We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 18 Monteverde hotels

Hotel Fonda Vela

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1km past the Monteverde Cheese Factory and 2km before the Monteverde Reserve., Costa Rica
Hotel amenities
Save Saved
You added Hotel Fonda Vela to your Saves list
Hotel Fonda Vela
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In Check Out
Show Prices
You must enter dates to see the best prices.
Ranked #4 of 18 hotels in Monteverde
Certificate of Excellence 2014
A recent review
5 of 5 stars reviewed 1 week ago
CABigBob Fremont, CA
  • Overview
  • Reviews (372)
  • Photos (220)
  • Amenities
  • Room tips (56)
  • More
Write a Review

372 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
See reviews for
Rating summary
  • 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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (56)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Fremont, CA
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely for someone who wants to be away from it all. Awesome views out over the jungle to the Nicoya Bay (when the clouds aren't in). Extremely quiet and surrounded by jungle. Our group was in rooms 12 (standard room), 8 (junior suite), 4 (standard room) and 3(junior suite). We stayed here for 3 nights. The high points were: -... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Liverpool, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel sits in its own extensive grounds on a hillside with a good view of the surrounding area. We were able to sit and watch the bird life from a bench in the hotel gardens. The gardens include a dry river walk, where we found plenty of birds including a toucan. Other toucans could be seen in the distance... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed here for two nights of our Costa Rican holiday, we had room no. 12 the room was wood panelled with two double beds. Our room looked out onto beautiful gardens and the gulf of Nicosia, we sat for ages outside our room watching the birds flying between the trees, saw Toucans a couple of times. There is a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Seal Beach, California
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
9 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Fonda Vela is located in a very remote area near the entrance of the Monteverde National Park. The grounds are nice and wooded. The rooms are very spacious and done up with very nice hardwoods on the floor & ceilings. No Wifi in the rooms, but it is available in the restaurant. If you have the free breakfast as... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sacramento, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Family owned and operated for over 30 years, this hotel is located on what was originally the family dairy farm. The hotel and restaurants are constructed from some of Costa Rica's most beautiful and precious hardwoods. The wood adds comfort and warmth to the rooms in the tranquil setting amongst the trees and fauna of the incredibly serene rainforest. The... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Columbus, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is like a resort on top of a mountain. The location is outstanding. I stood outside one night and the clouds were crossing through the hotel, and while you could see clearly to the towns below the mountain, the clouds above would wisp away in small pieces, cut from the main storm by the wind off of the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Los Osos, California
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Wonderful hotel in a peaceful setting. Waking up to the chattering birds was a delight. Gorgeous views from our balcony on the 2nd floor. The food was incredible and the service was exceptional. Our room, a junior suite, was large and very comfortable. Can't wait to come back.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Salem, New Hampshire
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is the best hotel we have ever been in. Essentially you are living in a large natural park, only 1 km from the Cloud Forest reserve. We saw from our window all bunch of birds and monkeys jumping on the trees, without even stepping out. Our room had a large - from wall to wall and from floor to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Flagstaff, Arizona
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The Hotel Fonda Vela is a very nice place to stay. The help there is very friendly and the rooms are quite large. The bed was average in comfort and the shower rooms where a little compressed and the water temperature did vary somewhat. Neither of these issues were big problems but they did make the stay not perfect. There... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ballston Spa, New York
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Spent two nights at Fonda Vela - very, very comfortable - big spacious, beautiful rooms with incredible storage - if you were staying for several nights, no problem unpacking everything! Very lovely grounds to walk - great pool / rec area (with pool and ping-pong tables). Beautiful dining room - food very good (we only ate breakfast and lunch there).... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Owners: What's your side of the story?
If you own or manage Hotel Fonda Vela, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.
Manage your listing

Been to Hotel Fonda Vela? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Hotel Fonda Vela

Address: 1km past the Monteverde Cheese Factory and 2km before the Monteverde Reserve., Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Fonda Vela 3*
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Hotels.com, Expedia and Venere so you can book your Hotel Fonda Vela reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Fonda Vela Hotel
Fonda Vela Monteverde
Hotel Fonda Vela Costa Rica/Monteverde

220 photos of this hotel

Traveler photos: See what travelers like you saw

All traveler photos (176)
Pool/beach area (8)
Hotel & grounds (42)
Room/suite (51)
Dining (16)
Bathroom (3)
View from room (13)
Other (43)

Management photos: Courtesy of the property manager

All management photos (45)
Hotel & grounds (6)
Other (39)


Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Class
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Fonda Vela Hotel is located in beautifulMonteverde, famous for its Resplendent Quetzals,Three-wattled Bellbirds, an abundance of orchids anda gorgeous cloud forest. The climate is refreshing,often referred to as "The Eternal Spring". The views ofthe Gulf of Nicoya from the hotel’s 1400-meterelevation are spectacular. Monteverde is an idealdestination for relaxing and enjoying the wonders ofthe tropics. A visit of at least two nights inMonteverde is recommended. ... more   less 
Number of rooms

See which rooms travelers prefer