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“Loved waking up in the Cloud Forest!” 5 of 5 stars
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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   El Silencio de Los Angeles, San Ramon 1250, Costa Rica   |  
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“Loved waking up in the Cloud Forest!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

What a joy! Every minute of my stay last week at Villa Blanca was a treat. Even though I was alone, they put me in one of their 'honeymoon suites' with a Jacuzzi tub. The room was spacious, simply furnished and just right.
What I loved most was the carefully, locally sourced cuisine. Almost everything on the menu was grown on property, making every meal a delight.
Don't miss it!

Room Tip: Room #26, one of the Honeymoon Suites. Very quiet and spacious.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write an encouraging review to share your experience with us in the cloud forest of Villa Blanca. We take great pride in the design of our authentic village concept with each unique casita we've created, as well as our restaurant menu of local ingredients that our chef combines into delicious traditional and international plates offered in El Sendero. Our Canton of San Ramon has many rural family recipes that we have adopted that also meet our Five Green Leaf Certification standards, as well as our high standards of service and hospitality that are trademarks of our membership in Greentique Hotels.

Best regards,

Joxan Obando
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Service
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

The grounds are unbelievably beautiful! There is an area where the hummingbirds are fed and it is easy to spend hours there just taking in the antics of hundreds of these tiny winged jewels.
The many trails are best explored with the guides because they can see and identify the various flora and fauna which would have been missed otherwise.
Stayed 2 nights, this is not my first trip to Villa Blanca and it will not be my last one either! The staff are attentive, helpful and just plain NICE! The little cabins are comfortable and LOVE the fireplaces..and that they are set up for you each night is just a real treat!
Dinning.... WOW! Much of what they serve is grown on the property, the butter, cheeses are from the estate as well. The coffee is the best in CR and THAT is saying something!
You will not be disappointed if you stay at Villa Blanca. The cloud forrest is amazing.
You must visit the chapel on the grounds, it is stunning...simply stunning!
I love this place!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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villablanca2011, General Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
It truly was our pleasure hosting you. We truly look forward to your return visit as repeat customers and hope you will consider including our sister properties in Manuel Antonio and the Osa Peninsula during your next visit. We are all members of Greentique Hotels who pride ourselves on exceptional Costa Rica experiences that your review once again confirmed. We share all our reviews and hotel guest surveys that fortunately convey the value and the appreciation of our hospitality and conservation philosophy. From all the staff here in San Ramon, we look forward to sharing another great experience with us here in the cloud forest of Villa Blanca.

Saludos,

Jim Damalas
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Just returned from a two night stay at Villa Blanca. Very pretty grounds, excellent food - they are happy to customize anything. Lovely humming birds and sweet wedding chapel. The breakfast buffet had special omelets. The grounds were manicured with jungle all around.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, September 23, 2013
We appreciate your encouraging review of all the positive aspects an values of Villa Blanca and hope you will consider returning soon for a longer stay and also include our sister hotels in Manuel Antonio, at Si Como No Resort Spa & Wildlife Refuge, and in the Osa Peninsula, at Aguila de Osa Inn, all part of the same exceptional Costa Rica experiences we pride ourselves on delivering with Greentique Hotels.

Regards,

Joxan Obando,
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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

My wife and I, (we live in a major US city) truly enjoyed our weekend stay here early September 2013. We stayed for 2 nights but could easily be at least 3 if we had the time. Our deluxe cabin was perfect with a great view. The walking trail (self guided) was wonderful with the amazing exotic plants and animals. I saw a family of 4 feral pigs and my wife saw a black, cat size,almost raccoon-like animal (a staff mentioned the name, we forgot it). The sights and sounds are definitely amazing when you are there. Nothing I have ever heard or seen(I was born and raised also in a tropical country). The entire staff was very friendly and made our stay truly enjoyable and relaxing. The food/cuisine was absolutely delicious...go for the specials. This is the place to be in to relax and calm the nerves, and to tantalize the senses with nature.

Room Tip: Ours was cabin #28, which had a jacuzzi tub, shower, fireplace, fridge and a great view of the mount...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
We thank you for your encouraging review and your own realisation that you did not have more time to spend with us enjoying what many agree is the relaxed atmosphere and friendly service of our entire staff. Our chef, and his kitchen staff, are dedicated to provide an exceptional menu that you were so kind to complement, and so do our conservation programs assure that nature is at your doorstep for a unique Costa Rican experience we pride ourselves in delivering within our protected Cloud Forest Reserve. Please don't hesitate to join us again and we'll be sure to include that third night free as a repeat guest of Greentique Hotels.

