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“Peaceful and Tranquil Gem of San Ramon”
Review of Casa Amanecer B&B

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Casa Amanecer B&B
Ranked #1 of 6 San Ramon B&B and Inns
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Chappaqua, New York
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“Peaceful and Tranquil Gem of San Ramon”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

We had a very special and memorable stay at Casa Amanecer. The architecture and layout of the b&b is very modern and attractive. The rooms are decorated beautifully, I especially love the Peruvian decor and bright, cheery colors. Our two small children felt right at home observing the vibrant butterflies, hummingbirds, and tropical fruits and vegetables surrounding the property. The comfortable, leather rocking chairs on the veranda were our favorite. They overlook a lush valley of farmland. Helen leaves no leaf unturned, she knows what you need before you even ask! She is an extraordinary chef, who prepares delicious fruit smoothies, unlimited organic coffee (from their own coffee plantations!), and a hearty breakfast of gallo pinto, farm fresh eggs and fresh fruit - papaya, granadilla, pineapple, just to name a few. The value that you will receive far exceeds the price that you will pay.

Besides being warm and friendly, they have built a dream of a bed and breakfast. Chris, Luisa and Helen are very good friends of ours, dating back to our Habitat for Humanity volunteering days in San Ramon. I am so proud of them for this very impressive accomplishment! Pura Vida mis amigos.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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cpanzer, Manager at Casa Amanecer B&B, responded to this review, August 30, 2013
Google Translation
Hola Michelle y bella familia,

Fue un inmenso y gran placer reencontrarte de nuevo y conocer a tu bella familia. Para mí fue un gusto atenderte y compartir con ustedes, fue recordar un poco nuestro tiempo maravilloso con Habitat. Todo lo que hicimos fue con mucho amor para los amigos.

Muchas gracias por tus lindos comentarios, los agradezco muchísimo.
Siempre serán bienvenidos a este pequeño país y por supuesto a Casa Amanecer!

Un fuerte y gran abrazo
Helen
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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 29, 2013

We had a great experience at Casa Amanacer-- it was our first stop in Costa Rica upon flying into San Jose. The caretaker was absolutely lovely and full of tips and cultural information. The rooms were small, but clean and perfectly appointed. The bathrooms were modern with hot showers. We enjoyed our fresh breakfast before heading on our way the next morning. I highly recommend this B & B.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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cpanzer, Manager at Casa Amanecer B&B, responded to this review, August 30, 2013
Hello!!!

Thank you very much for your nice comments. It was a great pleasure for us to have you here in the B&B as our guests. Thanks a lot for highly recommend us too.

Have a good day!

Helen
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Casa Amanecer exceeded my expectations! From the moment I arrived the host Helen made me feel apart of her home. Welcomed with fresh passionfruit juice I found a clean and ideal private room overlooking the San Ramon area. Located on the outskirts of town off the main road the noise is minimal (only a few dogs barking on occasion which didn't bother me in the least and some trucks during the day), and you are close to town for anything you might need ...restuarants, post office, shops, and the local Farmer's Market which I HIGHLY recommend!

The location, food and hosts (Helen, her nephew Javier and assistant Irene) are what made this such a perfect spot for me. The location is close to the airport (within an hour), easy to get to, and within range of lots of tourist destinations if that is what you are looking to do. Day trips to Volcan Arenal, Lake Arenal, Volcan Poas, Zarcero, Sarchi, etc are all doable. However, you don't have to stray even that far for plenty to do. Helen can help you arrange cloud forest walks, bird watching, and horseback rides right within the San Ramon area without all the clusters of tourists. Imagine your own private tour w/ an amazing local guide, Nacho, complete with local food at a cozy 'soda'! For me it was my ideal vacation. I had a quiet, clean room to relax in, beautiful mountains to overlook, amazing fresh, tasty, local vegetarian meals, and amazing hosts. I cannot say enough about the food! Helen spoiled me with fabulous meals and Irene even taught m how to make fresh tortillas. I didn't want to go home and I most certainly will go back! It was relaxing and I was able to enjoy the Costa Rican culture in this area much more than you would in other more touristy areas. (I was in San Jose for a week prior with volunteer work and went up to the Lake Arenal for a day trip so I saw plenty of other accommodations and areas) If you are looking for a more authetic experience for your trip then I HIGHLY recommend that you stay at Casa Amanecer. Many see this as just a stopping over point on their way to other locations. I think you are missing out on the peace and serenity that Casa Amanecer has to offer if you only stay one night. Almost every guest I met while there for the week wished they were staying more than one night!

I have traveled throughout the US, Europe, Africa, Guatemala, and Asia. I have stayed in all sorts of accommodations and B&B's. I have never had a host as fabulous as Helen. She is professional, personable, warm, and welcoming. LOVED HER!!! I was not looking for luxury accommodations w/ a spa or workout facilities. If you need that then look elsewhere. I wanted a small B&B, that was clean, quiet, relaxing, and had top notch food. I eat organic and GF, so I am a picky eater. Casa Amanecer is a gem!

