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Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Apartado Postal 41, Santa Barbara 3009, Costa Rica   |  
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Chicago, Illinois
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Our trip to FRB was three nights of splendor in the peaks above San Jose surrounded by a sweet plantation full of relaxation and ease. Kids swimming, adult massage, endless coffee tasting and tours. The staff was beyond our wildest dreams, as they treated us like family and we left with heavy hearts hoping to one day return! Our villas were as splendid as being set back in the forest can be. The food: breakfast, lunch, or dinner were exceptional, but Marvin's drink specials will always be something I crave! There's no better experience in our minds, and we recommend it highly!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Dear Pradogirl; What a great review and thanks for taking your time out of your day to write to TripAdvisor about us. I am so glad you loved the food and the special cocktails we prepare, we love this area of our hotel and as you know, we use our greenhouse and organic orchards to get the tastiest, healthiest and freshest produce, fruits and spices for our food and for our cocktails. Next time you will have to ry our specialty drinks with fresh herbs, ginger and "Guaro", the national rum style alcohol we produce here which is smooth,mild and really delicious. See you next visit!
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Very relaxing - great rooms, restaurant, and service. The staff were very accommodating and enhance the quality of your stay at the inn. The food was delicious and the coffee amazing! I highly recommend staying here

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Dear ckenney4; Thank you so much for writing about Finca Rosa Blanca and I am very pleased that you loved the food and experienced the great relaxation that is fomented here from the nature that surrounds the small hotel on so much property. Come back soon, OK?
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Had a fabulous time at Finca Rosa Blanca, it is a beautiful hotel with all the amenities you could want and near San Jose so you get the city feel. The food was great and the staff very accommodating to the guests. It is a quiet and peaceful place to spend a vacation in Costa Rica and there are so many adventure trips that the hotel can arrange with their wonderful guides. Definitely will go back on a return trip.

Room Tip: All rooms have spectacular views!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Allison S; thank you very much for writing in and talking about our resort. We certainly hope you do come back and this time spend some more days here to experience some of the many other activities we offer. See you soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

This place was fantastic on every level! Calm and serene, the natural beauty and wildlife are breathtaking. The view is worth the trip alone. Near a nice small town, it is close enough to enjoy local nightlife, but also secluded enough to escape into your own world. The staff were all very kind and accomodating, and like to grow a report with the guests. They were eager to help with any request you may have. The food and coffee are also amazing, and rival the scenery and atmosphere for the best thing about this place. Cannot wait to go back.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Dear DS232134; I really appreciate your nice review and for letting other readers know about our small inn on a large property. Of course our coffee is one of our most important attributes and we are quite proud of the quality and the coffee tour, but you took advantage of our restaurant and its "farm to table" style and so many other aspects which is the best way to experience our small hotel. Thanks again for writing in and for appreciating what we do.
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I spent four days at Finca Rosa Blanca. It was a wonderful alternative to San Jose. It is secluded and relaxing. Because it sits on a coffee plantation the scenery was gorgeous. The rooms were quite comfortable with a design that was charmingly unique. The location of Finca Rosa Blanca is perfect for doing activities in the area. We went on an excursion each day (nature preserves, Poas Volcano) and were back in the afternoon to relax and enjoy ourselves. The staff was warm and friendly and gave wonderful reccomendations on what to do in and around Santa Barbara. It was obvious that the quality of our stay was extremely important to them. We also had a WONDERFUL guide named Manolo whose knowledge about Costa Rica and its flora and fauna made for an unparallelled experience. Lastly, the coffee at Finca Rosa Blanca was out of this world. I missed it the second I left (thankfully I bought some for friends and family, as well as a small stash for myself). As I said, Finca Rosa Blanca has a wonderful location that is perfect for excurions, or for relaxing with a cup of coffee and enjoying the beautiful view.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Dear Aidan R; What a nice review of our coffee plantation and Inn! Thanks so much for writing about us. Our coffee is quite well known here, but because we are a single origin small coffee farm, it is usually through our guests that they get to tour and then do a cupping to really understand our quality and responsibility to the environment. Of all the coffees "cupped" in the international Rainforest Alliance annual event with 30 international professional "cuppers" (this year in South Carolina USA) we ranked 11th of all the coffees in Costa Rica and the only "specialty" ranking of any organic coffee. As a small resort, we also have a myriad other activities we offer, including volcanoes, cultural tours, off road bicycling, hiking at 10,000 ft in the beautiful Braulio Carillo cloud forests only 8km from our farm and so many more. Your 4 days here was the minimum we recommend if you have the time.By the way, you can buy more of our coffee at CafeMilagro dot com
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Stayed here two nights at the start of our trip and were so glad we did. This hotel had hands-down the friendliest staff. Very knowledgable about the area and had good recommendations. They arranged a tour to Poas volcano, which was worth the one hour drive each way. Their coffee tour was a somewhat strenuous walk, but was worth it as it was very informative. Learned a lot from the coffee tasting part of it as well. Food in restaurant was very good to excellent and variety was good, although dining service was sometimes a little slow. Loved the ceviche. Stayed in El Cafetal room, which was just beautiful in all respects. The resort is close to airport for convenience, but would have felt cheated if we only stayed one night. The laid back atmosphere in this incredibly beautiful Plantation Inn was a perfect way to start our trip.

