The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve have much to offer visitors. Hiking trails wind through the forest, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the environment that Monteverde is known for. Suspension bridge tours are a fabulous way to gain a new perspective on the cloud forests, as are canopy tours, which send participants flying along steel cables through the forest canopy. Other notable attractions include the Monteverde Cheese Factory, coffee plantations, and animal museums.
The Latin root of the word “fonda” means a place of rest or nourishment after a long journey; “vela” means candle in Spanish, which, for the hotel’s proprietors, stresses a peaceful and natural atmosphere.
Indeed, Hotel Fonda Vela is both these things. It is a pleasant place to return to after a long excursion, be it from the nearby cloud forest or across the country. Its facilities and amenities – which include a top-of-the-line restaurant, swimming pool and Jacuzzi – make it easy to indulge in rest and relaxation. And true to its name, the hotel is constructed from many natural materials.
Guests of the Fonda Vela will find it easy to remain engaged with the world outside their hotel room. They are invited to explore the hotel’s own private trails – which wind through both forest and pasture and are excellent for birding – or else visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which is only a 15-minute walk away.
Hotel Fonda Vela has 40 rooms in 9 separate buildings. The rooms – which include both standard rooms and junior suites – are comfortably equipped with a range of amenities, including private bathrooms, hot water showers, cable TV, coffee maker, and mini-bar. The rooms are designed to optimize natural lighting, and as such have large windows looking out into the forest.
The hotel has two restaurants. The Galleria, with its high ceilings and large windows, is elegant and spacious. It seats 100 people. The other restaurant –known as the Fireside Room – seats 40 people and has, as its name suggests, a wood-burning fireplace. The hotel’s full service bar offers a number of exotic beverages, and has TVs that frequently broadcast sporting events. What’s more, guests can enjoy Fonda Vela’s covered swimming pool and Jacuzzi – a great place to unwind after a day spent exploring Monteverde’s intricate cloud forest reserves.
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Hotel Fonda Vela Facilities
Swimming pool, Jacuzzi, laundry service, jungle view, conference room, private parking, hiking trails, restaurant, bar, gardens, TV room, pool table, wheelchair accessible, internet access
Hot water, mini-fridge, cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, telephone, balcony, wheelchair accessible, mini bar, safe deposit box, internet access, swimming pool, Jacuzzi, laundry service, jungle view, conference room, private parking, hiking trails, restaurant, bar, gardens, TV room, pool table
The Fonda Vela has 40 rooms in 9 separate buildings. 20 of the rooms are Standard Rooms and 20 are Junior Suites. All rooms have a private bathroom and hot water.
Standard Room – these rooms have two queen size beds or one king size bed. They can sleep 4 people.
Junior Suites – these rooms have one king size bed, one queen size bed, and one sofa bed. They can sleep 4 people.