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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
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Rockville, Maryland
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this little, cozy hotel! The swimming pool is large with two Jacuzzis, and the rooms were very spacious. But the highlight was the wonderful art work on display everywhere. What a treat to find such beautiful sculpture, paintings, and mosaics in this small town. The restaurant was also excellent with plenty of vegetarian options. The breakfast buffet had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a review by a 13 year old- I loved this hotel! The food was amazing, the beds were comfortable, the bathrooms were clean, it was awesome! We were also very happy that the concierge spoke English!!!! The view was unbelievable! At night you can lay a towel out on the hill and the sky is full of stars!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was one of our favourite places we stayed while in Costa Rica. It had a down home feel, with large luxurious rooms, comfy beds and beautiful grounds and paths to walk around on. The location was a little out of town, but accessible with shuttles. We loved the pool, hot tub and recreation area. We had fun playing ping... More 

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Omaha
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were pleasantly surprised when we got a complimentary upgrade, standard rooms looked amazing, but we were shocked at how perfect our room was. We have lived in apartments smaller than the room. It had a beautiful large window, a lovely sitting area in front of it where we had coffee, one king bed plus another large (full or queen)... More 

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Calgary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

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 May 24, 2015

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 May 9, 2015

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 May 4, 2015

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 May 4, 2015

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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