Saludos,

Joxan Obando
Resident Manager
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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

My boyfriend and I recently stayed here 1 day while in Costa Rica. The hotel was gorgeous and the little cabins were adorable. It was quite possibly the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. The staff were so nice- great service all the way around. Dinner was delicious- world class, beautifully presented. We definitely will be back. I highly recommend this place- it's a can't miss. My only complaint is that we got lost for almost 2 hours on confusing dirt roads to get there, so MAKE SURE you have good directions. The hotel was well worth the hassle of getting there, though, and it was so nice being greated with a fresh tropical drink when we got there.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
We were so pleased that your efforts to get to Villa Blanca were worth the extra detour along the way by the most comfortable bed you've slept in and how much you appreciated our restaurant quality and hospitality. Sorry you missed the signage along the way, but are glad you plan to return again for a longer stay next time. We'll be sure to have the welcome drinks waiting for you without the extra efforts along the way.

Regards,

Joxan Obando
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We visited Costa Rica in late August 2013 for 10 days & Villa Blanca was our first stop. The views were truly beautiful in the Los Angeles cloud forest. We really enjoyed the on property walking trail & how remote & quiet it was. The individual casitas are really charming & we loved having our own personal fireplace & back patio. Lots of beautiful birds & lush plant life to see. The food was outstanding & the staff was extremely friendly. It was perfect for 2 nights before moving on to the Arenal area. Great experience!

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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villablanca2011, General Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
The fact we were able to start your Costa Rican Holiday on a positive note was important for us to read in your generous review. Your recognition of the quality of our restaurant, and our natural attractions and "extremely friendly" hospitality is perhaps why we pride our selves on delivering the exceptional Costa Rican brand of sustainable hospitality that is at the core of our commitment to our guests and the reason we believe our hotel staff and community also value our efforts, year after year.

Sincerely,

Jim Damalas
CEO/General Manager
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Savage, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is an absolutely beautiful hotel with a welcoming, outstanding staff. The food was delicious and rooms comfy and roomy. The night walk and solo walks thru the rain forest were fun and educational. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone who is ecologically minded but also wants to be a bit spoiled. Muchas gracias to staff who made our visit so special!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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villablanca2011, General Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, September 11, 2013
We're so glad we were able to deliver an great experience as part of your holiday in Costa Rica. The fact you loved the quality of our menu and wait staff, as well as the comfortable and spacious casitas plus our cloud forest trails, and especially our friendly and professional staff is what we do our best to deliver as part of our goal for the exceptional brand of sustainable hospitality we are known for. As part of Greentique Hotels we wish to extend our invitation to return again and sample more of our hospitality in San Ramon as well as with our properties in Manuel Antonio and the Osa Peninsula.

Sincerely,

Jim Damalas
CEO/ General Manager
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Address: El Silencio de Los Angeles, San Ramon 1250, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > San Ramon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in San Ramon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just over an hour's drive from San Jose International Costa Rica airport (SJO), eco-minded travelers from all over the world have reveled in the beauty of Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel, located within the Los Angeles Private Biological Nature Reserve & Research Station in the Canton of San Ramon. The hotel is ideally situated as a gateway to Arenal Volcano and the famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Here, you're immersed in one of the world's most precious and complex jungle ecosystems - the cloud forest. This boutique mountain hotel is nestled on 75-acres of gentle rolling hills, with well-appointed "casitas" and Honeymoon Suites, each with their own fireplace, and surrounded by acres of lush botanical gardens. Originally owned by former president Rodrigo Carazo Odio and First Lady, Estrella Zeledon de Carazo, Villa Blanca has become a renown and cherished Costa Rica destination. The architecture reflects the original farm village concept, with a welcoming Hacienda, offering guests exceptional Costa Rican hospitality, premier dining, a private theater, conference facilities, and pampering spa menu. Also quite unique is a replica of a 14th century Roman wedding chapel, La Mariana, with its hand painted ceramic ceiling. Choose from a variety of nature-based activities, including horseback, zip-lines, and user-friendly guided trials, plus excursions to Arenal and Poas volcanoes, hot springs, and rural-cultural tours. This is the Costa Rica where those who "travel well and travel right" want to go. Please feel free to visit our sister-site, one of the most prestigious Manuel Antonio hotels, Si Como No. ... more   less 
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