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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 absolute beautiful experience”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

It is our first time in Costa Rica and the cloud forest was the first stop of our trip. I would recommend this experience to anyone who want to really disconnect with the busy, noisy and the sometime superficial world we live in. No TV in the rooms, wood fire place and just you and nature. As they say here Pura Vida! I understand why they say that now. The restaurant is superb and the staff is very good and friendly. I recommend the trail through the forest with Ingrid who is just an incredible guide and really loves what she does. You can see it! After the walk a nice Swedish massage at the spa will get you in the mood for a great meal. We will come back for sure!

  • Stayed July 2014
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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 22 July 2014
Dear FKUSA,
Glad you appreciated the value of a vacation that offers you to disconnect from the fast track. You got the meaning of “Pura Vida” and the exceptional Costa Rican hospitality that’s part of our Greentique Hotel experiences offered at our boutique hotels. We will surely welcome you back and trust you will consider adding Si Como No Resort, in Manuel Antonio, and Aguila de Osa Inn located in the Osa Peninsula as part of your next Pura Vida holiday with us.
Sincerely,
Jim Damalas
General Manager
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Reviewed 6 July 2014

Don't let the 9km drive on a twisty, bumpy road fool you - once you enter the gates of the Villa Blanca you are in for a treat! The grounds are beautifully landscaped and the casitas are well-appointed. You can explore the nature trail, visit the dairy, find serenity in the chapel. And everyone is so nice and helpful!

Room Tip: The hotel is remote, but so very beautiful!
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Dear tmharris65,
We thank you for sharing how much you appreciated your stay with us. Most folks agree that the last few kilometers of country road are well worth some potholes to navigate for all the positive impressions once you enter the tranquil atmosphere of the cloud forests of Villa Blanca. We hope you’ll come back for more exceptional experiences we have to offer as part of the family of Greentique Hotels.
Regards,
Joxan Obando
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Reviewed 5 July 2014

Stayed here for two nights in November 2013. Nice and peaceful and a great atmosphere in the cloud forest.

Arrived late (about 11pm) to a friendly welcome and immediately enjoyed the nocturnal wildlife sounds.

The next day we had a nice simple self-guided walk around the forest area. Good food in the restaurant, and had fun playing on the free pool table. They also had a very authentically old fashioned small cinema, although we didn't use it.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Dear Giles E.,
We especially enjoy when honeymoon couples are able to experience the serenity and romantic setting in their private honeymoon suite. We only regret you were not able to take more advantage of our wellness center, whirlpools and intimate evenings by our fireplace. Hope we can host you again for your wedding anniversary at Villa Blanca and perhaps add our sister properties in Manuel Antonio at Si Como No as well as in the Osa Peninsula at Aguila de Osa Inn.
Best regards,
Jim Damalas
General Manager/Owner
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

We were 7 members of our family experiencing Costa Rica for the first time: our 2 children and 3 grandchildren age 10, 7 and 6. Villa Blanca was our first stop of a 9 day trip, The hotel arranged for pickup at the San Jose airport followed by an hour drive to Villa Blanca. Being in a cloud forest is amazing. It is always damp and wet but that did not stop us. We were greeted by very friendly and helpful staff, all smiling. We had 3 casitas for our rooms. The casitas are very spacious with bed/beds, couch, rocking chairs, and a fireplace. They were most comfortable. The activities there were many: hummingbird feedings, cow milking, horseback riding, movie theatre, arenal volcano tour and hot springs, research center, night hike, hike around the property. Happy hour was everynight and enjoyed by all. Sitting around the two fireplaces in the lobby and talking to other guests added to the ambience. The meals at the Villa were delicious and average priced. The servers, Jonathon and Juarez(I think) were so great with the kids. There were always kids menus. The hot chocolate was a hit with the kids. Ingrid was our tour guide for the Arenal tour and was terrific. We bought a lot of local fruit in a local market to serve to our kids. Jonathon cut everything up for a beautiful presentation. The kids enjoyed tasting, some they liked and some they did not like.
Three days is about right at Villa Blanca. And then we were off to Si Como No.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank MissBlue
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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Dear Miss Blue,
We were pleased that you decided to spend your family holiday with us at Villa Blanca and also included our sister hotel at Si Como No in Manuel Antonio. You obviously took advantage of many amenities and tours we have to offer in the cloud forests of Los Angeles Norte, and that your grandchildren also were quite pleased with all the unique experiences to enlighten them. It’s also gratifying when we hear how much care our staff has for our guests of all ages, and with the genuine hospitality that is part of the culture of hospitality of the our Canton of San Ramon. We continue to be encouraged by the great reviews about our caring and sharing staff that host our valued guests, providing many special memories of the authentic hospitality that is Greentique Hotels.
Sincerely,
Jim Damalas
General Manager/owner
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

I would definitely return to this magical place! The people are wonderful, friendly and genuinely care about you, making sure to provide the best experience to their guests.
I miss this place already!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Thank Seknoian
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villablanca2011, General Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Dear Seknoian,
We only regret that you did not have more time to experience all the tours and amenities we have to offer. So if you decide to join us again, like so many repeat customers, be assured the extra room night (s) are on us.
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Jim Damalas
General Manager/Owner
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Oak Park, Illinois
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

Wonderful place, beautiful, spacious rooms with 2 bathrooms (imagine my daughter's delight in getting her own bathroom). You should know before booking that this is about 22 km outside of San Ramon...on typical Costa Rica unpaved, pothole-filled, narrow, winding roads that may most likely be covered in fog if you arrive at night. However, if you're up for the drive, the staff is super-welcoming and accommodating. And it's beautiful. Highly recommend if you want an out of the way place. Enjoy!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Sara G
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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Dear Sara G,
Thank you for recommending us, and actually it may have seemed like 22km, but it’s actually only the last 9km that have some potholes to negotiate. That’s what we locals refer to as a typical Costa Rican country road. The good news is that the municipality is coming to do their annual road maintenance, so if you time it, it may seem like only a few kilometers next time you decide to become a regular and enjoy more of our “super-welcoming” hospitality as our very welcomed guests.
Saludos,
Joxan Obando
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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We enjoyed our stay here, even though it was the rainy season. Our only complaint is that the food was mediocre. Also, our evening waiter was a bit condscending in his attitude. The staff (with that one exception) and the accommodations were very nice. The fireplace was a very special treat.

Again, I guess because it was off-season, some of the activities were not available, yoga classes for example.
All that to say, it was a magical view.
vetaceleste

Room Tip: All rooms appeared to be good. We only saw ours.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank jim c
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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Dear jim c,
We appreciate your review and apologize for your dinning experience as it’s very seldom we fail to meet customer expectations. Rest assured we will try and understand what went wrong as it merits our concern when we don’t deliver what so many clients feel is a great added attraction to have a dining experience, from start to finish, at our own El Sendero Restaurante.
Sincerely,
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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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 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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