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Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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“Simply fabulous!”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

A fabulous and relaxing place to stay. All of the staff were very friendly and professional and went out of their way to wish my husband a 'happy birthday'. We stayed in Cafetal - a beautiful room with stunning views. It was a pleasure to sit on the balcony enjoying the views of San Jose, the squirrels and incredible birdlife. We took our meals in the attached restaurant - El Tigre Vestido - super! We took advantage of the coffee tour - very interesting and worthwhile.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lutherville, Maryland
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

My family and I just concluded a 10-day trip to Costa Rica. We ended our trip by spending the last couple of days at the Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation - a small, boutique inn fairly close to the airport where were to fly home, but far enough away that you are reminded that you are in another lush country.

From the moment we arrived and were greeted by Toto, we knew we made the correct decision. Our car was parked and we were driven to our rooms (we had two rooms - one for us and one for our kids). Because this propery was someone's home, each room is unique and special. Our room had a rock on which the bed sat, a semi-circle living room and a huge bathroom.

It's worth noting that this is a five-leaf eco-friendly resort so expect nothing artificial in or around this property.

All meals are ordered off a menu, but breakfast is included. We had two servers - Omar and Marcos, both of whom remembered our likes and needs (my daughter required soy milk and it was brought each morning). The staff also assists with luggage and other needs. We felt like family at the end of our trip. There was nothing we could ask for that the staff couldn't accommodate. In fact, one staff went out of his way to purchase a special dairy-free dessert for my daughter, had it delivered to another staff's home so she could enjoy dessert with the rest of the family.

We were given a private 2.5 hour tour of the coffee plantation by Ulises that ended with a coffee tasting. He, too, couldn't have been more patient and kind with all of our questions. There are also a variety of other local tours that can be booked from the hotel.

There are no televisions in the rooms but it is one of the most beautiful properties we had visited while in Costa Rica. Almost each room has a place to sit outside and read, have a glass of wine or just enjoy the view.

We would highly recommend this facility and am sure you, too, will feel like family at the end of your stay.

Room Tip: Every room is unique - if you have a special request, I would ask upon check-in. None of the rooms...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Wellington, Florida
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

My boyfriend and I took a 7 day vacation to CR and this was our first stop and was definitely the best. We absolutely loved the employees and how peaceful the atmosphere was. We stayed in Lav Aves and the bed was very comfortable and room was very clean. The coffee and food were delicious! So fresh and tasty. Smaller portions though so after having a delicious meal, we were both definitely craving more. We also did a Canopy zip lining tour which we absolutely loved, everyone is so friendly and welcoming! The coffee tour is very informative and I now find myself examining every cup of coffee i drink. Thank you Finca Rosa Blanca for being such an amazing hotel and plantation. I am hoping that we eventually make our way back to Costa Rica and are able to stay with you guys again :)

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dallas, TX
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

My husband and I stayed here on our last night in Costa Rica to be near the airport for our flight the next day. We arrived in the early evening after visiting the nearby La Paz Waterfall Gardens and enjoyed a lovely romantic vegetarian gourmet dinner overlooking the city of San Jose from the scenic mountainside location. We stayed in the El Roble junior suite and it was beautiful! Upon arriving, we were surprised with a beautiful rose petal decoration on the bed for our 20th wedding anniversary. The bed and especially the comforter and sheets, were the most comfortable of all of the places we stayed in Costa Rica! We loved the authentic and artistic décor and the very helpful and friendly staff. We only wish we would have had more time to spend to take the organic coffee tour and enjoy the beautiful grounds. This is truly a special place and we hope to return one day soon.

Room Tip: We stayed in the El Roble junior suite and it was quiet and peaceful
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, November 17, 2013
Dear Lara; Thanks for writing in a talking about your 20th anniversary at Rosa Blanca. I hope you come back soon for a longer stay to take advantage of the myriad activities we offer and of course, to take advantage of our coffee tour, which also allows you to fully participate in a "cupping" where you will learn how to discern between quality and mediocre coffee. I loved the photos of the food (looks like you are a big foodie!) and thanks for noticing our bamboo/cotton blend sheets. Expensive for us but really worth it for the comfort of our guests.
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Santa Barbara, Heredia, Costa Rica
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This coffee tour is a lovely walk through shaded organic coffee fields, relaxing and informative as the impassioned guide tells stories and anecdotes that entertain and educate. We are taken through the process of drying, roasting ( aroma therapy) even how to taste coffee, the yummiest part of the tour.It takes a couple of hours but it's leisurely and comfortable, and a beautiful way to spend the morning or afternoon.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Dear Laurel A; Thanks for writing about us- it is nice to hear from people who live inside Costa Rica as well as visitors from other countries. We know you are a frequent visitor to Rosa Blanca and I am glad that after all this time, you still love your experiences here. I hope to see you soon again.
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We enjoyed this property and all of the privacy it afforded. The staff were great, the food delicious, rooms clean, and grounds beautiful. No single complaint. We were there in May 2011. Great location close to the airport for your beginning nights and ending nights of any CR trip.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Dear HollyAndDavid; Wow, not one single complaint- that is so nice to hear and thanks so much for writing about us. I hope you will stay many more days next time and experience some of our wonderful and authentic activities and cultural excursions which are perfect from Rosa Blanca, as we are perfectly situated for dozens of day trips to the best the Central Highlands has to offer. And of course, you already know about the great coffee grown here and all around us. Thanks again!
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

Stay here since it's only 15 mins from SJC airport and is gorgeous. Much better than living in the city itself. The coffee here is amazing too. Take the plantation tour too. Restaurant is very nice! We stayed in El Cafetal and it was a beautiful room.

  • Stayed July 2013
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, August 4, 2013
Dear Sutanuka; Thanks for the review and thanks for mentioning our food, which we are so proud of. Our chef, Oscar Picado is so talented and he is obsessed with his organic greenhouse where he grows almost all of our greens, spices, herbs and also the exotic tubers such as "Ñampí", "Tisquisque", "Yuca" and other vegetables and fruits such as "Chayote", and edible flowers. I hope you can come back and experience more of our interesting creative Costa Rican cuisine.
See you next visit!
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Property: Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn
Address: Apartado Postal 41, Santa Barbara 3009, Costa Rica
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Location: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Santa Barbara
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Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) 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*
Number of rooms: 13
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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