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Hotel Fonda Vela
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Monteverde
Reviewed June 15, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights and my kids thought I rocked for getting us the Junior suite! Lots of space and a nice view. Food was good and the staff was extremly firendly. The kids loved the pool and the grounds to hike around on. The hotel was a very short drive to the entrance of the Cloud forest reserve. Not all the roads are paved, but the kids thought of it as another adventure

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 2 nights in early June. Since it was their low season, they upgraded our rooms to junior suites. These were spectacular, appointed as a cozy swiss chalets with cathedral ceilings and large bay windows with hardwood floors and wood paneling on the ceilings. The beds were large and comfortable. The decoration consisted of classy impressionist style paintings. There was a beautiful covered pool, ping pong and pool tables. The restaurant was also done in swiss chalet style with cathedral wood ceilings, wood paneling and impressionist style paintings. The food served was a good value, delicious and the service was great. The grounds were magnificent, alternating open large grassy areas with forest.

Room Tip: The junior suites on the top floors are spectacular, like a well appointed large apartment with hard...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights and got an upgrade to a junior suite. It was a very clean room with a lot of space, and a great view of the forest and birds in the back. The rest of the grounds were beautiful and the pool area was also really nice. Great layout with super clean hot tubs. The staff was really nice and friendly, and the restaurant was good too. The rooms did not have wi-fi but there were a few places on the grounds you could still get it. The hotel is on the further side from downtown and is off of a rocky road, but it was only a 5-7 dollar cab ride when we needed a ride. It was a really nice place to stay, and was a great value for the price.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Stayed for 2 nights in April as part of a FAM trip with other agents. Rooms were clean, quiet and comfortable, everything you could want after a busy day in the cloud forest. Food was excellent, swimming pool lovely and drinks very reasonable. No wifi in rooms but available in the bar/reception areas. Met the owner who was charming and very hospitable. Saw the elusive quetzal in the Selvatura Park which made my day!
I would be very happy if my clients stayed here.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

Stayed in a junior suite. Huge room with all the amenities needed. Clean and fantastic views from the upstairs room. Plenty of wildlife about. Only drawback is that its well out of town and has no shuttle service, but a cab is about $7 each way so no major drama and the food at the hotel is top notch and not expensive. Would recommend

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

Stayed here four nights. Room clean and comfortable. Staff quite helpful, including calling our room to let my wife know she had left her purse in the restaurant. Location quite good for access to the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Grounds very pleasant.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Excellent staff. The place is made from wood, and there's not much insulation. We had a family with a special needs child staying below us, and were able to enjoy the bedtime story the parents read to the child. Who knows what the child learned from listening to us!
Be careful about the breakfast. It may or may not be included in your room rate. A guest was pretty upset because she had been told by her travel agent that breakfast was included and it wasn't! Just ask ahead of time. Breakfast is buffet some mornings and is $10.00 other mornings there's just ordering off the menu.
Nice covered pool if you're in to that sort of thing.

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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1km past the Monteverde Cheese Factory and 2km before the Monteverde Reserve., Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 20 Hotels in Monteverde
Price Range: $137 - $217 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Fonda Vela 3.5*
Number of rooms: 42
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 
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Fonda Vela Hotel
Fonda Vela Monteverde
Hotel Fonda Vela Costa Rica/Monteverde

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