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El Establo
Ranked #11 of 21 Hotels in Monteverde
Leicestershire
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“Hotel covers an enormous area.”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

This hotel is arranged in nine blocks, some of which are near to reception, but most are way up a steep road. We were in block 6 and it was a good 20 minute walk to the reception area and the restaurant. A minibus is available to transport guests around the complex, if you ring reception and wait, but a car would be an advantage.
The rooms are very large with a balcony. The fridge and TV worked, but were very old and there was no WiFi or coffee making facilities in the room - although these were available if you could be bothered to go all the way to reception to access them.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Amersham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

The Royal Forestry Society coach driver used all his skills to drive us up to this fascinating hotel. A fleet of mini busses would afterwards ferry us up and down to reception and restaurant. In the evening of our first night I walked higher up the road and met an armadillo. Took a video of it searching for food in a gully.
The hotel was founded by Friends (Quakers) and has grown over time to be very popular. Probably the biggest buffet breakfast of any of the hotels we stayed in of our tour of Costa Rica. So much choice of local produce.
Swam in a pool with a gym next to it. I was early so had exclusive use.

Room Tip: For the best views go for the 700 or 800 rooms. Worth the mIni bus trips.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 May 2014

This place was the only ‘mistake’ we made on our recent trip to Costa Rica, in the sense that we wished we'd picked somewhere else in the area – the reviews and pictures paint a pretty picture, but for us (a couple in our mid-thirties) it didn’t add up and was very underwhelming. One or two things really grated.

Starting with the good stuff – the grounds and setting of the hotel are superb, spread out over an entire hillside in Monteverde. The views, especially from the top (room numbers 500+), are amazing - stretching out all the way to the gulf of Nicoya and the Nicoya peninsula. The sunsets are spectacular too.

Service: ok but not great – a bit cold, almost as if it was an inconvenience when you asked for something.

Rooms: could be described as Quaker luxury, comfortable but sparse. It certainly didn’t feel like the luxury the hotel advertises, even though we had a ‘suite’, which was basically a normal double room but with an open layout and a large double bed instead of two small ones. We also took a look at a normal double room, which was very narrow and with a strange arrangement where all bathrooms have little windows onto a common corridor… which means as you walk along the corridor to get to your room you get to hear everyone’s bathroom activities. Nice. Another strange thing was the privacy of our room on the ground floor. The rooms are divided into blocks, each with two or three floors. All the rooms on the ground floors have glass doors which front onto a shared lawn, which of course means your neighbours can easily look into your room and see what you’re up to. This happened a few times during our stay – mostly people passing in front of our rooms to get to theirs, but on one occasion the people in the room next door actually stopped to have a look around our room while we were in it, thinking we were out. So much for privacy and security.

Breakfast: again, ok but nothing special. It’s a buffet with the usuals and nothing more.

Location: not a problem if you have a car, but as it’s out of town you definitely need one unless you want to rely on taxis to get around Monteverde and Santa Elena.

Guests: I think this was the main issue with the hotel for us – it clearly caters mostly to large groups of mature tourists who spend a few days in the area, getting bussed around everywhere. This means the hotel feel a bit like a retreat and common areas are always either jam-packed or completely empty. It also means that younger people aren’t exactly taken into consideration – there were barely any when we stayed there.

Wi-Fi: no wifi in rooms, at all. Sorry, but there’s no excuse for this in a high-end hotel (or any hotel really – and this was the only place this happened throughout our trip, which included some cheaper ones. Even basic hostels have wifi). If you wanted wifi you had to leave your room and go and sit in a common area (reception, restaurant), which of course means leaving your block and walking to it.

Room Tip: Avoid ground floor rooms in every block for privacy and security reasons. Wi-Fi: I noticed one or...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Beautiful, scenic, clean rooms with wonderful customer service. Not to mention the rooms are gigantic! The only down side is wi-fi is only available in common areas - not the rooms. I stayed here as part of a group trip so I am unsure of the cost but the hotel at whatever cost is definitely worth it, if you're looking for a clean and beautiful place to stay in CR.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Winchester, MA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2014

My only complaint for this hotel would be the lack of air conditioning. The rooms are very spacious with an amazing view. The hotel has a wonderful restaurant and bar that also has a great view. My screen saver has a picture of this hotel so that I can remember my amazing trip! We booked our trip through a web site called costarica vacations so I don't know how much our hotel cost. They helped us manage all of the activities and sites that we wanted to get to while we were there along with the transfers. We felt like they were out mother telling us how long the trip would be as well as when to show up. It was perfect!!!

Room Tip: I didn't actually stay there June 2013. It was June 2010. They didn't give me the option.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Great staff, clean and spacious rooms, super friendly family canopy on the premises, nice bar, pool, etc. In short the best comfortable stay for families and couples who want a "city style" hotel inserted in the forest. The view is spectacular from the upper rooms.

Room Tip: Upper rooms (700s to 900s) for a great view, 400s for bigger rooms.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Panama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2014

Our family of the stayed here for two nights. We opted for the king suite. This meant there was a loft upstairs with a bed and two chairs-also a window for breezes. Our room was clean. It was very basic but comfortable. Beds were fine. The balcony had two wooden rocking chairs. We were able to see to the gulf of Nicoya. The places on ground are spread out. The hotel offers free shuttle service for this reason. You just have to call and they come very quickly. Most of the staff were very friendly. There were computers to use in the lobby area. There is wifi, but it did not work in our room (and we were in a lower room-in the 300 building); the hotel said they are working on this. We were able to get wifi in the lobby area and restaurant. The restaurant was good and had some decent vegetarian options, which was nice. The bar up the hill had happy hour and beautiful views-also a TERRIFIC bartender named Gabriel. Pools (2) were okay. I do think the hotel is overpriced.

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Property: El Establo
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 #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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