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Getting there is extreme the roads are very bad on your first trip but as you get used to them they are not so bad. The place is well worth the journey ... we met lovely people who were also staying and the owner and staff were outstanding. All our needs were met and the place was very clean. The meals were great ... dinner was wonderful with everyone participating in a small way to prepare dinner. All food was vegan and fresh from the gardens on the property. We can not say enough about how well we liked our stay here ... (Kelly) owner was very helpful in helping us plan our outings and steering us in the proper direction for our future travels. Thank you one and all at Essence Arenal for making our time there very special. Enjoy!
The vista was spectacular as you sat on top of the world ... looking out at the jungle, gardens,volcano and lake ...
Mary & Garry Mitchell
We stayed in the hostel for 2 nights and it has been one of the greatest experiences so far. Nico and Kelly who own the place, make you feel like you are returning to your friends. And they make it happen so easily - kitchen is in the common room that everybody shares. People sit together at the common tables and hence get to know each other better really fast. And somehow Nico and Kelly are so open minded that you just relax in 2 minutes.
Also food... every night it is a fresh made different meal (the same for everyone but if you have special needs, they adapt easily) that you share with everyone and sometimes you even participate in the preparation of your own dessert. And every morning... The breakfast starts your day in a divine way....
On top of that - you wake up with a view to Arenal volcano and lake. And, of course, there is plenty activities in the area - from hiking the sleeping volcano, to kitesurfing, chilling in the hot springs and enjoying canopy tours.
I higly reccomend this place to everyone that wants to feel peaceful and happy.
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Great atmosphere. It's a little bit off from downtown of La fortuna, but if you have a car, then it shouldn't bug you at all. The owners are very friendly and welcoming and I had the best pancakes ever at that place .
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Located in El Castillo, 30 min. from La Fortuna, surrounded by Arenal National Park.
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.
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
Private Rooms with bathrooms,
Private rooms with shared bathroom &
Our Jungle Tents
- Double (double or twin beds)
- 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
30 minutes from La Fortuna: 3 km after Tabacon Thermal Water, there's a police station on the right, take your left leaving the main road and pass the Arenal National Park, then turn left.
Alter the bridge turn right and within 3 km arrive to El Castillo village, take the left up to the Butterfly Farm, after 1 Km see Essence Arenal on the right side of the road.
We can arrange transfer from/to La Fortuna for $6/person with previous arrangement. Otherwise taxis charge around $25.
Minimum stay 3 days
Customers can cancel their reservation free of charge up to 2 Days before arrival. After this date, charges will be applied by the property up to the full cost of the reservation. Deposits paid are non refundable.
* The Customer Satisfaction score is based on a combination of ratings from Travellerspoint and external websites. The score of 92% for this property is based on ratings provided by 28 guests.