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EL Establo Mountain Hotel

San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO)

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Based on 1572 reviews
Enjoy peace and tranquility at El Establo Mountain Hotel!
Room & Rates
Deluxe Room - EL Establo Mountain Hotel - 1

Deluxe Room

Starting from
$102 $82
Per Adult Nightly
Enjoy luxurious accommodations, including:
  • Wall-to-Wall Carpeting
  • Private Bathroom with Hot Water
  • Separate Bath Tub and Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • Telephone
  • Cable TV
  • Security Box
  • Two Queen Beds with Orthopedic Mattresses
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Junior Suite

Junior Suite

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$121 $97
Per Adult Nightly
Enjoy luxurious 55 sq. meters accommodations, including:
  • One king size bed
  • Living room
  • Balcony
  • Private bathroom with hot water, tub and shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Closet
  • Telephone
  • Coffee Maker
  • Security box
  • LCD 32-43-inch TV Cable
  • Mini fridge
  • Alarm clock
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Suite - EL Establo Mountain Hotel - 3

Suite

Starting from
$121 $97
Per Adult Nightly
Enjoy luxurious accommodations, including:
  • Wall-to-Wall Carpeting
  • Large, Private Bathroom with Hot Water
  • Separate Bath Tub and Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Minibar
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Telephone
  • Cable TV
  • Security Box
  • One King and One Queen Bed with Orthopedic Mattresses
  • Private Balcony with the Best View of Monteverde
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Honeymoon Suite - EL Establo Mountain Hotel - 2

Honeymoon Suite

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$163 $130
Per Adult Nightly
Enjoy luxurious accommodations, including:
  • Wall-to-Wall Carpeting
  • Large, Private Bathroom with Hot Water
  • Separate Jacuzzi and Shower
  • Hair Dryer
  • Minibar
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Telephone
  • Cable TV
  • Security Box
  • One King-Sized Bed with Orthopedic Mattress
  • Private Balcony with the Best View of Monteverde
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EL Establo Mountain Hotel
Diagonal to Escuela Rafael Arguedas, Monteverde, CC Costa Rica 60109

Location

Hidden away from the rest of the world, adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve, El Establo Mountain Hotel offers guests the peace and tranquility they have been searching for!

Why Stay Here

El Establo Mountain Hotel is set on a 150 acre farm, adjacent to the Monteverde Reserve. Fifty percent of this land is protected primary forest.

Resort Details

  • 155 Beautifully-Appointed Guest Rooms
  • One Indoor Tempered Swimming Pool
  • Two Bars
  • Two Fabulous Restaurants
  • Tennis and Soccer Courts
  • Green Leaf Spa
  • Conference Center
  • On-Site Canopy Tour

Accommodation Details

All of the rooms and suites at El Establo Mountain Hotel feature wall-to-wall carpeting, private bathrooms with hot water, separate bath tubs and showers, refrigerators, telephones, coffee makers, TV with cable television programming, hair dryers and security boxes, balcony or terrace. All of the beds in each accommodation feature deluxe, ultra-soft orthopedic mattresses and luxurious linens.

Restaurants, Lounges & Bars

  • Las Riendas: Offering the exquisite taste of traditional Costa Rican cuisine, as well as International dishes, with an A La Carte Menu and Buffet.
  • Laggus: Strategically located at the heart of the property, the chefs at Laggus choose the freshest ingredients to create the finest dishes. A spacious and modern two-story building with balconies, breathtaking views, a lounge/bar, and two private rooms, Laggus provides an inimitable culinary experience. This elegant and unique restaurant will satisfy even the most demanding palates.

For the Family

The staff at El Establo Mountain Hotel believes that it is very important to help their community and to celebrate Costa Rican culture. The hotel gives children ages five to thirteen the opportunity to learn and participate in Costa Rican dances. They also teach guests about the coffee mills, and give guests the opportunity to learn about the gastronomy of this beautiful and diverse country.

El Establo offers their guests the experience to enjoy an on-site Tree Top Canopy Tour. The Tour includes a 150 foot tower with 360 degree view, sixteen cables, two rope bridges, one loose rope and a Tarzan swing. The entire tour was built with the highest standards in safety and the tour is administered by experienced guides who will ensure the safety of their guests. Rain coats are provided if necessary, and free  transportation for this tour is provided by the hotel.

Pools & Spas

Green Leaf Spa focuses on beauty, health, and the well-being of their guests. Leave your daily stress behind and relax with massages, aromatherapy, wraps and baths. Their treatments include holistic massage of hot stones, tropical coco exfoliation, chocolate exfoliation and wrap, exotic baths in private Jacuzzis, facial treatments and more.

