We stayed at Villa Blanca for the first night of a weeklong trip. After a drive through some cloudy winding roads (but exciting!), we arrived at a beautiful hotel and were greeted by a friendly receptionist. The hotel rooms are small bungalows throughout the hotel's grounds. The rooms are simple and rustic, which adds to the charm of the resort. Dinner and breakfast were both delicious, while 2 for 1 happy hour was a nice touch to bring the guests together for some mingling. We did the guided night hike, which was led my a funny and well-informed guide. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun.
For those wondering - the cloud forest is cloudy! You won't have panoramic views because of the clouds, but staying in the cloud forest is a unique experience that I'd definitely recommend. We couldn't have picked a better hotel for our first night in costa rica.
- 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