This was a beautiful hotel and setting. We raced back each afternoon to watch the sunset from our balcony that we were lucky enough to have. A few irksome things in the room however. The lights were operated by your room key so when you returned to your room the clock was back to 12 since it was electric. Seems like battery operated clocks would be […] better. Also no toilet paper holders. It is situated on steep hills which would be fine to walk on but poorly lit after dark. Would suggest motion detector lights along the way. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Great and luxurious hotel. Definitely off the beaten path, but plenty of great amenities and beautiful views. During the summer, you might miss air conditioning, but if you leave the windows open at night it cools off enough to be comfortable. Staff is great!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great cloud forest in the back-yard"
The hotel is great but the best thing is the forest that is on the hotel property. There are nice trails and the quality of the forest is comparable to the Monte Verde park ( and it is free !) With smaller kids it is the best place for afternoon walk and monkey or coati viewing. It is little under-utilized so I wanted to take this opportunity to make […] visitors aware of it. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beautiful views. Excellent cabin like rooms."
An excellent experience. The rooms and views and grounds are first rate. Service is friendly, but a little slow. The reason for 4 instead of 5 stars is that the wifi worked only in the reception area, which was inconvenient and they claim it works in the rooms. Hopefully that will get resolved. I have already recommended this hotel to several friends […] and would definitely stay there again myself. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel in the mountain with a good view"
The room is clean and the bed is comfortable. The bathroom is roomy with a tub and a shower; however, the sink is a little bit high and is beyond comfortable reach. The breakfast is free and good with a few varieties. Fruits are good and fresh. They have two restaurants. We went to one of them for dinner; the food is good but overpriced. The shuttles […] are convenient to bring us to any location in the resort. The services are great and the staff are friendly. The only drawback is no inernet access in the resort. They have few WiFi spots, but usually is not reliable and slow. Overall this is a good resort and I would recommend it. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Beautiful, but don't expect creature comforts"
The drive to get to El Establo takes you into the mountains up narrow dirt roads so if you are driving yourself, you may want to reconsider. As you arrive into Monteverde, the views are breathtaking. El Establo is a beautiful hotel tucked into the mountainside, beautifully landscaped and maintained. However, keep in mind that you are in the mountains […] of Costa Rica. Hot water is limited.... expect about 20 minutes before it runs out. Wifi was available in the lobby and not in the rooms during our stay. Breakfast was good, but pancakes and waffles were considered an extra. The staff was very courteous and helpful. We enjoyed our stay at El Establo and would have stayed a few more days if time permitted. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
we loved our stay at the hotel. the staff at the front desk was simply great from the time we checked in. the surrounding town, although small, is great.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Best Hotel in Monteverde"
El Establo Mountain Hotel is the best hotel we stayed at in Costa Rica. It has amazing views and lots of wildlife. The view of the mountains and lake are superb and you can see so far. While staying there we took the night tour and saw lots of insects and frogs, but during the day walking around the hotel we saw armadillos, wide-nosed raccoons, and […] tons of beautiful birds. The rooms are beautiful and the beds are so comfortable, the whirlpool tub with Jacuzzi is relaxing after a long day of hiking. Each room has a great view the way the hotel is spaced out on the mountain. The trails through the forest are fun, but so is walking around the beautifully manicured property. However, if you don’t like walking that much, they do offer a shuttle service that was very quick in picking you up when you called. Both of the restaurants were delicious and have a great view. It has a wonderful breakfast that is included and the prices at lunch and dinner are very reasonable, the wait staff, especially Richard and Maria, were very attentive in remembering your likes and dislikes. I have to say as wonderful and gorgeous as this property is one of the best parts was defiantly the staff, especially Gustavo. He is the concierge; he was amazing at helping to arrange everything from tours to transportation when we left to go to Manuel Antonio. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very nice hotel"
We spent three days in El Establo Hotel. Accomodations were very good as well as the restaurants. Among the facilities there is a gym and a canopy tuor good enough to be in one hotel. Related to the accomodaions the zone offers several interesting tours near by. I recommend it to everybodyGenuine Expedia guest review
"Uncomfortable bed in massive complex"
The great thing about el establo is the resort is laid out so all rooms have a beautiful view. The downside is the resort is spread out on a hillside over 900 vertical feet. Getting from your room to reception requires a shuttle van, seriously. Rooms have no heat or AC, weather was perfect so we needed either. Just be advised if the weather is unseasonable […] hot or cold. In room safe is a joke. It's a tiny plastic top load fire safe that you could probably pry open with a screwdriver. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
It was a nice hotel but was not impressed with the front desk. They promised me discount for the on campus hotel but when I checked out, there was no discount. Their excuse was no discount given for room service but only on reservations. There was lack of friendliness among the front desk staff. Also, the night walk was not good. My recommendation is […] if you are interested in the night hike, do it with another company Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Relaxing stay. The place is sprawling and getting around means hiking or relying on their shuttle. Internet access is only in the reception (good) area and dining(not good) areas. Overall it is beautiful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"El Establo is beautiful if you can make it there"
The drive to Monteverde is awful but El Establo was beautiful and the service was great. No air conditioning in our room but the view and activities in the area made up for it. I would recommend El Establo to any adventure seekers who are also looking for a touch of luxury.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice hotel....restaurant not so much!"
