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Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn

At a Glance

    Pros

  • eco-consciousness
  • indulgence with style
  • service par excellence

    Cons

  • some units short on closet and drawer space
  • overpriced restaurant
  • hard to find if you are driving your own car

Fodorite Reviews

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Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn Review

Set amid fields of green coffee, this exclusive, hilltop bed-and-breakfast hideaway has a much-deserved reputation as one of the country's sumptuous splurges. The Gaudí-esque main building has a soaring two-story atrium and white-stucco arches, set among tropical flowers and shaded by massive fig trees. Rooms are filled with interesting artistic flourishes, as well as such luxuries as Jacuzzi bathtubs and 100% bamboo sheets. The spacious two-story suite, popular with honeymooners of all ages, is out of a fairy tale, with a fantasy bathroom painted with rain-forest mural, and a spiral staircase with a carved-serpent handrail leading up to a romantic, window-lined tower bedroom. The owners work hard to make the hotel as eco-friendly as possible, earning it the top rating for sustainable tourism. Prix-fixe gourmet dinners are available at chic El Tigre Vestido restaurant ($$$$), but lunch on the terrace with its spectacular view of San José down in the valley and the Escazú mountains beyond is a better value. After a day of touring, guests can unwind in a full-service spa.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 800 m north of Café Britt Distribution Center, Santa Bárbara de Heredia, Heredia, 40401 | Map It
  • Phone: 2269–9392; 305/395–3042 in North America
  • Website:
  • Location: Heredia

    Hotel Details

  • 11 junior suites, 2 master suites.
  • Rate includes breakfast.
Updated: 03-14-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Some rooms are terrible, beware

    The Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn just outside San Jose, Costa Rica is a miserable failure if you define a good hotel as one that provides a comfortable, safe place to sleep. That is a shame because the hotel has lovely grounds, a great location, friendly staff and a very good restaurant. But those things do not make up for the lack of a safe, comfortable place to sleep. We stayed in the Las Aves suite at the Finca Rosa Blanca in early April. In contrast to the rooms we saw on their web site which featured sweeping views of the city of San Jose below, our room faced a dark volcanic rock wall. More distressing was the fact that our room faced a well-used walkway with a clear view into our room. We had to close the windows and curtains for privacy and security which was a significant problem since the hotel is not air conditioned. The room features a large skylight which is very effective at bathing the room in sunlight. However sunrise in Costa Roca is 5:30 a.m. and there is no way to close off the skylight so you get an automatic 5:30 am wake-up call whether you want it or not. And finally, the shower is unable to maintain a constant water temperature alternating between cold and scalding. Security also concerned us. Other rooms in the hotel are equipped with a professional grade alarm system that must be turned off at the front door using an alarm key. I’ve never seen anything like it at any other hotel. So we were very concerned about sleeping with the windows unlocked for fresh air—even if we chose to risk unwelcome eyes. I shared my concerns with the manager who seemed to feel it was my fault for not asking for a different room at booking. I’ve learned my lesson about the Finca Rosa Blanca and offer this review to others considering a stay at this hotel.

    by NapaGrower, 4/6/14
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    Peaceful Paradise

    What an AMAZING property! My boyfriend and I stayed in late June 2012. Though it was only for one night, the staff and accommodations were beyond our expectations. I booked online and the response was very quick and booking process easy. The tour of the coffee plantation was a great and informative. The restaurant overlooked a park and had a view of San Jose in the distance. They served amazing food and the service was excellent! I highly recommend this place and plan on returning in a few years!

    by Crisdel, 9/10/12
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    Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn Review

    This place is BY FAR my favorite hotel in Costa Rica. It is quaint and charming, with beautiful Central American art and an incredible tour of their organic coffee plantation. Everyone should stop by on their vacation to Costa Rica.

    by Millay_W, 12/18/09
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    Finca Rosa Blanca Country Inn Review

    I stayed at Finca Rosa Blanca because I went to San Jose for serious medical treatment. I have extreme allergies to many chemicals and the staff assured me that everything they use for building, cleaning and foods is as natural or as organic as possible. They went so far as to email me ingredients lists for their cleaners, and to clean the room with vinegar for my arrival. When I got there, it was perfect. As but one of many examples of the extraordinary treatment I received, the chef, Pedro, called his mother in San Salvador to get a recipe for pancakes that I could eat despite my food allergies. Everyone treated me with kindness, friendliness and exquisite care. I was pampered! The hotel is gorgeous. The pool is non-toxic and fabulous. The food and service are excellent. It could not have been better.

    by Janealycia, 10/15/09

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