Room Tip: El Cafetal room was beautiful. Liked that you could see each room on the website.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Dear Ann959; I am so pleased you took the time to write about our small resort so that others can understand what we are trying to do. Our service to our clients has to be the best, as our guests are looking for something authentic, exciting, relaxing and creative- if not, they would be going to a cookie cutter standard hotel. Also, all of our employees live in the area or close by and thus have great pride in their work and their home town. We hire our staff based on their personalities and their love of people which is an inherent talent- the rest we can train them to do. I also love El Cafetal room, especially the mural painted by Oscar Salazar on the wall behind the bed, which depicts the church of Barrio Jesus behind the coffee fields below and which can be seen in real life from the private deck. I hope we will see you again soon to take advantage of more of our activities and cultural experiences.
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

I made the decision to stay here rather than in San Jose upon arriving in Costa Rica. It is really close to the airport but is far removed from the city.

The roads leading in wound through other plantations, farms and greenery. We were greeted with drinks upon arrival. The overall laid back vibe was the perfect way to start a vacation. The property is large and beautiful. Well kept, lush gardens, hand made iron lanterns and other iron work that was done by a local artist.

We stayed in the mainhouse which had hand painted murals also by a local artist. There was a large sky roof open area with a small fire place that was beyond charming. Our room had a private deck that overlooked the farm and you could see the lights of San Jose in the distance.

The pool was like a little private lagoon, really quiet, clean and had more lush gardens surrounding it.

We went on the tour of the farm and simply fell in love with the guide, learned a ton about coffee farms, the difference between plantations and organic farms. He taught us the importance of all of the plants and instincts. At the end we did a cupping and got to taste the difference as well. Was just fun. A little bit of a work out, definitely worked up an petite, which leads me to my favorite part... the food!

Everything is cooked fresh. I ordered a mojito and the server went and picked fresh mint! There was a cooking class and the ingredients were all incredible, like eating it straight from the ground.

The office will help you set up activities offsite if you are interested. We went zip lining in the cloud forest and they took us to a local restaurant to eat that was delicious as well.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Dear TianaRutledge; I want to thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with us at Rosa Blanca and also for talking about your great appreciation of what it is we are trying to do and have been doing for the past 25 years: make sure our guests have incomparable and responsibly created experiences. From the unique farm to table restaurant, to the coffee, to the activities and even the place we are located- some 15 km from the capital city of San Jose in the best coffee growing area of Costa Rica- all is part of our idea to create an unforgettable vacation.
Again thank you so much for appreciating our little work of art and I hope we wills ee you again soon here for part 2 of Finca Rosa Blanca
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Address: Apartado Postal 41, Santa Barbara 3009, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Santa Barbara
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is a world class 13 room resort located in the middle of an organic, shade grown coffee plantation and lush colorful gardens, framed by awe inspiring views of the Central Valley below. The recipient of many awards for being a global leader in responsible tourism and luxury, Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is the perfect choice for discerning and knowledgeable travelers who want to be surrounded by beautiful coffee fields while nestled in a cozy world famous hotel awarded with the highest levels of certified sustainability. ... more   less 
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