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Hotel Fonda Vela

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1km past the Monteverde Cheese Factory and 2km before the Monteverde Reserve., Costa Rica
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Lovely hotel if you want peace & quiet in tranquil setting. Beautiful rooms, very good food. Overall great stay. Will go back anytime! Lovely pool, walking & hiking in the forest. Great birdlife. Sorry we stayed only 2 nights, could have stayed another week. Roads are bad so be prepared to have a 4x4 to get there. Can recommend this... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rooms are a nice size, but the views could be better given the location. Rooms are a bit dated, and bathrooms could use a remodel. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Location is great for close access to the cloud forest. Inclusive breakfast ends at 9AM, a bit early. Overall, decent and clean place to stay.

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've read a lot of reviews that give this place a bad rating for being so far away from everything and needing a 4x4 to get there. But that's precisely why we liked it. You need a 4x4 to get anywhere NEAR Monteverde as the 20 km leading to the area can be described as "a tico massage". The hotel... More 

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Dublin Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fonda Vela is set in lovely grounds with opportunities for spotting colourful birds. The junior suite was very spacious with a sitting area overlooking the grounds. Staff were friendly. The food was good but be sure to ask for a table in the dining room with the fire place - the dining room used for breakfast is cold and empty... More 

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Osterley Middx
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This hotel hits a good compromise between the big American style luxury hotels which are to be found in parts of Costa Rica (Comfortable but detached and you could be anywhere) and local B&Bs. The grounds are very pretty and attract not just lots of birds but also Agouti, Coatimundi and other animals. Our bedroom could have hosted a party... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Wonderful hotel in the cloud forest of Costa Rica. Beautiful views, wildlife, great staff and great location. Food was terrific and I had the best chocolate shake I can remember. Close to the Monteverde Cloud Forest and the quaint town of Santa Elena. Loved our stay, plan on going back. I would recommend this little piece of heaven to all.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The roads throughout Costa Rica aren't the best, but whichever direction you approach it from you need a serious sense of humour just to reach Monteverde. Mile after mile of dirt track involves bouncing over stones, rocks and down large potholes - if you have false teeth make sure you use a strong adhesive before you start out !! And... More 

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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We thought this hotel was just ok. First the pros: the grounds were beautiful, service was great and food at the restaurant was delicious. However, the room wasn't great. Although clean, it had a strong musty smell, sheets were itchy, my boyfriend found lots of bugs, TV had terrible quality and the shower had pump shampoo & hand soap (not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Loved this hotel! Had a fabulous two night stay, room huge and balcony overlooking gardens, great for birdwatching. Hotel staff really friendly, Monteverde area is really worth a visit. Breakfast was good.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

We stayed at Hotel Fonda Vela during our 3-night stay in Monteverde. While the location within the cloud forest offers spectacular views, the accommodation could do with a renovation given the nightly rates. The rooms are very basic with no WiFi anywhere other than the common areas. Breakfast is quite average. The pool is nice, but covered with a roof,... More 

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