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620 Monteverde Road, 60109 Costa Rica
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 06/08/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 06/08/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#12 of 29 hotels in Monteverde
The Fonda Vela Hotel is located in beautiful Monteverde, famous for its Resplendent Quetzals,Three-wattled Bellbirds, an abundance of orchids and a gorgeous cloud forest. The climate is refreshing, often referred to as "The Eternal Spring". The views of the Gulf of Nicoya from the hotel’s 1400-meter elevation are spectacular. Monteverde is an ideal destination for relaxing and enjoying the wonders of the tropics. A visit of at least two nights in Monteverde is recommended.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
24-hour security
Hot bath
Heated pool
Coffee shop
Poolside bar
Non-smoking hotel
Sun terrace
Private check-in / check-out
Laundry service
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Private balcony
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
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English, Spanish
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Stephanie M wrote a review 3 Jul
11 contributions
Our group of high school kids stayed here and it was wonderful. The rooms were spacious and clean. The restaurant and pool facilities were lovely. We took a morning hike around their grounds before breakfast. It is a little difficult to get to but so worth it deep in the mountains.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Lyn R wrote a review May 2022
4 contributions
Our room was beautiful with large windows so we could see the large open space and garden outside the room. From out room we managed to not only see the wild and beautiful birds that are all over the property but we also manage to observe a capybara who came out to eat every afternoon and we saw a coati browsing, and an armadillo wondering around, all this in just the three days were where there. We went into town most days for dinner, and took advantage of the central location to go to the Cloud Forest and took a night walk to observe nocturnal animals. If one is a tennis player, one would love this with many tennis courts to use. Breakfast included fruit and something that one ordered with a limited menu. The most difficult thing about this hotel was the road to get to it, full of car eating pot holes, that one had to wind their way around on roads barely big enough for two cars.
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Date of stay: May 2022
Kim C wrote a review May 2022
Copenhagen, Denmark650 contributions169 helpful votes
I had to select this hotel as an alternative to my preferred hotel which is not a good start. The hotel itself is not bad at all but the location is kind of problematic. I don't mind that it's away from town but the road conditions make it a horrible drive. The good part is the huge rooms. I don't think I have ever stayed in such a big regular room. Great views to the garden surrounding the hotel. A little bit of wildlife walking around on the property. The pool is not very inviting and the breakfast room seems a bit neglected. Hotel staff is nice and try their best despite not speaking much English, French, German or other languages. It worked with hand gestures and repetition of sentences.
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Date of stay: April 2022
Bazzajo1 wrote a review May 2022
Bude, United Kingdom2 contributions
My 15 year old son and I stayed two nights here. I was concerned as had read some negative reviews about it being dated. We had the most basic room type, and it was perfect for our needs; with one double and one single bed, large windows with a beautiful view where we enjoyed stunning sun sets. There were a couple of things that could do with updating; the curtains were very old and some of the hooks were missing so had to stand on a chair to hook them fully up at night and the bath in the bathroom was stained from age but this didn't affect our enjoyment and everything was very clean! The staff were super friendly and it was easy to arrange trips and they couldn't do enough. The gardens are absolutely stunning and we saw lots of wild life here. My son used the pool which he said wasn't too cold (we're used to Cornish Atlantic water!). The breakfast buffet was adequate, the freshly made omelettes really good. We did a coffee, chocolate and sugar cane tour which was excellent and a Monteverde Reserve rainforest tour which was very interesting (although we saw more wildlife in the hotel gardens!). We didn't use the restaurant but had lunch on the bar terrace and used room service one evening and the food was really good (my son loved the pizza). This unique hotel has a lovely, friendly atmosphere and is in a peaceful, quiet location and I'm pleased to have stayed there while visiting the area.
