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1 room, 2 adults

Essence Arenal Hostel, Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica

2-star2 stars
1 Km Sur Escuela del Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park, Peñas Blancas, 1230, Costa Rica

Mountain hostal with outdoor pool, near Lake Arenal
  • Free WiFi in lobby and free parking
  • Rustic. Beautiful views. Staff was amazing. Beds were not so comfortable. Food was great.…Jan 26, 2020
  • Amazing stay! Beautiful view of Lake Arenal and good vibesJan 23, 2020

Essence Arenal Hostel, Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica

from NZ$57
  • Deluxe Quadruple Room, Private Bathroom
  • Quadruple Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Triple Room, Shared Bathroom
  • Deluxe Room, 1 Double Bed
  • Quadruple Room

What’s around Essence Arenal Hostel, Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica


  • Arenal Volcano National Park - 29 min walk
  • Lake Arenal - 1 min walk
  • Costa Rica Sky Adventures - 2.5 mi / 4 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)

At a glance

Key facts


  • 15 rooms


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

Travelling with others


  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi in public areas



  • Airport shuttle *


  • Free self parking

Payment types at the property

  • Cash

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


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

Essence Arenal Hostel, Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica’s 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


  • 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.

    Optional extras

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

    Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

    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.

    FAQs for Essence Arenal Hostel, Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica

    • Does Essence Arenal Hostel offer free cancellation for a full refund?
      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.
    • Is parking offered at Essence Arenal Hostel?
      Yes, there's free self parking.
    • Is there a pool at Essence Arenal Hostel?
      Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
    • Are pets allowed at Essence Arenal Hostel?
      Sorry, pets and service animals aren't allowed.
    • What are the check-in and check-out times at Essence Arenal Hostel?
      You can check in from 11 AM to 9:00 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
    • Are there restaurants at or near Essence Arenal Hostel?
      Yes, there's an onsite restaurant that serves vegetarian cuisine.
    • Is airport shuttle service offered by Essence Arenal Hostel?
      Yes, an airport shuttle is available.
    • What is there to do near Essence Arenal Hostel?
      Recommended spots to visit include Lake Arenal (1-min walk) and Arenal Volcano National Park (1.5 mi), along with Costa Rica Sky Adventures (2.5 mi) and Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park (9.3 mi).

    Recent reviews

    Very good 8.2 From 22 reviews

    Very good 8.0
    Beautiful place to stay
    The rooms are small but nice, service is great and the views are amazing!
    Cameron, us3 night romance trip
    Very good 8.0
    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, us3 night family trip
    Exceptional 10.0
    Amazing place with amazing staff
    David, ca2 night family trip

    Essence Arenal Hostel, Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica

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