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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve

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Hwy 702 The Silence of the Angels, San Ramon 1250 Costa Rica
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  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 03/12/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 03/12/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#1 of 3 hotels in San Ramon
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2021 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
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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.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
Hiking
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
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Banquet room
Wifi
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
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Wine / champagne
Billiards
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Meeting rooms
Spa
Chapel / shrine
Non-smoking hotel
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Fireplace
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Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
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Private bathrooms
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Mountain view
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VZ wrote a review Oct 12
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My husband and I had the privilege of staying for two nights at Villa Blanca cloud forest Hotel. The road to the hotel is a bit bumpy, but worth every mile once you reach the top to where the hotel sits nestled on the mountain. Our individual cottage was cozy and comfortable with a beautiful fireplace. Each meal we had was cooked to perfection. The service was 5 stars! We cannot thank enough our waiter, chef and concierge for their attention to detail and making our stay wonderful. On our last night at dinner, the chef gave us samples of the four homemade ice creams for the next day - Lemon, chocolate, coconut and vanilla- they were out of this world. Our time was peaceful and very restful. We would highly recommend Villa Blanca Cloud Forest
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Dear 660vz, Thank you so much not only for making Villa Blanca your vacation destination but also for sharing your experiences with us and with fellow travelers.It was a true pleasure to host your vacation and we hope to welcome you back again in a near future.
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kayle s wrote a review Oct 4
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My husband and I got married here in July of 2021. All of my family came from the states to stay at the hotel, and came straight from SJO. Besides the initial drive in, which is a little bumpy (no one had problems) we had the BEST time ever. From checking in, to being so accomadating for my family and their needs. The restaraunt is delicious and so quaint and we did not even feel like we had to leave the hotel to experience other things. The bar was perfect for after hours or a happy hour sitting by the fire in their beautiful spacious lobby. The day of our wedding, which was at Villa Blanca, was incredible. We had not one complaint.. they went above and beyond for my husband and I and our guests, despite dealing with COVID protocols as well. We had our ceremony in the chapel, which was breathtaking, and the ceremony in the restaraunt of the hotel. Our guests were so pleased, and loved the food as well provided by Villa Blanca. Our rooms were beautiful and cozy and surrounded by gorgeous wildlife and nature. No tengo palabras, todo fue INCREÍBLE. muchismas gracias a Villa blanca por ser lo mejor, mi familia y yo estamos muyyyy agradecidos. <3
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Dear Kayle S, Thank you so so much for your excellent review. It warms our hearts to read that you and your husband had an enjoyable time and a wonderful wedding to kick off the rest of your lives together. Our team was beaming with joy as we read your kind words. We hope that you will be back again someday and we would like to wish you many more happy moments in your life together as husband and wife. From all of us at Villa Blanca and Greentique Hotels we send 💗
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judyhost wrote a review Sep 2021
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The best location for relaxing, hiking, eating and just walking around this incredibly beautiful cloud forest. I want to come back and stay for at least two weeks just to enjoy all that it has to offer.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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Response from Jim Damalas, General Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve
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Dearest Judyhost, It was our pleasure to serve you during your visit in our facilities. We love hearing that your experience at Villa Blanca was unforgettableand we hope you can visit us again soon. Best regards Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature
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Quest31082633081 wrote a review Sep 2021
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We stayed at the Villa Blanca for 10 nights and we came to love the Villa Blanca staff and property. Everyone was so kind and helpful and the property is so peaceful. We loved the selection of tours. We enjoyed the guided night tour in the forest, the forest day tour and the zipline, all three tours with Jairo who is a biologist. The guided night tour of the forest is a memory we won't forget! The El Sendito Restaurant is very nice and the staff there are amazing especially Julio and Alex. We ate there almost every meal. We highly recommend the Villa Blanca.
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Jim Damalas, General Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve
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Dear Quest, We are so excited to hear that you enjoyed your experience with us here in the cloud forest. Thank you very much for taking the time to share with the world. We hope that you can come and see us again someday. From all of us at Villa Blanca and Greentique Hotels we would like to send you a heartfelt ❤ Pura Vida!!!
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JohnDoe123 wrote a review Aug 2021
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Two older guys, not afraid of much….exploring Costa Rica. We could not in any way believe our tour operators booked us into this place!…we have driven through all kinds of terrible driving conditions, the worst you could possibly imagine, in all kinds of unimaginable locations!….. Briefly, we turned off the main road onto the private road leading to the hotel. It was HELL! There was about FIVE MILES of the worst, dilapidated, pot-holed, twisty- turny, broken-up, brick- and- dirt ‘roadway’ which was in appalling condition and which we were forced to navigate at 2 to 5 mph, desperately trying to not get trapped in the huge, unbelievable pot- holes which we just knew were pushing our little rental car beyond its limits! We fully expected to lose a couple of tires or bust up an axle on this poor vehicle…but we kept going, not wanting to - for the first time ever! - admit defeat! It was atrocious! No lighting, pitch black, no hotel in sight! We struggled for about A HALF HOUR with this, at 2 to 5 mph, white-knuckled, and finally reached the top, high up in the middle of nowhere! We both jumped out of the car and almost PRAYED that we had not in fact met a terrible death on the way up, and it took us a while to get over it! We were met by a hotel employee who later nervously explained that the owners were trying to raise the money, an estimated $200.000 to re-surface the driveway! NO-ONE should ever, ever have to go through this…EVER! We had to give up our second night there (already paid in advance!) just so we could crawl back down to the main road next morning in DAYLIGHT, hopefully without tempting Fate and suffering any actual physical harm, and spent that night safe and sound back at the airport, at least already there for our flight first thing next morning. We were just too afraid to risk that nightmare in the early hours in the pitch-black darkness one more time! Our nerves, usually made of steel, just wouldn’t take it! THIS IS NOT A JOKE. IT WAS REAL. AND REALLY, REALLY SCARY!!!!! DON’T DO IT!!!…..p.s…..THERE WAS NOT A SOUL THERE BESIDES US TWO AND A COUPLE OF EMPLOYEES!!! That says it all!!!…
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Response from Jim Damalas, Director General at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve
Responded Sep 1, 2021
Dear Jhon, Our cordial greeting from Hotel Villa Blanca. We are sorry you found the drive a challenging experience, however we actually own only the last portion (one km) we regularly maintain, with the other 7km a public road the county is in process for needed repairs. However, we honestly can’t recall a guest so overwhelmed with the local county roads of Costa Rica, but again we appreciate you found our hospitality to your liking, the reason we are honored to consistently receive high rating in this forum and others going on 15 years. We hope that you return and visit us again soon as our guests to enjoy both the rural adventure and local hospitality. Sincerely, Carlos Sanchez Operations Manager
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PRICE RANGE
$133 - $222 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
Costa RicaProvince of AlajuelaCanton of San RamonSan Ramon
NUMBER OF ROOMS
35
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Frequently Asked Questions about Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve
Which popular attractions are close to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve?
Nearby attractions include El Silencio de Los Angeles Cloud Forest Reserve (4.4 miles), Nectandra Cloud Forest Garden (2.0 miles), and Souvenir Mi Ranchito (4.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a fireplace, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve?
Conveniently located restaurants include Restaurante El Sendero, La Choza De Doña Emilce, and Mi Rancho Bar Restaurante Y Chicharronera.
Does Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Does Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.