AMENITIES:
  • Basketball Court
  • Beauty Shop/Salon
  • Conference Rooms
  • Eco-Friendly
  • Fine Dining
  • Free Area Shuttle
  • Guest Activity Desk
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Jacuzzi/Hot Tub
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Massage Therapist
  • Mountain View
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Multiple Swimming Pools
  • Parking
  • Public Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Security Guard
  • Spa Services
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 1572 reviews
from Paris, France
Submitted on 20-05-2016
The rooms in this hotel are on a mountainside and the room allocated to us (I am 65 years old) was a 10 minute walk up an incline of 1 in 4 - they do provide a shuttle service. The rooms are huge with two queen size beds. Bathroom is also huge - bath and separate shower. Minimal toiletries provided. Corridors are extremely noisy from time to time. Lunch in the restaurant by reception was very mediocre - one of the worst experienced in Costa Rica. Luckily there are a couple of local restaur... Read more
from London, United Kingdom
Submitted on 21-05-2016
Like many other reviewers, we were here for a couple of nights to visit the rainforest. We were not part of a group. Checkin was half-hearted. The receptionist wasn't very interested, and was continually distracted by ringing phones. We were never given a plan or a description of the property, so we left without knowing about, let alone seeing, the spa, the peacocks, the Zips, the canopy, the hiking trails. We actually feel resentful to have missed all this. We were in one of the lower blocks,... Read more
from UK
Submitted on 22-05-2016
Hotel covers a massive area on a very steep hill. Use the shuttle to her about at night as no lighting. It's very steep-imagine slippy if wet. Off season book shuttle in advance as they don't run as many. Massive rooms. Relaxed atmosphere. Plenty of wildlife just in the grounds of the hotel. Stunning setting. Breakfast good choice at the bottom of the hotel site. Pool small but refreshing.
from England
Submitted on 23-05-2016
We arrived here after a 3 hour journey : no 'welcome drink' as we had had in every other hotel we stayed at in Costa Rica. Check-in was ok (but details on where breakfast was served were inaccurate) but then we were left to lug our own luggage back to the front entrance to get a mini-bus to our room : no mean feat when the whole area is cobbled. The driver dropped us and vaguely pointed in the direction of the room - again, we were left to carry 3 cases down 2 flights of stairs and along a cobbl... Read more
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Submitted on 24-05-2016
Compared to other hotels we have stayed in in Costa Rica, El Establo was far below expectations. It is based on a steep hill, so not very accessible without their mini bus service. The room was dark, lighting was terrible (in both bathroom and bedroom), bed was comfortable although had a horrible duvet/quilt on the top - we did wonder if they forgot the covers, but apparently not. Corridors were not well insulated and therefore every noise was reflected into the room, even with bathroom windo... Read more
from San Diego, California
Submitted on 31-05-2016
Stayed here with my sister last week. Gorgeous grounds, and the history of the hotel is fantastic. " During the Korean War (early 1950‚??s), a group of 40 Quakers decide to leave their native USA, running away from the punishment they had to endure by not sending their sons to war. That‚??s why they decided to look for new opportunities in life, in a country that offered the tranquility they were looking for. After a brief look, they decided to come to Costa Rica (who abolished the army in 1948)... Read more
from Mumbai (Bombay), India
Submitted on 02-06-2016
This is definitely one of the largest hotel property I have stayed in . The hotel starts from the main road and our room 828 was far inside. Imagine our taxi ride inside was a whole 5 mins . The view from our room was fantastic. The room and specially the bathroom is very tastefully done. BUT they have two tiny glasses is all they have . No tea or coffee maker . Not even a hot water kettle. We asked for coffee mugs and all they could give us was small tea cups. Room has no A/C or fan. No pa... Read more
from Miramar Beach
Submitted on 06-06-2016
Our room was good size and the bed was comfortable. The sink in the bathroom was very high. This is a mountain hotel and there was no air conditioning in our room. High up at the front and back of the room were open windows to let cool air in. That was ok, but it was humid. Cool but humid. The open windows also let in sound from outside, including other guests talking and moving about. The blocks of rooms are scattered up the mountain, so there is a wonderful view from every room. Gettin... Read more
from Holmdel, New Jersey
Submitted on 06-06-2016
Pros: One of the larger properties in Monteverde. Excellent food & bar onsite. High up on hill so nice views when sky was clear. Very good service. Cons: No A/C and no room fans. Had to keep vents open to outside porch and bathroom vents open to outside corridor to get some air circulation. This setup allows a lot of bugs to get into room and you can hear noise from rooms all around you and the corridor. Rooms have very poor lighting, I assume in an effort to "go green" but this was ridiculous... Read more
from Pennington, New Jersey
Submitted on 15-06-2016
Monteverde has its own unique charm in the cloud forest. A rocky drive to get there, but when you do, it feels like the you have arrived in an artist community in a way, with coop arts, coffee shops, and a yoga studio. The people are lovely. The walk through the rain forest pretty. But while the staff couldn't be nicer and more accommodating (A++), we weren't wowed by the rooms. That said, the dinner was superb! Then again, we weren't in Costa Rica to sit in our rooms! It is safe, clean and fi... Read more
from San Francisco, California, USA
Submitted on 17-06-2016
Beautiful and well maintained property. The rooms are HUGE and it felt more like a cabin up in Tahoe than a hotel. The property itself is also huge but there are complimentary shuttles that take you around the property. They came in about 5-10 minutes after calling. The property also featured many free amenities (tennis, swimming, soccer etc) and a few tours that were reasonably priced. We did the night tour (highly recommneded). We were hoping to do the zipline tour, however there was a thunder... Read more
from new york ny
Submitted on 25-06-2016
