El Establo

Nestled amidst the cloudforest of Monteverde overlooking the Gulf of Nicoya.


Escazú, San José.

Accommodation Type

Boutique hotel

Accommodation Level

ModestA good option for the budget savvy traveller.

Price Guide

El Establo

This family owned hotel is nestled between the Monteverde and Santa Elena reserves. Surrounded by 150 acres of private cloudforest, this is a haven for birds and wildlife and a great base for exploring the surrounding area. The rooms are elevated, each with a balcony or veranda boasting outstanding views. They are spacious, nicely decorated and have large bathrooms with separate bath and shower. The main areas house two restaurants. Las Riendas provides a mixture of Costa Rican and international cusine, while Laggus, located in a separate two storey building is more about fine-dining. There is a balcony with views of the on-site lake and the Gulf of Nicoya to enhance your dining experience, it also has a lounge/bar for pre or post dinner drinks. There are two heated swimming pools for your enjoyment as well as a games room, tennis and basketball courts so there’s plenty to do. If you prefer a more sedate pace then try the spa where you can enjoy relaxing, pampering treatments.

Why go to El Establo?

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. 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. There is also a night trail in the grounds where you might encounter some of the nocturnal animals that inhabit the forest. A stay at El Establo makes for a perfect, well rounded cloudforest experience.

Wildlife around El Establo

You don’t have to go far to see some of the cloudforest favourites and on the night tour you could happen upon raccoons, sloths, kinkajous, armadillos, bats, frogs and various insects without even leaving the hotel grounds. Being at higher altitude, you will encounter some different birdlife too that might not be present on the lower slopes. The quetzal is one of those birds that prefers the high cloudforests. It is easy to forget everyday life and immerse yourself in these misty, magical forests.

El Establo Highlights

  • Outstanding views
  • Canopy walk
  • Heated indoor swimming pools
  • Fine dining at Laggus restaurant
  • Private balconies and verandas

El Establo Location

El Establo


  • 155 rooms
  • Open all year round
  • Children of all ages are welcome


  • Two solar heated indoor swimming pools
  • Spa
  • Tennis, basketball, football courts
  • Gym
  • Two excellent restaurants
  • Games room
  • Each room has a telephone, air conditioning, wall to wall carpeting, bathroom with bath and separate shower, safe, hairdryer, balcony or veranda
  • Wi-Fi in common areas


  • On site canopy tour
  • Rapelling, tarzan swing
  • Short walking trails
  • Night walk
  • Cheese factory visits
  • Coffee farm tours
  • Horse riding
  • Hiking
  • Visit to orchid and butterfly gardens
  • Hanging walkways and suspension bridges, high in the cloudforest canopy.

El Establo Rooms

El Establo has 155 rooms across the site. There are deluxe rooms, junior suites, large suites and honeymoon suites.

All the rooms have en-suite facilities with a separate bath and shower, air conditioning, telephone, tv, safe and a hairdryer.

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