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El Establo Mountain Hotel

3.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

El Establo is very nice. It is quite large and my only negative was that I was lead to believe i was going to be in a room on the top of the hill where the views are better. Overall the room was good, scenery still good just not quite as spectacular if higher up. Employees are very friendly. The rooms and property very very clean. I was a bit irritated at check in to learn I needed to pay an extra $50 per night as my child i was told didn't qualify as a child but when booked i was told her age did qualify. The restaurants were a but pricey for the options. Overall I do recommend this property and definitely Monteverde!!

Very nice development but hard to get around. Very limited WiFi

Zip line, hiking and spa were all great and convenient. Restaurant was mediocre (Lagos). Breakfast great.

This hotel is too spread out. You have to take a shuttle everywhere you go. The rooms are large and beautiful but it is not worht the trouble to call for a shuttle even for the reception area. You have to call to get ice--it took 20 minutes. For us it was too big a hassle. We had 3 nights booked and decided to leave a day early-it is clearly stated in all their literature that there are no refunds and they did not return our money. There 3 couples trying to get refunds in line with us and none of were given refunds. Beautiful area but a total ripoff

Great loft room great for privacy when traveling with children excellent view

Great hotel in general. Two outstanding restaurants with delicious food. People there were very kind and always trying to help us. Canopy tour is great and private as is the night walk. Only negative is that everything inside the hotel is far away and uphill walks which can take a while. Fantastic hotel in general.

Great resort - would definitely recommend to other travelers. Had the trappings of a luxury resort: free shuttle service, beautiful pool, great restaurant, amazing buffet breakfast, and concierge to set up tours. The view from our rooms were stunning - the rooms were simple, clean, and took full advantage of the views. Staff, especially Ronny, our tour guide, and all the shuttle drivers, were consistently friendly and helpful. The only hitch was Orbitz charged us a higher price and didn't include breakfast for a Sunday night stay (which we added later) than our price for a Friday and Saturday night stay. Made no sense. Tried to negotiate at least a free breakfast, but it ended up getting a little uncomfortable: a not great end to an otherwise amazing stay.

Hotel staff was rude, non apologetic. deactivated room key after one night, reason given was that the staff was not informed of our check out date. Bear in mind, this is the same person who check us in!!! No bell boy service available. Phone rings for up to 10 mins when calling reception. Shuttle service wait over 20 mins to go to the restaurant. Tour desk was only interested in selling tour packages at the property. Food mediocre. Overall, do not recommend this spot to anyone.

Great restaurants, view. Comfortable rooms with balcony. Good trails.

This was a very nice hotel with a great location in Monteverde, close proximity to Santa Elana. The walls are very thin in the hotel, meaning you can hear everything that others in your hallway are doing. Included breakfast was great, and staff was pleasant.

It's a very nice hotel, but expensive compared to others we stayed at in Costa Rica. The restaurant especially - not enough value options, although the food was admittedly delicious.

The room was spacious and luxurious. Great amenities like a bar, pool, and spa!! Couldnt get any better!

It's a long bumpy ride to Santa Elena from anywhere, but it's such a unique and beautiful area that it is worth the trip. Staff is friendly and helpful, the hotel grounds are lovely, and the weather is... the weather. You're so high up that there is a constant breeze (which did wake us up a few times during the night).

Diagonal to Escuela Rafael Arguedas Monteverde Puntarenas

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free parking
  • Onsite dining
  • Spa

El Establo Mountain Hotel places you 4.5 mi (7.3 km) from Selvatura Adventure Park. This 155-room, 3.5-star hotel has 2 restaurants, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool. I.N.V.U Park is 18.4 mi (29.6 km) from the hotel, which is in the mountains.


Dining

Enjoy dining at one of 2 onsite restaurants including Las Riendas, which specializes in international cuisine. Satisfy your hunger without leaving your room with room service, or quench your thirst with a beverage at the bar/lounge or coffee shop/café. Start each morning off right with buffet breakfast served for a fee.


Rooms

All 155 rooms feature refrigerators, safes, and phones. Guests can expect to find LCD TVs with cable channels. Pillowtop beds sport premium bedding and down comforters, and bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries. Desks are also available.


