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Hotel El Establo

Northern Costa Rica

Rating: Mid-range    

Hotel El Establo overview

The hotel is perfectly located to allow you to experience not only the 150 acre private reserve, but also Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloudforest reserves and the surrounds which are not to be missed.

Whilst it is on the large side with 155 rooms, the hotel is family owned and you will be made to feel welcome. The pleasant rooms are elevated, each with a balcony or veranda boasting outstanding views over the grounds. They are spacious, well decorated and have large bathrooms with separate bath and shower.

The main areas house two restaurants. Las Riendas provides a mixture of delicious Costa Rican and international cuisine which you can enjoy in a casual atmosphere, while Laggus, located in a separate two storey building, is more about fine-dining. The lounge/bar is a welcoming spot to enjoy a pre or post dinner drink and perhaps chat with fellow travellers. Take a seat on the balcony and enjoy views of the on-site lake and the Gulf of Nicoya. After a day out exploring the reserve why not relax and enjoy the two heated swimming pools or wind down in the games room. Alternatively if you still have energy to spare then there are tennis and basketball courts, so plenty to do. If you are looking for a more sedate pace then try the spa where you can enjoy relaxing, pampering treatments.

The hotel has its own on-site canopy walking trail that you can enjoy with a qualified guide. It takes in the varying landscapes around the property and includes a Tarzan swing, hanging bridge and some hiking trails well worth the experience. You could opt for the night trail in the grounds where you might encounter some of the nocturnal animals that inhabit the forest. It is also easy to visit some of the local attractions from here such as the cheese factory, or take in a coffee farm tour. The orchid and butterfly gardens are beautiful and peaceful and well worth visiting either before or after you tackle the hanging walkways and suspension bridges of the Cloud-forest reserves.


Open: El Establo is open all year round.

Location: This family run hotel is located within its own private cloud-forest reserve between Santa Elena and Monteverde.

Rooms: There are 155 spacious rooms at El Establo. All well furnished with modern neutral decor. Rooms have large en-suite bathrooms, and a private balcony or veranda overlooking the grounds.

Activities: There are on-site guided day and night walks that you can join through the reserve. The trail even has its own Tarzan swing and iIt's easy to visit both Santa Elena and Monteverde cloud-forest reserves from here. There are tours you can enjoy in the local town varying from butterfly and orchid gardens, a cheese factory and coffee farm tours plus horse riding can also be arranged.

Facilities:; There are two restaurants catering for both relaxed Costa Rican and international cuisine and also one offering fine dining. The lounge and bar is a great place to end the day. There are two swimming pools and to enable you to relax further there is a small spa offering treatments. For the active there are tennis and basketball courts and also a games room.

Dining: Dining is at individual tables.

Health: Costa Rica has a low risk of malaria.

Communication: WiFi is available in reception and the common areas. All rooms have telephones.

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client reviews

Mr. David Saunders

"A wonderful location and views to die for. Unfortunately an unexpected cold front meant that the rooms were freezing and really uncomfortable. It reminded me of staying with my grandparents back in the 1960s. They didn't have any form of heating. We had to wear clothes in bed to stay warm. The only form of heating was a hairdryer ! Also our tour was organised for 6am. The hotel doesn't open until 6.15 so in all the confusion we lost an hour. "

Mr. Michael Benn
"Great, everything we needed, rooms spacious, views good. Shuttle service to reception from rooms welcome as it is on a big hill and rooms are quite far from reception. "
Mr Peter Griffiths
"Spectacular setting (we think); unfortunately we had 48hrs of non-stop rain and high winds, so there were no views! The shuttle bus system worked very well, even with us being in the highest block (901). The room was disappointing - a superbly appointed bathroom, but a bedroom with 2 wooden rocker chairs (no cushions), coffee maker perched on what looked like an old packing case, with no adjacent plug, no source of heat in the very cold and damp conditions, so nowhere to dry soaked clothing. The lower restaurant and (sort of) bar were fine on the first night, but on the second night we were in effect forced out of the bar when a tour group arrived and started to have a group briefing and slide show. Then we found the restaurant was in buffet mode and swamped with loads of tour groups - not at all relaxing."



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