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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 10 August 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, travelled with family
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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 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
Resident Manager

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Reviewed 8 August 2014

From the staff meeting us at the front office with drinks and hot towels until we checked out, the staff and the hotel was a complete pleasure. Elegant, calming, and relaxing . . . what more could you want. I would gladly welcome a trip back.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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villablanca2011, General Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 18 August 2014

Dear bjwesq,
We look forward to your next visit as another “regular” of Greentique Hotels and trust you will consider more of the same exceptional Costa Rica experiences with our sister hotels in Manuel Antonio at Si Como No Resort and in the Osa Peninsula at Aguila de Osa Inn.

Saludos,
Jim Damalas
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Reviewed 6 August 2014

Beautiful hotel and nature reserve. Perfect for relaxation and enjoying the outdoors. There is a great restaurant on site. The cottage was spacious and cozy with a fireplace and sitting area. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and can arrange day trips to the Arenal Volcano or anything you would like to do.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Dear KaleeAD,

We appreciate your positive review of your experiences at Villa Blanca. We continue to be encouraged by all the positive comments regarding our hospitality and the many activities that complement the natural beauty and tour attractions we have to offer as part of Greentique Hotels. I will b sure to let our chef know how pleased you were as well with his menu at El Sendero Restaurante.

Regards,
Jim Damalas
General Manager

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Very quiet and nice. Great attention, they take care of all the little details, didnt like the transparent curtain at the bathroom, but we loved the bedrooms, and the fireplace. But we would come back again

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Manager at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Dear Pablo S.

Thank you for your positive review. Sorry you were not advised that the special “directional view” privacy shade in your bathroom enables our guests the vantage to look out to appreciate your private garden while providing privacy from the outside.

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Joxan Obando
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Villa Blanca was not just a beautiful hotel in the cloud forest. It was a sustainable farm that produced most of the organic food we ate while we stayed there. Their ecological policies were beyond my expectations and the research that is ongoing is exciting. We toured their sustainable water systems for filtering grey water from laundry to the green houses and heard about the working farm. We also did a day nature walk and then a night one to see the creatures you hear but usually do not see. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who travels to Costa Rica. It is a shining example of what can be accomplished if you set your mind to helping the environment instead of just using it.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Dear Patricia E,

It’s not always that we get such acknowledgement for our sustainable practices besides the many other qualities we appreciate from our Reviewers. As certified hotel members of Costa Rica, all of us at Greentique properties, we can’t agree more to your appreciation of Villa Blanca’s efforts in offering our guests our band of “sustainable hospitality”, where the very attractions you enjoyed are valued and protected by the very visit of each and every guest who stays at our properties.

Sincerely,
Jim Damalas
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

We stayed there for 4 nights late July 2014, and I had made my reservations there after much thought and research... and this place was just so much worth it and much more! The cloud forest setting, and the hospitality of the entire staff really make you want to come back! It was a bit of a drive to the key spots in Arenal, but I was up for it, and as long as you have a car to get around it, it really made the choice of staying here very worth it. The cabin was clean, the breakfast was awesome, and they even pack you an early morning snack if you need to leave early. The trails around the resort are well maintained, and the spa is very good! Special thanks to Jonathan who entertained me and my wife, along with another couple with delight every time we stepped in to the bar and restaurant. The only minus I have about this place is they could not make me stay longer than the 4 nights I spent there :) , and I hope to bring my kids there sometime soon ! I would choose this place every single time I come down to Costa Rica, go for it ! :)

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Dear Vidyashankar,

We only regret that we did not insist you stay longer to get even more of our exceptional Costa Rica hospitality you so graciously highlighted. We feel our unique geographic location offers our clients easy access to the airport while offering all the attractions of Arenal and the ideal alternative to the cloud forest of Monteverde. We will be sure to let Jonathan and the rest of our crew know your appreciation of our hospitality. Next time be sure to put enough time aside for one of our Greentique packages that also includes Si Como No near Manuel Antonio Park s well as Aguila de Osa Inn near Corcovado and Canos Island National Parks.

Regards,
Jim Damalas
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Awasome place to stay, it's quite, peaceful, relaxing totally stress free. No tv, not missed, the food was great not cheap, we learned about the cloud forest and the flowers, flora, trees everyone was so informed able to answer questions

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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 reviewResponded 11 August 2014

Dear Chris R.

Appreciate you found your stay with us nothing less than “awesome”! We pride ourselves on our Chef’s menu of fresh “farm to table” quality local products whose value continues to meet and often exceed customer expectations. I will be sure to let our licensed Nature Guides know that you appreciated their expertise and hope you can return for a longer stay and visit our other sister hotels in the Greentique family.

Sincerely,
Joxan Obando
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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: £83 - £183 (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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