Let's start with the good stuff Pros: beautiful property, reasonable priced activities and excellent tour staff The hotel grounds were stunning. Guest are encouraged to walk the property and there is a lot to see. On the outside the rooms look great, but I'll elaborate on rooms later. From what I saw this was one of the larger hotels in the area. A huge plus is that they offer their own tours and activities for a great price. My husband and I did a night walk and canopy tour for $68 / pers... Read more
from Phoenix, Arizona
Submitted on 25-06-2016
The views from your back porches were stunning. This a hotel sits a very large area and requires shuttles to move people about. The staff were very helpful with this and there are various restaurants about to help limit your exertions. The rooms are quite large, but very noisy. Anything going on in the hallway is audible in your room. They all have back entrances where you can sit and enjoy the misty forest and myriad animal sounds.
from Jacksonville
Submitted on 26-06-2016
We stayed two-nights during our trek through Costa Rica. Loved the property though it is so expansive that you need to take advantage of the drivers to see it all. We were in the first building so getting around was easy. Our room had a balcony and loft which worked perfectly for 3-adult travelers. Agree with others that no A/C meant moths but once you turned off lights at night they don't bother you. The Canopy tour offered by the hotel was excellent, Roy and Pablo know their stuff. If you have... Read more
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Submitted on 26-06-2016
Wonderful place with a marvelous view, surrounded by trees and vegetation. Great gardens, perfect to walk inside the mountain or just relax. Very close to several local attractions such as canopy, hanging bridges, zip lining , horseback riding and many more. One restaurant that was my favorite was Don Luis about a 100 meters from the hotels entrance. Personally it was a great place to stay.
from Queens, New York
Submitted on 29-06-2016
My husband and I stayed there on our honeymoon trip to Costa Rica. Rooms were very large with great views. We actually had one of the lower rooms, so I can imagine the higher rooms were even better! We ate at Lagos the first night because the other restaurant was closed for an event and I'm glad we did! Food was outstanding, my husband had the Jimenez Ribeye and I had the Romeo and Juliet Tenderloin. Both were cooked perfectly and the accompanying sauces were amazing. We were there during the s... Read more
from Arlington, Massachusetts
Submitted on 05-07-2016
El Establo is a beautiful hotel on a lovely, large property. I stayed there with my kids, and we walked around for an hour and didn't cover it all. The view from the property, and from most of the rooms including the one we stayed in, is amazing. The rooms have no A/C, so we were a little warm, and noise really carries through the hallways, which was a little disruptive. Wifi is available only in specific areas of the hotel, like then reception area, and even then your mileage may vary. I wou... Read more
from Romulus, Michigan
Submitted on 07-07-2016
This hotel was absolutely beautiful, set in the mountains with trails on the property where we saw some cute wildlife. There is a shuttle service to take you anywhere on the grounds. The rooms DO NOT have a/c but the picture windows open if you don't have a balcony. When you consider where you are (the mountains), and factor in that June is part of their cooler season, I find a single complaint about this gorgeous experience of a hotel.
from Merendree, Belgium
Submitted on 09-07-2016
This hotel is very old-fashioned and really needs to be renovated. It feels like going on a schooltrip: big rooms with old furniture, almost no lights (or lights that are not working), no van or airco (so too hot to sleep if it's a warm night), dirty carpets on the floor, dirty duvets on top of the beds (with no cover), doors that have gaps (so that insects can come and visit you at night), ... The only 2 positive things are the views and fauna-flora + the restaurant Laggus has an excellent chef... Read more
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Submitted on 10-07-2016
The grounds are nice but very large and built on a hill. You won't want to walk it much and they have a good shuttle system. Never ate at the restaurant. The free morning breakfast was OK but like typical buffet type free breakfasts it's the same thing daily. Now the room: mixed feelings. OK size with a nice deck. No Wifi. The biggest complaint we had is the very thin walls in the bathroom. I could hear the neighbor cough and spit(I think) in the shower. The bathrooms are large but there is a gl... Read more
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Submitted on 10-07-2016
I had read some reviews about how loud this hotel is and figured people were exaggerating, unfortunately for us, they weren't. We were in the 500 building and it seemed like they had put almost everyone who checked in that day in that building. I have no problem with the lack of AC (we were there in July and were completely comfortable) and I understand having windows and doors open make a loud environment. However, the whole building echos so it goes beyond just typical outside noise. You c... Read more
from Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Submitted on 11-07-2016
Basic hotel. The rooms were based on 9 different blocks up a hill side. We were on level 5 thankfully near the pool and restaurant. Transport was provided to take you up and down the hotel which was vital really. The rooms were simple but clean however no air con. The rooms had access to grass terrace which was good however as people walked along it privacy in the rooms was no existent unless you closed your curtains not ideal during the day. Staff were helpful and friendly as most in Costa Ric... Read more
from Gloucestershire
Submitted on 11-07-2016
First the positives - go up to the canopy at the top of the resort where the zip wire tours start from, and there are more humming birds coming to feed a few feet from you than we'd ever seen. Very knowledgeable guide on hand who took some great photos for my wife with her phone and his binoculars. Also saw anteaters and raccoons around the resort and a few tiny orchids on the trails in the orchid garden. Guides very friendly and the restaurant was very good and very well done although chef cle... Read more
from Savannah, Georgia
Submitted on 14-07-2016
The only negative to the property is that it is located a little out of town. With that being said, we were still able to walk to town from the front office. It took about 20 min or so. The property is spread out within itself but they have a shuttle service that will take you to the office. The room was magnificent with a great view. The pool area and property in general was amazing and we were told by vacationers and locals alike that it was the nicest (most expensive) property in the area. We... Read more
