Beautiful location. Beachfront view is fabulous. Rooms are clean & comfortable. The front desk staff are very accommodating. The all inclusive price was exorbitant. The desset menu needs improvement. The noise level was excessive late at night near the garden area.
Beautiful smaller beach front property. Would be a great place for a wedding.
We liked Riu, the staff was great and the facilities were good We were however, disappointed in the quality of the food and the evening shows were second rate
Breakfast and Lunch buffet offers a great variety and quality is good. A la carte restaurant was nice and service was good. Beautiful and well kept gardens. You have to book 24 hours in advanced for the special restaurants and for water activities (like using a kayak!) which is closed by 3pm. The pool area is loud and not very clean as MANY people seems to spend the whole time at the pool bar. Shows and night activities are poor.
Water sports staff was not very helpful and we missed out on activities due to this.
The pool and drinks are good. The beach is nice but not close to as nice as other beaches nearby. Most of the food is buffet only and extremely greasy. Even the non-buffet food is pre-prepared and not very good. They will not accommodate vegetarians. The beach is extremely rocky. Water activities are outsourced to another company, and doing anything requires reservations in advance and a walk away from the beach. Overall this is not a good value or experience as compared to staying in a non-all-inclusive somewhere else in Costa Rica with a better beach and eating out.
We've stayed at BDS many times while building our house nearby. The hotel is great. The rooms are spacious, the grounds are welcoming and tropical, the restaurant is great and most of all the staff is friendly and so helpful. My personal favorites are traditional Costa Rican breakfast and watching the sunset from the beach while sipping a cocktail. Make BDS a stop on your CR travel plans.
Beautiful views on the coast, the facility was wonderful and had great service. Rooms were large enough for four of us to share for a week. The resort is far from just about everything else. It's a 15 minute ride to the nearest town and $7 per person each way for a shuttle. All the adventures are at least a 2 hour bus ride, or more.
The beach was only a few minutes drive/walk away. The staff, especially the front desk guy, was very nice and helpful. Breakfast is pretty good as well.
Cate and I came here for our first few days of our 15 day Honeymoon in Costa Rica. Everything about Hotel Casa Villa Blanca was perfect for us!! Quaint and beautiful grounds within walking distance to the beach, incredibly helpful and happy Staff (Lis and Gabriel are the Best...felt like friends for Life), delicious and authentic breakfast (fresh fruit, hand blended juices, eggs, rice and beans, and coffee) to get your day off to a perfect start on their covered patio (which is also a magnificent place to have a couple drinks and watch the thunderstorms and rain during Green a season. We are so blessed to have found this place and would love to come back soon. Pura Vida
I really liked the location of the hotel, even though it wasn't directly on the beach. But it was right in front, less than a 10 minute walk!! The pool area has a beautiful view of the beach to relax and enjoy. The reception office is a bit of a walk to get to but they are all helpful. They gave me advice regarding traveling by bus. The room is nicely decorated and the shower is pretty big! The bed was a tad small but overall great room. I didn't like that you couldn't order room service, or I did not know how. I also didn't like the size of the bed but I understand I booked by third party so bed type isn't guaranteed.
We had a room right by pool. We were assured the pool would be closed at 10:00 pm. People kept us up until 3:00 am. A few hours later it was loud people outside the door and shortly thereafter were cleaning ladies with trash cans making their rounds. It was horrible. I didn't stay the other two nights I booked and was told they weren't responsible for returns since I purchased with a third party. When my third party tried to reach them, they didn't answer all day.
The penthouse was just as we saw in the photos online. Nice room, nice view of ocean. Service was ok. Most pictures online only showed the rooms and not the rest of the grounds. Thought it was closer to the beach and manuel Antonio park. Had to take the bus or taxi to get most places. Felt like It was overrated for what I got in value. Nice penthouse room if you plan on spending most of your time at the hotel. Refrigerator steel looking silver paint looked like it was coming off. I only give it this review because of the overall service and nicess of the place and amount we payed at other places in Costa Rica were better in comparison and we payed twice as much here.
Matthew and Natalia (owners) are great! They really make you feel at home. M has some great info on surrounding beaches, local restaurants and shops. He even knows which ATMs have the best rates! Natalia makes a great breakfast and is very accommodating to make sure you have a good stay. A/C was chilly, wifi was constant, room was very clean (no bugs in rainy season, yay!). 10-15 minute walk to the beach. Would stay again in a heartbeat.
The staff was very nice and the pool area pretty chill The B&B is located on a back street (dirt road) which is pretty creepy by night. I was told it was ok but I didn't feel ok walking after dark there. The room was nice but some of the finishing were not well done (holes where bugs crawled under)