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4.0 out of 5

"I expected more for the money. We experience rain coming through the roof all night. The carpet was soaked and yet it took some convincing to move u ... " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 30 Nov 2016

Hotel Description

Family-friendly 3.5-star hotel near Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

In Monteverde

A stay at this hotel places you within half a mile (1 km) of Bat Jungle and 3 miles (5 km) of Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Children's Eternal Rainforest and Arenal Volcano National Park are also within 6 miles (10 km).

Full-service spa, bar/lounge

A full-service spa, 2 restaurants, and 2 outdoor pools are all featured at this romantic hotel. Families will appreciate the children's pool, kid-friendly dining, and supervised childcare. Relax with a drink at the bar/lounge and enjoy perks like free self parking and free WiFi.

Comfy beds, LCD TVs

Boasting comforts like pillowtop beds and premium bedding, the 155 guestrooms also offer refrigerators and LCD TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include room service, separate bathtubs and showers, and down comforters.

Deluxe Room, 2 Queen Beds

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max
$137* Per night/room Jul 10 - Jul 11


Bed Count 2 King Beds Maximum Occupancy 5 Max

Junior Suite

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Honeymoon Suite, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

El Establo Mountain Hotel ratings based on 7 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.0 out of 5 4.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 5.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for El Establo Mountain Hotel

Everyone (2) Couples (1)
3 out of 5

Incredible location.

I expected more for the money. We experience rain coming through the roof all night. The carpet was soaked and yet it took some convincing to move us to another room.

Posted by , from Los Angeles on Nov 30, 2016

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Dec 4, 2016 by Nano

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

4 out of 5

Very nice.

Pros: All of the above
Very comfy beds and sheets. Nice large tub and shower. Nice view out private balcony. Very eco friendly - you have to turn off all electricity when you leave the room. Very good breakfast. Good location, very Monteverde Cloud Reserve.

Posted by , from Phillly on Jan 28, 2016

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4 out of 5

Huge spread out luxury hotel

Pros: The view, large room, breakfast buffet, swimming pool and private trails into the cloud forest.
Cons: Roof needs fixing, and insects seem to get in, maybe through the balcony door.
Location: A bit far from town,about 15 minute walk down a steep hill.
Luckily,meet upgraded to a deluxe room because we ended up with a suite that was the closest to the reception and restaurant. For a lower price I bet you are in a building a lot higher up on the hillside. I found a huge insect on my curtain and had a leak from the ceiling in a heavy rain. The suite was huge and light, with an upstairs. The hotel goes almost a mile uphill with several long buildings.

Posted by , from Anchorage, AK on Nov 28, 2015

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5 out of 5
I don't normally do reviews, but this place was such a pleasant surprise and didn't have many reviews. It's really a resort, with all the amenities. Off season, the rates are incredibly reasonable and include a huge breakfast buffet. Friendly staff. No complaints at all. If you plan to drive, get a 4wd once you leave the main highway. We did the sky-line at Extremo sports: very nice and professional place.

Posted by , from Florida on Oct 30, 2013

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2 out of 5

This place was odd.

I have never written a review before but felt I should write one on this place. We traveled around Costa Rica and stayed here for two of the 9 nights we were there. It was our least favorite. The rooms were nice ( very clean) and large and the bathrooms were also but our room and our daughter's room had very little hot water. We called the front desk and were told to wait 15 minutes. Hard to do when you are covered with soap. We had only a few minutes of hot water and then it was very cold - not good! Also, the hall was all stone and although handsome it echoed badly so you heard everything that happened on the whole floor. The elegant resturant was overpriced and a disappointment. We had to send our drinks back as they were not what we ordered. The salad was delicious but the entrees were not. The whole place ,we thought, had an unfriendly feeling to it - it really was just odd.

Posted by on Jan 3, 2010

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5 out of 5

The view from this hotel is amazing!

This hotel makes the road trip to get there completely worth it. The views and experience of being in the middle of the rain forrest is fantastic. Watching the clouds roll up the mountain to our room and then hearing the rain. You are in another world. You must experience this. The rooms are large with private balconies. Two restaurants, one buffet and one a la carte. Though good, the a la carte restaurant is very expensive. We also did the zip-line canopy tour that the hotel operates. So much fun!!! This is by the far the best zip-line tour I have ever done. If you go to Costa Rica include Monteverde and stay at this hotel.

