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“Pretty hotel with nice views” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #9 of 21 Hotels in Monteverde
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“Pretty hotel with nice views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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 up, a little far for me to walk up and down, but my daughter had no problem walking up the paths. There are shuttle buses that constantly run up and down. Whenever we called for a shuttle, there was one waiting at the door, before we could even walk down the hallway. The room was a good size with a large bathroom. It did get a little warm in there at 4:00 when the sun came through the window. There was no air conditioning or ceiling fan, but there are vents above the sliding door, so if you left the curtain open at night, you did get a little breeze. Free breakfast was included, but restaurant was closed that week for lunch/dinner. Breakfast included a nice selection of food and it was pretty good. There is also a more expensive restaurant on property, Laggus. We had desserts there one night - a trio of petite desserts for $8 (ordered a couple). They were tasty and we devoured them in no time flat. There is also a bakery/sandwich shop at the bottom of the hill which was pretty good. ATM machine too. You could walk down the street about 10 minuets and find a few shops and restaurants. We also took a cab into town for a few dollars. I believe the hotel had 2 pools and a tennis court, but we didn't get a chance to use them. We did do the Night Walk for about $25 per person. You were given a flashlight and walked around trails at night looking for animals. It was fun. We saw a really beautiful sunset from on top of the mountain. We also saw a couple of Coati roaming the grounds during the daytime and there are some peacocks and other birds along one of the paths. They also have zip lines/canopy tour. Wi-fi was available in "common" areas. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Farmington, Connecticut
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3 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 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 the shuttle bus, which is extremely unpredictable. Sometimes it arrives fairly quickly, while at other times one has to wait for a long time. The rooms are also very strangely designed. There is no cupboard space, and no drawer space at all. The bathroom is roomy, but designed so that one cannot get to the sink without closing the door. Also, there is no light in the shower area, so that one has to shower in the semi-darkness. Through most of the day, only one restaurant or bar is open. This is located at one end of the property, and therefore difficult to get to. There were no towel racks in the bathroom, and strangely enough, no holder for the toilet paper! All in all, a lovely property, but the rooms are not very well or thoughtfully designed.

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

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 the resort is clean and the views are incredible.

The restaurant is nice but expensive so you may want to try the local restaurants off resort.

There are some great nature trails on site and also zip wires all paid for in the reception.

If you want peace and quite and lots of walking/bus trips this is the ideal place but as I say in the title atmosphere is something the venue is lacking.

Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

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 to call a shuttle and it's a long wait.

Walls are paper thin. You WILL be waking up at 6 or so no matter how well you sleep. Doors slamming, echoes in the hallway, the sound of people waiting for the shuttle.

Room amenities. None. Safe is a consumer grade box where you need to leave a $35 deposit to use it. Poor lighting, horrible shower, zero ventilation (there is no fan, heat, or ac).

Pool (you need a shuttle to get to it) was small and unappealing. There was a guy selling drinks from a cooler.

We stumbled on the restaurant by accident. The building has no sign on it. It looked like someones private suite. We walked into the upstairs bar and there were no signs, our anything. . It was bizarre. The only guy there was a bartender. When we asked to see the menu, it was clear it was going to be a weird night. He spoke no English (our problem, not his). When we tried to give him our order, he looked really frustrated and pissed off.

Just a weird place and not recommended.

Stayed August 2014, traveled with friends
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Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

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, mostly a tourist trap. I wouldn't walk though, pay a taxi for $2 USD, as theres a steep hill to go up/down. Small convenience across the road to buy water. Service excellent, no complaints. There's a computer and phone that you can use to make local calls. Only downside is the washroom is very dark, I know they try to save energy, but they could use an extra light.

Room Tip: Choose the 300 series rooms for close to the reception/front desk/ breakfast restaurant.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

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 was meandering around the grounds. So CUTE!!! So let´s talk about the insects.. yes, they are in abundance, however this is Costa Rica and the bugs are plentiful. The situation is what it is and it´s simply a matter of dealing with it.. The breakfast is great and presented buffet style. This hotel was very accommodating in terms of electricity. I have a child who has Type 1 Diabetes. Her insulin MUST be refrigerated and the hotel staff went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure her medication remained refrigerated and her ice packs frozen for travel. No wifi in rooms, but there are several centers on the property that does allow for wifi access. I would defintely return!

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Location
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

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 loft that we didn't use but was cool and a beautiful view from the deck. the upper pool was lovely and a nice little exercise room

Room Tip: pick 300 or lower if want access to town
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 21 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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