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Hotel Fonda Vela

We invite you to the Hotel Fonda Vela. Dedicated to the idea of eco-tourism in harmony with the nature, the Latin root Fonda means a place of rest or nourishment after a long journey. Vela, or candle, for us represents service and good faith. To this we add a peaceful atmosphere that is sensitive to the local environment.

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, many times referred to as "eternal spring". The views of the Gulf of Nicoya from this 1400 meters elevation are spectacular. Monteverde is an ideal destination for relaxing and enjoy the wonders of the tropics. A visit of at least 2 nights in Monteverde is recomended.

The Fonda Vela Hotel has nine buildings are scattered throughout the landscaped property, and are designed with natural lighting, privacy and warmth in mind. They all have large windows with views of our forest allowing the beauty outside to be a part of the cozy interior.The suites have a small refrigerator, tables, king-size bed on the main floor and a loft with a queen-size bed. Our junior suites have a small refrigerator, table king and queen-size beds, and a comfortable sofa. Televisions and telephones will soon be available in the junior suites. Please ask at the time of making your reservation. Most rooms are wheelchair accessible.

On the 35-acre property, you will find the lush forests and verdant pastures excellent for birding and hiking. In this tranquil setting, you may see flocks of parrots and emerald toucanets that come to feed in the fruit trees. Horses graze peacefully in the pasture below. A 15-minute walk away is the world famous 10,500-hectare Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which incorporates five tropical life zones. The Santa Elena Reserve is a short drive away, where on a clear day you may observe the Arenal Volcano.

Throughout the Fonda Vela you will find paintings of Paul Smith, the owners' father and original settler of the property. These, and works by other Monteverde artists, display many interpretations of the mysterious cloud forest with its veils of mist - encouraging the mind to meditate on the meaning of peaceful living.


The Fonda Vela has 40 rooms in 9 separate buildings, this includes 20 standard rooms, 18 junior suites, and two mountain suites. All rooms have private bath, hot water and 2 queen-size beds.

Other services include our elegant, spacious restaurant, a separate bar and TV room. Our meeting rooms seat 50 people and have balconies overlooking the forest. Private hiking trails, guided horse-back riding, and laundry service is also available. We can arange all local tours for you.

The Fonda Vela is a great hotel for birdwatching. We have more than one kilometer of private hiking trails and we are within walking distance to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, the Hummingbird Gallery, the Children's EternalRainforest. For night entertainment, we are approximately one Km from the local disco, La Cascada.

Room Rates

Until Nov 30 /2013
Single Double
Standard Room $105.00 $120.00
Junior Suite $140.00 $160.00
Children 3 - 8 years old $7.50 per night
Rates do NOT include 13% taxes
Additional person $15.00
Meals are not included in the room rate

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