Private room

4 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

Excellent room that can hold up to 4 occupants and includes a private bath with hot water. Includes a terrace with a beautiful scenic view of Arenal volcano.

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, 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...

Guest access

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.

The space
Accommodates: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $12 / night after 2 guests
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Elsa User Profile
March 2017
Essence was beautiful. Would recommend it to anyone visiting Costa Rica.

Karam User Profile
March 2017
Amazing scenery. Would definitely recommend a 4x4 to get here. The place is beautiful; includes a short hike, organic farm, and yoga lessons in the morning. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served by the team for a charge. The team was very helpful in walking us through the various activities we can do in Costa Rica. Will definitely recommend the place to others.

Sarah User Profile
January 2017
I was surprised that this place was more of a hostel than a private residence. I loved this place for their friendliness and meeting place for many travelers, including families with children of many ages and from many countries. Everybody made my 10 year old son and me feel comfortable. The food was great and I loved watching how everybody worked together to serve dinner and breakfast. The view was breathtaking, regardless if I as sitting in the kitchen, in the hot tub, one of the hammocks or the patio. We loved the hike down into the canyon and up the hill to the small pools. On the path, we observed numerous leaf eater ants! So cool! It mostly poured during our visit, so we spent the entire day at a hot spring resort, which was unbelievable! I would highly recommend this place for any traveler!

David User Profile
December 2016
The host was very welcoming. The room and bathroom were cleaned. The staff were great help and assisted when possible. They offered great recommendations. Overall, the stay and hospitality was great.

Julie User Profile
November 2016
The staff was very friendly. Jairo was always available to give suggestions about things to do and help you with whatever you needed. The view and grounds were gorgeous and the food was delicious. The room was nice and clean.

Erica User Profile
August 2016
Essence was good overall. Pros: Compound is cute with amazing views. We wanted a place that was less touristy than La Fortuna, and Essence delivered. It was secluded and peaceful; we never had any issues with noise. There is ample space to relax outside including hammocks, a common area with a sink and refrigerator, and a hot tub. The bathroom was nice, especially the spacious shower with hot water. The vegetarian breakfast is a good deal at $5. The staff was friendly and helpful and gave us good recommendations for things to do around the area. The not-so-great: There were red stains on the curtains (it kind of looked like blood). The hot tub water was very dirty and murky. There are no vegan options for breakfast and no kitchen access. The road leading to Essence is rough, rocky and long. It's possible to do in a 2WD, but we had to be super careful and we definitely scrapped out several times. I would stay here again. I recommend it if you want to have a peaceful and beautiful environment around Arenal.

Alex User Profile
February 2016
This place is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Clean rooms, amazing staff and a view of the volcano that I miss already. Food was delicious and the atmosphere reminded me of a mental retreat from the real world. If you are looking for a place to stay around Arenal look no further, this place will be the highlight of your trip!

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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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