from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Submitted on 15-07-2016
3.5 stars Cons: -bathroom window opens into the hallway so you can hear everything and vise versa, very uncomfortable -no wifi in the rooms -no a/c (honestly not needed during our stay) Pros: -beautiful grounds -friendly staff -sizable room -free parking
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Submitted on 16-07-2016
The hotel is very nice, with an excellent view, infrastructure, restaurants and service, but lacks some features such as: - Air Conditioning. - Bigger TV. - Blackout curtains. - Stronger water pressure. - Chairs and table on balcony to enjoy the view.
from Houston, Texas
Submitted on 16-07-2016
Did love the Hotel didn't love the restaurant The view from the rooms is amazing! The swimming pool area is stunning. The Hotel is calm and relaxing. About the restaurant; It is a big restaurant. so, a lot of Tours Companies stop by.
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Submitted on 18-07-2016
This hotel was exquisite. I loved the spacious rooms, comfortable beds, and absolutely stunning views from huge panoramic windows. My group of friends and I were fortunate in that we were able to get rooms in the 500 building (highly recommended you reserve your room there if possible). There were complaints about no WiFi in the rooms, but some of my friends discovered that if you stand near the windows, the WiFi will easily connect. I'm guessing because of where my room was located at the v... Read more
from Burlington, Canada
Submitted on 19-07-2016
Had a junior suite with amazing views of the pacific and sunsets. I highly recommend this resort hotel. The room was two floors with king beds. The restaurant is great. The property is huge with trails and a zip line tour. The staff is so friendly and very helpful.
from Mitchell, South Dakota
Submitted on 20-07-2016
The location is great and has beautiful views. The front office people were very friendly. The down side is if you wanted to go to the pool, eat breakfast or eat at the lounge you needed a shuttle. The shuttles were free but the driver seemed irritated that he had to drive us up to the restaurant and then pick us up. We were not the only guest who felt the unfriendly shuttle.
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Submitted on 21-07-2016
Hotel is built up the side of a mountain with beautiful views and so much wildlife to enjoy. We were concerned when we saw it didn't have AC but it is so high up in the clouds the breeze made the rooms very comfortable and even cold at night. Our entire family enjoyed it.
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Submitted on 23-07-2016
This is our second stay at el establo.. 1st time was almost magical...we loved everything from the room to the food to the service..the only thing that stayed is the excellent service .we received a room that was old..full with ants that kept coming back in their millions..food at breakfast was minimal..salty..options were really limited compare to our first visit..in general it looks like high season and low season are been treated differently by the owners cause there is definitely less attent... Read more
from Memphis, TN
Submitted on 24-07-2016
This hotel is perched on a hillside. Our view was great. We slept looking at the hillside and stars. The hotel bathrooms were spacious and lovely, though dimly lit. Be prepared to take the shuttles to and from to rooms because each of the 9 buildings is straight up hill. The shuttles were very prompt, however. Breakfast was very good. I would stay here again.
from North Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Submitted on 25-07-2016
The location in the town and views were terrific. The rooms were oversized and roomy, bathroom was modern, limited space to unpack so I didn't. The way the hotel is designed the rooms are spread out in tiers up the steep incline of the mountain, which means you are relying on transportation to go back and forth to your room. If you forget something in your room good luck. You really have to be driven to all parts even to go to the pool. The steep incline and walk is fine if you are in great sha... Read more
from San Diego, California
Submitted on 25-07-2016
To make a short story, the hotel is nice for its location and overall is clean. It's on an entire uphill peak so you're taking shuttle or walking often.. Which is fine. The service there is lacking further perpetuated by a not so nice manager by the name of Brian Avila. When I notified Brian that my key wasn't working I simply asked if they were willing to do anything to make our stay more comfortable after we had walked all the way down the hill (the shuttle wasn't active at that point) and had... Read more
from Tampa, Florida
Submitted on 25-07-2016
The rooms are perched on hills - steep hills. Each room has rocking chairs that face the balcony which faces the mountains. The view is breathtaking! Rooms don't have AC, but you don't need it. We were there in early July and it felt pleasantly cool at night. Hotel shuttle takes you to restaurants, pools, and other amenities on site which we didn't use much. Santa Elena is the nearby town and it costs $3 U.S. each way by taxi. The town has many restaurants and shops.
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Submitted on 26-07-2016
We were greeted by a lady who seemed to take pleasure in telling us that the advertised gym - clearly being shown in the rolling advert in reception - and basketball facility were no longer available (much to the disappointment of our 2 teenage sons). We asked what alternatives were available and were offered a flat football (for which we would pay $45 if we lost or damaged it. We were also offered a safe key (which we would pay $25 if it was not returned. Fortunately both were returned without... Read more
from Little Neck, New York
Submitted on 28-07-2016
El Establo‚??s grounds are immense, the largest of any hotel I ever stayed at. So large that they offer regular shuttle service to take you around. All the rooms are a steep walk uphill and depending on the location of your room can be quite a hike, so it‚??s recommended to take the shuttle if you do not have a car. The shuttle service is fine but sometimes can take a while to show up when you call. The room we had (in the 700 building) was large, clean and had amazing views, when the clouds par... Read more
from Laguna Hills, California
Submitted on 29-07-2016
Wonderful staff and a beautiful location but... We had six bulbs of very low wattage in the bathroom with four of them out. Very dark. The in-room coffee cups were not replaced with clean ones, only a wiping of the existing ones (yuk). No children's menu so food was expensive for kids. Buffet was simple.
