More about Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn
fabulous stay at Finca Rosa Blanca
My family (wife and two kids - 7, 10) stayed at this hotel for two nights starting our vacation in Costa Rica. We loved this hotel. We have stayed at many fine hotels around the world, and from the combination of the villa, the service, and the fabulous food, this is one of our favorite hotels. We wish we would have stayed here one last night on our way out of Costa Rica so we could have another fabulous dinner and breakfast.
Finca Rosa Blanca is wonderful!! The moment we walked through the front door, we knew we arrived in a very special place. Every corner is unique and each of the two rooms we stayed in was fabulous. We like others used Finca Rosa Blanca as our aiport hotel for the beginning and end of our trip, but it is so much more than just a hotel; the building is a work of art by itself! The service was great and Oscar made us feel welcome the moment we arrived. The food was outstanding and well worth the price. It was so nice sitting at one table with other guest swaping stories of our journeys, laughing and exchanging emails. We will definitely stay at Finca Rosa Blanca again, but it would be nice to plan and stay longer at this amazing place. Kudos to everyone at Finca Rosa Blanca for making our trip so fantastic and at the same time supporting Sustainable Tourism. Your a model to other hotels that working to protect the enviroment and helping the community benefits everyone!!
I have little to add the all the other excellent reviews. I spent my first night in CR at Finca Rosa Blanca and would gladly have stayed longer. It is a very charming and beautiful place and the food is excellent!
Best Accomodation in Costa Rica!
Our stay at the Finca Rosa Blanca sadly lasted only 3 nights. It was without a doubt the best accomodation we had in Costa Rica. While on the pricey side, it was absolutely worth every penny. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The room (El Guarumo- each room is different) was large, well-appointed, extraordinarily comfortable (our first introduction to bamboo sheets- we will be buying a set for our home...), and one of the rare hotel rooms where you felt like your time was being well-spent just relaxing and enjoying the space.
The food served was beyond compare- breakfasts were served on the terrace, and were always more food than we could finish, with fresh fruit, freshly baked muffins, juice, coffee, and a choice of a main course, such as french toast served with three different syrups. I had lunch one day, which was a chicken tamale, again served with fruit and salad, and served up fresh and hot outside on the terrace. The dinners were always inventive, with ingredients either grown on the premises or locally, and included four courses. We were always seated with other guests, which provided interest (sometimes more than you might like...) and allowed us to get ideas about what to do in the area. I also liked the fact that you could peek into the kitchen during the day to see what was being prepared, and everything always smelled so good!
We booked several activities through the hotel, as well as transport to our next hotel and everything went off without a hitch. We did a tour of the Cafe Britt plantation, and I did a morning horseback ride through coffee plantations and vegetable fields on a beautiful white Andalusian with a champion cowboy, while my husband did a solo hike up to the crater of Volcan Barva. Every step of the way, the people we interacted with were friendly and helpful in every way possible. We also spent an afternoon walking the grounds of Finca Rosa Blanca and enjoyed the lovely nature trails and groves. There were lots of interesting birds to see, including a blue-crowned motmot. The pool was lovely, but we didn't end up using it- instead we tended to relax and watch the sunset from our balcony.
There was also reliable internet service available from the hotel, a book exchange, and lots of interesting places to read and relax.
If you are looking for a place to relax, a romantic place to spend time with a loved one, a place for great food and even better coffee- Finca Rosa Blanca is for you!
Quaint Start to the vacation
We spent our first night in Costa Rica at Finca Rosa Blanca. It is a 20-30 minute or so drive from the airport, and is a much nicer place to regroup that San Jose.
The hotel is very charming. The small common areas are decorated with crafts made by local schools and senior homes. The room had a beautiful bathroom and spa tub. The bathroom was done in blue tile. There was a small balocony with a view of the country side. The dinner seating is at 7 for all interested guests. The food was fairly good, and we met nice couples that were staying there as well. The breakfast was great.
There is little to do without leaving the grounds. There are some hiking trails which lead to coffee fields and some plant and wild life. At night there is an owl that nests near the hotel (but we could never find him). The pool/waterfall is very nice. There are horses on the property, but we did not ride them.
