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Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

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London
Reviewed 8 February 2011

This place is a bit off the beaten path, up a hill with good views on the lake and the volcano (be aware though that the latter has not been active for the last couple of months, so at the moment you won't see any activity either here or in la Fortuna) - so unless you have your own transport...

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west hempstead
Reviewed 5 February 2011

rooms were clean and had the essentials. The views of the volcano and the lake were breath-taking. The food was freshly made to order, delicious and plentiful. Excellent value and the staff was super accommodating and helpful!!

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Detroit, Michigan
Reviewed 5 February 2011

Our time at Essence Arenal was wonderful. We love good vege food and the dinners were impressive. It's a little off the beaten path, so the scenery is really nice. The rooms are basic, but comfortable. The staff is very accommodating and helpful.

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Reviewed 1 February 2011

A luxury experience with diamond in the rough accomodations. This boutique hotel has something for everybody. Extremely clean and tidy with modest rooms, the experience was enriched by the very friendly and knowledgeable staff. The first night we arrived, all the guests received a cooking lesson in the shared kitchen - we made "from scratch" pasta which we all prepared...

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Wisconsin
Reviewed 26 January 2011

My girlfriend and I loved it here. Great atmosphere. The staff were very friendly. The food was good. It really felt like home away from home. It was also great meeting so many like-minded travelers and swapping stories over food and drinks. A couple things to know about this place: The food is vegetarian (including eggs) but it's still really...

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Gunnison, Colorado
Reviewed 26 January 2011

The hospitality here is amazing. It was my first time staying at a hostel and it was so fun! The best part is that you get to help cook the dinner. Really fun and conducive to getting to know the other guests. The owners are super friendly. The only complaint I have is that there are some parts of the...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 21 January 2011

I stayed with my family recently their and loved the ambiance and the friendliness of the people. Pros: Common aria and its atmosphere probably the best so far in CR. The view is fantastic. They say you don't have to have a car to get there, but I highly recommend it- otherwise you get to be stuck in the place.Plan...

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Ithaca, New York
Reviewed 19 January 2011

This is a really great value in the area. We got a private room for $40/night. The food was really good, the view of the volcano is amazing, and the friendly staff is incredibly helpful in setting up tours. The only downside was that our room was a little loud, as it is was right near the restaurant/bar area, and...

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Lund, Sweden
Reviewed 13 January 2011

During our month stay in Costa Rica, this was our best stay. The hostel is situated in the upper part of El Castillo along the very bumpy gravel road, 4WD is highly recommended. A big part of the surroundings belong to the hostel and there's a very nice trail. Hummingbirds, toucans, parrots and howler monkey are some of the animals...

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Cleveland, OH
Reviewed 10 January 2011

this is the perfect place to stay... my friend and i spent three nights here and one day just around the grounds relaxing and reading books and the other day ziplining and hot springs. kelly and nico were amazing resources, incredibly helpful to set up transportation/daily activities/etc. the food was WONDERFUL and it was great to sit with everyone. be...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
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  • Restaurant
  • Hot Tub
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Essence Arenal is an incredible volcano and lake view hostel, the perfect opportunity to live a real eco experience in a familiar atmosphere. With all comforts: pool, cafeteria, Japanese heated pool, common kitchen, fire place, jungle trails, waterfall, private or shared bathroom, TV and DVD rental, Internet, Play Station, tours info. And a unique position to observe volcano activities. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

Address: El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 1230, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Arenal Volcano National Park > El Castillo
Price Range: $38 - $71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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Essence Arenal Boutique Hotel El Castillo
Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel Costa Rica/El Castillo
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