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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in San Ramon
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

This place is so special and lovely that we chose it as the location for our wedding! All of our guests were blown away at the beauty of the surroundings and only had positive comments about the hotel. The staff is extremely nice and helpful, always willing to make your stay the best! Even though they usually have small weddings, they were able to do an spectacular job at our larger wedding (100 people).
The food is so amazing that I consider it one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica! The fact that they use local produce and most vegetables are grown in the hotel itself makes for very fresh and delicious food.
The rooms are very nice, great for romantic escapades. The weather is cold so the chimneys are a plus!
The price is a little high compared to other hotels so be prepared to spend around 200 dollars for a 3 course meal for 2. This is the only aspect that stops us from visiting it more often but I definitely recommend this hotel to anyone. If you want to have an amazing visit to the cloud forest this is the place to go!

  • Stayed: May 2014
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villablanca2011, Gerente at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2014

Dear Claudia A,

Thank you on behalf of all the staff at Villa Blanca, including our Wedding Coordinator, Mariana, who together enjoyed hosting your beautiful wedding with us in the cloud forest of Los Angeles Norte. It was truly gratifying to have so many of your wedding guests go out of their way to thank our staff for the exceptional Costa Rica experience they enjoyed. Although we pride ourselves on the high standards we provide in every meal we serve, with Costa Rica having to import all their wine selection, the significant import duties add costs to the restaurant menu at El Sendero, especially with some famous brands we carry for our wine experts. We would like the opportunity to host you both again, perhaps even for your anniversary, as our guest.

Regards,
Joxan Obando
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Located off the main road and connected by a somewhat bumpy secondary road - the hotel is a great place to relax and enjoy a unique setting. The stand-alone cassitas are a nice size and the bathroom facilities are nicely appointed - both are kept extremely clean. The small fireplace is a nice addition. The grounds are well maintained. The two main hiking paths take you through two different habitats - strange on such a small scale (windward/leeward?). The staff was attentive and responded quickly to any request or question that we had. Spent some time at the hummingbird feeding stations and was amazed by the numbers and variety. Be sure to tour their greenhouse and chapel. Breakfast was more than adequate with "American" and local items available. Dinners were good, a little pricey, but well prepared. You could go "into town" for dinner, but I would not like to travel the roads at night. We stayed for two nights and enjoyed our visit.

Room Tip: Choose a room away from the main building for the quiet.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Gerente at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2014

Dear Thomas D,

We are pleased you enjoyed so much our hospitality, especially the care and comfort we offered in our Casitas along with the customer service you appreciated. Thank you for pointing out the choices in our chef’s breakfast buffet and restaurant menus that continue to be please so many guests from around the world who value our concept of farm to table freshness and gourmet quality and value.

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Joxan Obando
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Agree with other reviewers: Lovely, tranquil, manicured grounds surrounded by nature trails.
Staff, food and nature guides were all wonderful! We started our 10 nights in CR with 3 nights here. Great decision. Immediately felt stress melt away. Casita with fireplace was great. Highly recommend doing the Nature Guided Hike (Ingrid was AWESOME !), Birdwatching Hike (Roy was Great) and the Night Hike a lot of fun. The knowledge we received definitely enhanced the next 7 nights in CR split between Aquilla Osa Peninsula (Villa Blanca's sister-property) and Arenal / La Fortuna area.
Food was all excellent and service exceptional. Be sure to check out the little theater for a CR nature documentary or movie before or after dinner. The little theater was a surprise; comfortable and a nice addition. V.B. would also be PERFECT for a Destination Wedding! The chapel is so lovely!
I have been in the travel business for 21 yrs., have traveled all over the world and rarely have enjoyed any place more. For one seeking a little R & R: perfection! Stay at least 2 nights if you can. We had a very late arrival our 1st night so 3 nights was perfect for us.
Yes, the final 20 minutes of the road is pretty bumpy, but it leads to a touch of paradise.

Room Tip: Splurged on Casita with fireplace and whirlpool tub. Delightful. Cool nights perfect for fire. Wou...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Propietario at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2014

Dear fairhopefilly,

What a flattering comment considering it came from an expert in the travel industry with 21 years in the business! We are truly amazed on how many travel savvy guests have agreed with you on many of the merits you took the time to highlight. Regarding your comment as the PERFECT Destination Wedding, we are starting to turn away wedding requests as the Mariana Chapel becomes an architectural landmark with its hand painted ceramic ceiling and successful events. We would like to invite you back to sample more of our unique brands of Greentique hospitality with our sister properties in Manuel Antonio, at Si Como No Resort Spa & Wildlife Refuge, and at Aguila de Osa Inn near Corcovado National Park.

