Fodor's Expert Review 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.


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


  • 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




Phones: -2645–5110


124 rooms, 31 suites
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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