hiked to La Fortuna Waterfall, clearly a popular tourist destination in Costa Rica. And the sunshine emerged! Though the hiking rail was short, it was incredibly steep—comprised of manmade concrete steps descending perhaps a mile to the waterfall. But what ...

      An amazing day.......

      A travel blog entry by mybigtrip on Apr 07, 2013


      ... are only Class 2/3 and the waters quite low at the end of the dry season, but a tremendous amount of fun was had as we worked our way about ten miles downriver, sparring with other rafts, taking turns in "riding the bull" (sitting on the front of the boat) and a working up a little adrenalin through patches. Bird life is abundant along the river, and locals wave as we pass through pockets of forest and farmland. None of us came away with a dry patch between us and ...

      Day 48-Monteverde. Must love bugs.

      A travel blog entry by millhousers on Mar 02, 2013

      38 photos

      ... and a million interesting insects. Most of the creatures are incredibly well camouflaged, and without an expert guide, one might walk along and not see a thing. Eduardo showed us a moss mimic walking stick. It was exquisite, blending perfectly with the moss on the trees. He said he once had a man offer to pay him $5000 to help him find this exact type of insect (presumably so that he could smuggle it illegally out of the country). He showed us a spider that ...