We loved Finca Rosa Blanca staying there for 4 nights! We were in Costa Rica earlier this month with the sole purpose being a visit to this storied coffee plantation and inn - we were not let down.
After an airline debacle with AA that got us to Costa Rica 3.5 hours later than we expected, without our bags, we exited the airport to see Harrison (still) waiting for us. He took us on the 25 minute ride from the airport to Finca Rosa explaining a bit about Santa Barbara and Finca Rosa - very knowledgeable and friendly.
Check-in was smooth and quick with welcome fruit drinks - we were in our room less than 15 minutes after arriving. We stayed in the main house - La Piedra. Although this is the smallest room on the property, it certainly boasts one of the best views at the inn. We had a view of the flora & fauna of CR and could see San Jose & the Central Valley all lit up at night, but we were far enough away not to hear any noise. Actually, aside from birds, we didn't hear much of any noise. The room was perfect - complete with sitting area, spacious bathroom and a large bed. Each night they turn down the beds and leave these delicious coffee-chocolates. During our stay we saw very few guests.
The grounds of FRB are beautiful and well-kept. You can go for walks through the plantation, bird watch, look at flowers, or just sit by the pool. The buildings themselves are tastefully decorated and teeming with charm.
The restaurant was phenomenal, albeit pricey. We had our meals included in our package stay so we didn't care too much. Portions are large, so if you are a light eater, you can probably split meals. Jorge, Luis, and Marvin took care of us during our stay and each knew us by name and what we enjoyed. Jorge introduced us to the warm chocolate cake dessert (you must try this, it's amazing!). Luis and Omar brought us fruit juices they made special. On our last night Marvin lit a fire in the fire place for us and took our pictures there. He also had a 3-course alcohol surprise for us as well. All the meals were made with fresh ingredients and wonderfully blended with local flavors and produce. During the day they also have a coffee and cookie time in the afternoon.
The pool and hot tub are located at the top of the property. While we never swam in the pool we did use the hot tub a few times and enjoyed it thoroughly. Just a walk up there is worth it.
We did a number of tours as our package was the Nature & Adventure one. Manolo was our guide for everything but the coffee tour and he was amazing. We did the Poas Volcano tour and he helped us identify 18 species of birds while we were there in addition to explain about the volcano and cloud forest. While driving he'd stop anyway for pictures, we even stopped to see a 2-toed sloth on the side of the road. We also did the La Tirimbina Rainforest Tour with Manolo. It was great! Lots of birds, ants, snakes, and other critters. Like watching Planet Earth. You also get to walk on this 800' swingy-bridge. After that we did the river boat tour as well. Saw all kinds of birds, caiman, iguana, monkeys, etc. The best part about all of these tours is that we were the only ones so they were essentially private! On our way back to the resort Manolo found a good local restaurant where we had lunch. Did the San Jose tour. Neat to go to once, but probably wouldn't go again. Manolo did hook us up with some excellent food and beverage at the Central Market though. We also did the birding tour with him right around the hotel. Manolo was an excellent guide and scientist. He'll answer all your questions and gets you excited about the ecosystems and wildlife of Costa Rica. A huge thanks! Leo took us on the coffee tour and cupping session. Another intelligent and personable guide. We very much enjoyed learning about organic farming, sustainability, and coffee. You'll learn more than you ever thought existed about coffee. He even gave my wife a couple of handfuls of coffee beans (in their various forms) so that she could use them in her classroom for biology and chemistry lessons. Thanks for sharing your love of coffee, Leo!
Overall, this was one of the best places we've ever stayed. We were well rested, fed, and educated. You'll lose track of time and the stresses of your life at this place. Eduardo worked reception most days. He was friendly and helpful as we rearranged our schedules a bit.
The only bad part of the trip was having to leave. Thank you FRB for being the perfect end of our summer. We'll be back in the future, we hope.
- 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 with lush colorful gardens and 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. Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation and Inn is part of the Cayuga Collection of Sustainable Luxury Hotels and Lodges. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Hotel Santa Barbara
- Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation And Inn
- Country Inn Heredia
- Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn Costa Rica/Santa Barbara