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Finca Rosa Blanca, Santa Bárbara, San José + Central Valley 

Not at all like their web site photos

Posted on: April 6, 2014 at 11:16PM

by napagrower
The Finca Rosa Blanca Coffee Plantation & Inn just outside San Jose, Costa Rica is a miserable failure if you define a good hotel as one that provides a comfortable, safe place to sleep. That is a shame because the hotel has lovely grounds, a great location, friendly staff and a very good restaurant. But those things do not make up for the lack of a safe, comfortable place to sleep. We stayed in the Las Aves suite at the Finca Rosa Blanca in early April. In contrast to the rooms we saw on their web site which featured sweeping views of the city of San Jose below, our room faced a dark volcanic rock wall. More distressing was the fact that our room faced a well-used walkway with a clear view into our room. We had to close the windows and curtains for privacy and security which was a significant problem since the hotel is not air conditioned. The room features a large skylight which is very effective at bathing the room in sunlight. However sunrise in Costa Roca is 5:30 a.m. and there is no way to close off the skylight so you get an automatic 5:30 am wake-up call whether you want it or not. And finally, the shower is unable to maintain a constant water temperature alternating between cold and scalding. Security also concerned us. Other rooms in the hotel are equipped with a professional grade alarm system that must be turned off at the front door using an alarm key. Iíve never seen anything like it at any other hotel. So we were very concerned about sleeping with the windows unlocked for fresh airóeven if we chose to risk unwelcome eyes. I shared my concerns with the manager who seemed to feel it was my fault for not asking for a different room at booking. Iíve learned my lesson about the Finca Rosa Blanca and offer this review to others considering a stay at this hotel.