We liked this hotel very much, and it was very relaxing. We would recommend it as a place to stay after arriving. Before departure we stayed at another facility close to the airport, Xandari - which we liked as well.
Great start to a honeymoon.
We stayed in their Master Suite for two nights at the start of our honeymoon. We couldn't ask for a beautiful hotel. Everything was perfect. Food was delicious, the suite was immense and really tastefully decorated and comfortable. We also appreciated the little touches like free unlimited internet access, loads of good and useful books to peruse, and the personal attention to details.
We asked for a private table when we ate dinner as it was our first honeymoon meal in Costa Rica and didn't feel up to being with others. The management set up a gorgeous table in a little bar room, and we had complete privacy. Food was exceptional. Pricey, but worth the splurge.
The grounds are to die for, and the view of the valley is worth staring at for hours. It was a great spot to decompress for a few days before our real travels began. I would recommend this hotel in a heartbeat.
Expensive but nice
Beautiful architecture and location was great. Very close to the airport made it a great place to spend the first and last night of the trip.
The main house was booked so we stayed in a villa both nights. It was nice to have 2 rooms since we were traveling with a 5 year old, but it was quite expensive relative to other hotels in Costa Rica.
Breakfast was great and included. DInner was expensive relative to rest of CR but the 4 course meal and conversation was worth it.
The servers were warm and helpful but the desk staff could have been more welcoming and warm at dinner, breakfast, etc. especially when we changed our plans and came back for one more night.
great place of peace & good food
What a great find for our first few nights in Costa Rica.
Just 20 minutes from San Jose airport this is ideal for arrival/departures.
The staff are freindly and helpful, and the food was the best we had in Costa Rica.
We loved sharing the large table with other guests, 4 courses just the right size, great conversations and the setting was perfect.
Our room was peaceful and we enjoyed relaxing, short walks and the horse riding experience (hilarious and physical)
We watched the chef picking fresh produce and herbs from the garden for our meals.
A faded rose
I have to disagree with the rating on this place. We had stayed at Florblanca and Peace Lodge prior to our arrival here and were disappointed at the overall experience. The whole place is somewhat run down/dated/in need of a spruce up. In addition, the meal was our worst of the trip--overspiced,overcooked,unimpressive,overpriced. The best part of the dinner was the communal table, chatting with the other guests. The staff is very friendly, the norm in Costa Rica. The setting is spectacular,overlooking the city but I think the owners are resting on their laurels and need to update the place. It just doesnt compare with the other places we stayed. We will probably try Xandari next time.
You Must Go
OH MY! What a terrific place this is. We just returned from 6 days in the central/northern and southern regions of Costa Rica. We started a bit north of San Jose at Fince Rosa Blanca. You would not believe this place. We were fortunate enough to stay in the master suite. A must do. We are very well traveled and I can honestly say this was one of the best overall experiences I/we have ever had. The dinner is necessary because there is nowhere else to go as the roads are very bad and this place is in the middle of nowhere. It was delicious and well worth the money. The staff here and actually ALL over Costa Rica is so very friendly and they are always happy and polite.
We did rent an SUV and that is also a must. We only went about 400 miles in total, but it took the better part of the 5 days. The roads are not marked at all and you must always know the town you are headed for. Very winding roads and many are paved, but only room for 2 cars and major drop offs. Makes the trip that much more exciting. Don't bother buying maps ahead of time, you will get a great one at the rental agency. We rented with Avis and they were great. Continued on to Poas Vulcano (very cool) and then off to the southern coast to stay at the Marriott, Los Suernos. Again, a must do. It had the most magnificent swimming pool I have ever seen. It is on the beach, but not a great beach. You can see it, but no one swims in it.
The restaurant at the marina was exceptional. Food at Marriott was good and staff was excellent. Took the days drive to Manuel Antonio and that was a great day. You drive on great road and through many coconut groves. The tour guides at the park are very worth the price. They bring along a huge telescope and that makes it very easy to spot many exciting animals. You can do this on your own, but why bother. Buy the souveniers at the beach as this is one of your only chances to do so and the prices are better than anywhere. Make sure you bring PLENTY of $1 bills. Dollars are excepted everywhere, but you will not get change in dollars. So make sure you leave home with at least $100 in ones.
