El Establo Mountain Hotel

3½ km (2 miles) northwest of Monteverde, Monteverde, Puntarenas, 60109, Costa Rica

The area's largest, grandest hotel gets high marks for its huge suites, plush decor, a long list of amenities, and many activities. "The Stable" began life as just that, a stable near the road, now remodeled and apportioned into rooms with comfortable furnishings. Over the years, ever-upward expansion has turned this place into a sprawling operation where hillside buildings house rooms and suites, some with wood-and-stone walls, lofts, balconies, wall-to-wall carpeting, and plush amenities such as hot tubs. On-site activities include tennis, hiking, and zip lining. There's also a spa and an indoor pool and gym complex. The hillside location means you'll have a steep walk or a noisy shuttle ride to your room from the lobby and breakfast restaurant. Rooms in the 300 and 400 buildings have less of a hike without compromising the view. Due to its size, this hotel is popular with tour groups, meaning the breakfast buffet is complete pandemonium as guests power up before morning hikes.

PROS

  • luxurious furnishings
  • spacious rooms
  • many activities
  • great views

CONS

  • massive grounds require shuttle van to navigate
  • no air-conditioning or heaters
  • Wi-Fi doesn't reach all rooms
  • rooms lack artwork, patio furniture, and coffeemakers

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Views
Sceney
Near the mountain
Luxurious Retreat

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -2645–5110

HOTEL DETAILS

124 rooms, 31 suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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