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Submitted on 31-07-2016
One of the more expensive hotels in Monteverde. I was flabargasted to learn that hotel policy is to charge $50 for late checkout. Checkout is at 12pm. We did not return to the room until 1345 from a skywalk tour organized through the hotel. We had no idea the tour will take that long but were not even concerned about it because this is our 5th hotel in this beutiful and laidback country of Costa Rica and we did not encounter this issue before. The policy is unreasonable and the manager in charge... Read more
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Submitted on 03-08-2016
Been to Monteverde several times and this is the best place to stay if you are looking to rest from the busy cities. Hotel grounds are enormous and surrounded by nature. There are many amenities in the property including hiking trails, a spa, canopy tours, and a couple of restaurants, one fancy and the other one just a regular place. For the fancy place, you need to call and reserve your spot, maybe pack a nice set of clothes for the occassion. Prices are high, not gonna lie, but you get what y... Read more
from essex
Submitted on 06-08-2016
Our choice of hotel is always towards the top end based on reviews or a known top brand hotel chain. The remoteness of Monteverde limits your choice but El Establo presents as the best in the area - sadly, that could only ever be the case if it was the only hotel in the area because on the basis of my stay it was disappointing. So much so I would deter prospective guests. It is not all bad. The complex is neat and clean with beautiful grounds. The staff are friendly and accommodating. The hote... Read more
from Tampa, Florida
Submitted on 07-08-2016
I read the other reviews and they are accurate and echo our thoughts, but in greater detail. Views were great! The property is odd in that it is built on the hillside and to go from your room to...anything is a bit of a journey. We had breakfast included in our stay (as with other hotels in CR) and the breakfast was ok..probably the bottom of our hotels in CR. There was no wifi in the rooms, and the common areas are not great. The pool was lacking. There was a mini soccer court which my son and ... Read more
from Friendswood, Texas
Submitted on 09-08-2016
Loved the history of the property displayed in the lobby, but the accommodations were somewhat below expectations. Monteverde is probably one of the coolest places in CR, but you still need ventilation. The restaurant and hotel rooms were stuffy with windows only on one side, so no cross breeze. The hotel rooms only ventilation was open windows into the hallway and allowed any sound from your room to be very easily heard by neighboring rooms. Lack of internet in the rooms is a hard adjustmen... Read more
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Submitted on 13-08-2016
I booked through the hotel's website and called to confirm. They told me they would put the charges through ahead of time. I called to confirm our reservation and book a tour the day before we arrived. When we arrived, the man at the front desk said "we have no reservation for you". I showed him the confirmation and the charge that had gone through for 2 rooms on my charge card. When we were finally given a room, after a long wait, it was dirty. The furniture had holes in it and the carp... Read more
from Peachtree City, Georgia
Submitted on 14-08-2016
Hotel was clean and somewhat modern. Bathroom was pretty but shower was small despite the bathroom being big. Big rooms that would accommodate many. Rooms all had lofts and in our room, bed was in the loft area and it was of course hotter and stuffier than main level. Other couples had couches in lofts and beds below which is better set up. Big issue is not being able to turn on lights at night without attracting many moth like bugs. Need windows open for air ventilation. Screens would eliminate... Read more
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Submitted on 14-08-2016
We arrived last night to this hotel. Cold water in the room. No wifi. Missing towels. Coffee machine has no power plug. No gym. Slow and bad service by reception. Extra charge for an omelet despite the fact that breakfast is included and paid. You need to take the laundry with you to reception, with a chattel, no pick up from the room. And more. We are highly disappointed and would not recommend this hotel.
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Submitted on 14-08-2016
What to say about this slightly strange place? Good points: - friendly service -really good food in both restaurants -large, airy rooms - a shuttle bus service around the estate (a necessity really given distances and gradients) - views - location "Room for improvement" points: - rooms are in separate residential blocks that feel more like student/conference accommodation than a hotel - there is no info on hotel amenities in the room - the estate is large and sprawling. You need to be prett... Read more
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Submitted on 15-08-2016
This is well located for exploring Monteverde. Staff helpful, rooms huge and clean. But goodness - it is built into the side of a mountain - and it was a good 10 minute walk downhill to the reception area. I'd have never made it back up without the courtesy bus. Wifi only in restaurants and reception areas and very sporadic at that. Great views when the clouds lift.
from Cardiff, United Kingdom
Submitted on 18-08-2016
If you are looking for a good clean large rooms hotel in the cloud forest, this is a good hotel. The blocks with the rooms are laid out on a large plot on a very steep slope. Luckily there is a free shuttle bus that you can call as and when needed or give yourself a good workout walking up the 1:3 or 1:4 slopes!!! Rooms are of very good standard and very good views. Our guide suggested that the restaurant was expensive for what you got so we ate out in the town/village each night. There is a cov... Read more
from alicante, Spain
Submitted on 29-08-2016
This was our third time at the 'El Establo', last year we were so happy with our room that we asked if it would be possible to have the same room this year, the reply was that if it was at all possible they would try, when we checked in this year we were told that the room was occupied as part of a group booking. we said that it was no problem and accepted the room that was issued to us. Number 716....Imagine our astonishment to walk into a room with the most amazing views, BETTER than last year... Read more
from sherman oaks,calif
Submitted on 29-08-2016