Great location....huge well manicured property. Okay work out facility. The night walk was a bit lame as we didn't really see any animals. The zip line tour was great. The food at the restaurant was awful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Very nice hotel"
Great location that is within 10 minutes walk to town center. Fantastic view of the lake and the mountains in the back grounds from the room terrace. Our room was large and comfortable. Internet is only available in public areas (lobby, restaurants a pool) but not in the rooms. Breakfast is ok, but not great. Overall, it's a very good hotel and we will […] stay there in the future. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
Hotel has major design issues and many other smaller issues. We tried two rooms in two buildings, both very loud, you can hear neighbors plumbing and conversations. If you want to sleep don't stay here.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great place for family"
Place was awesome. It would have been nice to have complimentary coffee in room or a coffee pot.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"great place to stay in monteverde"
The El Establo was a great place to stay in Monteverde. Very interesting architecture, great room. We had three kids with us, and they had a ball up in a loft in out two story room. The kids agreed that the zip lines on the hotel property ($40) were actually more fun than the larger location in the cloud forest, and cheaper. Don't skip it. Would definitely […] go back and recommend to others. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"El Establo in Monteverde Costa Rica Just Lovely"
We stayed only one night but found that the value for the price paid was wonderful and loved the included breakfast. Beautiful gardens, lovely facilitity. Hope to go back again!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice hotel on the mountain"
Were staying there for three nights. Huge and perfectly maintained territory, very helpful staff, big room, very convenient location both to St.Elena and to the Rain Forest.Genuine Expedia guest review
Wonderful! The grounds are amazing, staff was helpful and professional. Night hike and zip lines were great!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Beautiful property but hard to get around"
The property was beautiful and had its own reserve with hiking trails, unfortunately it is spread out over a steep hillside and had very poor parking at the facilities. If you wanted to wait for the shuttle you would be okay but we were in the farthest building at the top of the property and had a rental car. Room was nice and bathroom was outstanding. […] Breakfast was included but you had to pay $2 extra if you wanted pancakes, or an omlet. These were included at the 3 other places we stayed on our 11 day journey across Costa Rica. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"great hotel for everyone"
great hotel, wonderfull rooms and great stuff. we have been there on our honeymoon and they upgraded our room to an amazing suite!!!Genuine Expedia guest review
"great breakfast brunch"
We loved El Establo and felt very comfortable and safe on the property. The only problem we encountered was the cost of the children. When most properties charge an average of $35 for kids above 12. El Establo charged $50 for kids above 9. Maybe this differs depending upon season, yet we were disappointed in that we did not catch this fact early on. […] Overall the breakfast brunch was excellent. The staff was very kind. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice place, but"
Several things. This hotel is very large with numerous buildings.We stayed at the top of the resort (900 level). While the views are fantastic, it is a mile to the bottom of the mountain. The complimentary shuttle is convenient but you need to plan on 20 minutes for the shuttle to get to the top if your room is there and then all the way down. Final […] thing, the lights in the corridor are extremely bright and there is a large window above each room door. A lot of light comes into the rooms at night. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Top-notch service and amenities"
The property was extremely clean, and comfortable. The staff were incredibly nice and helpful. And of course the landscape is beautiful. Highly recommend for families, couples or business travelers.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great hotel, but pricey"
Very nice hotel, with outstanding views. Room was very comfortable, except for noise (see below). I'll repeat what many other reviewers have said: the hotel has a very unusual layout, spread up the side of a mountain. We were in the topmost building, about a 10 minute walk to the bottom for breakfast. The internal shuttle bus is excellent if you don't […] want to walk. The room we had was very noisy-we could clearly hear folks in both neighboring rooms. Bring ear plugs if you like quiet. Be aware that there are nice, cheaper hotels around. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
We spent two nights at this hotel and it was a fabulous experience! The staff was extremely friendly and helpful! The hotel was beautiful and extremely clean. The ground had a private forest area that was amazing for a short hike in the afternoon.Genuine Expedia guest review
An expensive hotel but a great disappointment. We were three in the room but they gave us only two towels every day. When we showered one after the other, the hot water finished in the middle! The promised Wi Fi was working only in the Reception. The breakfast was bad. No butter! And very poor variety of foods. Their supreme Resturant serves vey poor […] food for a lot of money. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"A great family retreat!"