Room Tip: If you are traveling solo request room #4 at the end of the building. It is quieter since other gue...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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cpanzer, Manager at Casa Amanecer B&B, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Hola Tracy! Muchisimas gracias por tus maravillosos comentarios. It's nice to know that we exceeded your expectations here at Casa Amanecer! Thanks for your very nice words related to your time with us. We really wanted to make you feel comfortable and at home. This is our specialty. We are also proud to hear you liked the food we prepared during the week. It is a way to share a little bit of our latino culture. Now you know how to make tortillas as an expert (ja, ja). Be sure, all we did, we did with love. We really enjoyed the time with you too. You are an excellent person!

Remenber, you are welcome to Costa Rica again, and of course very welcome at CASA AMANECER!

Un Gran Abrazo
Helen
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

San Ramon is a very quiet town, and Casa Amanacer fits it nicely. This is not a place to come to for wild hooting shenanigans, but it is a place to go to if you want a peaceful, lovely home base to explore the region. While we were here, we-- with the assistance of Helen, who runs the Casa-- ziplined, went for a walk in the cloud forest and saw a quetzal, and went to a local farm-and-English-school.

We ate wonderful, healthy breakfasts of fresh fruit and local eggs cooked at whatever time we requested by Helen, every morning. We had a couple of dinners with her as well, and she delivered there as well. The pleasant outside garden has herbs growing in it, so a lot of our dinner was plucked straight from the garden. A brace of rocking chairs makes this outside even nicer.

The rooms are small but very clean, very airy for their size, and extremely well-built. It's not super-private, but we never felt uncomfortable. For the price, it's extremely, surprisingly nice. The floors are made of treated concrete, but it actually felt wonderful on my feet, better than concrete ever has.

The internet, as it is in, apparently, a lot of Costa Rica, would go down from time to time. Other than that, there was literally nothing to complain about.

The B&B is set up as a house with four rooms extended out in a wing. Each room has its own bathroom/shower, and while the rooms are small they're perfectly comfortable and get a lot of light. The garden is alive with hummingbirds, and Helen and her friends and family are often in the kitchen/living room for quick and easy socialization. The other guests we met while we were here were pleasant, seasoned travelers.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brooksville, Florida
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

This was one of our favorite B&Bs in our trip through Costa Rica. It was definitely the best breakfast during our trip. The meal was extra special due to the herbs which were picked right before breakfast from the garden then added to the dishes. The court yard off the rooms was quite nice. There were a number of exotic plants and flowers. As has been mentioned this is a small coffee bean finca. The coffee is made from their own beans. The rooms were well appointed with actual lighting a person can use to read at night by. The showers have hot water which is wonderful (when utilizing the hot showers keep the pressure on the low side as the elements in the shower head don't work well on full power). And of course it is very helpful to have the staff speak fluent English for those of us not up on our Spanish as we would like.
The directions to the house could not have been better. Finding destinations can be very frustrating in Costa Rica as most streets and avenues are not marked locally.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We wanted a reasonable drive to the airport on our last day in Costa Rica and chose this B&B.The hospitality was wonderful. We were greeted with fresh juice and a lovely supper was prepared for us. The rooms are small but for an overnight more than adequate. You would want to be in a rocker on the porch until bed time anyway! Bathroom was great and beds were excellent. We were lucky to have it to ourselves----felt like a private hacienda :) I heartily recommend this B&B! Drive to airport was 45 minutes.

Room Tip: all 4 rooms are the same.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed December 30, 2012

Stayed at this jewel of a bed and breakfast as we wanted to check out some coffee plantations in Costa Rica. The service was friendly and excellent, the rooms were spare but charming and the porch is the perfect place to mull over a book, while admiring the mountains and sipping the organic coffee Casa Amanecer grows and brews. This is not for the crowd looking for swimming pools and fine linens; this is a place to feel like you've stepped into a Costa Rican's home and been welcomed with open arms. Utterly charming.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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cpanzer, Owner at Casa Amanecer B&B, responded to this review, January 1, 2013
Thanks for you kind words. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and felt like you were in a Costa Rican home. This is what we want to offer our guests. We are proud of the Costa Rica way of life and love to offer our guests that experience.

We hope to have you back. Until then, have a very Happy New Year!

- Chris
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Property: Casa Amanecer B&B
Address: Apartado 567-4250, San Ramon 4250, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Canton of San Ramon > San Ramon
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in San Ramon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa Amanecer B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A cozy, teak bed and breakfast in San Ramon, just minutes from the town center. Come and enjoy our home-grown organic coffee, herbal teas, fresh mountain air, healthy vegetarian fare and relaxing massage. The house was published in the March 2009 issue of Su Casa, with focus on sustainable architecture. We are former Habitat for Humanity employees from Costa Rica, Peru and the US and love to share the best that Latin America has to offer with our guests, including the food, music, poetry and the history. You can relax, read, write or connect to high-speed wireless internet out on the covered veranda. Also, we are always glad to help plan your trip, or offer suggestions. Just drop us a line. ... more   less 
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