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Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Santa Barbara
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New York, New York, United States
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“its (much more) than a place to just start or end your trip!”
Reviewed 23 March 2012

Originally planned to stay here because of the proximity to the airport, but there are so many more reasons to choose this inn. Set in lush, expansive grounds, this was a wonderfully relaxing 2 day stay - had a fantastic massage in the mini spa, enjoyed a great lunch and dinner menu, and best of all, took the coffee tour. Fantastic guide, we learned so much about what it take to cultivate great coffee which we got to enjoy again and again at the inn.
Put this on your short list for sure!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Dear Iris K: it was great having you at Finca Rosa Blanca, as we really got a chance to know you and to talk to you about everything we do here, including the coffee tour. Also, you really got to take advantage of our hotel, staying for so many days and I am glad it had this affect on you, as this is what we ultimately want to impart to all of our guests. Thanks for hanging out with us for so many days, and we will see you next time. We'll also make sure that we get you the website for buying more of our organic shade grown coffee.
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

We just returned from a wonderful stay at Finca Rosa Blanca. We spent our last night there due to proximity to the airport and were wonderfully surprised by the beautiful grounds and service. We had an excellent experience with the staff and loved the coffee tour- very informative. The food was excellent and the hot stone massage was amazing. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Dear HSBs5: We really appreciate your nice comments and your complimentary words about our spa. One of the best treatments we have, other than the hot stone massage which you enjoyed, is the organic coffee treatment, which gets rave reviews from our guests and also they can see where the coffee came from on their coffee tour, perhaps one of the best tours around. Next time, you'll have to try it.
Also, I am glad you enjoyed the food, this is one of our loves and we concentrate a lot of time and energy into this art form, a culinary compliment to the rest of the hotel. Please stay more days next time so you can experience the myriad activities, tours, cultural events and perfect climate we offer at Finca Rosa Blanca.
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

We've just come back from CR, having spent the last two nights in the Finca Rosa Blanca. We picked this hotel, because we wanted somewhere close to the airport to chill before a long flight back to the UK. We couldn't have imagined you could find such a beautiful and relaxing place, so close to the airport and city. We loved it and will certainly stay there again when we return to CR.

We stayed in La Piedra in the main house, it's billed as one of the smaller rooms, but was more the big enough for a couple with four large bags, the lounge, bedroom and bathroom were well proportioned and decorated in the eclatic stye of the rest of the building. Both bedroom and lounge also had great views over to the mountains and city. Although the hotel was almost certainly full, none of the public areas ever felt busy, so you could enjoy a romantic dinner in the restaurant without feeling your every word was been overheard. We made a lot of use of the pool and for the most part we had it to ourselves. I think those reviewers who had issues with the staff must have been very unlucky, as we couldn't fault the welcome and service we received. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Dear UKSwede: I really appreciate your writing in and commenting on your stay at Rosa Blanca. We pride ourselves on our service and privacy and I am so happy you really felt that while you were here. Our restaurant has many nooks and corners, a huge outdoor deck (as you well know) and the cozy interior restaurant both enjoying the culinary experience of ingredients that are in season and freshly grown from our organic greenhouse. It does get somewhat cool at night, and the fireplace is always a great romantic companion to any delicious meal. The airport is only 20 minutes away, but we can't hear it, see it our even realize it is there as it is on the other side of the mountain, which is a direct access for us. We believe a few days at Finca Rosa Blanca is a great way to end your trip, and then the short journey to the airport leaves you with great memories and energized for your trip home (I know yours was quite a long one).
Thanks for writing in.
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Reviewed 13 March 2012 via mobile

We chose Finca Rosa Blanca based on a recommendation from a friend. What a great choice! We stayed one night at the beginning of our 10-day Costa Rican holiday and were thrilled that we would be back for two nights at the end of our trip. The staff and owner Glenn are so friendly and welcoming. We felt right at home immediately. We had the good fortune to experience two different rooms, each with its own special ambiance and features. The common areas in the main house are impressive, complete with waterfall and fireplace. The grounds are well maintained and a joy to explore. We enjoyed watching the birds and multitude of butterflies that also enjoy the lush landscaping. The coffee tour is fascinating - definitely a must! The food at the restaurant is delicious. It is expertly prepared and beautifully presented. You should try the guara mojito prepared in the bar - a delightful treat! We hope return to Finca Rosa Blanca!!

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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, 30 March 2012
Dear Happy_Camper_2004; Thanks for writing into TA and letting everybody know about our coffee plantation and small Inn. We are happy that you could spend more than just one or two nights here, as this is when our guests really get he feel of what we have to offer and to experience in full, the combination of food, art, activities and real relaxation. It was really great to meet you and have some time to hear about your trip and to spend some time with you, as I love to do with all of our guests. See you soon?
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Reviewed 9 March 2012

FRB is a beautiful, peaceful spot. It's set on a hillside amidst coffee plants and trees. The restaurant is in the main building both indoor and outside. The food is superb, fresh and wonderfully flavored.
The rooms are spread out over the estate with several in a lovely building with its own waterfall and charming painted murals on many walls. None are air-conditioned but January doesn't need any.
The most luxurious unit is a cottage with wrap-around windows and window seats, a bar and king bed plus a large dressing area, toilet room and open-air (but not exposed) shower and tub room. The furnishings are lovely. There is no traditional chair anywhere, just the padded window seats which are awkward for older people used to chairs with backs and arms.
The main drawback are the bugs. With the open-air shower/tub room, bugs are attracted after dark and pervade the entire suite. Also, the temperature in the shower/tub room is the temperature outside: 58F in the evening during January. A bit chilly drying off. The fist-sized spider that appeared in the AM probably got in through the shower/tub room as well.
Many places in Costa Rica seem to have this outdoor/indoor shower situation so FRB is not unusual. Also, FRB has rooms that are more bugless that the suite.
The staff is marvelous and, other than the bugs, this is a great spot.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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ElGrandote, Owner at Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn, responded to this review, 10 March 2012
Dear Mntraveler46;
Thank you for taking the time to comment on Finca Rosa Blanca. I am glad you got to stay in the El Ranchito Master Suite, it is a lovely room and as you know, quite expansive. I am sorry that you were greeted by such a big spider- this doesn't happen often but because of the robust ecology here (and in almost all of CR), sometimes they find their way in. The good news is that they are not dangerous and very timid so there is no real threat. However, as you mentioned, the outdoor shower, Jacuzzi bathtub and tiled siting room is surround by nature yet completely private, which really adds to the lush garden experience. I appreciate your idea about putting a chair with arms in the room rather than just the window seats and day couches, and we will do this today. Thanks for staying with us and we hope to see you next time where you can spend more days with us, which really adds to the experience and enjoy perhaps another of our rooms, as they are all completely unique in design and location.
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Property: Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn
Address: Apartado Postal 41, Santa Barbara 3009, Costa Rica
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Region: Costa Rica > Province of Heredia > Santa Barbara
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre 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 (per night): ₹ 11,377 - ₹ 19,716
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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