If you are looking for a place to stay in the central valley just outside of San Jose and fairly close to the airport, this is the place to stay!!
We LOVED our stay at La Maison Bleu. It felt like paradise...serene, peaceful, restful...with gorgeous vistas from the house of Volcan Barva and the surrounding area. We loved sitting out on the front porch swings in the morning while we drank our coffee. The grounds are beautiful as well and you can check out all the different fruit trees and coffee plants on the property. The house itself is beautiful inside and very spacious, perfect for housing large families or family reunions or multi-family vacations. There is also a carport to park under if you are using a rental car. It was secluded, safe and secure and yet close enough to walk to nearby grocery shops, a fruit/veggie stand and take-out food spots.
We stayed just under a week and used La Maison Bleu as a home base as we explored the area. We were pleasantly surprised at how close the house was to many of the things we wanted to do. We did a zip-ling tour at Canopy Adventure Volcan Barva which was excellent and just 20 minutes up the mountain from the house. We went on a coffee tour at the Cafe Britt coffee roasting facility which was also about a 15-20 minute drive from the house. The Starbucks Plantation called Hacienda Alsacia just opened for visitors and was just a 30-45 minute drive from the house...but a gorgeous drive where you pass through several coffee fields. And we also visited La Paz Waterfall and Gardens just over an hour drive away and close to Poas Volcano...also beautiful scenery along the way! We also visited Manuel Antonio National Park which was anywhere between 3-4 hours away depending on traffic. A GPS or the Waze App is a must for finding your way around in Costa Rica.
The owner's relative/caretaker of the house was super friendly and cut down a cluster of bananas for us to eat from throughout the week. We would definitely stay here again if we find ourselves in Costa Rica in the future!