Private room

4 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds


Private room

4 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

You have all of your needs for enjoying to the maximum.

Orthopedic mattresses, private bathroom with hot water showers, views of the nature, towels, sheets and pillows.


The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Room type: Private room

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: $12 / night after 2 guests

Description

The space

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, pool, guided hikes, hiking trails, hammocks, temezcal, 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...

Guest access

common area with hot water heater, fresh tea all day long, fireplace, laundry $4 kilo, wash basins....

Interaction with guests

we can help you plan any activities you have in mind for the area or around, we are here to serve you with open arms :)

The neighborhood

The Abundant Nature and Animals surrounding us in the jungle is paradise. good food, good people, and good energy.


Cancellations

Flexible

Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.


Availability
1 night minimum stay

24 Reviews


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Suzie User Profile
April 2017
This is an amazing place. We saw and heard so many birds. It is a very special place in nature. The road to get to it is super bumpy, certainly not the bumpiest in Costa Rica, but close. We can't wait to come back.

Thais User Profile
December 2016
The breathtaking view of the Arenal Volcano alone is worth the price of admission. This cute property is situated at top of a hill and surrounded by vegetation. The stroll though the organic farm to the morning yoga class is a refreshing way to start your day. As you prepare to head out to the many activities surrounding the Arenal volcano, the welcoming staff gives great suggestions and is always glad to help. The location on a GPS is not straightforward and can be a bit difficult to climb the dirt roads via car. Be sure to follow specific instructions from the AirBandB site. The menu although constantly varied aspires for a touch of gourmet, leaves something to be desired if you're craving for typical tican food. Our room was clean and simple but the bathrooms could be upgraded. There is hot was but it's intermittent. Overall, great energy from the hostel!

Dan & Tammy User Profile
July 2016
I loved staying in this area. I took advantage of yoga in the morning and their extensive trails. The locals are great and the community cannot be beat.

Claudia User Profile
December 2015
Actually we had a nice stay at essence. A warm welcome, nice and clean rooms, great view of the volcan. Cooking with Lilly was really great. The price for the dinners are a bit high, but it was ok. Unfortunatly i forgot my ebookreader at essence. I tried to contact them over the airbnb messanger and via their Homepage but don't get a response. That's really sad and that is what i will remember :/

Isabelle User Profile
July 2015
We appreciated our stay at Essence. Rooms are clean , hot shower, good location. The view is breathtaking from any point of view there! We enjoyed the spa and the hamocs. However we didnt like the fact that we can't use the kitchen and the prices of their meals are the same as a hotel. We didnt expect that from an ecofarm/backpackers place. And as El Castillo is a very small village, theres no other eating option. Nico and the staff are very friendly. But be careful if you take the laundry service. I gave them: 2 sweathers, 1 short, 1 t-shirt + 2 kids briefs and they wanted to charge me 12$ (3kg) Also i have to say that after the room service , 1 of my shirt had dissapeared. I waited to come back home to see if it was somewhere in my bags but no, it really dissapeared that day at Essence :( Still, the view was somewhat worth it!!!!

Ralf User Profile
June 2015
Upon arriving we first noticed that the location point from the website and the way description from the owner were very different but luckily we trusted the description and found the place easily although it's about 20min more on a dirt road - I guess you should not rely on airbnbs maps. However the location was still nice with beautiful views of Lake and Volcano Arenal - depending on the weather. Clean rooms, everything you need and even a jacuzzi. ;)

Savanna User Profile
May 2015
Arrived to an incredibly friendly crew. The room was perfect and very clean, close to reception/restaurant, and had a very comfortable bed. The food was not only awesome but fun to make with the chefs and other guests. I met a lot of great people and will definitely be back!

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La Fortuna, Costa Rica · Joined in August 2012
Essence User ProfileEssence is a superhost.

we like to hike and relax eat good food talk with the locals and walk the beauty way

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