"A mountaintop hotel in the heart of the Costa Rican cloud forest."
In the midst of the cloud forests of Central America lies a luxury hotel with more to it than meets the eye. El Establo - translated as ‘The Stables’, thankfully offers a more comfortable stay than merely a floor filled with straw. Its name alludes to the site’s history: just 25 years ago, the mountains were still utilised by cattle farmers. Today, the stables have been transformed into accommodation, moving from agriculture to tourism. The hotel retains a strong link to its cultural past and there is a strong commitment to offering high quality guest experiences with nature in mind.
Aside from exceptional views over miles of misty rainforest, the hotel has many other thrills in store. With 155 rooms, it’s hardly a barnyard anymore! For those seeking some poolside pampering, the on-site spa and indoor heated swimming pools should help you to unwind. If you are instead in search of a more active and adventurous alternative, there are various sporting facilities available including tennis and basketball courts to make you work up a sweat. On top of that, who could ignore the fantastic natural world right at your doorstep? With regular tours into the forest canopy and scheduled night walks, you will get to explore the jungle world beyond the hotel walls.
At El Establo, the core mantra is to provide the best possible stay for its visitors without compromising nature itself. Particular emphasis is placed on cultural and environmental sustainability and there are several ways in which the hotel puts these measures into practice. Overall, El Establo has been awarded a Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST) by Costa Rica’s tourism board in recognition for its environmentally responsible practices and its strong links with the local community.
With regard to cultural sustainability, incorporation with the local community is one of the cornerstones of El Establo. The aim is to make guests feel like a ‘Tico’, a Costa Rican native, by offering authentic experiences for their visitors. This is achieved by immersing guests in the local culture through its cuisine and personal exchanges. At ‘Las Riendas’ restaurant offers locally sourced meals based on local cuisine which, in turn, supports communities financially as well as culturally as tourists are given an insight into their culture through the food. For a more personal experience, the hotel also offers opportunities to engage with a family from Monteverde through having a meal with them and discussing local culture. This form of cultural exchange is beneficial for both parties as it integrates community with tourism whilst additionally educating the guests.
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- Check-in = 14.00, check-out 12:00
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- Deluxe room with two Queen-size beds
- Spacious bathroom with separate shower and bathtub
- Balcony or terrace
- Safety Box
- Orthopaedic mattresses
- Lunches and dinners
- 13% sales tax
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