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Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

This place was the first accommodation on our honeymoon and it really didn't disappoint. The location, staff, food, etc, were all excellent. The room was beautiful and the coffee tour - with Leo, I think - was superb. They even went to the trouble of helping us get to and fro San Jose. Can't recommend enough!

Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
Thank Jimmyfarold
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2014

Dear Jimmyfarold; Thanks for taking the time to write a review, I am glad you could enjoy your honeymoon here and to get to know our small coffee resort a little. The coffee guide is named Ulises, although he worked with and was originally trained by the legendary Leo Vergnani, who is arguably the most knowledgeable coffee expert int he world. Ulises worked with him for many months before starting as a guide and they still have a close relationship. Leo is now living in Brussels, while his wife is getting her 2nd PhD in linguistics
Saludos and we hope to see you here on your first anniversary!

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

Our flight to San Jose arrived before noon and we knew that the airport is quite efficient, so we were looking for a location near the airport in an effort to get an extra half day of vacation. We chose Finca Rosa Blanca and it worked out very well. The Inn is very popular and by the time we got around to making a reservation they did not have the same room available for our entire 3-night stay. We thus arranged to stay in two different rooms, La Veranda to begin, followed by El Guarumo. What might have been an inconvenience turned out to be enjoyable: both rooms were in the same building so that we were able to make the switch quickly and easily and we had a chance to experience some of the room variety at the Inn. Although we would not consider the Inn to be in the luxury category, the rooms were comfortable and generally well appointed. One notable inconvenience were the "high-boy"-type closets, which had a very high clothes rack so that short people have a tough time hanging up and retrieving clothes (tip for the Inn: a small step stool in the rooms would come in handy). The buildings were notable for their charming and cheery murals. The restaurant offered either indoor or outdoor seating (the latter with a spectacular view of the valley and the night lights of San Jose) and there was a large bar area. Food was contemporary Latin and quite good; in general (with the exception of the breakfast bread, which we found to be quite boring), quality and variety were such that we didn't feel the need to stray off the property for meals. As others have pointed out, the property is not out in "the wild", but it is large and peaceful with plenty of paths and trails to walk. As birdwatchers, we were quite pleased that there was a birding guide available on some days to lead walks on the Inn's property and neighboring ones; he pointed out a large variety of species during the tour, which we found to be well worth the cost. Service was exceptional at all levels: from the telephone operator who helped work out our room situation, to the front desk individuals who helped with arrangements of the ongoing parts of our trip, to servers in the restaurant who were efficient and friendly, to the birding guide, who gave us some good birding tips for the remainder of our stay.

Room Tip: We particularly liked La Veranda for its patio and also for the small side room which turned out to be an excellent location for our suitcases so that our main room felt much less cluttered than usual.
  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank adanacsim
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2014

Dear adanacsim;
Thank you for the detailed and descriptive review of Rosa Blanca. We always love to hear that guests got to experience various rooms, as every single room in the hotel is completely unique and different from the rest; we built the hotel with the ideas that each room would have its own personality, artwork and painted murals, as well as wonderful views and/or private secret lush garden patios.
Thank you for the suggestion to put a foot stool for the higher closet areas, this will certainly help with access to the upper areas.
Our bird guide, Manolo Muñoz who has been with us for almost 20 years, is one of the most well known and knowledgeable bird experts in Costa Rica, and is a wealth of information. He has spotted over 120 species of birds right on our property and the bird watching tours in the morning are really a world class experience as he can spot the most elusive and beautiful birds in the world while walking through the coffee fields.
Again thanks for taking the time to write a review

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Reviewed April 13, 2014

Stayed at Finca Rosa for one night with our three teens. Very beautiful grounds and room. We did the coffee plantation tour which I thought was very interesting and the kids liked the tasting afterwards. Staff was very friendly and very good service. Only exception was the service at dinner which was very poor...waiter never came over to our table.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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2  Thank my3girlsFlorida
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2014

Dear MythreegirlsFlorida; Thank you for writing in and remarking on our small hotel. I am glad all of you got to experience the wonderful coffee tour and the cupping afterward to understand the tastes and critical areas for ranking coffee.
I also wanted to say how sincerely sorry your service was so unsatisfactory and I will certainly make sure to concentrate on this, as for us, service is the core of what we do.
Thanks again for letting us know.

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Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

So myself and my new husband stayed here for the first 2 nights of our honeymoon and we couldn't have wished for better. The room was beautiful and immaculate, the bath was lovely (and we are not normally bath people) and the hotel was in the most beautiful setting. We ate at the hotel both nights as the food was brilliant and went on the coffee tour. This was brilliant and informative and we went away with even more knowledge around coffee and how to tell how good it is. The staff are an absolute credit to the hotel. They are friendly and helpful, very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and happy to continuously make cups of coffee. I couldny recommend this place any more!

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2014

Dear Sallyansell
I am so glad you loved the Suite and its incredible bathtub. We originally built that for my mother who wanted a huge bathtub where she could watch the coffee fields and views down below and read her book if she felt like it (thus the armrests in the tub!). As for the coffee, we are so proud of the quality of our coffee and our coffee guide, Ulises who is an encyclopedia of knowledge and is truly in love with all things coffee.I will tell all the staff about your great comments and thanks for taking the time to write in about your trip. See you next time!

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Only stayed overnight here, so not enough time to fully assess FRB but it seemed certainly 4* and maybe 5*. The staff were welcoming and friendly. Great grounds including scenic views, and a small walking trail with a chance to see a few birds. The pool looked an idyllic spot. Good breakfast on a pleasing terrace.
Our "suite" was roomy and included a great funky bathroom, complete with beautifully hand painted Costa Rican birds on the wardrobe!
I would certainly recommend a night or two here. Incidentally if you are flying from the UK, avoid flying via the US if at all possible. They have no concept of "transit", and you can be faced with a unfriendly and tedious few hours. Better to fly direct from Madrid or even via Panama City.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Thank mike707
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation Resort, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2014

Dear Mike707
Thanks for writing about your stay in the Master Suite. We do indeed have some wonderful staff, who love their jobs and love meeting new people. I know how grueling it can be to fly from the UK to Central America and especially when having to endure an "in transit" layover. But getting to Costa Rica always saves it all, as it is such a beautiful and comfortable country to visit. Next time you will have to stay 4 or 5 days and really take advantage of our activities and our relaxing grounds and atmosphere. Thanks again.

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