Posted by on Aug 24, 2008

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5 out of 5

Best Hotel EVER!

We stayed 4 nights at El Establo - this resort is AMAZING! I travel constantly and have to say this is one of the best places I have ever stayed! The rooms are huge, and the bathroom is almost as big as the room. The rough hewn furniture added just the right charm for the Monteverde location. The soaps, towels, and linens were spa-level. Every room has a front balcony with breath-taking views of the bay & penninsula. The room even had a fridge! The resort shuttles you efficiently within the grounds - to the various restaurants, pools, zip lines on-site at the top of the mountain, or reception/tour desk area. And this is truly a resort - there's a full spa and activities. The breakfast (included) was not just cereal - it included made-to-order omlets, pancakes, waffles, the whole works. And the very best part - the on-site zip lines!! Of the seven places in the Monteverde area offering zip lines this one's the best (we did them all). It's the best because there's both an upper and lower body harness (making the ride MUCH more comfortable), there's relatively little hiking (they drive you to start from the top), the guides were the most profressional, patient, safety-oriented, and the lines themselves had truly breath-taking views. Lastly, the resort location is prime in the city - just 1-2 miles from the city center - a brief walk, or a $2 taxi ride. And there are restaurants even closer too, next door, across the street. But the on-site restaurant by the lake was so good we stayed there most nights (and it was not substantially more expensive than the "normal" restaurant)... they served cuisine like you would get back home for 4x the price. This rivals any big city resort!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2008

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Property Features

El Establo Mountain Hotel offers its guests 2 outdoor swimming pools and a children's pool. There are 2 restaurants on site, along with a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. You'll find a business center on site. A terrace, tour/ticket assistance, and multilingual staff are also featured at the family-friendly El Establo Mountain Hotel. An airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and an area shuttle are available for a fee. Free self parking is available. This 3.5-star Monteverde hotel is smoke free.

  • 155 guestrooms or units
  • 3 levels
  • 7 buildings
  • 2 dining venues
  • Built in 2001
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Childcare (surcharge)
  • Umbrellas for the pool
  • Conference center
  • Business facilities
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Staff is multilingual
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Wedding services available
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Beauty salon
  • No smoking on site


Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Airport: Juan Santamaria Intl. Airport (SJO) (134.3 km / 83.5 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Airport shuttle and area shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

El Establo Mountain Hotel offers 155 accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature safes and hair dryers. Pillowtop beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. LCD televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and showers and complimentary toiletries. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Hypo-allergenic bedding and irons/ironing boards can be requested. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • HD television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Separate shower and tub
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board available
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily.

Las Riendas - This family restaurant specializes in international cuisine and serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. A children's menu is available.

Laggus - This fine-dining restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

2 outdoor swimming pools are on site along with a children's pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Ecotours on site
  • Hiking/biking trails on site

Spa Services

Green Leaf Spa has 4 treatment rooms including rooms for couples and outdoor treatment areas. Services include facials, body wraps, body scrubs, and body treatments. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy.

The spa is open daily.

  • Number of treatment rooms 4
  • Outdoor treatment areas
  • Couples treatment rooms
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Body wraps
  • Body treatments
  • Body scrubs
  • Facial treatments
  • Aromatherapy treatments
  • Massages


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Wheelchair-accessible on-site restaurant
  • Handrails in hallways
  • Handrails in stairways
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair-accessible public washroom
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible concierge desk
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible van parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk
  • Wheelchair-accessible spa
  • Wheelchair-accessible pool
  • Wheelchair-accessible fitness center

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at 10 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

The front desk is open daily from 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 10:00 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

The front desk at this property is open daily from 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM.
To arrange for check-in, guests must contact the property in advance of arrival using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests arriving after 10:00 PM must make advance arrangements by contacting the property using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in information. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Airport transportation is offered on request 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child stays free when using existing bedding.

Pet Policy

  • Pets and service animals are not allowed at El Establo Mountain Hotel


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

  • One child stays free
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • No elevators
  • Service animals not allowed


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for buffet breakfast: CRC 11500 for adults and CRC 11500 for children (approximately)
  • Airport shuttle fee: CRC 110000 per vehicle (one way)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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You should know

  • El Establo Mountain Hotel offers transfers from the airport (fees may apply). Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Pool access available from 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Pets and service animals are not allowed on site.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.