This was my second trip to Costa Rica and this hotel was number one on my list of places to return to. I will not go through all of the things that are repeated through all of the reviews: friendly staff, beautiful atmosphere, safe and secure, as I think this is well established. Instead I will mention some of the less commonly noted things.
The weather in this area of Costa Rica is much more consistent and reliable than other parts of the country. I always want to go and see the other parts of the country but seem to be happiest here, where I consider to be "home base".
When visiting other hotels I realized that the beds provided leave much to be desired; I was quite comfortable at La Rosa. I understand they are upgrading some of the rooms to include air conditioning; however, i did not feel it was necessary as it cools off to be a comfortable temperature in the evenings.
They serve butter with breakfast, not Costa Rican margarine (which tastes nothing like margarine we have here in Canada, it tastes awful!). The complimentary breakfast is a basic breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, variety of cereal, variety of fruit, some meats and cheese and banana bread. This was just enough for me to rotate what I ate each day and not become tired of the food.
The hotel staff let me treat their hotel like home; they provided me with a wine opener to use, allowed me to borrow extra glasses, let me reheat my leftover food from an outside restaurant in their microwave etc. They even allowed me to borrow a cooler to keep my drinks cold by the pool!
I truly felt welcomed as part of the family at this hotel, noted by all of the staff remembering me when I returned after a week of traveling around the country and climbing Cerro Chirripo (the highest mountain in Costa Rica). Oh, and the staff here also helped me make reservations to climb this mountain well in advance of my trip (they only allow 40 climbers per day so you must book months in advance).
The owner was in the process of upgrading various features of the rooms and asked me if I had any suggestions for improvements, I mentioned a hook to hang my clothes on in the bathroom would be nice, and sure enough they installed a towel rack the very next day!
I don't know what else to say other than you simply must visit this hotel and see for yourself. They won't claim to be perfect, but if a problem is brought to their attention they will do their very best to find and implement a solution.
Hope to see you there as I plan to return to this hotel for the third time! :)