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
Great little find for a stay in and around Arenal. Great for families with young kids. Owner and staff were very friendly and helpful. Dinners were healthy, tasty and we lived the communal environment. A long and bumpy 9km drive from the main hwy, but well worth it. Thanks for the great tip, we loved our stop at Llano de Cortez waterfall.
Friendly, fun and fantastic view overlooking the lake and volcano Arenal. The rooms were all booked, however we were offered one of the "furnished" tents instead (you can stand up inside - it's like a room!), complete with our own balcony for more of that fantastic view. Great open-air yoga on top the hill. Dinner is offered as a communal affair - always entertaining. An eclectic enjoyable non-run-of-the-mill stay!
Essence is waaay out there. But that was 1/2 the fun of it. Staff is friendly and gives great tips. You can adventure or just stay put on the farm. Hot tub with mountain view - communal dinners where you get to try your hand at cooking. One night we made empenadas - fun. Lots of folks from all over the world.
Our stay at Essence Arenal was just amazing! We still haven't finished our little tour of Costa Rica, but Essence will probably be the best place we have stayed at. So much peace and an amazing view, we will definitely come back!
Hands down the best place we stayed period. The view, unbeatable. The food, so eatable. The hot tub, so heatable.
Can't say enough about the views. I hiked the volcano next to Arenal and the view was worse than from my front porch at this place. Yoga was a killer practice with sunrise views of the lake and volcano. Hit up the Kayaking and that was lovely. Martin cooked up killer dinners. Everyone speaks English. There is a parrot that is just DYING for your attention. Close to hikes/horses/ziplines/heaven. The farm initiative is great. Christ, even the wifi was great. A must visit.
We stayed 2 nights in room #1 with private bathroom. Negative points first. No shower curtain so water goes all over the floor, it looks like there used to be one. Only 1 power plug which is already used by the night lamp. Since it's next to the road it can be noisy in the evening and morning, especially because of the rocky road and engines can be quite loud. That said we did enjoy our stay. Martin and Melissa were very nice, easy to talk to and helpful. The common area and room were clean and the view is beautiful (although it was cloudy and rainy for us). Breakfast and dinner were good but I think they should be included in the price (at least breakfast) because to be fair there is no other place to go to considering the location. Overall great place to stay in the Volcan Arenal region. On our way to Essence Arenal we passed by La Fortuna and we were happy that we didn't stay there.
We loved our stay at Essence. The food was delicious, the bedrooms were comfortable and clean. The view is absolutely incredible.
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