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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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6 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We wanted this to be great but when we got there it had the feel of Basel forty. The guy on the front desk was great but just seriously over worked. The hotel lacked staff and it seemed very obvious that the owner was trying to sell the hotel/busoness and had taken his eye off the boil. The pool had... More 

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The rooms were large, but rustic and with only a small bathroom and no wi-fi. The grounds were beautiful and it was a walk to the restaurant which was the only option for food since the hotel is so far out of town. The restaurant was good, but pricey. The included breakfasts were adequate. The staff was very accommodating and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved sitting by the window and reading in this beautiful hotel. It was a bit far from town but the restaurant had good food. The staff were helpful and nice. I really liked this place, a home away from home. The cool mountain air felt so good there.

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Fremont, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotel is a bit far from the town. Our room was very large and overlooking beautiful grounds. The furniture is slightly dated, and bathroom was okay. The best part of the room was large, wall-sized glass window overlooking the grounds. It rained a lot one of the days, and we enjoyed sipping tea while sitting by window. We really enjoyed... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wanted to like Fonda Vela, but nearly every plus had a minus, and some minuses had no plus. Most significantly, when my husband told the front desk clerk that he had slipped on the stairs in the room, the response was just a nod, no expression of concern or apology. This was consistent with other perfunctory interactions from the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

FV blends in nice with the backpacker vibe on monteverde and st Helena. Unmade roads are order if the dat here so don't be surprised. Standards not high, bathroom particularly a real blast from past ! but hey water clean and warm. . Pool pretty, the jacuzzi could do with some heat however - it's cold up here in the... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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3 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We [family of 5] stayed here in July after original booking a hostel type of room in Santa Elana but rejecting it due to size location etc. once we arrived. My Wife called Fonda Vela and they had vacancy. We drove up and checked in. It is set on a beautiful space with great views of gardens, valley etc. The... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved this hotel, junior suite had a canopy view - WOW. Room was clean and quaint. Pool and game room was great fun for the family in the evening. The staff were incredibility kind, helped us with a night walk that was fantastic. Breakfast buffet was delicious with many options including local delights. Wi-fi excellent in the room. Loved Monteverde... More 

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Leeds
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3 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Torn what rating to give this hotel it did something's really well but had some annoying faults The position is fine just outside town and near the park The setting is nice surrounded by gardens and jungle The rooms are a bit dated but very spacious and comfy The staff as everywhere in Costa Rica where friendly and helpful Now... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Third stop on four leg tour. We were disappointed with our visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest as we saw very little wildlife/etc and it was far less of an experience that either the Tortuguero National Reserve or that at Manuel Antonio. Our guide was excellent in trying to ensure we got everything out of the trip but the highlights... More 

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