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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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St. Petersburg, Florida
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I stayed in one of the standard rooms which was perfect for a solo traveler or a couple. The room was clean and spacious and the bed was much more comfortable than I expected. I loved the artwork on the walls and the deep soaking tub in the shower, but it might be a bit difficult to get into for... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were a group of 3 families who spent a week in CR and among the group the consensus was that this was our least favorite of the 4 places we stayed at. Overall it had many good qualities, but some small things caused us all to feel a little disappointed. Most of the good reviews highlight the great food,... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Junior Suite is spacious with large windows with nice view. Happy they had a refrig as most places we had stayed in did not. Spotted a family of coatis and their babies running all over their back lawn and lots of birds, even capuchin monkeys on the grounds. [Beware: there were several, huge hills of red, fire ants on lawn... More 

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Highland Park, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Large, well and very comfortable appointed rooms. Very clean. Rates are reasonable. Not far from the park, but it is not really walkable to either the park or town. You will not get a scenic view other than of a garden so be forewarned if that is important to you. Think of this as a hotel in a forest setting.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of four enjoyed this hotel. It's a little out of the way down a dirt road - but the room was really big for our family of four - with hardwood floors and ceiling and a really large bathroom. Grounds are nice - pool table, pool. Wifi only in the lobby and restaurant.

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Espoo, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed 4 nights in Fonda Vela. Pros: staff, easy to organize activities via reception, restaurant, hotel surroundings and trail. Also close to reserve (15 min walk). Cons: the rooms were a bit outdated, as if they haven't touched them in 20 years or so? No aircon either, 1st night was very cold in the room. The pool area -... More 

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

Loved this beautiful hotel located in the woods. It had a really cozy feel. The rooms were huge and amazing. Loved all of the beautiful hardwoods used throughout the property. The restaurant was one one of the best we ate at in Costa Rica. We only stayed one night, which I wish we could have stayed longer.

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Scotland, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel location was really good...really close to the Cloud forest and a short taxi away from Santa Elena, which was great for a shopping trip. The food in the restaurant was fantastic with a really good selection to choose from. The customer service in the restaurant and bar was exception - some of the friendliest people we've met in... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

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 June 18, 2015

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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