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Years ago, the Beeche family transformed its old horse stable (hence, el establo) into a simple roadside budget lodge. Today, that original hostel is gone, and in its place is arguably the biggest and most conventionally swank hotel in Monteverde. Large rooms are spread around sprawling grounds that rise up a steep hillside from the main road between Santa Elena and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. The hotel provides a shuttle service to help you get around the hilly property, but it’s not the most convenient arrangement and often makes for some unwanted waiting at times. All rooms have a private balcony or patio, and those on the upper floors of the buildings highest up the hillside have some amazing views out to the Gulf of Nicoya, which you can enjoy from the comfort of wooden rocking chairs. Rooms have a contemporary feel, with crisp coverlets, angular wooden furniture, and TVs (this is one of the few hotels in Monteverde to have any of those). There are two covered pools, two good restaurants, a small spa, an outdoor lighted tennis court, and a zipline canopy tour.