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Date of stay: April 2022
aelw93 wrote a review Apr 2022
Sheffield, United Kingdom11 contributions6 helpful votes
A beautiful, quiet hotel, with plenty of wildlife nearby - we did the nature trail at the hotel and saw monkeys, Coatis, toucans and an armadillo. The staff were absolutely lovely, and the pool area was great. The rooms were absolutely beautiful and so spacious. My only small critique is that the bathroom was outdated/run down and would benefit from a refresh. But overall, highly recommend this hotel.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Lost-who's-lost? wrote a review Apr 2022
Chedgrave, United Kingdom24 contributions31 helpful votes
The buildings here are solid, old & full of character, bit like European ski chalets. The bedrooms are lovely and beds were the most comfortable we stayed in during our travels throughout Costa Rica. Bathrooms do need refurbishment and I did feed this back at reception, aside from this though it was a great place to stay. Breakfast was a big hit with egg chef, hot plentiful self service buffet, so no fuss or queues. We used the bar in the evening for pizza (massive btw), wings & drinks with a game of pool. Taxi into town was £5 / 3k Calones. All the staff here are super freindly.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
yogen p wrote a review Apr 2022
Pleasanton, California6 contributions1 helpful vote
Was a bit nervous before we arrived having read some of the negative reviews. Yes, the property is a bit old and the lighting in the rooms is not great, but they are working to "refurbish" the place. On a positive note, the location and setting is really nice...spread out and peaceful. The terrace bar has a fantastic view, and the food was great. The pool area is pretty good as well (although not a heated pool), with two hot tubs. The staff at check-in were very helpful and provided some guidance on things to do while in Monteverde, as we had not booked anything in advance. If you are making your way through Monteverde for a few nights and are not too fussy about super modern amenities, and you are looking to spend some time just relaxing and hanging out, Fonda Vela is a pretty good choice.
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Date of stay: April 2022
sillyboyz wrote a review Apr 2022
england249 contributions48 helpful votes
was disappointed on arrival to see that we had nowhere comfortable to sit near the property. There was a bench outside the room but was totally in the shade. We did spend quite a bit of time near the pool but not a lot of loungers. Feel slightly bad rating it a 3 as I slept incredibly well. I liked the mesh at the window and the breeze was a pleasant change from air con and it was very quiet. The staff were lovely and friendly. The pina colada was one of the best I have ever had . After seeing the locations of some of the other hotels I would have preferred to be less isolated.
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Date of stay: March 2022
Umesh M wrote a review Mar 2022
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Our stay (3 couples in 3 rooms ) in March for 2 nights at this Boutique Hotel in Monteverde did not begin too well as we were fooled by the pictures on PriceLine and the price was in the high end category hotels for this area. The hotel is an old tired property in urgent need of renovations. The rooms are big with two big size beds but that is all. Bathroom need urgent renovation and above all none of the rooms have air conditioning OF COURSE THERE IS NO MENTION OF THIS!in their marketing materials as well as at the time of check in. We checked in on a fairly hot day and only realized that there was no air after searching for the thermostat!! They gave us a mini fan ( table top ) but there was only one spot with three pin plug point and were offered a cocktail which we politely declined. Restaurant was excellent for dinner ( JOHAN did great job ) as well as breakfast buffet every morning. Front desk staff was very polite but passed all the buck on to the MANAGEMENT and of course the General Manager was not accessible to us. Disappointing property and I would not stay there again.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
julian c wrote a review Mar 2022
Hailsham, United Kingdom229 contributions139 helpful votes
The reception area, dining room and the swimming pool are the best parts of this place. The grounds are extensive and there are some great views but gardens are a bit shabby in places. The rooms are spacious and ours even had an extra upstairs sleeping area. But on the outside they look very tired and dated. If you book any tours through the hotel, they don't tell you it's not chargeable to your room, which we only found out when we arrived at our tour destination and had no cash to pay! Nice self guided tour around the hotel grounds though. This place has serious potential with the right backing.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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$153 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Fonda Vela
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Fonda Vela?
Nearby attractions include Curi Cancha Reserve (0.8 km), Monteverde Hummingbird Gallery (1.1 km), and The Bat Jungle (1.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Fonda Vela?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Fonda Vela?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Hotel Fonda Vela?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Fonda Vela?
Conveniently located restaurants include Stella's Monteverde, Cafe Cabure, and Cafe De Monteverde.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hotel Fonda Vela?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Fonda Vela?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Hotel Fonda Vela have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.