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Reviewed 7 May 2022

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.

Date of stay: April 2022
Thank Bazzajo1
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Reviewed 27 April 2022

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 My only small critique is that the bathroom was outdated/run down and would benefit from a refresh.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.

Date of stay: March 2022
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Thank Amy W
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Reviewed 27 April 2022 via mobile

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.

Date of stay: April 2022
Trip type: Travelled with family
Thank DebDowner
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Reviewed 26 April 2022

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.

Date of stay: April 2022
Thank yogenp195
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Reviewed 7 April 2022

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.

Date of stay: March 2022
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