Great hotel. Excellent service! All the comforts with very nice and exteremly helpful hotel service. I highly recommend this hotel over all!! Three days at most in this area if traveling with kids!!!!Genuine Expedia guest review
"Very nice hotel and experience"
The property is very nice. Staff was very pleasant. Great experience overall. The real challenge is getting to Monteverde from La Fortuna. A 4x4 on the dirt roads will make you feel safer, but the ride is a bumpy one...part of the adventure! Would return and recommend this hotel.Genuine Expedia guest review
Excellent service and amenities.Great locationt. The hotel offer zip line, night tours, etc. One of the best hotel options in Monteverde.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice place but rude check in staff"
Loved the hotel, but too expensive and rude front office woman. We reserved on Expedia, but when we got there were rudely told we had to pay an extra $50 for each of our kids.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Was it worth it?"
The hotel is the most expensive in the area, so we assumed there would be an ice machine. WRONG.... You had to call and ask for someone to bring ice when we needed it. We had assumed there would be wifi. There was, but only at their two pools or at the reception building.... IF you wanted to use their computer, you had to pay for it..... And we were […] paying $250 per night? To move around on the property, it was necessary to call for the shuttle bus because the property is so steep it was difficult to walk anywhere. The view was great and the room was beautiful, but not worth the extra expense.Toilet was in a corner of the room, and when a fellow-traveler needed to use it, she needed to ask all the others visiting in her room to please leave..... Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Very helpful staff. Beautiful grounds close to attractions. Would definitely stay there again.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Large, Breezy Rooms"
The rooms at El Establo are larger by far than most New York City studio apartments. Ours, and did all the others, featured spectacular views across the Gulf of Colorado and the mountains of the pennisula to its west. Others have commented that noise from the hallways bleeds into the sleeping rooms. It's true but it's not terrible. And they sound can […] be reduced by closing ventilation louvers. The noise was infrequent during our stay; we may not have even noticed had it not been pointed out by others. The grounds follow the rather steep slope of the mountain on which they are laid out. Vans are provided to ferry one up and down. This served us well when we wanted to explore the top of the mountain, a nature reserve with well maintained trails, or pop up to one of the two pools (the other was just out our front foo) or the fancier of the two restaurants. Apart from the resort's various buildings, the setting is remarkable. During our three days there we spotted three rainbows and were simultaneously warmed by the tropical sun and cooled by the mountain breezes. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Costa Rica trip"
We really enjoyed our stay here.The Hotel was very nice and clean. The decor was up to date. DKGenuine Expedia guest review
"Overpriced hotel in need or renovation!!!"
Wonderful view but a very basic hotel in desperate need of renovation and way over-priced. Hotel spead out over mountain side - vans needed to get from one area to another - they were prompt and very helpful. Staff was wonderful, bilingual and courteous. The rooms had no heat, carpet was in need of replacement. There was no dresser or closet and it […] would be nice to have a TP holder to prevent the roll from disappearing! Breakfast was adequate and well staffed, but I had expected more for the price. Most guests are part of tours and only stay for a night or two. We stayed for four nights as part of our anniversary holiday - great destination with lots to do, but dissapointing hotel. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel for family."