Don't bother with an ocean view at the Marriott, you really can't see much of it anyway. Then off to Arenal Volcano. We stayed at Tabacon. Very nice, but a bit dated. It is no way a 5 star hotel. The linens were pathetic, but the location was perfect. We had th eJunior Suite with volcano view and that was terrific. You can sit in your private outside hot tub and watch the lava spew down the volcano at night. Very Cool. Also, the meal we had at the hotel restaurant was one of the best I have ever had (and I am picky) It made for the most perfect Valentines Day dinner.
Distances on the map don't look long, but trust me, it takes forever to get anywhere. Don't be in a hurry and be sure and take in the local flavor. The people are walking everywhere and the school children are so darn cute in their uniforms. No one is on a cell phone and they are always laughing and talking to each other - imagine!!
OK - I must not forget to tell you about our canopy tour. Oh My Gosh - you absolutely must do this, We are almost 50 years old and although we are avid skiers, we are not the "rock climbing" type. We took the Sky Tram/ Sky Trek tour that was offered at the Tabacon. It was perfect. The guides were so much fun and the facility is fairly new so all of the technology is state-of-the-art. I felt very safe and laughed and screamed my head off!! Just Do It.
Don't waste your time at the buffet at the hot springs. It was just OK and the food and service was so much better up at the Tabacon. You can walk to the hot springs, although they do have a shuttle that runs constantly, it is a very pleasant and well lit path. The Tabacon is probably the best hotel in the area, but I might give the Lost Iguana a try since it is new. You can still get a ride to the hot springs (by the way, the nicest purpose built park I have ever seen, rivals Disney World) The hot springs are about 90-100 degrees and the are absolutely beautiful. Very large park, but much more pleasant after 4pm, when the buses leave.
It took about 4 hours to return to the airport from Tabacon (make sure if you are driving, that you hold onto about 100 local currency for the toll road) Airport is a zoo and you must pay an airport tax of $26 each to depart - how rude, and it is very small and crowded. There is a very pathetic food court and you will find all of the souveniers you need there. Save your coffee purchases for the airport, prices are the same everywhere. However, you will only get the t-shirt deals at the hotels. There seems to only be about 25 choices of t-shirts in the entire country, so buy them at your hotel.
Afternoon & Evening in San Jose area - what to do
We are arriving in San Jose in the afternoon of 10/28 and departing the following morning from the airport. We are spending the morning of 10/28 white water rafting and the rafting company will drop us off wherever we choose in the San Jose area. We are debating whether to stay at a hotel by the airport (Marriott, Finca Rosa Blanca) or somewhere downtown (like the Grand Hotel). My impression is that the hotels near the airport are nicer and also more conveniently located for getting to the airport early the morning of 10/29. However, would we be better served seeing downtown? How easy is it to get from downtown to the airport? Are any of the hotels downtown nice and are there good restaurants? If downtown is worth seeing, what specifically should be on our itinerary?
On the other hand, how are the hotels near the airport, which ones are best, and is there anything particularly worth seeing/doing out there?
Re: Afternoon & Evening in San Jose area - what to do
honestly I think San Jose is one place in Costa Rica that can be skipped entirely (sincere apologies to anyone who calls San Jose home), i absolutely hated the downtown. Noisy, chaotic, cars everywhere spitting fumes, very bad air quality, can't say it felt safe either. Actually two small colonial style towns Alajuela and Heredia are closer to the airport than downtown, can be considered airport area and are 100 times nicer than San Jose itself. Alajuela is a bit further, Heredia is very close to the airport, Finca Rosa is there, I've been there, although didn't stay overnight, just visited, the grounds and location were amazing, you won't want to leave! I think it's a good choice.
Re: Afternoon & Evening in San Jose area - what to do
I would agree and skip downtown. I stayed at the Holiday Inn Express which is very new and modern and located across the street from the airport. The rooms were very nice, spacious, had internet and had free international calls so of course I called everyone knew in Canada. I think I paid around $125 for a room with two beds. There is a breakfast buffett in the morning and two computers for use in the lobby. There is a free shuttle to the airport every five minutes. There is a night club next door to check out and an all night restaurant which I think was a Denny's or something similar.