The drive from Liberia airport to Monteverde is very rough, the roads are really bad. Once you arrive at El Establo is like and oasis. The hotel is very clean. The bathrooms are large and rooms have a front porch overlooking the bay in the distance. Great service and the breakfast is very good. We didn't have a chance to have dinner at Laggus. Went up there to see it and the view is unbelievable, specially the sunset. The rooms don't have AC, but is not needed since it gets very cool in ... Read more
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Submitted on 30-08-2016
This hotel advertise free wifi and rooms have no reception. There is no heat or AC. When asked what to do since it's cold and humid the answer I've got is to ask for more blankets. Breakfast is NOT included (153usd later I had to look for a place to have a breakfast). Reaching the hotel is a hike. This is really an empty shell. Be aware of the false advertisement!!!!
from Madison, Wisconsin
Submitted on 30-08-2016
We loved Monteverde and especially enjoyed our stay at El Establo Mountain Hotel. There are many different elevations to stay at, with multiple buildings, restaurants and even soccer & tennis courts. We stayed in the front buildings with spectacular views everywhere. It was a nice split level, downstairs with a king for my husband and myself, upstairs loft with two twin beds for our boys. Ideal location, ideal accommodations for a family. Walking into town is easy and I highly recommend taking ... Read more
from Orange County, California
Submitted on 05-09-2016
If you are looking for a run down, VERY rustic, dirty and loud place--this one's for you! We would have moved but needed 4 rooms and nothing else available. They offered to move us within the property but all the rooms had the same issues. The bedding had holes and towels were as thin as the walls. You can hear everything from your neighbors and hallway (there are louvres in the bathroom that go out to the hall so you can smell the bug spray & hear the noise of everyone walking by at all hours).... Read more
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Submitted on 09-09-2016
We stayed here as part of a tour and were so sad it was only for one night. The view of the mountains from our room was unbelievable. The beds were comfy, and bathroom was exceptional with a large walk-in shower as well as nice tub. Our room was on the first floor so it had a small patio out front. We moved our rocking chairs and tables outside to enjoy the view and were visited by an adorable coati/pizote (see pictures). We took a cab into town for dinner but it seemed like you also could have... Read more
from Virginia Beach, Virginia
Submitted on 09-09-2016
The most notable attribute of this hotel was the breathtaking view and the beautiful hotel grounds. A bit pricy but the value matches the price point. I only wish the beds were more comfy, but they weren't terrible. No AC/heating units in the rooms for eco-friendly purposes, but the weather was great so that posed no issue. Also, no Wifi in the rooms (only in certain common areas). If you have the vents open in the bathroom, any chatter in the halls is very loud.
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Submitted on 10-09-2016
We were here for 3 nights ,having upgraded from the hotel our travel company originally booked for us. We don't feel the upgrade cost (£400) was worth it. The hotel is big, with a number of blocks of rooms spread over the steeply sloping grounds. A reason to stay here is the spectacular views all the way over to the Gulf of Nicoya. So it was disappointing to be given rooms in the lower block (numbered from 200) where the view was less far reaching and included a disused swimming pool and a co... Read more
from Altamonte Springs, Florida
Submitted on 11-09-2016
Quite, beautiful, clean, relaxing peace of mind. If you want to get away and just enjoy the mountains some fresh clean air this is the place to be. The morning views and night are breath. I eould have love to leave the back door open if it had a screen door.
from Costa Rica
Submitted on 13-09-2016
From the room's balcony you have an amazing view on clear days, surrounded by an outstanding landscape. The hotel offers (extra service exclusive for guests) a Night Walk in cloudforest and Treetop Canopy with Tarzan Swing, recommended activities for those who wants adventure and close interaction with nature. With 2 restaurants, full-service spa and exceptional customer service, this hotel provides a comfortable and peaceful stay for the most demanding visitors.
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Submitted on 17-09-2016
Travelling through Costa Rica and Monteverde was our second destination. I had some reservations about this hotel compared to other places we were going to stay but willing to give it a go. Upon arrival, we were given a room that was all-in-one, aka no separate bathroom. No door for the toilet. Why does this exist? We made it through the first night and were awoken by hammering at 7 am. We decided that this wouldn't be the way we spent our hard earned vacation and packed up and went to ask... Read more
from Naperville, Illinois
Submitted on 22-09-2016
El Establo is a good looking hotel set on the side of a Mountain. It is "eco-friendly" so some sustainable practices go on here, most notably, no heat or air conditioning in the rooms. They are well ventilated, but if you like it really cold to sleep it may be an issue. It is difficult to get around the large property due to the mountain location, but the internal shuttle works pretty well. It's a cheap cab ride into town (about $5 US). The hotel rooms are well appointed, except the sh... Read more
from leeds, west yorkshire
Submitted on 24-09-2016
Stayed here for 2 nights as part of a tour. Hotel is a strange layout. Reception and restaurant at the bottom of the grounds, with rooms way way up a hill. They do provide a shuttle bus though. Grounds are beautiful, and very spacious. Mini bar is very expensive. Breakfast was ok, but not brilliant.
from Westland, Michigan
Submitted on 02-10-2016
This is the oddest place we stayed, as there is a shuttle van that drives people up and down the mountain the hotel is situated on. I could not find a parking area, and the man at the front desk said just leave it at the edge of the driveway heading into our building. The restaurant in the middle - very nice...fancy...but seriously expensive. Perhaps more fancy than needed. The breakfast buffet, served at the bottom of the hill, was really nice. The birding really blew my wife away. When you se... Read more
from The Hague, The Netherlands
Submitted on 05-10-2016
Mountain hotel, we were all up the hill and had a great views. On clear moments we could even see the sea. Rooms are quite noisy though. Swimming pool is covered but open and therefore rather cold (no problem for the children). Steep hills make for a good exercise, but you can also go by hotelbus of own car to the 2 restaurants. The one near the reception (breakfast) is ok. Laggus is really great for a luxurious meal with nice wines.
