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Pinehurst, North Carolina
Reviewed February 17, 2014

Overall, the bad out-weighed the good. We were 'upgraded ' but after seeing so many tour groups here, I think they needed to consolidate groups & we were moved to 400 body. Shuttle buses grinder up & down property all day from 6am till we passed out, like 10pm. Roomnhad paper thin sheets & room smelled musty. Second night, just...

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Madison, Wisconsin
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.

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Winter Park, Florida
Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

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...

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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...

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Saskatchewan
Reviewed February 10, 2014 via mobile

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

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Santa Rosa, California
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...

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Franklin, Michigan
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...

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Harbeson, Delaware
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...

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed February 6, 2014

It's difficult to beat the views which were spectacular from our rooms in the 700 block. The rooms were large but with very poor hanging space and a tiny safe. A modern bathroom was spoilt by some poor design. Worst of all was that it was cold and drafty; there's no air conditioning so vertical louvres in the corridors, bathrooms...

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London
Reviewed February 6, 2014

I loved this hotel. We stayed in the 800s which had spectacular views. The rooms were very clean and well maintained. Getting the shuttle is a bit of a pain, you may have to wait a while at peak times and we didn't realise the free service stops at 10.00pm. There is a taxi service, but you have to pay...

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa
  • Tennis Court
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  • Minibar
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  • Free Internet
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  • Breakfast included
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Bus Service
  • Dry Cleaning
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  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
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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 

Additional Information about El Establo

Address: Diagonal to Escuela Rafael Arguedas | N 10° 18.7836 / W 84° 48.9587, 60109, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Price Range: $134 - $214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — El Establo 3.5*
Number of rooms: 155
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Also Known As:
El Establo Hotel Monteverde
El Establo Monteverde
El Establo Costa Rica/Monteverde
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“The hotel had a loft, accessed by a vertical stair case , and a large window view out to the Pacific in the distance.”
 of 5 bubbles peterbG5213YI, 6 days ago | Read review
“All rooms potentially have a view. It depends how high up the hill you want to go ?”
  • Block 500 - Room 525 - View from room.
 of 5 bubbles ArcticExplorer51, 6 days ago | Read review
“Lower blocks nearer reception and restaurant,higher ones fab views.”
 of 5 bubbles suemJ7617QI, 1 week ago | Read review
“We were in the 500 block,w hich is the 5th up the hill of 9. Views were very good and it was close to the better restaurant.”
 of 5 bubbles Doug-Kennedy, 1 week ago | Read review
“If you want a view, go high. If you want to avoid spending time waiting for shuttles, go low.”
 of 5 bubbles whtschnauz, 1 week ago | Read review
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