We recently stayed for a few nights at this hotel. We booked it based on reviews on Trip Advisor comparing it to perfection and heaven on earth. While we enjoyed our stay, I think it would be fair to take the level of enthusiasm over this place down a notch.
Oh, and please, if you are trying to find this place on your own, get a GPS. We have driven all over Costa Rica in the past few years but have never become hopelessly lost like we did on our way to this hotel. We had a map, an iPad and printed out directions, but that doesn't help when there are no street signs anywhere. Some locals helped us out, but the problem is, most of them don't know the names of streets either! To the MAJOR credit of this hotel, they really came through. I emailed them telling of our dilemma (as my phone can't make outgoing calls internationally) and they phoned us in minutes. To avoid this in the future, we will always travel with a GPS. Life lesson learned.
-The staff are outstanding here. They are so friendly, respectful and helpful and genuinely seem to care about the guests. They are really top notch and we enjoyed getting to know them.
-The coffee tour was really interesting and well worth it. The guide, Leo, knows everything there is to know about coffee and opened our eyes to the reality of the problems in the coffee industry and how difficult it is to know whether what you are purchasing actually reflects what is on the label.
-The food was enjoyable and the restaurant wasn't badly overpriced, which is good, considering it's the only food available on the resort other than the cashews, chips and chocolate bars left in the minibar in the room (for a price...)! The Tico breakfast is great, the steak is so-so (but I knew that going in, as beef isn't the shining star of Costa Rican cuisine...) and of course, the coffee is delicious.
-The grounds are really lovely and there's a great view of the city
-The jacuzzi tub in the room is a great place to relax, drink a glass of wine and contemplate the tough questions of life, like "When should we leave for dinner?"
-The look of the pool--it's really quite something to take in. But it has some drawbacks. (Foreshadowing!)
-The rooms weren't quite what I expected based on the frenzied fervour that appeared in other reviewers' posts. One thing is for sure: they are definitely "unique." But "unique", as I discovered, doesn't necessarily mean "wonderful." The small kitchen area was nice, but there was no real place to sit down and relax. The bedroom was much smaller than it appeared on the website photos, which were obviously taken with the same space-enhancing cameras that are used to take real estate photos. We left a package of crackers on the counter for 10 minutes and it was infested with ants. This does come with the territory, but I've never seen them this bad, even at other "eco" lodges. The overall feel was a bit dated and although clean, not totally fresh. Basically, for the amount we were paying, I was expecting comfort, freshness, luxuriousness and tranquility. It's not that the room was bad, but it didn't reach the level you normally get when you are paying more than $300 a night. If it was half the price, I'd say the value for the money was well worth it. And although I did enjoy the stay, I'm not sure I would do it again because I don't think it is a justified splurge. To put it another way: this place was, by far, the most expensive room we booked during our stay at three separate areas in Costa Rica, and it was our least favourite.
-The pool was cold. Not a huge catastrophe, but as my travel companion said, it requires a "leap of faith" to jump into the water. That was a bit disappointing because we had really been looking forward to making good use of the pool.
So that's it: a nice place that seems to cost way too much. Not exactly what you'd be expecting based on other raves on this site.
- 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