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Hotel Fonda Vela

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3.5 of 5
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago 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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San Antonio, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 2 nights in late March 2015. Check in was a breeze. Staff is very friendly. This place prides itself on its lush gardens and eco friendly business model. Having not stayed any other lodging in Monteverde as a basis for comparison, Fonda Vela was overall nice. The cottage feel was very homey. Furnishings are tastefully done if slightly... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 3 nights at Fonda Vela. The room was clean and spacious with wonderful views of the gardens and surrounding area. The large grounds are pretty with nice areas to walk and relax. Breakfast came with the room and was very good - wide range of quality choices in the buffet plus made to order eggs and omelettes.

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Dublin, Ohio
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is awesome. By far the nicest Hotel we stayed in while in Costa Rica as far as ambiance. Our Junior Suite room as SO NICE. We loved the amenities also. The pool is AWESOME and the hot tub was great. We also played pool and foosball. Very family friendly if you are there with the kids, as we... More 

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Libertyville, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spent our first night in Costa Rica here and it was wonderful!! Huge, spacious, well appointed rooms in picturesque forest setting with nice views. It is out of the hustle-bustle of the tourist area and rather peaceful and serene. Dining room was quite nice, with very good food and beautiful views! Enjoyed an amazing sunset from the dining room at... More 

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Leamington Spa, England, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Monteverde has become a bit of tourist trap - doesn't mean its not a beautiful place, but just means there is a lot activities / hotels spread all over the mountain area - capturing as much business as possible. The wildlife and local rainforests have suffered over the years. Bit of a shame... Anyway getting back to the hotel review....... More 

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 3 nights in an enormous room overlooking the well kept gardens.The hotel is well run with very friendly and helpful staff. There was a good choice in the restaurant with excellent food. If you can, book a table in the fireside restaurant as the larger gallery restaurant is a bit cold and soulless. I thought that a cloud... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very comfortable and picturesque hotel. Our junior suite was extremely large with a king size bed and a queen size bed. All the amenities one could hope for with the exception of no wifi in the room which wasn't a big problem for us. The restaurants are excellent. Casual alfresco lunch dining on the veranda and a... More 

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