Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

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

    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, …

    Canyoneering and Rafting

    A travel blog entry by mothman on Apr 25, 2014

    ... the upper pools with mu sunburnt upper legs! We settled on a compromise of about 30 degrees at the main pool with a bar. It wasn;t very busy and a lot of enjoyment was had.

    We ate in Soda Visquez again and then to bed.

    In this time we never saw the pak of Arenal volcano, but I did see nearly all of it one morning, except for a small cloud cap. However this moment only lasted a few minutes before the clouds re-wrapped themselves round said volcano.


    Monteverde or bust!

    A travel blog entry by smilk09 on Mar 03, 2014

    6 photos

    ... forest. It was something. After that we got suited up for our canopy tour aka ziplining!! We went on 10 different lines some of them we even got to go two people at a time. We took a sky tram up to the top of the mountain and the views were out of this world- we could see the Pacific Ocean, Lake Arenal, and the Arenal Volcano! We had to climb to the top of a tower for our first zip and I thought I was going to blow off it was so windy! But ...

    Hand-Sawed Car Key

    A travel blog entry by summersabroad on May 19, 2013

    100 photos

    ... pee-ish structure (at least if you think shape) that clearly catered to tour groups. At least three came in while we were eating.

    Alas, the mediocre dinner was the high point of the night. Upon leaving the restaurant, we discovered that we had lost the lone key to the rental car. We hadn't wandered around town, so it was easy to retrace our steps for those two and a half blocks. And retrace. And retrace. And look through every pocket and nook in my bag a ...

    Revelations in Country 28

    A travel blog entry by k.bramberger on Mar 01, 2013

    ... 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 ...