Gratefully yours,
Jim Damalas
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

A great place to stay at the beginning or end of a trip to CR as it's only about a 2 hour drive from airport in Alejuela.
The road to the hotel is a bit bumpy but this adds to the tranquility once you arrive.
The prices at spa and restaurant are similar to cities in the US.
A super tranquil and friendly place to stay.

Room Tip: The road to the hotel is a bit bumpy but adds to the tranquility once you arrive. Rooms/Casitas are...
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  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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villablanca2011, Gerente at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Dear Becca K,

We can’t agree more that the last 9 kilometers, that make up the country road to Villa Blanca, are well worth the bumps along the way for the tranquility once you arrive. We realize that offering the freshest ingredients, that our chef requires, assures we can deliver you the quality and value, along with the atmosphere of Costa Rican hospitality. We appreciate you took the time to share how tranquil and friendly was your stay with us.

Sincerely,
Joxan Obando
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Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

This is a beautiful place. The grounds are well maintained. There are paths to walk on. The cottages were clean and well equipped. We had a porch outside with chairs and a table, a fireplace inside with rockers to sit and enjoy the fire. The spa was wonderful and I enjoyed my first massage ever. We stayed 2 nights and wish we had stayed a few more. Lovely place and the staff was very helpful.

Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Propietario at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Dear Scrap97,
We seem to keep reading many reviews asking why our guests did not plan to stay longer with us. We hope you will consider returning again and taking advantage of one of our Greentique Hotel offers combining more time with us at Villa Blanca and adding our sister hotels in Manuel Antonio at Si Como No Resort Spa &Wildlife Refuge and Aguila de Osa Inn on the Osa Peninsula.
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Jim Damalas
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

This place is special. Awesome staff, beautiful expansive grounds. Great complimentary breakfast. The homemade cheeses and other homegrown organic specialties made from on site garden and dairy are spectacular. This place really was different than any other hotel I'd been too. Situated on an awesome hilltop, with hiking trails, a dairy farm, and nursery. I definitely recommend Villa Blanca!

  • Stayed: April 2014
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villablanca2011, Propietario at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Dear Victorjr420,

We appreciate your recognition of all that is so very special and that you will definitely recommend us as a unique property that you visited. We are very thankful for the continued efforts of our management and staff who do there very best to deliver the exceptional Costa Rica experiences that gave you and awesome impression of our hospitality.

Gracias,
Jim Damalas
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

I think one regret about our wonderful trip to Costa Rica is that we only stayed here for one night. This place is beautiful.

The hotel is rustic and amazingly clean. The staff are friendly and make the whole experience unforgettable. The welcome information was full and worth taking in, even if you have traveled some way to get there. The waiters are very helpful and want you to have a good time while you are there. The rooms are functional without being fussy. No TV which is a plus as it added to the beautiful quiet that fills this hotel and its grounds. After being deep in the rain forest for 5 days it was lovely to have an iron and get a bit dressed up for dinner.

The room and restaurant are amazing but the real gem with the whole experience are the surrounding grounds. We have never stayed in a "cloud forest" before. I would say to anyone reading this that, you must experience the feeling of being in the clouds. The quiet is spectacular and coming from a busy city like London was an experience in itself.

The grounds are extremely well kept, with flowers grow on site and beautifully planted. The self guided walks are well kept and easy for visitors to explore this fascinating climate at your pace. We never felt out of our depth on these walks and every time we did one we saw something different and exciting.

We also really enjoy gardening so seeing were the food is grown in a very organic way was truly special. We also had a walk through the "science lab". It was good to see how much conservation is done by this hotel. We talked to the guide and he talk us through the ways they organically try to reduce non native plants on site and the research get distributed around Costa Rica to help preserve this wonderful country.

I afraid i can't think of any down sides to this hotel so i won't put any. Thanks for a wonderful stay, just wish i could have been longer.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Propietario at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 29 May 2014

Dear Stuart O,
Can’t add much more to your gracious review of Villa Blanca. You truly experienced and conveyed, with so much perception, why I too fell in love with this amazing Cloud Forest here in San Ramon many years ago. Our protected forest is a part of the lungs of the planet with an energy or spirit we believe that creates the positive and tranquil atmosphere of hospitality we can continue to seamlessly offer. Be sure that if you ever return to visit us again, consider taking the extra time to discover even more of our unique Greentique hospitality as our valued guest.

Saludos,
Jim Damalas
General Maanger/Owner

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Address: El Silencio de Los Angeles | Los Angeles Norte, San Ramon 1250, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Canton of San Ramon > San Ramon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 2 Hotels in San Ramon
Price Range: £82 - £181 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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