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El Establo
Ranked #10 of 20 Hotels in Monteverde
Reviewed April 16, 2013

This is a very odd hotel. Yes it is on steep slopes but as others have stated there is a fairly efficient shuttle service which you can call up from your room - going down- or from reception - going up. Be aware this apparently stops at 10pm so don't be late in unless you fancy a hard walk uphill. There are some nine levels so the top rooms are only for very fit people.
The rooms are large with nice views but no coffee/tea making facilities. On enquiring they said they'd had problems with the machines so removed them. If you didn't have a travel kettle then you had to go down to reception to get a cuppa!! While you're there, don't forget to pick up a key for the room safe otherwise you'll have to descend the mountain again.
One of our party ate at the a la carte restaurant adjacent to level 5. They had a very good meal but were nearly charged double for a bottle of wine. Hopefully this was just an accident.

Breakfast in the lower restaurant was typical costa rican fair and they did offer omelettes but only if you paid $2 extra. In all my travels round the world I have never been asked to pay a surcharge for an omelette!!
We walked down to the spa around 4:00pm which was apparently open until 9pm but completely closed up. There was no information pack in the room and I couldn't find anything on the TV.
There was a very nice swimming pool just below level 5 but no pool attendant or bar.
The wifi room in block 5 was locked all the time we were there.
I wonder if the hotel was in fact open at all?

On a positive note, the Chimera restaurant just outside the hotel gates did excellent tapas and the Treehouse in the village was jolly good as well. Try the chinese style tilapia.

Room Tip: Probably foresake the views from higher up and go for a level 1 or 2 room nearer civilisation.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

This hotel looks good from the outside but is pretty average inside. Also no wifi in the room is not acceptable these days. There is absolutely no business centre to speak of so don't expect to be able to get any work done. There are mini fridges but the electricity is shut off every time you leave the room so you can't really use it and the bedside clock is always blinking. I'm all for saving electricity but then don't bother have a fridge or a clock. The concierge was fine but isn't going to win a personality award. Around the pool repairs are needed but instead of fixing it - for example - a broken board has been covered with a potted plant. The Monte Verde area is excellent but the hotel was pretty mediocre overall. Another example is there is no lighting along the pathways at night - makes it very difficult to navigate.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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2  Thank Jessicorama
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

The bedroom I had was huge and well-appointed but a long steep walk down to reception and restaurant. No drinks making facilities in bedrooms, fortunately I had my trusty travel kettle with me! There was a small balcony outside the room but no chairs or table. I was really disappointed with El Establo because the steepness of the terrain made it difficult to go out for a walk, which is what I love to do on holiday.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled solo
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1  Thank pandaUK
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

The hotel is a little way out of the village and there's really not much to do in the area in the evening. The rooms are lodges up a very steep hill but you can get a lift; coming down is easy!

We had a very disappointing meal at the 'fine dining' restaurant; the breakfast was average. There's a lovely restaurant a few yards down the road towards the village and a bakery opposite.

The room we had was wonderful.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Alan B
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

We had a standard room and it was quite spacious and the views are fabulous. There is an issue, in that you have to take a shuttle every time you want to go to the reception area, the hill is so steep and walking down it is very difficult and walking up would take you forever, depending on your room location. That being said, the shuttles are always available very quickly, no matter which way you are going. The other downside is there is no Wifi in the rooms, you have to go to a public area. I know that used to be fine, but nowadays, it’s a bit annoying to have to haul your laptop down to the pool to check emails or catch up on something from home, etc. There’s no A/C (or heat), but there’s a really great breeze that keeps the room comfortable. The bathroom has a tub, but there are water restrictions, so you have to take that into consideration. The pool near the middle section is very nice, with a gym and a fabulous view over the valley out to the bay. If you do end up walking down the hill, you will find a huge enclosure with peacocks - a hidden gem. The buffet breakfast is nice with a good variety. The menu for lunch and dinner is quite expensive, although the food is very good. You can take a night time nature hike right there at the hotel, which is great if you don’t want to have to take a taxi or transfer all the way over to the actual cloud forest park. It is $25 a person and lasts about two hours. Our guide was very nice and found interesting spiders and frogs and snakes for us to see. The guides have flashlights for you to use, but we also had our own, which was helpful when batteries ran out. The view of the sunset and night time star gazing is fantastic from the top of the hotel property.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank RYC88
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

This hotel seems to have a wide range of reviews, so we were a bit concerned before our two-night stay. However, our experience was excellent. Our room was in the 200 block, at the bottom of the hill near the restaurant. We traded off the spectacular views at the top of the hill for the convenience of being a bit closer to the main road. The room had a lovely balcony, two very comfortable queen-size beds, beautiful bathrooms and was spotless. The rooms have a certain "mountain-lodge" style, with wood paneling and rocking chairs. Hallways have stone floors. The bathrooms have a separate shower and soaker tub with a good backrest.

There is no air-conditioning, but we were very comfortable with the screen window on the balcony. There is also a screen window in the bathrooms, which overlook the hallways. You will want to close these at night, or you might pick-up some hallway noise from those stone floors.

The breakfast was very good, with a variety of fresh fruit, eggs and pastries. Omlettes are available for a small, additional charge. This hotel, because of its size, does have bus tour clientele, so we suggest that travelers on a more flexible schedule wait until the tour groups clear out of the restaurant and then enjoy a more relaxed breakfast.

There are two pools; we suggest climbing the hill to use the pool with the stunning views. People who like really warm pools might find the pool temperature a bit chilly.

A few restaurant tips: We walked to to excellent, nearby restaurants. Chimera is just outside the gates of the property, and is a lovely, tiny jewel of a restaurant with excellent cocktails, creative food and great service at a reasonable price. We also ate at Sofia, which is about a ten minute walk. It is a bit fancier and pricier, but still an excellent choice. (We felt very safe walking here at night). We also had an excellent lunch at an authentic "soda" or diner in Santa Elena... incredible fruit shakes and arroz on pollo at "Sabor Tico", which is a short cab ride from the hotel.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Scotiatravel
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

This was probably the most comfortable place we stayed in Costa Rica with superb views from the Cloud Forest across to the Pacific Coast. The only down-side is that the view exists because the accommodation is distributed up the side of an incredibly steep hill, but the hotel provides a shuttle service between the various accommodation blocks and the public areas.

The breakfast was excellent, although it was bizarre that you had to pay $2 if you wanted an omelette (unsurprisingly, no-one seemed to be eating omelettes!). The restaurant was superb with very high standard of food and ambience.

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Tony T
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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 Airport Transportation
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Ranked #10 of 20 Hotels in Monteverde
Price Range: $106 - $238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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