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San Francisco, California
Reviewed 15 May 2014

The Fonda Vela is a family business, built on a former dairy farm developed by Paul Smith, a Canadian who came to Costa Rica. The sons took over, and the father traveled around the world and painted. His paintings (all for sale) hang in the pubic areas and guest rooms of the hotel. The hotel is about 2 km from...

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 13 May 2014

6. La Fonda Vela Hotel, Monteverde – 5 out of 5 Probably our favourite hotel in Costa Rica. The staff were lovely, the wildlife in the hotel grounds were spectacular (agouti, coatimundi, variegated squirrel, emerald toucanet, keel-billed toucan, etc), the restaurant and food were excellent and the view over the Gulf of Nicoya from the porch of our room was...

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Is a beautiful place in the mountains with beautiful sight. We got there and we received an upgrade, never knew why, but we did appreciate it. The room was a Junior Suite, the biggest we had in the whole trip, with a King and Queen bed. The rooms don't have A/C, but trust me you don't need it. Big windows...

2Thank Jay G
Perth, Australia
Reviewed 11 May 2014

This is beautiful place is about 4 k from town and 2 k from the Monteverde reserve. The rooms are set close to natural vegetation which bounds the property so it is easy to spot local wildlife. I saw lots of birds and a number of agouti in the grounds. The dry river nature trail makes for a lovely early...

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Phoenix, Oregon
Reviewed 7 May 2014

I don't know what other rooms were like but ours was amazing. We were upgraded to a Jr. Suite at the end of the row with the upper floor in a 4 plex. Windows all along one side and a great balcony on the end. Gorgious room. I hope my pictures show how amazing it was. The room was HUGE...

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Bangor, Maine
Reviewed 5 May 2014 via mobile

Slightly out of date rooms, but great food and service. Very nice pool and game area with a lovely bathroom downstairs. Had great times with friends. Very pretty grounds and artwork. Although the artwork is slightly outdated it's very good and clearly done by someone in the family.

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Cambridge, England
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We stayed here as part of a tour with Bales Worldwide. We loved this hotel, the rooms are huge with large window to spectacular views over the lawn area. The dining experience was excellent, the food and service were good. We liked the fine dining. Breakfast overlooking bird feeders gave us great views of Motmots as well as lots of...

2Thank KymH
Reviewed 26 April 2014

We spent only 2 night at this hotel, but we enjoyed a lot. The rooms are very large, with beautiful hardwood floors, very clean and comfortable beds.The gardens are nice. We had cocktails during their happy hour, 8$ for 2 and I had a great rum/ passion fruit mixture out on the balcony. The pool is small, but the view...

1Thank Orly68
Brooklyn, New York
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Let me begin with the good, and there is a lot of good. The hotel itself is beautiful, and we arrived to a surprise room upgrade. We had a spacious balcony with sunset views, and a very comfortable king size bed. Scattered around stunning grounds are small groups of rooms, so you really feel like you are in cozy mountain...

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Managerfondavela, Gerente at Hotel Fonda Vela, responded to this review

Dear Gaffergrrrl, Thank you for taking the time to evaluate our Hotel. We really appreciate the opinions of our clients and we apologize if we did satisfy your expectations. We are very glad to hear that you very much liked the upgrade that was given to you to a junior suite. It is our pleasure to make our clients feel...

North Adams, Massachusetts
Reviewed 3 April 2014

Costa Rica is full of surprises. We knew that some of the road from Arenal to Monteverde wasn't paved; we did not know that seventeen kilometers of the road wasn't simply dirt, but dirt covered with large and sliding stones. After our rental car bounced us around for a couple of hours, we ended up completely by chance at the...

4Thank Marc G

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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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Address: 1km past the Monteverde Cheese Factory and 2km before the Monteverde Reserve., Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Monteverde
Price Range: $161 - $238 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Hotel Fonda Vela 3.5*
Number of rooms: 42
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