Perched on a 22-hectare hilltop with incredible volcano and lake views, this ‘boutique hostel’ is the best cheap sleep in the Arenal region. Bed down in a basic but clean room or a fine hip-ified tent, done up with plush bedding and wood furnishings. It’s an eclectic, positive-energy place, offering group hikes, yoga classes and good vibes.

Guests participate in the loving preparation of vegetarian meals that will delight even the most hardcore carnivore; the restaurant is open 7am to 8pm. Turn left towards the Butterfly Conservatory and continue 1km uphill to the hostel.

Property description


Located less than 10 km from Arenal Volcano National Park, this rustic farm stay features a spring-fed outdoor swimming pool, on-site yoga lessons and a working coffee plantation.

Essence Arenal offers spacious rooms with a wardrobe, tiled floors and a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. They also feature mountain and lake views.

The property serves vegetarian cuisine at its on-site restaurant, and guests will find other dining options within 600 metres of the property.

Essence Arenal also offers on-site massage services and temazcal treatments and can help guests arrange hiking and horse riding.

The local Butterfly Conservatory is 800 metres from the property, while Juan Santamaria International Airport can be reached in a 3-hour drive.