Beautiful site, but a bit remote. The guided tours on site are well done and enjoyable, but I would skip the other tours, as you can do them from other sites closer. The staff was friendly, the food was good, the grounds are well kept and easy to self-guide. The cloud forest is beautiful but a bit clammy - still warmer than Chicago in February! The fireplace in the room gives a warm cozy feeling. My only criticism is the site and rooms are romantic, awkward when you're a 30-something traveling with your same gendered friend. (No thanks, we'll pass on the couples massage.... ewww!) Two nights and one and a half days were plenty to do the guided tours and relax at the spa, but we were ready to move on to the Arenal Volcano. A great place to meet up, as my friend arrived on her flight 6 hours after mine.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Blanca Cloud Forest