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

    Arenal Volcano: the shrouded monster

    A travel blog entry by goodner on May 17, 2015

    158 photos

    ... get our gear on, and went to breakfast. We came back and did our work, and by the time we left again, it was about noon. We took a bus down to the bottom of the Springs resort, and went to the area called Club Rio. There was a little museum/zoo that held captive cats, toucans, and monkeys. We would do that another day. Take a guided tour through the zoo. But I was focused on what we were doing today. Tubing down a fast-going river! I was very excited, but also hungry. We went ...

    Arenal Volcano, Kayaking and Hot Springs

    A travel blog entry by costarica2015 on Feb 16, 2015

    1 comment, 7 photos

    ... As we continued on, we saw our lesson come to life. In the same species of tree was a three toed sloth, fur green with algae, soaking wet and clinging with its long hooked claws! It's forever smiling face eluded us from our perspective, but we celebrated having seen BOTH species of sloth in our tour of Costa Rica! Birds were now being spotted at a fast pace. Two species of colorful toucans hopped along the higher tree branches with sure footed ease. Huge birds of two species ...

    Birding and beyond

    A travel blog entry by vandna on Nov 02, 2014

    ... of its call. Our guide took out his iPad and played for us a number of calls, and though I couldn't memorize them that quickly, I did suddenly notice a difference in the bird-chatter - it had become a conversation with distinct voices carrying on. As we entered the refuge, our guide taught us to recognize tanagers (with the most uplifting calls) and flightcatchers (birds who locate their insect prey by sensing their flight on their long ...

    Bungle in the Jungle!!

    A travel blog entry by lightnerjohnson on Jun 07, 2014

    17 photos

    ... up the snake with Randy's adjustable hiking pole at max length of 150 cm/5ft. with all SEVEN plus feet of snake draping across the pole he moved it far enough off the trail. We at first thought it was a fer de lance, but after looking at the pictures some say it was a bushmaster. Either way, this chicken from Minnesota had never seen a poisonous snake in the wild before, and never hope to again.

    The other first for me on the second day was fresh puma tracks and scat. ...

    Last Day in Monteverde

    A travel blog entry by apot-of-flowers on Aug 17, 2013

    4 photos

    ... ever. He would not stop following us, so we had to run away from him so he would not get lost.

    We then met up with Rod at a cafe for lunch, and had a spirited political conversation. We then walked down to lower should see the hill we had to walk up and down. What a cool place. There was a restaurant in a tree, tons of shops, and tons of people.

    Time to pack for the last ...