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El Establo

Diagonal to Escuela Rafael Arguedas | N 10° 18.7836 / W 84° 48.9587, 60109, Costa Rica
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  • Location
    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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Frankfurt
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51 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2010

The hotel is usually occupied with Americans who have booked a package tour and is also designed for their needs only. It really does not have any Costa Rica charm. Contrary to all the other hotels we had in CR, this hotel does not care at all about the environment. It is a very huge resort and build up a... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2010

stayed here 3 nights as part of a small group tour. The room was huge, very confortable beds, great little balcony, best room we had out of our 5 hotels in costa Rica! Stayed in the first building so walking to main area (restaurant and front desk and internet lounge) very easy. if you stay at the top, then you... More 

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Chicago, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2010

I agree with other reviewers that El Establo is mediocre, especially compared to the 2 other CR hotels at which we stayed. The entire complex (and it is a complex, not so much a resort) reminded me of summer camp. Our room was fine, but loud with the aforementioned thin wals, bathroom windows that open into the common hallways, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2010

We tried the canopy they have in the hotel itself which was good but if you explore other canopy places, ask which one has long cables. This one has a lot of relatively short ones with only 1 or 2 long cables. The staff were very nice and friendly and took beautiful pictures and videos of us while zip lining:)... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

We arrived here from La Fortuna, a little bit of a drive. The hotel check in/out was very good. The grounds are beautiful, once you’re up a little. I didn't like our room. It was clean and nice enough. It's just that it was so typical, and I hate having two queens in a room when it’s just two people.... More 

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Northern NJ
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2010

If you like standing in a queue with 50 people in front of you at the breakfast buffet, this may be your place. There was nothing really terrible about El Establo, but nothing really great about it either. The good: nice grounds, nice pool area with a good view of the mountains. There was also a nice outdoor fitness center... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2010

By far the worst place we stayed in Costa Rica, and at twice the price. There was almost nothing redeeming about this place except a spectacular setting and ok staff. The rooms are big but otherwise unexceptional. The hotel has no intimacy whatsoever. You have to call and take a van from your room to the spa, bar, dining and... More 

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San Rafael, California
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2010

Against our better judgement we booked El Establo for 3 nights as our top choices were not available (Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, Treehouse Resort, Fonta Vela...) We had hoped we'd end up with a great room which would counteract the multitude of comments about crappy service and ambivalent to rude attitudes of the staff. Unfortunately we were wrong. We booked... More 

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Miramichi, New Brunswick
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2010

This is a beautiful hotel, situated right on the side of a mountain. The rooms are luxurious, with sumptuous bath facilities. The climb up to the rooms can be challenging, but there are free shuttles from Reception to take you if you're not up to the walk. You have to leave a deposit at the Reception desk to use the... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2010

Monteverde is not easy to get to...20+ kilometers on very bumpy roads.. 4WD recommended. The Hotel itself is on beautiful grounds, clean, spacious rooms. No AC though (which is not needed), but if you keep a window open, your door will bang against the jam all night long. Overpriced restaurant, smarmy front desk girl.

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