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Starting at $50 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights

Featuring comfortable, spacious rooms, the Essence Arenal and Spa is the place to stay during your next Costa Rican adventure. Hike, go horseback riding, explore Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano, and so much more while you stay at this scenic hotel.


Great location at Essence Arenal and Spa
Great location at Essence Arenal and Spa

Explore the natural beauty of Costa Rica and immerse yourself in its authentic tropical setting by staying at the Essence Arenal and Spa. Located in El Castillo, which is a small, quaint village that neighbors La Fortuna, this hotel sits directly on Lake Arenal and even overlooks Arenal Volcano. Offering views of pristine forested land and breathtaking sights of the tropical settings in the area, this resort's setting sets guests up for the experience of a lifetime.

Settle into your room and take off to the forest trails where you can find a majestic waterfall nestled in the depths of the rainforest. Or, enjoy the nearby hot springs, go horseback riding, take a canopy tour, and so much more. Your opportunities for exploration and adventure are endless when you stay at the Essence Arenal and Spa!

When you're done adventuring for the morning or afternoon, satisfy your hunger at the onsite restaurant. Known for its dinner demo cuisines, you can participate in the creation of your meal with hands-on instruction from a gourmet chef. This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy delicious local dishes and learn more about cuisine in the area.

Rooms at this boutique hotel are spacious, comfortable, and inviting. With direct views of the surrounding natural beauty, you will feel right at home. Plus, with such budget-friendly options, you can extend your trip or explore more of Costa Rica's incredible scenery with cost-efficiency. Some rooms also have space for multiple people, so whether you are traveling with a partner, your entire family, or a small group of friends, enough space for your entire party awaits.

This boutique hotel is also home to an onsite farm where you can see others harvesting foods that grow in the natural habitat and enjoy what they have to offer. You can also take a trip to the hotel's spa where you can enjoy a variety of different treatment options, from massages and mud wraps, and more. Take in the natural beauty that surrounds you while you relax, unwind, and enjoy yourself.

A stay at the Essence Arenal and Spa is never wasted. Come explore everything this picturesque hotel offers for yourself!

Key Features

Pool view at Essence Arenal and Spa
Pool view at Essence Arenal and Spa
  • Backpackers resort
  • Jungle trails, arenal lake, waterfall
  • Birdwatching spot
  • Spanish clasess
  • Free Internet
  • Organic restaurant
  • Tours connections
  • At 30 min away from the city
  • English, spanish, deutsch, italian speaking
Starting at $50 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights


Cable TV
Daily Maid Service
Family Friendly
Hotel near Forest
Hotel near Volcano
Internet Available
Laundry Service
Restaurant On Site
Room Service
Smoke Free Rooms
Tour Desk
Wi-Fi Internet


Family rooms at Essence Arenal and Spa
Family rooms at Essence Arenal and Spa

Experience Costa Rica on a budget by complementing your experience with a stay in one of Essence Arenal and Spa's exceptional rooms. Every room is spacious with plenty of room for luggage, and with options for any budget and any number of people, your stay will be more than enjoyable from the moment you arrive. Every room also comes with orthopedic mattresses and anti-allergen pillows.

Standard Private Bathroom Designed for two people, groups of up to four can stay comfortably in this room.

Private Room with Shared Bath Pick from the two-person (3 maximum) or two-person (5 maximum).

Superior Terrace Tents with Shared Bath Choose between rooms that hold up to two people or five people.

Standard Tents with Shared Bath These spacious, comfortable tents can hold up to three people.

Superior Room with Private Bath Choose a room that fits up to two people maximum or four people maximum.

Starting at $50 (USD) / night
Suggested Nights Stay: 3 Nights


Sky Trek Travel to the top of the tree canopy via a silent gondola and fly back down using the zip lines or the gondola again while witnessing incredible views of the lush rainforest and Lake Arenal.

Canopy Los Canones With crocodile pits, hot springs, 12 zip lines, hiking trails, and more, this is one place you need to explore.

Canoa Aventura Take a tour through northern Costa Rica in a canoe while enjoying views of rare tropical birds.

Arenal Eco Zoo This one-of-a-kind zoo offers hands-on amphibian and reptile demonstrations.

Wave expeditions No matter your skill level, you can go on a white water rafting adventure on Río Toro.

Horseback riding Explore Lake Arenal and the surrounding areas on horseback.

Desafío A guide will take you to an isolated area of the rainforest where you will be able to rappel down four majestic waterfalls.

Tours Offered

ATV Riding
Bird Watching
Bungee Jumping
Butterfly Farm
Canopy Tours / Zip Line
Cooking Classes
Family Friendly Tours
Horseback Riding
Mountain Biking
National Park / Reserve Tours
Night Hikes
White Water Rafting
Wildlife Viewing


Prices Starting at $50 (USD) / night
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Location & Map

Arenal Volcano & Northern Highlands Map
Arenal Volcano & Northern Highlands Map
Essence Arenal and Spa is located in the town El Castillo
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