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El Establo

3.5 of 5 Resort   |   Diagonal to Escuela Rafael Arguedas | N 10° 18.7836 / W 84° 48.9587, 60109, Costa Rica
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Ranked #5 of 18 hotels in Monteverde
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed here for 3 nights and through the hotel booked the following excursions: day hike in Monteverde Cloud Forest, night hike on the hotel's grounds, and Sky Trek ziplining. Everyone at the hotel was very helpful and pleasant. They even recommended places to eat in Santa Elana which were fabulous. The breakfast, which is included, was much better than... More

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading some of the bad reviews i expected a yucky rustic cabin with constant noise. But i was happily surprised. This is a really great place, no idea why all the bad reviews. The rooms are really comfortable, great views from the room with balcony, large beds, large luxury bathroom with bath. Yes, i guess the walls are thin,... More

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New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I stayed at El Establo about a week ago. As we were being dropped off at the hotel by Gray Line, our driver said, we were staying at the nicest hotel in the Monteverde area. It's a beautiful, rustic looking hotel with buildings built into the mountainside. We were in the 500 building, probably about half way... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 hotel reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This very expensive hotel has some positive features, notably the lovely property and the great views. But the inconveniences and the oddities outweigh the positives. The property is located on a steep slope, so that if you are an older person (my wife and I are 65+), it is difficult to get around. The only option is to wait for... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I guess this place is more about couples as having to use a bus to get around the buildings and areas of the spread out resort would not be ideal for children, that's not to say there's nothing for children to do as there is two swimming pools, a playground, sports pitches and a few animals. Having said the above... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is no doubt the view is what works here. But it all ends there. Buildings are located on a very steep and long hill. It would take a serious hike with water and many rests to climb up to your room. The only path is the main road filled with nasty smelling diesel shuttles. To go anywhere you need... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed here for 3 nights, lucky we got a room in the 300 series up from the restaurant. We were actually surprised as we got a bedroom with a loft. Very very nice view and very nice room. Breakfast was included, pretty decent for the area. About a 10 minute walk to central town, lots of restaurants to choose from,... More

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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family of 5 stayed here for two days. The weather is awesome as is the view and location of the facility. Rustic and spartan, but clean and well maintained. No air conditioning but it is NOT needed. The evenings are cool and the girls and I wore light weight jackets. The evening of our arrival brought us a coati that... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

agree with another reviewer that maybe not a 5 star for the states but likely so for costa rica or the rain forest. the location is a bit isolated although there is a little town close by if you are located at the 300's or below. The view is incredible and loved the rustic look and feel. we had a... More

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Bend, Oregon, United States
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our first few nights in Costa Rica were at the El Establo. In fact as I'm writing this, I'm drinking a beer at the upper pool area! The place is great, but to clarify a few prior reviewer comments: 1) It's not necessarily a 5 star resort in typical US standards. It's probably 5 star for Monteverde, but it lacks... More

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Address: Diagonal to Escuela Rafael Arguedas | N 10° 18.7836 / W 84° 48.9587, 60109, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Establo 3.5*
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El Establo Hotel Monteverde
El Establo Monteverde
El Establo Costa Rica/Monteverde

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Nestled in the misty cloud forest of Monteverde, El Establo offers the best quality services that will make your trip an unforgettable experience: The area`s best view, heated indoor pools, spa, restaurants, café-bars, special events center, internet access, souvenirs shop, tennis court, basketball court, mini soccer court, hiking trails, canopy tour and the most charming staff. This half Costarican – half Quaker, family owned hotel, will allow you to share the best of both cultures. ... more   less 
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