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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in San Ramon
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“Complete serenity”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Villa Blanca is an amazingly serene place. We stayed there due to the proximity to San Jose (much much closer than the Monteverde cloud forest) for our short trip. It is about 1 hour from San Jose to San Ramon, then another 30 minutes on a bumpy dirt road to Villa Blanca. The grounds are huge and beautiful. We were there in the raining season, so it was cloudy / in a cloud the whole time, which we expected. The atmosphere of the drifting cloud banks was truly unique.

The casitas are very nice and clean with decent WiFi in every room, which we used to call home daily via Skype. There is also a fireplace loaded with wood and ready to light, cleaned and refreshed every day. The hotel lodge and rooms somehow manage to be simultaneously modern and rustic.

What really stands out at Villa Blanca was the service. Everyone was so nice and ready to help in any way. Anything we asked for was granted quickly and efficiently, including opening the restaurant early for us one day so we could do a night hike. We also enjoyed the hot tub and steam room which were opened for us upon request.

We did a day nature hike and night hike with the amazingly knowledgeable guides, who know everything about every plant and animal in the cloud forest. Ingrid in particular was amazingly good at spotting hidden animals in the forest. We also did a combined zip line and rafting tour booked through the hotel with Desafio Adventure Company. The tours had us smiling all day long. Desafio is very professional and takes safety very seriously. We did not rent a car, and the hotel was able to book all of our transportation.

The restaurant was also excellent and decently priced for the quality of food. Both the food and service were fantastic. The menu of fresh local foods changed slightly every day. Breakfast was divine. If you just need a snack, the in room minibar is reasonably priced also.

In summary, if you are looking for a beautiful and relaxing place to start or end your trip to Costa Rica, Villa Blanca is an amazing place to stay.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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villablanca2011, General Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, September 5, 2014
Dear rmccle,
We never take for granted the many encouraging reviews and guest comments we read or hear from many of our clients during their stay at Villa Blanca, and that incudes our sister properties of Greentique Hotels. When the magic of nature is in harmony with our good natured staff, it assure that we can deliver the green boutique brands of exceptional Costa Rica experiences like the ones you were so kind to share in your review. We hope you will come back again and become a regular part of our customers who continue to enjoy our hospitality.

Sincerely,
Jim Damalas
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

Let's put this in proper perspective. When my wife and I looked at our photos, we both agreed that some of them looked like paintings. That's what this place is, a painting. It's your imagination, come to life.
Then, there's the friendly and helpful staff. I wish that I could cite all for service, but I didn't get everyone's name. Christian was frequently at the front desk and was always a delight. The others, including Michael who greeted us, made us always welcome. The wait staff, in order of introduction, consisted of Enrique, Kenneth and Ronald. Each one was friendly and open and were eager to please. Esteban gave us a wonderful introduction to the research station and later was an excursion guide, always aiming to make our experience great. Antonio at the lecherria and Ingrid too were warm and friendly.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, August 28, 2014
Dear DaNwyk,
Your reference to Villa Blanca’s picture portrait composition graciously conveys what many used to describe as postcard perfect, but since few these days use postcards, the digital version is perfect. Your list of staff best reflects what truly is the exceptional Costa Rica experiences that we are committed to with all our dedicated staff in our mountain setting of San Ramon, and with our sister hotels in Manuel Antonio at Si Como No Resort, as well as Aguila de Osa Inn in the Osa Peninsula that we hope you include in the future. We offer our own tours at our properties to assure that the same hospitality you find at our hotels is reflected in every Nature Interpreter’s interest to represent Greentique Hotels and Costa Rica.

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Jim Damalas
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

Thank you for a relaxing retreat in the mountains of Costa Rica. We loved our room, proximity to nature, delicious homemade meals, and selections at the movie theater. A special thank you to Cristian who upgraded us to the honeymoon suite! We enjoyed our Night Tour of the rain forest and saw a variety of tree frogs, an owl, and baby raccoon. I also loved the humming bird feeding each morning and have never seen so many beautiful birds in one place! If you are looking for a relaxing getaway and a unique perspective on Costa Rica's biodiversity, this is the place to go!

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, August 28, 2014
Dear Christi L,
It’s always so gratifying each time we read a review that includes also the amazing biodiversity of Villa Blanca as well as as our unique Costa Rican hospitality. We truly enjoy sharing all the “magic of nature” and the good natured staff here in San Ramon who is dedicated to hosting our clients while enjoying their jobs in the process. From so many reviews it’s quite obvious our staff is very proud to represent our Greentique brand and the mission of sustainable hospitality we practice throughout the year.
Sincerely,
Jim Damalas
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Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was the perfect place to start our vacation. It was relaxing, quiet and beautiful. The spa here was wonderful and hiking around the property was fun....not to mention that everything is "green" and the use of organic products is wonderful. The staff is outstanding.

Last but not least the food was over the top wonderful. I would highly reccomend this property for a wonderful relaxing stay for adults.

Room Tip: They have small casitas on the property that are really sweet and charming. They come complete with...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, August 28, 2014
Dear bgdoherty,
So relaxing is a big part of what we’re here for, to offer you an exceptional experience that can offer our guests as much or as little as they feel like doing. We also work hard to provide a fresh and highly creative menu that our chef is constantly perfecting. Your appreciation as well of the staff of Villa Blanca, of which 95% were born and raised in the area, and the lush biodiversity of the cloud forest, says so much about what we believe is the unique boutique and sustainable hospitality that is part of the family of Greentique Hotels.
Gracias,
Joxan Obando
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

The staff goes out of their way to serve you. They are the best staff I have ever seen in a hotel. I would go there again. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. The food was excellent. I felt very relaxed when I left.

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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, August 28, 2014
Dear Andrea A,
What more can we say but “muchas gracias” for appreciating our high standards of service and that we delivered for you a well deserved and relaxing stay whose value maybe priceless when seeking a true escape from the fast lane that a vacation should offer when it comes to a magical location in the cloud forests of the Silent Angels of San Ramon.
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Joxan Obando
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Reviewed August 10, 2014

Amazing! Really no significant complaints. Great for couples, very private and quiet. I would say the only con is it being very isolated, although there are several things to do within the hotel. We had a great time!

  • Stayed August 2014
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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Dear jmrico01,
We were pleased to see that you appreciated all that we have to offer, or as little as you wanted to do, depending on your expectations from “mountain retreats” to a wedding celebrations. We fortunately continue to be recommended by honeymooners, Empty Nesters and families who all seem to enjoy their own space in their own way within our 75 private acres of natural and manmade attractions sharing our tour options, spa menus and wellness center, to our Research Station, theater and a game room. It’s what you feel is right for you.
We hope you will find time to return again to enjoy more of the hospitality and biodiversity we have to offer with our customized Greentique Hotel packages.

Sincerely,
Jim Damalas
Genral Manager/Owner
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 10, 2014

Fantastic place to end our family trip around Costa Rica, <90 mins from San Jose airport. Located in peaceful cloud forest with interesting self guided trail through the forest reserve and knowledgeable guide led early morning bird walk. Visiting Humming bird feeders a must. Rooms very comfortable with fireplace and sitting area. Restaurant outstanding food and service and made our family group of 7 feel pampered and relaxed. Pool table and cinema also good if it rains. Even had a go milking a cow.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, August 18, 2014
Dear 158james,

We appreciate you sharing the great experience your entire family had with us. We feel that your family deserves the special attention as our valued guests here in San Ramon de Alajuela. To be the finale of your holiday and a highlight of your trip is truly our reward for delivering the exceptional brand of boutique hospitality we are proud of.

Gracias,
Joxan Obando
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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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