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Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

Hotel | El Castillo, La Fortuna, Costa Rica 1000

91.3% Overall Rating

35 out of 40 customers would recommend this property

Recent review (05/01/2013)

Courtney Mcguire thinks…

"After a very long trip the staff were warm and welcoming. The views are amazing. The walk to the farm was spectacular. The food was delicious and well worth the cost."

Read all Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel reviews


  • Credit cards accepted
  • Car Parking
  • No curfew
  • Currency Exchange
  • Games room
  • Lounge area
  • Internet / Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • 24 hour hot showers
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Washing machines
  • Hot tub / jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Bicycle hire
  • Laundry service
  • Café
  • Internet access in public areas
  • Internet café
  • Outside area
  • Sofa

Purchasable Extras

  • Breakfast USD 3.85

What's Included

  • Luggage Room
  • Linen
  • Towel

Important Information

Minimum stay 3 days

Cancellation Policy

Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 days before arrival (local time). Payments made to HostelBookers are non-refundable.

Check-In/Out Details

Earliest check-in: 11:00
Latest Check-out: 11:00

Group booking?

Group of 15 or more traveling to La Fortuna?

Contact us directly

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Located in El Castillo, 30 min. from La Fortuna, surrounded by Arenal National Park.
We offer
Affordable accommodations for backpackers & eco-travelers, 22 hectares of primary & secondary forest, jungle trails, organic farm, permaculture & biointensive vegetable gardens, lake with tilapias & ducks, free range chicken, with the best position to observe Arenal volcano & Lake Arenal.
Offering morning & night hikes, temazcal, Spa with different massages & treatments. Read more

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Private Rooms Help! A private room is a room that is not shared with other people from the property – in other words, you book and pay for all the beds in the room. If you are traveling alone, for example, but want to book a double room, you must pay for two people in order to book the whole room.

Quad Mountain View (Private bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Tent (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Tent (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

4 person Garden View (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Deluxe Family Room Mountain View (Private bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Deluxe 2 person Mountain View (Private bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

Triple Garden View (Shared bathroom)

No meals or drinks included

About Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel

Essence Arenal offers a cafeteria with breakfast, lunch and with a Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant. DEMO CUISINE, where guest are able to participate in 1 part of the meal with the Chef.
Jacuzzi with spectacular view, infinity big size trampoline, Fireplace, TV room with cable TV, Play station and projector for movie nights, Free internet, Laundry service, Tour desk

Essence demo cuisine is a meat free restaurant that gets everyone involved with the food. We show our international guests about local products and present them in a non-traditional way, preparing 3 gourmet vegetarian dishes not only in your presence but, if you desire, with your participation.

Close by activities:
Thermal Springs, Horseback Riding, Canopy Tours, Hanging Bridges, Sky Tram, Butterfly Conservatory, Arenal Eco Zoo, Boat Tours, Bass Fishing, Mountain Biking, and more...

Credit card payment accepted

Accommodation Information

Private Rooms with bathrooms,
Private rooms with shared bathroom &
Our Jungle Tents
Rooms types:
- Double (double or twin beds)
- Trippe
- Quad
- 5 person rooms

All beds are equipped with orthopedic mattress, new anti-allergic pillows, good quality linen and towels (included)

Reservation will be canceled if not arrived or reconfirm by phone at 16.00

Location Information

Essence Arenal is located in El Castillo, 30 minutes from La Fortuna, on the lava flowing side of the Arenal Volcano, with spectacular views over the lake and the volcano's activities. Surrounded by two National Parks, Arenal and Monteverde, our 100 acres property is rich in flora & fauna, which can be appreciated in amazing jungle sites and trails.

Strategically location for adventure and eco-activities:
- Thermal Water (Tabacon, Baldi and others)
- Caño Negro
- Hiking in the forest
- Mountain Biking
- Boat Tours
- Bird watching
- Cerro Chato
- Serpentarium
- Canopy
- Butterfly Garden
- Sky Tram
- Horseback riding
- Hangin Bridges
- Jeep-Boat-Jeep to/from Monteverde
- Rafting
- Lava Trail
- Los Tucanes Trail
- La Fortuna Waterfall

We will not charge your card in case of a no show, just please let us know if you are not coming. Also, we hold reservations until 4pm - we cannot guarantee your reservation if you arrive after that time.

We hold reservations until 3pm - we don't guarantee reservations after that time.