The only downside to this hotel was the internet service. If you did manage to get onto the internet the server was constantly kicking you off. Other than the internet service, we thought the hotel was nice, dinner in the upscale restaurant was fantastic, but the service was very slow. Lunch and dinner in the casual restaurant wasn't anything special. There […] were a lot of young children at the hotel that made a lot of noise early in the morning and the hallways are not very soundproof. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice, memorable hotel"
This is a nice, memorable hotel. Major pluses are the great views, hiking trails and ziplines, nature guides, and on-site restaurants. The one major downside is that the staff can be overwhelmed by the large number of guests. As a result, the service is uneven and shoddy at times.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"great spot for anyone"
Loved it! Rooms are very comfortable, with beautiful views. Pools are nice. Food was very good. Night hike was fun! Shuttle service is very helpful, considering the steep mountain road. Staff is very professional, knowledgeable. Banana bread with chocolate chips was delicious! :) Unfortunately, we didn't have time to do the zipline....Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great stay with a baby, missed the mark on details"
This was our first time traveling to Monteverde, and we brought our 10 month old baby with us, so we wanted a comfortable stay. El Establo is located on a beautiful property, only a 10 minute (bumpy) ride to the Monteverde reserve, and has a lot going for it but missed the mark on a few key things. PROS: Offered a clean pack n play for baby (we brought […] our own so we didn't need one) Friendly, helpful staff Beautiful views of the valley Comfortable mattress and soft bedding Soaking tub Large, tiled bathroom Balcony Grassy areas to let baby crawl around Delicious food at both restaurants (we primarily ate at Laggus) CONS: The overall con of El Establo is they have some luxury materials and beautiful furniture, but it is constructed poorly. For example, the shower glass doors were glued to the tile and the glue had oozed out of the seams. It looked bad. There was no toilet paper holder. The roll just sat on the floor. The carpet was not vacuumed and was very dated, along with the wooden furniture in the room. The grounds are very large, so you must call a shuttle to get from your room to the restaurant and anywhere else. It would have been nice to have a little more freedom and not be dependent on the staff to get back to your room (especially crucial when it is raining) We did enjoy our stay. As I said, the staff is so friendly and I didn't mind the outdated and poorly thought out rooms, but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone ISO a luxury stay based on these cons. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"close to destinations"
The hotel room was very noisy. You could hear every one as they passed by in the hallways (especially rolling suitcases). Poor ventilation: no airconditioners, the only windows that would open were in the bathroom that connected to the common hallways. No windows or doors to the outside with screens. No ceiling fans or anything.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"a little rustic but lovely"
When we first arrived we were put in a room all the way up the mountain with the wrong bed size. We were immediately switched to a beautiful room on a lower level. The service was wonderful when they were there but the front desk closes at 10 P.M. and there was no one around anywhere to accomodate any needs after ten until early morning. The man at […] the front desk was working very hard and was very nice but he was alone so it was difficult to accomodate everyones needs. It would have been great if breakfast started earlier (like all the other hotels we stayed at). Tours start early and the breakfast (although delicious) opened a few minutes before we were supposed to be picked up. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Comfortable with beautiful views"
Pros- great location, clean spacious rooms with beautiful views. Mountain lodge feel. zip line at top of property! Cons - rooms have lack of attention to detail, thick uncomfortable pillows, shower has no light in it so dark, bare bones service from staff. No wifi in rooms. Overall a comfortable place without the "extras"Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Cloud Forest Hotel"
The hotel was very pleasant and accommodating with clean, large rooms. The concierge knew the best guides for the cloud forest. My teenage son said the workout room had some state of the art equipment.Genuine Expedia guest review
"A bit rustic"
We had a rather dour front-desk receptionist (the only one) for the 24 hours of our stay, and unfortunately had to interact with her multiple times. She wasn't unhelpful, just not friendly, surprising for what is supposed to be (and I believe is) the best hotel in Monteverde. The hotel itself is kind of rustic, although our 2 story suite was quite nice. […] There isn't any such thing as a 5 star resort in the Monteverde area, and overall our stay was quite pleasant. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Wonderful Mountain View Lodging"
This hotel was very nice with large comfortable rooms with a nice view. The free breakfast was very good in the restaurant at the base of the hotel. I also enjoyed the main Hotel Restaurant which was very busy on the rainy night I arrived. The menu was very gourmet with meats in tasty reduction sauces. I took a forest hike up on the mountain behind […] the hotel and passed the canopy ride. You can actually walk back there forever and get lost if you do not stay on the trails. After walking for hours we saw no animals. I was hoping to see a Sloth. My teen daughter stepped in ants and was quickly covered in them. This ended our hike in the rain forest. Many broken branches covered the trails and fallen big trees. Overall a great visit to this nice hotel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"oasis at the top of the mountain"
After travelling for at least an hour on winding dirt roads up a seemingly uninhabited mountain in the dark of night, we wondered if we were on the right track. Finally arriving in Monte Verde we found El Establo just outside the centre of town. It wasn't until morning that we could see how beautiful the surroundings were and how well groomed the grounds […] are. Our family of 5, including 3 teenagers had a wonderful stay at El Establo. The staff, like all Costa Rican's were very courteous and friendly and helpful. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Great place to spend a few days.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
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