One of the closest lodges to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Hotel Fonda Vela, offers a quality off the beaten path eco-lodge in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Guests will enjoy a natural experience with simple rooms surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens and lush cloud forest. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar, heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi, tropical gardens, trails, and WiFi in some public areas.
Monteverde attracts visitors from all over the world who come to see the tropical cloud forest and many highland bird species that call it home. With expansive jungle at over 4,000 feet in elevation (and much higher on some of the mountains), the climate is damp, cool, and often rainy. These conditions create an ideal habitat for numerous species of flora and fauna that call Monteverde home.
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is not far from the lodge. A quick drive or a long hike will bring you to the famous reserve where one can discover the wonders of the cloud forest and enjoy world-class birdwatching. This area provides an opportunity to see rare and exotic highland species such as the Bellbird, Trogons, Hummingbirds, Emerald Toucanettes, and Resplendent Quetzals. We recommend using a professional guide with a spotting scope to maximize your time at the reserve.
Monteverde offers plenty of other activities as well. A horseback ride through the countryside or a visit to a local coffee farm are both fantastic ways to learn about the culture. Adventurers will love canyoneering and rappelling down cloud forest waterfalls or going on a high-speed ATV ride on the backroads. Monteverde is also home to some of the best canopy tours in the world. A zipline adventure allows you to soar like an eagle through the cloud forest treetops. A hanging bridges tour is a wonderful way to explore and walk through the cloud forest canopy. These and many other tours and activities are available from this fabulous eco-tourist destination.
With over 30 acres of mostly forested land, Hotel Fonda Vela is a beautiful place to see nature up close. Most species of animals found in the Reserve also pass through lodge's grounds. The tropical gardens and fountains attract many birds so don't forget your camera when you are walking around the property!
Fonda Vela is one of the few lodges in Monteverde that has a heated swimming pool and two Jacuzzis. This pool area is covered and also has a bar, pool table, and ping-pong table. For your convenience, this area offers lockers, dressing rooms, restrooms, and showers.
The lodge offers guests two restaurants, the Galleria and the Fireside Room. The spacious Galleria Restaurant has large windows to take advantage of the beautiful surroundings and serves a fusion of International and Costa Rican cuisine. A wood-burning fireplace adds to the ambiance of the cozy Fireside Restaurant, which also serves Costa Rican and International dishes. The Canopy Bar is a perfect place to enjoy tropical cocktails and sports events on the TV.
Rooms at the Fonda Vela Hotel are spacious, accented by Costa Rican art and hardwood furniture. Both room categories, Standard Rooms, and Junior Suites offer cable TV, mini-fridge, coffee maker, and telephone. While the rooms offer similar amenities, the Junior Suites are larger than the Standard Rooms.
Latitude: N 10° 18' 0.58"
Longitude: W 84° 48' 22.31"
We absolutely loved Fonda Vela! The rooms were wonderful with many windows to observe the beautiful vegetation and wildlife. The beds were comfortable. The restaurant was excellent, especially the waiters and other staff. We fell in love with the Monteverde area, and the cool temperatures. We hope to return.
This hotel had the BEST, most comfortable beds of our trip!
Service was excellent! Food was Great.
Nicely done. beautiful view. Comfortable. More than ample breakfast. Could not use pool as it was too cool.
Rooms are huge, but dark and feel more like cabins. They could use a refresh. The bathroom was small and had several trip hazards. They have a wonderful pool with 2 jacuzzies, but only 8 lounge chairs. By far not enough. And it's not for a lack of space. There is room for at least 20. Dinner at the restaurant was outstanding.
After staying at Arenal Springs this was a bit of a "let down". However it was clean, the restaurant was wonderful, staff friendly and the pool area gorgeous.
The bar staff were the nicest people! We also met the owner, he was great. The rooms were nice but the bathroom very small for 4 women to share. A mirror outside the toilet area would be nice.
Grounds were nicely manicured, staff very nice. Not fond of restaurant. Rather remote setting, perhaps explore other accommodations.
This was not one of the better hotels. The hotel itself was good. The staff was not friendly at all and the service was mediocre. Also it was far away from the town and expensive to go back and forth. The restaurant at the hotel was v expensive.
helpful front desk
Only issue was distance from the activities we did--would have been nice to have a better sense of where we were relative to those activities, as our time could have been used more efficiently. Nonetheless, we loved the property, room was HUGE and had a great view, and we enjoyed the amenities (pool, restaurant--great breakfast!)
Huge rooms in this hotel had sitting area and nice views. We were late for breakfast one day and the staff brought food out for us even though we should have known the rules. Great spot.
This hotel was too remote from Santa Elana to make this experience enjoyable. Guests who are dependent on taxis to get around should not stay here. The room was musty and the bathroom was in need of repair. Although breakfasts were of good qaulity, dinner was extremely expensive and of very poor quality. Would not recommend PTW book guests without their own transport into this facility. Such guests should only be booked into facilities in the townsite.
No everything was great about this hotel except the Wi-Fi reception was horrible and I didn't get any they really need to improve this amenity immediately.
There were a few little glitches like wifi only working in the reception area but the staff was very helpful and welcoming and the grounds were beautiful.
it rained the entire time we were there, the dinner at the restaurant was not very good - if I was to recommend this hotel to anyone, I would recommend to eat elsewhere. It was a bit out of town, I would choose something closer to town and the restaurants.
Room was beautiful. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Food was delicious. The pool was way to cold to swim and hot tubs were barely hot. Beds not very comfortable.
The rooms were spacious but could have been cleaner. The grounds were very nice.
lovely location but a bit inconvenient to get to town unless by a taxi. hotel is rather dated, but we loved the location and the rooms were large and clean.
Wonderful upgrade! Hotel front desk staff spoke very little English which was difficult. Good food.