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“Don't stay here - Terrible!”
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El Establo
Ranked #11 of 21 Hotels in Monteverde
austin tx
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“Don't stay here - Terrible!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2006

We paid not to stay here - we checked in and then moved over to Heliconia without even staying the night we had to pay for.

The restaurant was positively horrendous - the food they served looked like it had literally been out for days.

The place is so spread out that you have to call for a shuttle van to pick you up and drop you off (and that service ends at 10 pm)

You also have to wear a cheesy armband like you're at an amusement park or something. The staff was not friendly or helpful.

Yes, the views were nice, but that's where my compliments end. Heliconia had essentially the same view since it's next door, but with lower prices and much friendlier service.

  • Stayed December 2005
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2005

This place is not worth the money. The service is poor and not friendly. The room had an amazing view but too many other drawbacks. There is no heat and it gets very cold. The walls of the bathroom don't reach the ceiling so there is NO privacy. The TV remote wouldn't work and the staff wouldn't give us a different one. You have to wear an armband identifying yourself as a guest. The walk up to the hotel room from the office almost requires a car (far and steep road). The food at the restaurant was awful. We had dinner there and didn't bother going back for the free breakfast the next morning.

The up-sides: terrific view, American channels on TV (no, I'm not on vacation to watch American TV but it was nice to catch up with some news after more than a week away).

  • Stayed December 2005
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Property: 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
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 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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