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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- El Establo Hotel Monteverde
- El Establo Monteverde