Property features

Guests staying at El Establo Mountain Hotel enjoy access to a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. You can take advantage of free parking, along with an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for CRC 110000 per vehicle one way. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with concierge services and securing valuables. Other amenities at this spa hotel include 2 meeting rooms, a conference center, and a business center.

Room options

Suite

King 2 | Sleeps 5

Honeymoon Suite, 1 King Bed

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Junior Suite

King 1 | Sleeps 3

Guest reviews for El Establo Mountain Hotel

Everyone (9) Couples (4)
5

fun vacation, great views

Everyone

El Establo is very nice. It is quite large and my only negative was that I was lead to believe i was going to be in a room on the top of the hill where the views are better. Overall the room was good, scenery still good just not quite as spectacular if higher up. Employees are very friendly. The rooms and property very very clean. I was a bit irritated at check in to learn I needed to pay an extra $50 per night as my child i was told didn't qualify as a child but when booked i was told her age did qualify. The restaurants were a but pricey for the options. Overall I do recommend this property and definitely Monteverde!!

By on Jul 15, 2017

4

very upscale facility, but steep hill a problem

Everyone

Very nice development but hard to get around. Very limited WiFi

By , from Seattle on Apr 17, 2017

5

great hiking trails on property. zip line was also

Everyone

Zip line, hiking and spa were all great and convenient. Restaurant was mediocre (Lagos). Breakfast great.

By on Apr 2, 2017

3

not for us

Everyone

This hotel is too spread out. You have to take a shuttle everywhere you go. The rooms are large and beautiful but it is not worht the trouble to call for a shuttle even for the reception area. You have to call to get ice--it took 20 minutes. For us it was too big a hassle. We had 3 nights booked and decided to leave a day early-it is clearly stated in all their literature that there are no refunds and they did not return our money. There 3 couples trying to get refunds in line with us and none of were given refunds. Beautiful area but a total ripoff

By , from Santa Fe, NM on Mar 14, 2017

5
Everyone

Great loft room great for privacy when traveling with children excellent view

By , from ohio on Jan 27, 2017

5

fabulous mountain hotel

Everyone

Great hotel in general. Two outstanding restaurants with delicious food. People there were very kind and always trying to help us. Canopy tour is great and private as is the night walk. Only negative is that everything inside the hotel is far away and uphill walks which can take a while. Fantastic hotel in general.

By , from Los Angeles,CA on Jan 1, 2017

4

mountain resort with great views

Everyone

Great resort - would definitely recommend to other travelers. Had the trappings of a luxury resort: free shuttle service, beautiful pool, great restaurant, amazing buffet breakfast, and concierge to set up tours. The view from our rooms were stunning - the rooms were simple, clean, and took full advantage of the views. Staff, especially Ronny, our tour guide, and all the shuttle drivers, were consistently friendly and helpful. The only hitch was Orbitz charged us a higher price and didn't include breakfast for a Sunday night stay (which we added later) than our price for a Friday and Saturday night stay. Made no sense. Tried to negotiate at least a free breakfast, but it ended up getting a little uncomfortable: a not great end to an otherwise amazing stay.

By , from Playa Potrero, Costa Rica on Nov 28, 2016

Review comment responded on Dec 4, 2016

Thanks for staying with us. We work hard to make our guests happy and appreciate your feedback!

1

worst service ever

Everyone

Hotel staff was rude, non apologetic. deactivated room key after one night, reason given was that the staff was not informed of our check out date. Bear in mind, this is the same person who check us in!!! No bell boy service available. Phone rings for up to 10 mins when calling reception. Shuttle service wait over 20 mins to go to the restaurant. Tour desk was only interested in selling tour packages at the property. Food mediocre. Overall, do not recommend this spot to anyone.

By , from oakland on Jul 15, 2016

5
Everyone

Great restaurants, view. Comfortable rooms with balcony. Good trails.

By on Feb 26, 2016

4

nice stay, great location

Couples

This was a very nice hotel with a great location in Monteverde, close proximity to Santa Elana. The walls are very thin in the hotel, meaning you can hear everything that others in your hallway are doing. Included breakfast was great, and staff was pleasant.

By on Sep 1, 2014