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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in San Ramon
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“An amazing and peaceful place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

Excellent service, beautiful place!!! The best: there's no tv at honeymoon rooms!
I have a wonderful experience at the SPA.
I loved the tour into the cloud forest at night.

I must say that the cocktails could be better, and food's price is a little expensive for local tourism.

In general was an amazing experience, it was a magic trip!
You must to visit it and enjoy it.

  • Stayed March 2014
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villablanca2011, Gerente at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear MarcoVpR,
We appreciate your review of the many attractions and amenities you enjoyed at Villa Blanca. Was surprised the cocktails were not up to snuff and will be sure to look into who was bartending during your stay. Our menu, which features both organic as well as farm to table ingredients, we believe adds to the gourmet quality and value of El Sendero Restaurante.

Regards,
Joxan Obando
Resident Manager
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

Many visitors to Costa Rica drive hours to the Cloud Forests in the north but Villa Blanca is a great alternate stop, an hour or so from San Jose, and perfect for a night if you are transferring from Jaco or Manuel Antonio in the south to Arenal. The grounds are perfectly kept gardens, but the surrounding cloud forest shows the natural predecessors. Talk to the research staff and do the night forest tour. Fantastic!
Of course, the individual bungalows are comfortable and private with elegant rustic decor. Very quiet retreat atmosphere - a change of pace from the busier sites.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Gerente at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear sambea,

Appreciate you found our surrounding Cloud Forest Reserve and hotel so convenient along with the property tours so “fantastic”, thanks in part to our dedicated Nature Interpreters. We feel fortunate to be located relatively close to the San Jose International Airport, yet just 60 km from La Fortuna’s hot springs and Arenal volcano. We are glad you could take advantage of the tranquil pace and seclusion we have to offer and trust you will return again to spend more time with us by including our sister properties in the Osa Peninsula at Aguila de Osa Inn as well as Si Como No Resort near Manuel Antonio national Park.

Sincerely,

Joxan Obando
Resident Manager
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kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014

This was our first stop of our tour and arrived at eleven at night along a long misty bumpy road. Shown to our villa and were woken to bird songs in the morning. We looked out to see a beautiful property . Great cabins with log fire which we lit every night. Lovely forest trails from cabin and a seat where you could watch the humming birds. The staff are lovely and friendly. The only downside only One restaurant which is expensive and nowhere just to have a snack. We went into San Ramon which was very interesting.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Propietario at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear neighboursKent,

We thank you for taking the time to share your review. Waking up to discover the 45 acres of gardens and natural cloud forest habitat is definitely a welcomed experience most clients find to be an exceptional highlight of their stay in Costa Rica within Los Angeles Norte de San Ramon. We regret you were not able to have more snack choices available besides our mini bar menu, and trust you found the quality of our chefs menu to your liking. We’re soon adding even more options to the menu and appreciate your feedback.

Jim Damalas
General Manager/Owner
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Deer Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

The setting in the mountains was beautiful; the grounds lovely; staff extremely helpful. We loved our casita # 22 and the view from it. We enjoyed the fireplace in our room and built a fire on our last night there. We also stayed there on our last two days of a ten day trip and agree with other reviewers that it was a nice, relaxing ending to our Costa Rican visit. My husband had a massage in the spa and said it was excellent. The thing my husband and I most appreciated was the sustainability factor and Eco friendliness of Villa Blanca. All the produce grown on the grounds or is bought from local farmers. Also, the meals were fabulous. We took a morning forest hike with Ingrid and she was very knowledgeable especially about the flora. Loved those hummingbird feeders! And the research facility really important. It was a great time.

Room Tip: We loved our casita (no. 22). We didn't see inside the other casitas so I can't advise ther...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Propietario at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear Peyton B,
Once again it is so rewarding to read the supportive reviews giving back to us the appreciation of the many efforts we try to deliver with each exceptional experience that we believe best reflects the hospitality of Costa Ricans.

Gracias,

Jim Damalas
General Manager/Owner
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Pinetop-Lakeside, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

The 10-kilometer road to get to the hotel might be a bit bumpy, but it's worth every bump. The accomodations were great as well as every staff member we met. We were there for our last two days of a 10-day trip to Costa Rica, so it was in some ways a quiet completion to our travels -- and quiet best describes Villa Blanca. The hotel restaurant was top-notch. Ronald, who managed things there made meals there a fun experience. Overall, Villa Blanca was a great place. Too bad it's a bit off the beaten path, but that's so much of what makes it unique.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Gerente at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 19, 2014
Dear Romlus,

You got it right on target, “…that’s what makes it unique.” We feel most of our clients agree with you that the road may be bumpy, but once you get to our welcoming entrance, that it’s definitely worth every bump!

Gracias,
Joxan Obando
Resident Manager
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Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

We had a fantastic 3-night stay at Villa Blanca. The room was gorgeous, the fireplace cozy and the bathtub amazing. I can highly recommend the Swedish massage at the spa. The staff was very attentive, friendly and knowledegable. Food was great, if a bit pricey. We took the night walk and Arenal Volcano/Hot Springs tour, enjoyed both tremendously and learned lots about the fascinating facts that make up this beautiful country. The setting of the resort is breathtaking, if very secluded, which however adds to its appeal. Highly recommended for those seeking to relax and enjoy the splendour of Costa Rica away from the more tourist-y areas!

Room Tip: The honeymoon suites are gorgeous!
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear ml0602,

We were pleased to read your review and the great experience you had with us. We’ll be sure to let everyone know you took the time to share all the attractions you were able to enjoy with them, including our tours and spa menu. We try our best to convey what’s authentic Costa Rican hospitality and you truly captured what we’re all about here in the cloud forest nature reserve of Los Angles Norte.
Gracias,
Joxan
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Brick, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2014

I really liked this place. It is one of the nicest hotels in Costa Rica. We stayed at others in Costa Rica, and they could not compare to the service and accommodations. I was, however, a bit off the beaten path. It also had a very nice gift shop.

Room Tip: It's very common to have no TV in the room in Costa Rican hotels and this one did not, also.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, March 17, 2014
Dear Lucia G,

Thank you for highlighting Villa Blanca as your favorite hotel in Costa Rica. We actually have never had a TV set in any of our rooms, including our sister Greentique Hotels in the Osa Peninsula at Aguila de Osa Inn, and in Manuel Antonio at Si Como No Resort. We still believe that our concept of a vacation has so much to offer that watching TV is seldom missed although there’s still Satellite access just in case to catch a favorite show or sporting event in the public areas.

Regards,

Jim Damalas
General Manager/Owner
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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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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