Essence Arenal Hostel

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Overview of Essence Arenal Hostel

Essence Arenal Hostel

2.0 star property
Mountain hostal with outdoor pool, near Lake Arenal

8.6/10 Fabulous

29 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Pet-friendly
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
1 Km Sur Escuela del Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Peñas Blancas, 1230
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Room service
  • Spa services
  • Airport shuttle
  • Terrace
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Garden
  • Front desk safe
  • Laundry service
For families
  • Private bathroom
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free self-parking
Cleaning & safety
  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing

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About this area

What's nearby

  • Lake Arenal - 1 min walk
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 8 min drive
  • Chato Volcano - 51 min drive
  • Children's Eternal Rainforest - 60 min drive
  • Arenal Volcano National Park - 20 min drive
  • Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park - 25 min drive
  • Ecotermales Fortuna - 26 min drive
  • Kalambu Hot Springs - 27 min drive
  • Arenal Volcano - 39 min drive
  • Costa Rica Chocolate Tour - 35 min drive
  • Arenal Adventure World - 34 min drive

Getting around

  • La Fortuna (FON-Arenal) - 35 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Essence Arenal Hostel

Essence Arenal Hostel puts you within a 10-minute drive of Lake Arenal, and features an airport shuttle. Guests can indulge in deep-tissue massages and enjoy vegetarian cuisine at No aplica, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Other highlights include an outdoor pool, a terrace and a garden. Fellow travellers like the pool and helpful staff.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 15 rooms


  • Check-in time from 11 AM until 7:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • No cots (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Free on-site self-parking


  • Airport shuttle*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7 AM–9 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Room service

Taking the kids

  • Trampoline

What to do

  • Yoga classes
  • Volleyball
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Water tubing nearby
  • Zip-lining nearby
  • Hot springs nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • An outdoor pool
  • Spa services

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Recycling
  • LED light bulbs

Special features


Guests can pamper themselves by indulging in the on-site spa services. Services include deep-tissue massages, Swedish massages and Thai massages.


No aplica – This restaurant specialises in vegetarian cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 7 for adults and USD 7 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in or check-out:
  • Hot springs access available from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property, and commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; guests are provided with hand sanitiser.


This property does not have lifts.

This property uses eco-friendly cleaning products.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards and cash.

Also known as

Essence Arenal Hostel El Castillo
Essence Arenal El Castillo
Essence Arenal Hostel Hostal
Essence Arenal Hostel Peñas Blancas
Essence Arenal Hostel Hostal Peñas Blancas

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10/10 Exceptional

Friendly staff, eco friendly hotel
Jose Manuel, 1-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

The most wonderful place to relax, detox, and recharge. The staff is full of genuine love and kindness. Beautiful views and excellent heathy food.
3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Rustic. Beautiful views. Staff was amazing. Beds were not so comfortable. Food was great. Right in the jungle so lots of wildlife.
Jeff, 3-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing stay! Beautiful view of Lake Arenal and good vibes
1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

I absolutly loved staying here. It was a great setting, a nice break out of town, with a wonderful view of the volcano. The staff were amazing and extreamly helpful. I loved the daily yoga classes out in nature with amazing teachers. There were lots of walking trails around the property and you could go walk around the farm where they grow a lot of the fruit used in the kitched for vegitarian meals. Also the massages were super relaxing. I will definitely be coming here again!
2-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Amazing view, beautiful property and trails, delicious meals with the lovely Lillian. If you want some time away from the tourism and to be in nature, this is the place! The staff are so helpful and kind, and I highly recommend you get a tour of the area with Lilander in horseback... will blow your mind!
Carrie, 3-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Beautiful place to stay
The rooms are small but nice, service is great and the views are amazing!
Cameron, 3-night romance trip
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8/10 Very good

Family fun time
We took our three young kids, agreed 6, 8, and 10. Our room was very small, but doable. If the kids were a little older, we would have gotten 2 rooms. The service was fantastic. My kids didn't want to leave. The pool wasn't a pool, but more of a mosquito pond children's pool. The food was fantastic. I'd like to see maybe another light out brighter light brought into the room. It was a bit darker than I prefer..
erin, 3-night family trip
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8/10 Very good

Very nice hotel next to the Volcano Arenal
Very nice place, easy to find, the staff is nice and very welcoming. If you stay more than a night you will be able to enjoy the swimming pool and the jacuzzi. Waking up and taking a very good breakfast while looking to the Volcano is priceless!
Yann, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Amazing place with amazing staff
David, 2-night family trip
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