Cabin - Private room · El Castillo, Alajuela, Costa Rica

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Affordable Costa Rica Hostel, accommodations for backpackers and Eco-travelers, in a totally unique ambient: 22 hectares of primary forest, jungle trails, waterfall, organic farm, Permaculture and bio-intensive vegetable gardens, lake with tilapia and ducks, free range chicken farm, and the best position to observe volcano´s activities from the lodge, with wonderful views over the valley and the lake. Part of our activities are morning and night hikes from the hostel, temezcal, Spa with different massage and treatment packages, happy people and a lot of good energy.
Restaurant serving 7am-8pm daily all vegetarian and Gourmet Demo Cuisine taught in the evening by the chef and guest participation, hiking trails, hammocks, Jacuzzi with spectacular view....
Tours with in walking distance observe the eco zoo or butterfly conservatory, the local shops and wonderful community of el castillo
Sky trek sky tram, hiking trails to volcanoes and waterfalls, the lake for kayaking, horseback riding, rafting...

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 4
Beds: 2
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Cancellation: Flexible

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  • My two friends and I had an excellent experience at Essence Arenal. What prospective travelers should know before booking is that this place is a nicer and more private version of a hostel. We stayed in a private room that had a full bed, two twin beds, and a private bathroom. The room was small, but well-maintained. We also enjoyed the hot tub overlooking Lake Arenal, the farm on the property, and the naturally-filled pool near the farm. One of the most memorable parts of our stay was how every night, you can eat dinner at Essence (they have a kitchen/dining area) for an extra $12 and not only do you get a fabulous vegetarian meal (I'm not a vegetarian so I was skeptical, but the food was amazing!), but the chef there shows you how to cook part of it and everyone takes part. It's a lot of fun and a great way to meet fellow travelers. Probably the most helpful part of staying at Essence was that every morning, some of the staff check in with you and make sure you know what you're doing with your day and how best to take advantage of the area. Kelly (one of the staff) told us about a hike nearby and some natural hot springs that we would have completely missed without him! Overall, this was a fantastic experience, but do not come to Essence expecting it to function like a luxury hotel.

    January 2014
  • Lovely rooms with bathroom (including everyday good cleaning) with unforgettable view! You can see volcano and lake straight from your bed!!! The owner gave us helpfully good tips, without him we would definitely miss something.

    September 2013
  • Cet endroit vous offrira une expérience hors du commun, du yoga matinal aux séances de cuisines participatives, tout y est conçu pour que vous vous sentiez connectés directement dans la nature.

    This place will offer you a unique experience, from the early yoga session to the participative kitchen session, every thing is conceived so you'll feel directly connected to the surrounding nature.

    I'm sure I will get back there, thank you Niko and Melissa.

    March 2014
  • Très bon choix de destination, à l'écart de La Fortuna et de ses cars de touristes. Essence Arenal est un lieu vraiment accueillant et sympathique. Avec en plus plein de bons conseils pour visiter les environs, une cuisine chaleureuse et participative et même des cours de yoga ! Les chambres sont spacieuses et propres, avec une vue imprenable sur le lac et (parfois) le volcan...

    February 2014
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