from Ohio
Submitted on 05-10-2016
I stayed here as part of a multi day package Overseas Adventure travel land tour of Costa Rica. The room was clean, comfortable, fairly large, and had a nice patio with a great view. The second floor rooms have a balcony. There was no air conditioning and the the wifi didn't extend to the rooms. You had to go to the lobby and or one the restaurants to use it. The hotel complex is literally spread out over the side of a mountain. I was in building 5 and you needed to take the shuttle to get to th... Read more
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Submitted on 07-10-2016
We stayed there as part of our tour in Nov 2015 for a couple of nights. Rooms are huge and the bathrooms even bigger, we had a ground floor with french doors opening onto the grassy hill, with plenty flowers and bushes surrounding the paths. The view was spectacular and we enjoyed watching wild animals walking past our doors regularly. The hotel complex is big and you can call a shuttle service to take you where you need to go. I was a bit disappointed by the quality of the food offered in the ... Read more
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Submitted on 08-10-2016
Nice for staying a couple nights, no longer. When we arrived the lady had no clue where everthing was. For some awkward reason there were windows to look inside another persons room, privacy much? The Wi-fi was only in the lobby, but thats not important. The location was good with a pretty nice view.The hotel was big so it was hard just to find the pool. The breakfast was good. It was good over all but they could use some work. It should be time to update it.
from Las Vegas, Nevada
Submitted on 08-10-2016
A beautiful resort over the mountains with unbelievable views. Very friendly and attentive staff, clean rooms, and eco-friendly. No heat or air conditioning, but we didn't need either - nearly perfect daytime and nighttime temperatures (we were there in Sept). Room and bathroom were reasonably appointed. Only negative was paper thin walls and lack of soundproofing. Can be very noisy when people would pass by in the hallway due to open vents, but otherwise a nice experience. The Each room has... Read more
from Strasburg, Virginia
Submitted on 14-10-2016
This hotel exceeded our expectations. I wish we could have spent more time there. The views are breathtaking. The hotel is absolutely gorgeous! Buildings are staggered up the mountain. There are little busses that will take you to your rooms. The breakfast buffets were wonderful. So many options to choose from. We highly recommend this hotel when in Monteverde!
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 17-10-2016
OMG....Beautiful! The staff was so friendly and helpful. The hotel and rooms were so clean and the food at the restaurant was fantastic. I want on three excursions while I was there and everything was booked quickly. The staff was attentive and made me feel welcome and at home. The only thing that threw me off was that I could hear the other guests above me walking from end to end in their rooms. Like it echoed! As if they were in the room. Oh man I can't forget about the bed. THE MOST ... Read more
from Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
Submitted on 19-10-2016
location is beautiful with wildlife in abundance from raccoons agutis on the lawns toucans squirrals and birds of every sort. Rooms are large with very very comfortable beds and large luxurious bathroom. The balcony has fantastic views accross the valley and hills but the ballastrade is dangerously low and i would never let children out there on their own. The hotel is spread over a huge area so you need a shuttle bus to get around. The swimming pool is far to small for the size of the hotel. Pl... Read more
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Submitted on 27-10-2016
We had a family room, with a mezzanine level, that was clean and functional. The buildings had the feel of a dated halls of residence at a university. Our room had unusual windows which the curtains did not cover meaning we were woken by bright light. The rooms were quite noisy too.There is no Wifi in the rooms which is a little disappointing given out modern day reliance on it. Breakfast was very good with lots of variety. The real draw of the hotel were the facilities - it had a hummingbird st... Read more
from St Albans
Submitted on 29-10-2016
El Establo is in a great location to explore Monteverde. The hotel itself is slightly strange as rooms are located in 9 separate blocks spread out up the mountain, all of which are connected by a single steep road. Therefore to get to reception/ restaurant / Monteverde one has to either drive, catch the shuttle bus (which are quick to come in low season) or walk the lengthy/ steep road (which when we were there was also wet & slippery most of the time). None of which are ideal if you want to ni... Read more
from Seattle, Washington
Submitted on 31-10-2016
We survived a hair raising ride on a single lane unpaved winding road through a torrential downpour to arrive at El Establo. Our room was spacious and well appointed. A soak in a generously sized tub was a welcome recovery from the journey. Although the rain continued to pelt down during our 2 night stay we were captivated by the beautiful gardens and the huge variety of native birds. There are two restaurants close by thankfully as the prospect of walking into town and back for dinner was not e... Read more
from East Grinstead, United Kingdom
Submitted on 04-11-2016
Although the rooms are large (we were in block 5) and the bathrooms were great - why do hotels have such poor lighting and sockets in un reachable places! Decor felt very studently although it would have been fabulous if a bit of attention to design had been made. One enormous plus was the well appointed and large bathroom (bath and shower) - including lots of space for toiletries - which is more than can be said in the rest of the room - and No full length mirror is just not good enough in a... Read more
from Crawley
Submitted on 05-11-2016
Arrived after a long bumpy drive from Lake Arenal,to be greeted by an amazing sunset. Our group was allocated rooms in block 8,we couldn't believe how far we were from reception, thank goodness for the shuttle service Although having to ring for it isn't good when your key doesn't work,and you can't use the phone in your room,thank goodness for nice neighbours.. The rooms were extremely large,with equally large bathrooms, though we did have issues with the shower,it blasted open the shower door,... Read more
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 05-11-2016
