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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in San Ramon
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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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“Excellent experience”
Reviewed November 26, 2011

We spent 1 night here and enjoyed the nocturnal hike. Our guide was excellent and extremely knowledgeable. Got great night pictures of some colorful creatures. Staff was extremely accomodating. We high recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

What a romantic and idyllic location!!! The staff was extraordinary and the accommodations were suberb!! When I look back and can still remember ten of the staff's different names I know the service was FIVE star and more!!! The location was so private and seclued that you felt you were the only couple in the country!! Although it rained and misted the entire stay it was an even more beautiful and enriching expereince!!! It was the rainy season and it is a
cloud forest!! We got a shock on the last morning when the sun came out momentarily and graced the surrounding mountains where we had been horse back riding the day before. This was magical!! Bella!!!

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Lady Lake, Florida
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Reviewed November 21, 2011

I spent two nights at Villa Blanca and it was a very beautiful resort. I would not however spend more than one or two nights unless you like laying around with not much to do but relax. I went on two hiking tours and a horseback ride and I was ready to move on with my costa rica vacation. Don't get me wrong, it was a great place to relax and do a few things but you really have nowhere to go because you are so far away from anything.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

This was the first hotel we went to in costa rica and we just found the staff and hospitality to be amazing. Everyone was so friendly and felt like nothing was too much trouble. They are really in to the environment too, much more than other places i've visited which claim to be.
Tour in the cloud forest is definitely recommended, I learnt so much and our guide Warner was very informative and friendly.

  • Stayed November 2011
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villablanca2011, Front Office Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, November 22, 2011
Dear Restlessindeptford
Thank you for your amazing review of our Hotel. We really appreciate that you took the time to share your experience with us and future guests of Villa Blanca. We are letting Wharner know about your positive experience, Come back soon and tell your friends about Greentique Hotels, Villa Blanca and Si Como No Resort & Spa.
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Annapolis, Maryland
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

We loved Villa Blanca hotel - it was quick and easy to get to from the airport, and it made a really nice transition on our first night in Costa Rica. We especially loved the rooms, including a fireplace with ready to light, pre-stacked kindling and a really nice bathroom. The views were gorgeous, and the service was FANTASTIC. Everything we needed was right at our fingertips. Representatives even met us at our car when we pulled in.

The only caveat: this is more of a romantic place. I went with my friend and it was a bit too intimate for us to stay longer than a day or two.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Anderson, South Carolina
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

We spent one night at this gorgeous resort in our own private bungalow. As this is in the cloud rainforest the fireplace was definitely a welcome addition - such a romantic place to be! I loved the grounds and we even had coatimundi's visiting us on their morning/evening rounds. A guava tree was dropping ripe fruit in our "backyard." I love that this is a green hotel and the food was good - though be careful ordering steak - sometimes it is fine and sometimes it can be tough. But overall I say the food is fantastic! They have a cow you can milk, wonderful gardens growing vegetables, herbs, coffee, etc. on grounds, an awesome research station studying the insects/butterflies/moths in the area (over 12,500 species identified so far!) and loved walking around the grounds on the self-guided tours along with the guided tour. This used to be the President's home and the main lodge is awesome! I'd say it would be a great place for a romantic getaway ...

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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SouthWales
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Reviewed October 28, 2011

Having spent almost 2 weeks travelling around Costa Rica my wife and I were well impressed with many aspects of the country; its people, wildlife, scenery and attitude to conservation and ecotourism. All the hotels that we used were great but the Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel was suberb, in a peaceful location a few miles from the nearest town.
The staff were very friendly informative and helpful, in fact some went out of their way to be helpful. The accomodation (we had a Cassita Deluxe) was clean, tidy and had all the facilities we could wish for, including a separate sitting room, two bathrooms, large jaccuzzi bathtub and an open wood burning fire place.

The grounds are extensive, well maintained and evidence of the hotels commitment to conservation was in abundance. Guided walks to view the flora and fauna are encouraged but a self guided trail is also available. The views from the hotel are magnificent with the Arenal volcano and Nicaragua in sight.

The restaurant is light, airy and has a more than adequate menu with a good wine list. The food was good but not exceptional. The bar is well stocked and reasonably priced. Jonathon, the barman, took time out to explain much about Costa Rica's attitude to education, welfare, religion etc. I learned a lot and I hope that he learned a little of the Welsh language!

If I have one regret about our holiday in Costa Rica it is that we didn't spend longer at this resort. Next time.........

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve
Address: El Silencio de Los Angeles | Los Angeles Norte, San Ramon 1250, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Canton of San Ramon > 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
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Hotel Class:4 star — Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve 4*
Number of rooms: 35
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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