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.
Hotel Fonda Vela
Nearby Hotels
$103
$97
Expedia.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Cala Lodge(Monteverde)
$92
$83
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Monteverde Inn(Monteverde)(Great Value!)
$49
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
El Establo(Monteverde)
$230
$144
Expedia.com
View Deal
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
$90
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
$47
$46
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Los Pinos - Cabanas y Jardines(Cerro Plano)
$87
Orbitz.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Hotel Trapp Family(Monteverde)
$97
$94
Expedia.com
View Deal
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
$236
$229
Expedia.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Hotel Belmar(Monteverde)
$199
Booking.com
View Deal
Certificate of Excellence
  • Free Wifi
  • Free Parking
Reviews (766)
Filter reviews
766 results
Traveler rating
252
300
133
42
39
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageAll languages
More languages
252
300
133
42
39
Show reviews that mention
All reviewsjunior suitecloud forestpool areacosta ricahardwood floorsoverlooking the groundshotel groundslarge windowstwo nightshotel restaurantking bedcheese factorysanta elenatour companyno wifi in the roomsspread outstandard room
Filter
Updating list...
552 - 557 of 766 reviews
Reviewed June 23, 2008

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Costa Rica that was marred only by this horrible hotel. The room (we were in #31) had a terrible musty odor and the toilet did not flush properly. However the worst part was how absolutely overrun the bathroom was by bugs - between the toilet and the bugs we pretty much had no bathroom for our entire stay and the hotel's response was simply to comp breakfast - which most upscale hotels in Costa Rica provide with the room rate. And the breakfast was awful. The only redeeming quality for this hotel was the lovely pasta dinner we ate.

I would tell anyone I know not to ever book a stay in this hotel.

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
3  Thank brodyfamily
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 9, 2008

My two friends and I stayed at the Hotel Fonda Vela for two nights during our seven night stay in Costa Rica. The hotel is located approx 10 minutes from the main town and about 15 mintues from the majority of the Monteverde attractions (skywalk, canopy, etc). The room was above average in cleanliness. My only gripe is that a few ants made their way into our bathroom through a space in the wall. Although unforchunate, it sort of comes with the territory of staying in Monteverde. Considering the location (high in the mountains and quite rainy), a few token ants is nothing to complain about. The maid service took care of the situation and we were insect-free for the rest of the trip.
We had breakfast both nights and dinner on one night. The breakfast was very good and we found dinner to be fair. My friends enjoyed their fish, while I stuck to grilled chicken which was prepared well. The hotel also offers free internet access on two computers in the reception area. This was greatly appreciated.
I would reccomend the hotel to anyone staying in Monteverde. The guest rooms are huge! The space alone was greatly appreciated!
During our stay we visited the Don Juan Coffee Plantation (cute, with free coffee and desert at the end of the tour!) and the Skywalk (breath-taking as well as a calmer alternative to the canopy tour)

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Thank mirandafitz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 6, 2008

This hotel is only short walk from the spectacular cloud forest.

The rooms are well designed in small blocks which give them an "in the forest" sort of feel. They have a TV too which is good for if you tire of all the nature around you. Rooms are clean and well appointed.

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Thank onthegoNY
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 26, 2008

The property at Fonda Vela is so beautiful. The rooms were nice, lots of wood. The bedding and towels were needing to be replaced and the bathroom was kind of gross. Mildew caulk in the tub & shower. Pretty dated.

The property and hotel are way out of town. Nice that way but not easy to just run grab something to eat. Never tried the restaurant but LOVED Stellas and Morphos. Also Sophias was pretty spendy but SOOO worth it. The restaurant was gorgeous, awesome service and delicious food.

Arranged a private tour of the reserve through Fonda Vela and loved the tour guide they set up for us. He was able to find 4 quetzals. Pretty cool. Also did a night walk that they set up and loved it...saw all the critters that come out at night, huge spiders, sloths, frogs, and lots of cool bugs. We were glad we did it.

Fonda Vela was nice but would be better if they fixed their bathrooms and got new linens.

Great staff!

  • Stayed: April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Check in / front desk
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Thank SaMaTo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed May 6, 2008

We stayed at Fonda Vela for 3 days during our honeymoon in late April. This was the first of three stops, with Arenal and Papagallo following.

The hotel was about half way between Santa Elena and the Reserve, which made for a pretty convenient launching point. From SE to the Reserve, it’s about 5k. While walkable, that trek is mostly uphill. Cabs are about $10US from town to the hotel. Note – only about half the road is paved. When you get closer to the hotel, it turns into a dirt road (like most of the road up to MV) and there is very little light. Make sure to bring a flashlight if you are walking around after dark…

We ate dinner at the hotel the first night. Food was better than we expected. We’d heard that the food in Costa Rica was on the bland side, but our meals exceeded expectations. We had breakfast there a couple of the days, and that was pretty good too. Both pretty reasonably priced.

We had room #6, which is a Jr Suite, overlooking the valley. Great view. Room was clean and spacious. Water was hot with plenty of pressure. Bed was ok. Staff was great, very nice, and arranged for a couple of tours (night hike and ziplines).

Stayed: April 2008
2  Thank zk614
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
View more reviews