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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve

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San José, Costa Rica
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was looking for a relaxing place to stay my last 2 days in Costa Rica & this was perfect. Its in the Los Angeles cloud forest & away from it all. It has some short hikes on the property or you can book one of their many tours. The food was excellent & they have an on site dairy...

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villablanca2011, Propietario at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear jimfaust59, Thank your for taking the time to write a review to the ideal ending to your Costa Rican holiday. We like to consider that Greentique Hotels, including Villa Blanca, all offer the exceptional experiences worth recommending. We hope you will consider joining us again with one of our special vacation packages that offer a selection of our 4...

Gloucester, United Kingdom
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another hotel and reserve with a challenging drive to get there. However once there the grounds and main part of the hotel, are most delightful. We (a party of 22) were greeted by the hotel staff and effeciently delivered to our individual rooms, known as casitas. These are individual, bungalow like, dwellings set in there own space and are all...

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villablanca2011, Operation Manager Greentique Hotels at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Allan H, Appreciate you shared your stay with us in the Cloud Forest Reserve of Los Angeles. One reason that President Carazo chose this location near San Ramon was the isolation and pristine forest that surrounded his dairy farm. We feel it’s also because of the Magic of Nature and the very good-natured staff who were born and raised...

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful place. Lovely views. Very comfortable. Some amount of walking back and forth to lodge for meals but food was great and well worth the walk. Long drive in from main road. Staff very pleasant and helpful.

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villablanca2011, Operation Manager Greentique Hotels at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear D2043JWpatm, Thank you for your kind review of Villa Blanca. Actually those 9km that separate us from civilization seem to assure we keep the area tranquil and pristine, protecting and sharing the amazing inventory of flora and fauna that habitat the nature reserve surrounding us. Regards, Joxan Obando Operation Manager Greentique Hotels

Austin, Texas
Reviewed 19 March 2017

My husband and I and our two daughters (6 and 7) had the privilege of staying at Villa Blanca's fantastic nature reserve this past week, and we loved every minute! From the excellent nature guides, attentive staff, beautiful grounds and wonderfully clean and spacious accommodations, we enjoyed every minute of our stay there. Our girls even learned how to milk...

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villablanca2011, Propietario at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear teri520, We appreciate the great family experiences you enjoyed while saying with us. For us it’s all about hosting and sharing the natural wonders of the cloud forest reserve we care for, and when children can get connected with nature and the cultural heritage of the region, we feel we’ve delivered on our promise to provide exceptional Costa Rican...

Franklin Lakes, New Jersey
Reviewed 18 March 2017

The casitas were dated, poorly appointed and had bugs. There were very few activities on site - none that didn't require extra fees (they even required a paid guide for the maintained hiking trails). I would not stay again.

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villablanca2011, Owner at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Judging from your review, we regret we failed to meet your expectations. Although there are both self-guided and guided trails to choose from, we also offer several popular tour options and hotel activities, quite often appreciated by other Trip Advisor reviewers, whose responses best speak for us by rating Villa Blanca again within the top 10 hotels for “excellence” in...

Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Arrived in the dark and woke to thick mist. We didn't know how beautiful the location was until the mist lifted about 9or 10am. Stunning views all around. Accomodation in modest casitas. A number of trails you can walk unguided where you will see many birds, especially hummingbirds. It's very quiet here and peaceful so not the place if you...

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villablanca2011, Operation Manager Greentique Hotels at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear hepzibah2, Glad we could host the perfect start to your Costa Rican vacation. We are also pleased you took advantage of some of our guided tours with our dedicated Greentique Certified Guides who in most cases grew up in the same surroundings of amazing flora and fauna that are part of the habitat of the Los Angeles Cloud Forest...

Wichita Falls, Texas
Reviewed 16 March 2017

So beautiful -a resort with spectacular views So clean - staff continuely working inside and out So friendly-staff makes you feel welcome and can't do enough for you Many many activities - local guides will take you on nature tours,agriculture tours, give you farming techniques. Very educational.

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villablanca2011, Propietario at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Janet P, So pleased you enjoyed many of the tours and farm activities we offer on and off the property. We like to believe that having fun and adventure can also mean learning more along the way. We hope you can return again and consider one of our Greentique Vacation Adventure Packages that includes even more of the world...

Peachtree City, Georgia
Reviewed 16 March 2017

My husband and I recently stayed in a Villa Blanca casita on our first trip to Costa Rica. When we walked into the room for the first time, our jaws dropped open. The views from every direction were some of the most breathtaking we had ever seen. And the whole property is incredibly peaceful. We really enjoyed eating our meals...

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villablanca2011, Propietario at Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve, responded to this review

Dear Rachel W, Can’t express how much you captured in just one review of all that is an exceptional Costa Rica experience in Costa Rica. We look forward to hosting you again. Sincerely, Jim Damalas President/CEO Greentique Hotels

Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Spectacular tropical cloud forest experience in Costa Rica. Truly above the world (40 minutes by cow path from the nearest small town). Beautiful property. Just the sights and sounds of nature. Hummingbirds everywhere. Can take day trips to the Arenal volcano area and other places worth seeing.

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Dear VTBeerLover, You truly said it all in your overview of Villa Blanca. Gracias, Jim Damalas President/CEO Greentique Hotels

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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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Address: El Silencio de Los Angeles | Los Angeles Norte, San Ramon 1250, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of Alajuela > Canton of San Ramon > San Ramon
Price Range: $158 - $332 (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
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Clearwater, Florida
Michael3942 San Jose, Costa Rica Reviewed this property
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I take it the Arenal tour was arranged by Villa Blanca. In that case I'd start a new hotel review, specifically addressing the merits (or not) of the tour guides.

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Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, United States
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Hi Robert W,

Hi Robert, There are tours available at the Arenal Volcano Lake. This is a region two hours away from Villa Blanca. Please feel free to contact concierge Roxana for more detail information. Thank you!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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Dear Kami2Hot,

Nature walks are $26 USD per person. Those are inside of the cloud forest where you are going with a naturalist guide who will explain you in detail about flora and fauna. Please contact concierge for detailed information. Best Regards Roxana

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Dear JSJS,

Thank you for contacting us via Trip Advisor.

Our kid’s menu includes:

*Mini Casado is a typical Costa Rican dish with rice and beans, organic vegetables from our own greenhouses and choice of chicken or tenderloin fajitas.

*Fish and chicken fingers with homemade mashed potatoes.

*Spaghetti Villa Blanca with cheese and fresh tomato sauce.

*Delicious fresh fruits plates.

Also, please note that there are a variety of selections like legumes, soups and organic salads that can be chosen as meal options for children.

We look forward to hosting you in our beautiful property.

Roxana

over a year ago

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“They are all individual (a few duplex type) cabins with great views.”
larryc2014, 22 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Room 34 - 2 adults and 2 kids. Had a queen sized bed and a twin foldout in 1 room and another foldout and a sofa in the other room. 2 full bathrooms - 1 with a shower and 1 with a large jacuzzi tub. Would definitely stay again.”
mayachamilton, 21 Apr 2017 | Read review
“All the rooms looked good”
vtrunner, 18 Apr 2017 | Read review
“All rooms were great, however be prepared to do a bit of walking, great exercise!”
KateL2012, 16 Apr 2017 | Read review
“Some of the casitas have decks overlooking the forest so would be better for wildlife viewing”
Sedgtrav1, 12 Apr 2017 | Read review
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