About this listing
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...
hiking trails, restaurant, common area, tea all day long, pool, parking...
Interaction with Guests
we are here to serve you with love anything you may need.
surrounde by birds and animals in the jungle
This hostel has beautiful views of the volcano and the lake. Friendly staff and great vegetarian food in the restaurant! A nice small permaculture farm belonging to the hostel is a few minutes walk away.
It is located on the outskirts of the small village El Castillo, about 45 minutes (mostly on horrible gravel roads) from La Fortuna by car. A thrice-daily shuttle minibus can take you to La Fortuna (and back) or to sights along the way.
Essence was a beautiful place to stay in Arenal! They provide a shuttle 3x a day from Fortuna, and it's only a 20 minute ride. Beautiful views of the volcano and the lake. Everyone was super friendly and helpful, and the private room we stayed in was cozy. I would definitely recommend staying here!
Staying at Essence Arenal was a wonderful experience! The views are phenomenal, the place unique and the people authentic and hospitable! We've received so many tips from Jairo and other staff on what to see and do! It really felt like being part of a big family! Highly recommended!
We really enjoyed our stay. Nil helped us check in and set up transportation for us to travel to our next destination. The view that we had of the Arenal Volcano and Lake made our decision to stay in El Castillo vs La Fortuna well worth it. There were shuttle buses that could take us into La fortuna, Tabacon Hot springs, Arenal Observation (where Cerro Chato volcano hike is located, and Arenal National Park (hiking around Arenal volcano) and back to El Castillo for a reasonable price, $6-$10 per person roundtrip. You have the option of eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the hotel (about $6/person for breakfast or lung and $10/person). The meals are all vegetarian. We also met the owner, Nico, who also gave us great suggestions. It was a great stay and would definitely recommend it. We will be coming back here to finish the rest of the activities that we weren't able to finish in Arenal.
Takes a while to get to the hostel from Fortuna, but it's wonderfully relaxing once you get there. Loved the views of the volcano and the lake, the outdoor jacuzzi, the cooking demos at night, and the nearby butterfly conservatory. A more frequent shuttle for pickups would be great, as taxi is definitely expensive. Recommended as a a nice getaway!
Essence Arenal me ha gustado mucho no sólo por el lugar donde se encuentra y lo limpio que estaba todo sino por el trato tan amable y la comida tan sabrosa que preparan. Totalmente recomendable. El único problema es que esta un poco lejos de Arenal.
Boy was this place something! Very zen and calm atmosphere. The location is very good (next to the volcano) and the view is AMAZING! The room is basic but has everything you need. The food is delicious and varied. I recommend the yoga in the morning, very relaxing. The people you meet there are very friendly. it was a great experience.
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