We stayed here for a single night in June. This was our first stop after arriving from the US and was just the thing we needed to relax. We were greeted with a cool towel for our faces and a wonderful tropical juice drink with mint leaves.The greeting set the stage for a beautifully relaxing afternoon and evening. The casitas are very nice, cozy and peaceful. We did the nature walk around the property and visted the chapel. Very nice. Happy hour at the lodge was very nice and we sat on the big porch and watched the evening roll in. This resort has a peaceful, mellow atmosphere that is perfect for relaxation. The restaurant is pricey and the food is average with the exception of the breakfast which was excellent (included). The service was excellent from the front desk to the restaurant staff. It is cool here, even in June, and so we started a nice fire in our fireplace and fell into a peaceful sleep after a long day of travel. One night was enough for us as we were off to more adventurous activites, but if you for rest and relaxation, this is a perfect place!!
- 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