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Essence Arenal Hostel

Mountain hostal with outdoor pool, near Lake Arenal

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1 Km Sur Escuela del Castillo, Peñas Blancas, 1230, Costa Rica
8.4.Very good.
  • Rustic. Beautiful views. Staff was amazing. Beds were not so comfortable. Food was great.…

    Jan 22, 2020

  • Amazing stay! Beautiful view of Lake Arenal and good vibes

    Jan 13, 2020

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  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • 15 smoke-free guestrooms
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Spa services

Feel at home

  • Private bathroom
  • Free toiletries
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities

What’s around

  • Lake Arenal - 1 min walk
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 2.5 mi / 4 km
  • Arenal Volcano National Park - 7.4 mi / 11.9 km
  • Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park - 9.3 mi / 14.9 km
  • Arenal Volcano - 12.1 mi / 19.4 km
  • La Fortuna Waterfall - 15.4 mi / 24.8 km

Enter dates for 2 guests

  • Deluxe Quadruple Room, Private Bathroom
  • Quadruple Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Triple Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Deluxe Room, 1 Double Bed
  • Quadruple Room

What’s around


  • Lake Arenal - 1 min walk
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 2.5 mi / 4 km
  • Arenal Volcano National Park - 7.4 mi / 11.9 km
  • Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park - 9.3 mi / 14.9 km
  • Arenal Volcano - 12.1 mi / 19.4 km
  • La Fortuna Waterfall - 15.4 mi / 24.8 km

Getting around

  • La Fortuna (FON-Arenal) - 35 min drive
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)
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1 Km Sur Escuela del Castillo, Peñas Blancas, 1230, Costa Rica

At a glance


  • 15 rooms


  • Check-in time 11 AM-9:00 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 9 PM. This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

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 cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas


  • Airport shuttle*


  • Free onsite self parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
*See small print for additional details or extra charges

At the hostel

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa services on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site
  • Volleyball on site
  • Yoga classes/instruction on site
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Rafting nearby


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • Wheelchair-accessible parking

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

In the room

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries


  • Daily housekeeping

Special features


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


No aplica - This restaurant specializes in vegetarian cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Small print

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

Optional extras

Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of USD 6 for adults and USD 6 for children (approximately)

Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge


Hot springs access available from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

This property does not have elevators.

This property uses eco-friendly cleaning products.

Reservations are required for massage services and can be made by contacting the property before arrival at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property accepts credit cards, debit cards, and cash.

We have included all charges provided to us by this property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the unit you book.


  • Yes, Essence Arenal Hostel does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
  • You can check in from 11 AM - 9:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
  • Yes, No aplica offers vegetarian cuisine. Nearby restaurants include Los Amigos (6-min walk), La Gavilana Herbs and Art (10-min walk), and Loma Linda (14-min walk).
  • Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
  • Have fun during the warmer months with activities such as hiking. Additional recreation onsite includes volleyball and yoga. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or use the hostal's other amenities, which include spa services and a picnic area. Essence Arenal Hostel also has a garden.
8.4.Very good.
  • 10.0.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, Oct 28, 2019

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  • 8.0.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, Dec 31, 2018

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  • 8.0.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, Dec 13, 2018

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Nous avons adoré cet hôtel avec une magnifique jungle et une super vue sur le volcan. Le personnel est très sympathique et les repas sont excellents.

    1 night family trip, Feb 8, 2020

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  • 6.0.Good

    Chambre très petite, même pas de place pour ouvrir les valises. Odeur d’egout dans la salle de bain. Chambre ne correspond pas du tout à la photo.

    Trotoux, 2 night romance trip, Mar 25, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Hôtel accueillant, personnel aux petits soins, nourriture excellente et végétarienne ! Ballades autour de l’hotel au top...

    2 night trip, Jan 8, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    Super beau site!

    Super beau spot! Staff exceptionnel! Au resto végétarien, tout était absolument délicieux! Jaccuzi avec vue sur le volcan Arenal très apprécié! Chambre plutôt minimaliste, mais on n'était pas là pour rester dans la chambre... La piscine est assez loin sur la finca (ferme) et demande une bonne marche en nature.

    M-C, 3 night trip, Jul 7, 2018

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  • 6.0.Good

    Erik, 2 night trip, Dec 28, 2019

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  • 8.0.Very good

    2 night romance trip, Aug 7, 2018

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