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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
Madison, Wisconsin
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“Okay . . .”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

This hotel was nice and had a beautiful view, but was very spread out, so you have to call a shuttle to get anywhere. The pool areas were nice, but the heated one was freezing and we never even went to the non-heated one. Overall, the hotel was alright but not great.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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Winter Park, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

This hotel was provided on our tour. It is very scenic and our room was interesting as it had a loft as well as a down stairs. Very comfortable.

On the negative, this place, up in the mountain area, thin air included, has an amazing amount of stairs to navigate to get anywhere. It is a large property. Their are shuttle vans to assist if you want.
About service- a bit lacking on that count. The hotel offers a concierge service but we are told he can only help with on-property events. He would not help with restaurants in town. They will not help with cash advance on debit or credit card. That by itself is not tragic but it turned out there was an ATM directly off property and the option was not even pointed out to us.
Bar service was good but food service only marginal. The place is clean and comfortable. It was a good base of operations for neat tours.

Stayed February 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

My wife and I stayed at El Establo for 2 nights in February 2014, in building 800. The views are stunning, the Gulf of Nicoya, the Nicoya Peninsula and the Pacific. The 12 buildings containing the hotel rooms are very separate from each other, and up the side of a VERY steep hill, and so you call the van to catch a ride to everything. The van usually shows up within minutes, except during peak times, but you may have to make a series of stops to pick up other guests. The restaurants and pool are each in separate buildings too. We are pretty athletic, have raced triathlons for years, and the hill is still a monster. And the shuttles only run 6:30-10, so we had to walk down the hill for an early morning tour pickup at the reception building. There are 2 restaurants, which were OK, nothing special, Laggos being the upscale one. The pool was small and enclosed on 3 sides, open on the side with the view. From reception, it's about a 3/4 mile walk into town, so we walked in for lunch one day. Internet access is terrible, even bad in the common areas. The front desk claimed there was no internet in the rooms, but there was an open access connection in each building, but it was almost unusable. The rooms were nice, but the louvered windows into the open hallway let in too much noise. There is a zip line and guided night tours on the grounds, for additional price. The complementary breakfast was overrun with a busload of seniors, making it crowded and less than ideal. If the view is your primary reason for choosing a hotel, you'll like this place, but I can not recommend it overall.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Clean rooms. Beautiful west views of the peninsula from balcony. Especially in the 500 to 900 block of rooms. Really spread out but have quick shuttles everywhere. Just far enough away from downtown to be quiet but close enough to walk. Everything very well maintained and looked after

Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This property has a tremendous view being on the side of a hill. It is a very large property with all amenities; restaurants (2), pool, tennis court, conference center, spa and excursion desk. There are 9 buildings each going higher on the grounds. This requires, for most of us, to call for their shuttle. The rooms have great views and are spacious. The staff maintains everything well cleaned. The water is safe to drink. The cons: too large a property. no drawers in rooms, no place to hang clothing in the bathroom, no toilette paper holder, too shallow a sink and each lower floor room is too noisy being adjacent to the hallway which all have to use.

The property is well located for all that Monteverde has to offer. I consider this the best hotel in this area.

Room Tip: The top floors are quiet and the end rooms farthest from the entrance have the vest views.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Franklin, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We stayed here two nights. Fabulous sprawling grounds but on a steep hill, and if your room was higher up from reception, the steepness made walking very difficult, if not impossible. You needed to call for the shuttle, which was usually quite prompt. The rooms were a bit spartan but adequate. There is no heat or AC, and you only have enough hot water for a half our before you have to wait for it to heat up again. For my wife and I it was not an issue. The buildings, however, could be quite noisy at night - doors slamming, loud hallway conversations. The view from the room was beautiful. The restaurant was pretty good, the breakfast buffet the weakest link. We had dinner one night which started off well, with very good food and service, but our server then disappeared as other customers came and went. We had to hunt for her and when we finally found her she developed an attitude. The rest of the staff were great.

Room Tip: We had some great meals at some of the local restaurants. Very inexpensive.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Delaware
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Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

This property has nine (9) separate buildings of rooms going up the side of a mountain, however, a shuttle service is always available. Breakfast is included and is very good. There are hiking trails, a zip line, and a very nice pool on the property. A very reasonable "happy hour" is offered from 4 to 7 nightly. The rooms are over sized and all with a good view. When in Monteverde for the nature you should pamper yourself at this lodge.

Room Tip: There are no bad rooms but if you want to be close to the restaurant try to be in the 100 or 200 bui...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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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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El Establo Hotel Monteverde
El Establo Monteverde
El Establo Costa Rica/Monteverde

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