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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
Washington, D.C.
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great hotel and location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We enjoyed El Establo as it was a comfortable hotel, about a 20 minute walk into town, and the property is so big it has its own hiking at the top of the mountain. You could hoof it to the top or there's a shuttle that can take you there. Definitely bring your camera and binoculars as there was much exciting biodiversity to see.

Our room was a short walk from the main building, however, we heard that the restaurant, Laggos, near the top of the mountain was good, so one night we called for the shuttle to take us there. It was the best food we had while in Monteverde.

A couple restaurants are a short walk away and a supermarket is about a 10 minute walk in a newly constructed shopping center.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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24 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

It all started well as we were upgraded. Our room had an amazing view over the Nicoya Gulf, allowing us to look at the clouds rolling in and out and some of the most fabulous sunsets. The resort is set on a steep hill but there are shuttles if you don't feel up to the climb. The facilities are excellent including the chance for a night walk, if you are interested, but you will catch sight of wildlife - we saw an armadillo near reception! Free wifi is available but only in designated areas - actually it does you good to do without email contact for a while. Just enjoy the peace and quiet and the views.

Room Tip: Rooms halfway up the hill are a good compromise for the view but not too much of a walk uphill.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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18 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

This place is amazing with great view and nice room. We feel the beds (and bedding) are the most comfortable ones in all our hotel experience. We were very happy with this hotel but have a couple of recommendations.

1. It would be a good idea providing Wi-Fi in the room. The Wi-Fi is free but you have to take a shuttle to the wi-fi zone to access it. With the people depending on technology so much today, it would be a good idea to have more convenient Internet Access.
2. The wooden door and windows are very nice. However, those do create noises when people close them. It would be a good idea to use some cushion (rubber for example) to reduce the noise. Those door slamming sound destroyed a very nice morning in a quite mountain area.

Room Tip: The higher the number, the farther you are from the main office. 100-200 room may be noisy because t...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sterling, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

Our first trip with a group (Gate 1 Travel) brought us to one of the most incredible places; Monteverde, Costa Rica. The El Establo was a beautiful hotel/resort in Monteverde. It is set on the mountain and begins at the reception building. Our room, which had a view anybody would cry over (in a good way), was about 1 mile up the mountain (they have vans running all day/night - to 10PM).

The room itself was so unexpectedly beautiful, the bathroom well appointed with separate shower and bathtub. TV with cable including HBO and channels from Miami. The beds were very comfortable and the room was spotless; of course, the view incredible.

We only ate breakfast at the hotel and it was very good. I've visited many hotels and travelled a lot. This hotel and the surrounding area were awesome. Even though it rained most of the time we were there, we still had a fabulous time. Don't let the rainy season stop you from going!!! Walking the property is like exploring some of the places you went to see in CR. Town is a short walk away where you can eat. There are also several places right across the street for sweets or dinner.

My only complaint - the hotel charged extra for waffles and omelets. My husband would complain that the wifi was only available at the reception building but to me that is a good thing - don't change it!!! If I had my druthers I would have the TV in the room :)

One other kudo to Gate 1 Travel (www.gate1travel.com). Our first time on a tour and it was fabulous! The trip up the mountain to get to Monteverde was treacherous! I'm so glad we went with a tour up 37KM of dirt road/mountain. Don't do it at night!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The rooms are cozy, clean but a little bit old, TV is a big CRT, there are no closets, drawers to put your belongings, iron or iron board, no AC/Heater (basically not necessary as the weather is always ~18/20 Celsius) in the nights the temperature could go really low and it is uncomfortable not having a heater.

We had some problems with bugs, (cockroach and a little scorpion) that we easily eliminated, you have to remember that you're in the middle of the jungle so don't get scared, this is completely normal.

Service staff was courteous, amenities were good and a new set was delivered every day, the location is perfect 1km to downtown and many of the area attractions. Rates are a little bit high however this is one of the best hotels in the area, if not the best one. They have their own transportation within the property.

The pool temperature was about right, and the GYM machines are almost useless as many have electrical problems or missing parts. Good hotel for families and couples, not good if you have members with disabilities as there are lots of hills, stairs and unless you request rooms at the first floor you won't be able to be happy.

Room Tip: Definitively you need to ask for the rooms located in the 400 or 500 building, those are close to th...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphi, PA
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Very nice complex up in the mountains. Includes two restaurants, two pools, their own canopy and night tours. Although there is no in room wi-fi, we stayed in room 307 and were able to pick it up from the lobby. Yippee! We have a beautiful view of mountains and water and this room has a king size bed up in the loft and another on the main floor. Great for families.

Room Tip: Rooms go up the mountain with the 100 series being closest to the bottom. There is a free shuttle se...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Round Rock, Texas
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This hotel, literally, had it's ups and downs. As already noted by many reviewers, it is a huge property set into the side of a very steep hill. It is a virtual necessity to use their van transportation to come or go from your room for any reason. Other than that, the beds were fairly comfortable, and the bathrooms were nice. It would have been nice if the rooms had a coffee pot and some free items in the mini-fridge. We did enjoy sitting in the rockers on the porch. We did not experience problems of noise that other reviewers noted. The buffet breakfast was fine, but an improvement would be offering the pancakes, waffles, and omelets without the extra charge. ($2 for 2 pancakes)(other hotels include these in the buffet). Our son played basketball on the basketball court, which was nice to have (but again we had to get a ride there and walk back). We did the night hike offered there, which was okay. We saw several insects, but no animals. The staffers there were okay, but nothing special. We experienced much more personable staff at both of the other hotels where we stayed.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 18 Hotels in Monteverde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Establo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 155
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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Also Known As:
El Establo Hotel Monteverde
El Establo Monteverde
El Establo Costa Rica/Monteverde

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