We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“It's true. This is a gem!”

Best prices for -
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
Casa Bella Rita Boutique Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 5 Santa Ana B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 March 2009

All the hustle of San Jose evaporates behind the gate of Bella Rita where Steve and Rita have created the perfect B&B. Steve's breakfasts were "to order" and wonderful, and Rita's attention and phone efforts finally netted us a room on an over-packed Arenal weekend,. Steve and Rita helped with the alternator-troubled rental car problem we had, and I could go on with things I watched them do for others at the same time. Mid-west work ethic hits the tropics! They are a fantastic family, and they have a wonderful "safe place to fall" waiting for you. Don't hesitate.

Susan
Seattle

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank srlund
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review
Reviews (729)
There are newer reviews for Casa Bella Rita Boutique Bed & Breakfast
See the most recent reviews
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

617 - 623 of 729 reviews

Reviewed 23 February 2009

This gorgeous home away from home (with fabulous canyon view), is worth the extra $. We had gourmet, healthy, breakfasts, a quiet spacious room, a cushy matress (a rarity in C. America!), a travel agent (the owner, herself), rides to & from the airport, 2 miniature loving pet dogs, wi-fi, AC, cable, separate guest cottage, DVD's, books. Quite frankly, I didn't want to leave the house.

Steve & Rita are a low-key, humorous American couple. Steve is a gifted chef. Rita loves making arrangements to see the sights (at no extra charge). She also arranged a posh salon, color & style appointment for me! Their two tiny pooches are well behaved & adorable. They had fab. recommendations for eating out, too.

We were sad to go & would return in a heartbeat!!! :-)

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank ReggiePanama
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 23 February 2009

We booked Casa Bella Rita for 6 nights in February, purely on the strength of the great reviews on TripAdvisor. We were in no way disappointed. Everything about the B&B is geared towards making your stay as relaxed as possible. Rita and Steve are a charming couple from the States, happy to help out with providing and booking transport, advising on local restaurants and places to stay across the country, and mixing up some mean margeritas! And the breakfasts are to die for.

The place can be found up a dirt track opposite a great Tico restaurant called Meme's (where we ate many delicious casados over our stay - not forgetting the lovely fried cheese). If, like us, you have been travelling for about 20 hours, on arrival the beautifully landscaped garden with water features at CBR feels like eden! There is a small pool on the terrace overlooking a lush canyon - although the B&B is pretty close to the airport it feels like it could be a world away from anywhere. It's a good place to meet other travellers and chat or just sit and read your book peacefully - you decide.

There are lots of little touches that make the place special, such as the sometimes wacky artwork and sculptures, and the beautiful exotic fresh flowers always around the house and in the rooms.

We stayed for a night or two here and there over a fortnight adding up to our 6 nights, and every time we came back from our mini-adventures Rita and Steve greeted us like old friends. Also, the term 'Bed and Breakfast' is a bit of a misnomer, since Steve and Rita seemed happy to secure us some great food (particularly for my 'always hungry' fiance) whatever time of day it was. They used to run a restaurant in Michigan so know how to make everything from a sandwich to a full dinner that bit special.

We will certainly be returning to visit Rita and Steve (and the lovely doggies Rata and Topo) again one day, hopefully not to far in the future...

p.s. If you are choosing Costa Rica to get your nip and tuck done, and need to find a quiet place to recuperate (which is also a registered clinic), Rita's daughter Meredith has just taken over the beautiful retreat next door so get in touch!

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank TTumblety
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
A TripAdvisor Member
Denver, Colorado
1
Reviewed 19 February 2009

1st time in Costa Rica and Rita, Steve, Topo and Ratatoille made us feel at home. Stay there for a total of 4 nights, in and out of the place. The breakfasts were tasty and the rooms are beautiful with fresh flowers. Rita was very helpful and knowledgeable about things to do and suggestions of other places to stay. We will definitely be staying there again. It’s a Happy place to stay.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank A TripAdvisor Member
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 18 February 2009

Our visit to Costa Rica was just perfect thanks to your hospitality! Thanks again for everything! I have never stayed in a B&B before and now I'm hooked!!

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank jimncal
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 14 February 2009

All around the world, everyone wants to know the recipe for Colonel Sanders “secret herbs and spices”. That said, I am sure every B&B in San Jose must want to know Rita and Steve’s secrets about how they run their establishment so amazingly well.

