Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

Arenal National Park, El Castillo, Province of Alajuela, 0651230, Costa Rica | Inn
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Travel Blogs from El Castillo

Our first active volcano!

A travel blog entry by carlyandjosh on Oct 30, 2013

4 comments, 35 photos

Waking up in San Jose we were so excited!

We caught the local bus to La Fortuna. The local national bus system in Costa Rica is amazing! The buses are all modern coaches complete with reclining seats and luggage storage underneath the bus. After 4 hours we made it to La Fortuna, which reminded us both of Port Douglas - similar shops, …


A travel blog entry by ksmith630


... drop on to the run and into the clouds. Was a small little waterfall near the end as well. And howler monkeys screeching at us throughout. Definitely a worthwhile experience (Hannah, you and your friends definitely have to make an effort to get here! Only 9$ entry for students). After the walk, we still had a few hours before the shuttle returned us to town, so we adventured down the road a bit towards a smaller village. Quickly came to a stop at a coffee shop that had the most ...

Last day/night in Monteverde

A travel blog entry by torihamilton


... she's so mellow. If you pet her for long enough, her eyes slowly close and her head begins to droop. And before you know it, she's sleeping on your lap or feet and has suckered you into some belly rubs.
That's all for today. Tomorrow morning, we'll be up early again and on buses to Arenal, which is another mountain town. I'm really enjoying the cool weather and beautiful thunderstorms. My only complaint is that nothing ever really dries in Costa Rica. I brought 3 ...

Arenal Volcano National Park

A travel blog entry by lewnwdc


... congestion into the city center, finally reaching our hotel at 6:40 just south of La Sabana Park.

Mom and I checked into the KC Colaye Hotel, which is only a few blocks from Silvia’s parent’s house in the La Sabana Sur neighborhood west of central San Jose. We walked up to Room 201 and were pleased to see two comfortable-looking beds and a decent bathroom.

After freshening up, Silvia and Justin returned to pick up Mom and I up. ...

Revelations in Country 28

A travel blog entry by k.bramberger

... from there when the 'helpful’ hostel owners tried to tell me that my plans for my week weren’t very good and then tried to sell me a bunch of tours instead, but specifically claim that they’re just being helpful and not in fact trying to sell me a tour. There were a couple of things wrong with this situation that really got me going. A) I don’t care if you try to sell me a tour, but don’t tell me you’re not trying to sell me a tour and ...

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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