Costa Rica

Hotel El Establo

This upscale hotel is located outside the town of Santa Elena on a hillside with beautiful views of the Gulf of Nicoya. Suites in the newer section are perfect for families or groups. El Establo is close to many of Monteverde's attractions and is a good choice for all kinds of travelers.


  • Great views from the rooms
  • Clean, nice, spacious rooms
  • Accommodating staff
  • Rustic but nice


  • Atrocious roads to get there
  • Slightly more expensive than average
  • Larger than some other Monteverde Hotels
  • 4 hours from San Jose
Deluxe Rooms

Very clean and comfortable rooms with some wood paneling and good mattresses! Most rooms have spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Each room has two queen beds, tv, rocking chair, closet, coffee maker, safe, telephone, hair dryer and alarm clock.


Suites have are similarly equipped but with either one or two king beds. They are quite larger than the deluxe rooms with sitting areas and LCD tvs. They also have larger bathrooms with a seperate tub and shower. The views are amazing from the balcony or terraces.

Honeymoon Suites

Honeymoon Suites have the same amenities as suites, but are smaller and have only 1 king bed. They are very spacious with an open layout. Lounge on the balcony or terrace, savoring the lush, green hillside below.


El Establo has two restaurants for dining, serving Costa Rican and International cuisine. Laggus is a two story fine dining establishment located in the middle of the resort with commanding views of the lake below and the Gulf of Nicoya in the distance. Las Riendas is more casual with your choice of buffet style or an a la carte menu. Lunch and dinner is served with a wide variety of choices from sandwiches to entrees.

Swimming Pool and Fitness Area

El Establo has a variety of active areas to choose from with tennis, basketball, and mini soccer courts, fitness area and two indoor heated swimming pools. There are also hiking trails and a canopy tour.


Green Leaf Spa

The Green Leaf Spa offers a variety of treatments, including massages, wraps, facials and exfoliation. Other treatments feature aromatherapy, hot stones and mani-pedis


Event Center

El Establo is one of the few hotels in Monteverde with facilities for larger groups. The event center is large enough to host conferences, meals and gatherings for up to 400 people. Light, sound, video equipment can be utilized along with wi-fi access for presentations.


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