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“Spectacular Views, Thin Walls (noise)”
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El Establo
Ranked #10 of 20 Hotels in Monteverde
Reviewed 29 November 2017

Stayed at El Establo Hotel for 2 nights as part of our Gate 1 Costa RIca Tour in November. The hotel is built into the side of the mountain and we had a room high up in the 600 level--SPECTACULAR views of the mountain and Monteverde--Santa Elena area. Each room had a balcony with rocking chairs--I could sit for hours with the view!

Where El Establo fell short for us was the very thin walls and lack of soundproofing between the rooms and the hallway. You will hear every conversation in the adjoining rooms and the stone hallways are very loud as well. The peace is ruined by no quiet!

But getting back to the accommodations--rooms are huge, beds were comfortable, the shower was amazing! Wi-fi was spotty at times, but decent. Rooms had TV, but only 2-3 English speaking channels. No AC/Heat controls but not needed due to comfortable temperatures. Extra blankets are available if needed.

As all have said, the hotel is built on the side of a steep mountain. We did not try the walk down to the bottom or the walk up to the rooms. If you call for a shuttle, they will meet you and bring you down to the reception area. Shuttles arrive in a few minutes. Be sure to ask when the shuttle stops running if you are planning a night out in town. We arrived back one night after 12 (shuttle stopped running at 10) and the taxi was unable to bring us up the hill to the 600 level, but after asking really nicely, the front desk attendant found some keys and a van and brought us up to our rooms. We tipped him quite well for the effort! (taxi rates from town are about $1 US per person or 500 colons)

Breakfast in the AM is a standard buffet with many Costa Rican favorites. We did not use the pool, spa or any of the nature trails.

So, good stay, great views, thin walls, consider yourself warned.

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  • Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Great location, amazing view, large rooms, WiFi doesn’t work in rooms at all and very high bath sink. Restaurant was fine, breakfast was delicious. Had a great time but need to upgrade the internet service in the rooms and lower the sinks in the bathrooms.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

I stayed solo for 2 nights whilst I was working in Heredia. I had room 907 right at the top of the resort and it’s a steep walk down to reception and the restaurants. There are shuttles... just call them and they come along on demand. But not a resort for people with walking difficulties. Because of its layout it’s hard to get a sense of other guests. So if you want seclusion this is it. There is a small pool with beds ( not very comfortable) and WiFi in my room was very patchy. If you come to Monteverde you are probably going to be out most of the day so stay in the cheaper 3 star hotels. But the beds were very comfortable and the peace and quiet was exceptional. The food is ok but nothing special. Breakfast was the standard buffet. Food at the pool as well. Spa on site but didn’t use it. Staff ok and there is a tour desk for you to arrange your sight seeing.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled solo
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Reviewed 20 November 2017

The location of this hotel is good but the establishment is too big and required the use of a shuttle service everyday to get to and from the lobby to our hotel room which was very far from the lobby. The wait for the shuttle took some time so we felt a lot of our time was consumed each day with waiting for a shuttle. The service at the hotel was also very so-so.

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  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Spectacular to look at but past its best. Shabby, no reading lights and reticent staff. We had to use flashlights in our room. Stopper in bath didn't work. Toilets at zip line area were disgusting so I decided the zip line may not be safe / maintained. A shame because the concept of this hotel is beautiful but it's crumbling. Also our room smelled of urine.

Stayed: November 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: Diagonal to Escuela Rafael Arguedas | N 10° 18.7836 / W 84° 48.9587, 60109, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 #10 of 20 Hotels in Monteverde
Price Range: $133 - $298 (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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