Hotel Fonda Vela

A warm & friendly Mountain lodge in the Ephemeral Cloud Forests of Monteverde Costa Rica!

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Hotel Fonda Vela

Monteverde’s Hotel Fonda Vela

Known as the Jewel of Monteverde, this 35-acre Premium Resort of Costa Rica is no other place on Earth. This Sustainable Boutique Hotel’s also a family-run operation with a homey, welcoming ambiance. Paul Warren Smith, Sr. and his wife, came to Hotel Fonda Vela in 1970. Over 450 pieces of Warren Smith’s artwork decorate the Resort. So many, lush rainforest gardens teeming with active exotic wildlife surround the Hotel Fonda Vela nestled against the majestic mountains of Monteverde. Breathtaking sunrises, phenomenal sunsets over pristine green pastures await. 

Rainforest Lodge Amenities

Presently, this rainforest estate is by the Monteverde Cloud Forest. 38 elegant rooms feature modern amenities: a king or queen bed, cable TV, minibar, hardwood floors and vaulted ceilings.  Tour the grounds amid the ephemeral Cloud Forest or visit the Tropical Art Boutique.

Sustainable Art Boutique of Monteverde

Also, if Nature and Art are what you actually love, you are in the right place at Hotel Fonda Vela. This Monteverde Cloud Forest Resort lies at 4,200 feet above sea level, offering breathtaking views of the Nicoya Penisula and its wildlife is at your doorstep. The estate features two restaurants, spa, jacuzzi, indoor pool, bar and an art gallery. This lodge used Sustainable practices in its operation and was awarded two green leaves for its educational initiatives, community service, and eco-conscious building techniques. Luxurious travel accommodations combined with eco-mindful ethos and practice provides the best of both worlds.

Cloud Forest Heavenly Location

Above all, Monteverde’s Rainforest Resort at Fonda Vela will make you feel restored and rejuvenated. Rainforest activities and adventure tours abound horseback riding, hiking, birding and more. Firstly, meditate on a mountainside, lounge by the pool, sample epicurean delights at the restaurants or explore the mysteries of the Cloud Forest Gardens.

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On-Site Facilities

Galleria Restaurant Fonda Vela

Galleria Restaurant

The elegant and spacious Galleria seats 100, and has walls of large windows with beautiful, tropical views. Sometimes, cute, wild animals come to the windows to watch the diners! 

Fireside Restaurant Hotel Fonda Vela

Fireside Restaurant

The cozy Fireside Room seats 40 and is accentuated by the crackle and dancing flames of a wood-burning fireplace. Terrace seating on the balcony offer views of the Gulf of Nicoya.

Canopy Bar Hotel Fonda Vela

Canopy Bar

The Canopy Bar is a full service bar offering our own exotic beverages. The bar’s TV, of course, brings you the current sports events.

Pool Hotel Fonda Vela

Pool and Jacuzzi

With an upgrade in 2010, an indoor swimming Pool and two jacuzzis, bar and pool table were added to the hotel’s facilities. Perfect for all ages, overlooking the green and abundant forest and enjoy bird watching.

Gardens Hotel Fonda Vela


On its 35 acres, the profound gift of Nature is what Hotel Fonda Vela offers their guests. Situated near the continental divide, Hotel Fonda Vela is home to some sixty different species of migratory birds, and over 200 species of non-migratory birds.

Room Types

Hotel Fonda Vela Standard Room

Standard Room

All Standard Rooms have private bath, mini-bar, also telephone, coffee maker and cable TV.

Hotel Fonda Vela Junior Suite

Junior Suite

Junior Suites have private bath, mini-bar, also telephone, coffee maker and cable TV.


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