The instant you meet Steve at the airport, it’s like you are catching up again for the umpteenth time – and then you meet Rita when you arrive “home” (they make you feel like you’ve just walked in the door of your family home) and it’s instantly like “best friends catching up again”. Actually Rita exudes this warmth even when communicating with her in emails! This couple were born for such a business and Santa Ana is blessed to have them running Casa Bella Rita.

I just wish Costa Rica was closer to Australia and I would be back again and again and again. This was the most perfect “home away from home” during our 4 week trip to Costa Rica. I am so glad to have discovered this place, and getting to know Rita and Steve was an absolute pleasure.

We stayed 6 nights in total, coming and going on 4 occasions. Thank you Steve for all the airport runs and those amazing pancakes you deliver to the table in an instant – oh and the “rissoles” were also a “hit”.

You can easily sit and talk to Rita and Steve for hours, but if you want privacy, they well and truly respect that too. You could never be disappointed staying at Casa Bella Rita.

Heather and Craig
Melbourne, Australia

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
    • Business service (e.g., internet access)
Thank Gypsy1967
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 February 2009

We use TripAdvisor reviews all the time before booking trips; and the reviews on Casa Bella Rita were 100% accurate as far as this being an Excellent place to stay! We HIGHLY recommend Casa Bella Rita if you are going anywhere close to San Jose Costa Rica.
For starters, Rita and Steve are excellent people who go out of their way to help you. Rita was wonderful in providing suggestions and recommendations of other places to stay or sights to see while in Costa Rica. She made several reservations for us to ensure that we had no issues with the rest of our trip.
Steve picked us up from the airport and provided us with suggestions for restaurants nearby--we loved MeMe's right down the road--and he made certain we were well fed and had plenty of drinks! (By the way, the chicharonnes and chimichurri at MeMe's was great and the Pilsens were cold )
Our room was exactly like the pictures showed us and so was the rest of the B&B. The location was easily accessible to downtown San Jose. We actually took a local bus to town for $3.00 or Rita would have been happy to arrange a ride for us. (The bus stop was down the street and it was an easy trip about 15 minutes via bus)
Steve and Rita fix fabulous drinks and even offered us a delicious dinner one night. Both of them are excellent cooks! Also, they do have some free computers accessible to guests that we used for the internet and emails.
One other note, Steve and Rita are happy to chat with you but they also know how to provide privacy to their guests which at times is also welcomed on a vacation.
If we could have taken Casa Bella Rita with us as we travelled around CR, we would have! Finally as far as ambiance, location, company, food, atmosphere, and price, this B&B rocks! Pura Vida!

  • Stayed: January 2009, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Thank Rockyell
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Santa Ana
1.1 mi away
Hotel Posada Canal Grande
Hotel Posada Canal Grande
#6 of 8 in Santa Ana
339 reviews
3.4 mi away
Hotel Luisiana
Hotel Luisiana
#4 of 8 in Santa Ana
995 reviews
3.3 mi away
Studio Hotel
Studio Hotel
#1 of 8 in Santa Ana
574 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
6.5 mi away
Adventure Inn
Adventure Inn
#2 of 77 in San Jose
2,442 reviews
5.0 mi away
Hotel Alta Las Palomas
Hotel Alta Las Palomas
#2 of 14 in Escazu
431 reviews
5.2 mi away
Courtyard San Jose Airport Alajuela
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Casa Bella Rita Boutique Bed & Breakfast? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Casa Bella Rita Boutique Bed & Breakfast

Address: Brasil de Santa Ana, Santa Ana 6100, Costa Rica
Region: Costa Rica > Province of San Jose > San Jose Metro > Santa Ana
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Santa Ana
Price Range: £82 - £92 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Central Valley's finest Bed & Breakfast. Casa Bella Rita is private and luxurious and within minutes of the airport, San Jose, Poas Volcano, coffee plantations, botanical gardens and other popular sites. Complimentary airport pick-up and gourmet breakfasts are included. Each room has a cable TV, AC, honor bar, safe, custom furniture, high quality mattresses and bedding and private bathroom. Perfect for your home base while touring Costa Rica, honeymoons, business travel or your first and last night's stay. Breathtaking views of the canyon, WIFI, computer station and friendly dogs on site. ... more   less 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com so you can book your Casa Bella Rita Boutique Bed & Breakfast reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Casa Bella Rita Boutique Hotel Santa Ana
Casa Bella Rita Boutique Bed And Breakfast
Casa Bella Rita Boutique Bed & Breakfast Costa Rica/Province Of San Jose - Santa Ana

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing