Certainly one of the higher-end lodges in the region, Hotel Fonda Vela makes the most of its prime cloud forest location and backs it up with a swimming pool, large rooms and great views.
The cloud forest reserves of Monteverde and neighbouring Santa Elena, are known as much for their jaw-dropping photo opportunities as the boundless biodiversity which thrives amidst these delicate ecosystems.
The lodge has all you need for a stay which is – more often than not – more about the natural world and wildlife to be found from the nearby hanging bridges and nature trails, than the overly luxurious standard of local accommodation.
So, while Fonda Vela does not claim to be a five-star property, it does have an atmospheric bar and restaurant, two Jacuzzis, swimming pool and pleasant grounds to walk among, before heading out on a night hike, birdwatching walk, zip line or rafting adventure, all of which can be arranged with ease while here.
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1/12 - Exterior, Hotel Fonda Vela, Costa Rica
2/12 - Twin bedroom, Hotel Fonda Vela, Costa Rica
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6/12 - bar, Hotel Fonda Vela, Costa Rica
7/12 - indoor swimming pool, Hotel Fonda Vela, Costa Rica
8/12 - restaurant, Hotel Fonda Vela, Costa Rica
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10/12 - indoor jazuzzi, Hotel Fonda Vela, Costa Rica
11/12 - bar area, Hotel Fonda Vela, Costa Rica
12/12 - exterior, Hotel Fonda Vela, Costa Rica
24 Guestrooms including 16 Junior Suites, with the main difference between the two being the size of the floorplan, with some also coming as a split-level option – ideal for families. All are similarly decorated in a retro-rustic style of wood panelled walls and kitsch artworks, though the beds are comfortable and bathrooms relatively modern. Some of the rooms benefit from beautiful views across the gardens and treeline, while the Junior Suites are well-worth a little investment for the extra space alone.
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