Rustic hotel on a mountain, warm and spacious room, with wooden furniture, a balcony overlooking Monteverde Cloud Forest. Bathroom is nice but it has a small window opening to the corridor, I could hear sound of other guests talking or walking past.
from San Jose, Costa Rica
Submitted on 14-11-2016
Overall the hotel is great. The grounds are amazing with a lot of trails and beautiful nature. The rooms are very spacious with stunning views, however lighting is incredibly poor. Also for a "luxury" hotel I would expect a little more in terms of bath robes, ice not being available in the building etc. There is no air air conditioning but we didn't need it. There is also no wifi in the rooms. The breakfast buffet was very good. The spa was incredible and very well priced.
from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Submitted on 16-11-2016
I take my reviews very seriously! This one is important. We booked this hotel over three months ago. Then, discovered that we were not going to be able to make it to Monteverde on our trip. I tried to cancel 10 days before time, only to have the hotel tell me they have a strict only 15 days before policy. They CHARGED me for the room. This is crazy bad customer service - it's unheard of in many countries nowadays. I even had the front office person tell me that it is high season and therefore th... Read more
from Rochester, New York
Submitted on 18-11-2016
I stayed here for 2 nights in a 10 night trip and this hotel was the only one that I didn't enjoy out of the 5 hotels I stayed in. The service was poor, it took a very long time to get checked in and then that night we called the front desk 5 times over the course of 2 hours (BEFORE 10PM, which is how late someone is supposedly supposed to be there) and no one ever answered the phone, so we walked up and down the enormous hill the property is on because we could not get transportation to the ho... Read more
from Fort Worth, Texas
Submitted on 20-11-2016
We stayed in the 600 block of rooms. The rooms are large with very nice bathrooms. The beds are quite good. But the view is the best part. The sunset is gorgeous!!! At least when you can see it for the clouds. Use the shuttle to get to and from your room because it is really a climb up, and walking down is not fun either. We also enjoyed the Lagos Bar near the 600's. Breakfast was very good. Service was average.
from Israel
Submitted on 21-11-2016
The hotel counts 9 blocks separeted one from another in the huge territory. Hard to walk but the hotel has many shuttles to any point into the hotel and the shuttle arrived in 3-4 minutes, it very comfortable. Tha staff is very helpful and friendly. From the upper blocks there is good view. The hotel helps to organised any tour you want and in the hotel itself tere are many activities- sip-line' night walking tour, there is the a trail to nice walk and more... The pool is good but there is no ja... Read more
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Submitted on 22-11-2016
We stayed here in November for two nights as part of a tour, unfortunately it rained the whole time which may impact on our impression of the place. Pros, beautiful bathroom with bath and powerful shower. Spacious room with potentially an amazing view. Shame we weren't able to appreciate this due to the weather. The dining room staff were lovely. The grounds were beautiful, location for the town was good. The beds were very comfortable. Cons, very unwelcoming from the start, staff on reception... Read more
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Submitted on 24-11-2016
My family and I stayed here for two nights in a loft style room. The grounds are nice, the rooms are spacious with stunning views and comfortable beds but there was a lot lacking for this caliber of a hotel ($300 per night) We had booked another room through Expedia that had a living area and they did not honor this. The staff seemed to be confused from the beginning about the spa and breakfast which is listed as free but is actually $20 per person (unimpressive spread). The male staff members t... Read more
from Wokingham, United Kingdom
Submitted on 24-11-2016
We loved Monteverde, what a beautiful area of Costa Rica. El Establo was recommended to us by a friend as a beautiful hotel with some spectacular views. And even though the views were stunning and didn't disappoint us - especially the sunsets, the hotel itself lacked in so many areas. The Reception staff were not friendly or particularly interested in us, there is no information in either the reception desk or in the room about the area, wifi was flakey and only available in reception as far as... Read more
from Eatonton, Georgia
Submitted on 27-11-2016
Located high above Monteverde the sunset view from the quest room is breathtaking! Staff was excellent. Great happy hour in the bar with comfy seating and music. Dinner at the resort was outstanding. We were completely blown away by the wine and food given this remote location. The lodging was very basic but clean and crisp.
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Submitted on 27-11-2016
Well...as returning costumer I would expect things to change followed by not perfect reviews....not the case!! The good...excellent location and views...very polite staff try8ng to please and always with a smile... The good....no hot water after first shower...have to wait for 25 minutes...breakfast buffet is very low on what it offers and food in general is very salty ..oily...and un tasty... Rooms seen their better days probably 10 years ago... This is our 3rd visit to El establo establishment... Read more
from Santa Barbara, California
Submitted on 28-11-2016
I stayed at this hotel for two nights in November 2016. The property is HUGE and nestled on a hill in the cloud forest. I think there are nine buildings with each building containing 20-30 rooms. The hotel has an interesting history (owners are Quaker-Costa Rican family), so make sure to visit the reception area to see old photos. The room I stayed in was big with vaulted ceilings and a cal-king bed. The view was gorgeous, but did not have a balcony like the other rooms on the second floor. T... Read more
from Lincoln
Submitted on 01-12-2016
Stayed here for two nights while touring around Costa Rica. The lodge style rooms were lovely - we had a suite overlooking the stunning rain forest of Monteverde. Good location for doing activities and walking into Santa Elena. HOWEVER, not good for people who are not mobile. Be warned if you are at the top of the hill in this resort you need a car or use hotel transport - it's about a 1:10 gradient!! Massage I had was excellent and so were the staff in the green leaf spa. What let this hote... Read more
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