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

    Among the volcanoes

    A travel blog entry by ctillery on Mar 20, 2015

    8 photos

    ... lances, although Craig kept a steady watch on the ground as we walked along. Phyllis kept looking up into the trees, both for birds and for the fearsome tree snakes we learned about on the snake tour last night. (We also learned about a kind of leaping snake, but fortunately Geordi assured Phyllis that tree snakes do not jump. The very idea of that combination gives her the shakes.)

    By 12:30 we were back on the bad road and ...

    No Me Gusta Mi Maestro.... Nueva Clase Mañana

    A travel blog entry by amelisheva on Jul 22, 2014

    21 photos

    ... through the Monteverde Cloud Forest after lunch and that was really cool. Quite cold at that elevation and even we didn't see a lot of wildlife, we did get some close-up views of hummingbirds, insects, plants and the like. I even hugged a tree or two, per a request, xo!xo!xo! The last hike I want to go on this week is Curi Cancha which is both low and high elevation but I'll go solo. We got stuck with a couple of kids, one of ...


    A travel blog entry by lightnerjohnson on May 12, 2014

    13 photos

    ... a good look! We showed her where we do our grocery shopping and the uphill climb home. Overall she enjoyed just sitting out on our terrace soaking in the sunshine and watching the birds. It was such a treat to have her here, and hard to say good bye when it was time for her to head down to San Jose for her trip back to Minnesota.
    The day my mom left us we had a fun, but short visit with Holly and Don Weinkauf and their kids Eli, Madeline and Roan. They ...

    Day 7 - going into Arenal volcano

    A travel blog entry by lovejezelle on Jan 12, 2014

    ... our trek to Arenal Volcano. The unfortunate thing is that we were told that all the hot springs are owned privately, so we had to pay to get into them. I guess we were hoping for a nature's own hot springs. We ate at Que Rico, I've been eating lots of sea foods here so thats a good thing! Then we went back to Los Lagos and paid $15 to get in. The crocodile farm that they hyped about turned out to be two adult crocodiles behind a cage and a baby ...

    Absolutely Amazing!

    A travel blog entry by vacationbum on Aug 30, 2013

    195 photos

    ... volcano. Our tour guide was also excellent at taking photos. I struggled holding on to my camera while riding my horse, so our guide held it and he took some amazing photos during our venture. Tubing was also a fun experience.

    The people (guests): Everyone on the property was very nice. There's a certain "high" about being in that place. Everyone seemed so relaxed without a worry in the world.