Finca Rosa Blanca is a small, stylish hotel on a coffee plantation about a 30-minute drive from San Jose airport. As well as enjoying tours of the plantation, you can explore the nearby cloudforest, visit local villages, take a tour to Poas Volcano and Braulio Carillo National Park.
Accommodation is in suites with ceiling fans, free WiFi, coffee maker and minibar. Bathrooms feature either a shower or Jacuzzi bath, and some have both, organic toiletries and bathrobes. Each suite has a private terrace where you can sit and look out at the gardens and Central Valley beyond.
The hotel's owner, Glenn Jampol, is an artist and has commissioned local artists to provide paintings and sculptures for the property which add to the style and ambience of the hotel. There is a library with reference books and a book exchange, DVDs and a TV. The lounge/bar has comfy seating and a selection of board games.
Outdoors there's a spring-fed infinity pool, Jacuzzi and tropical gardens with flowers, fruit trees and vines. This lush vegetation attracts large numbers of birds and butterflies, and there are walking trails for you to explore.
Open: Finca Rosa Blanca is open all year.
Location: Santa Barbara de Heredia, Costa Rica, in the Highlands of the Central Valley. The hotel is just 20 kms from the international airport.
Rooms: 10 junior suites, 4 master suites and 2 villas make up Finca Rosa Blanca. Each suite is unique and striking in its decor. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms and a private veranda or deck. Rooms are provided with ceiling fans, hair dryers, mini bar, safe, robes & slippers and of course a coffee maker, complete with complimentary Finca Rosa Blanca organic coffee and WiFi is available in all rooms.
Activities: Hotel staff can arrange excursions on request, for example to a guided excursions to local national parks, guided bird-watching tours. There are coffee and tasting tours as well as self guided walks around the grounds of the hotel.
Facilities: The hotel has an outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre, a large bar and dining room along with library and sitting rooms for guests to use.
Dining: Meals are eaten at individual tables in the restaurant.
Children: Children are welcome and a babysitting service is available. Children's menus are offered at the restaurants and most rooms can accommodate extra beds or cots for children..
Health: Costa Rica has low to no risk of malaria.
Communication: There is WiFi internet access in guest rooms and public areas.
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"We loved this hotel. The only pity was that we were only there for such short period of time. Beautiful room and the restaurant has great views over San Jose and fantastic food. (On the negative side wake up call and porter never materialised.)"