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Hotel Aurora
100 metros norte de la Playa Montezuma | 100 meters north from Montezuma Beach, Montezuma, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #15 of 19 Hotels in Montezuma
New York City
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“A Quality Hotel with Value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

The La Aurora Hotel is the best hotel I have stayed at in Costa Rica. For $40, I got a room with two Queen size beds, two bathrooms - one with just a toilet and the other with a hot water shower and sink. The room was in good condition and clean - I even have a small refridgerator and a night light above the bed. Each day the linens were changed and towels were readily available at the front desk.

The hotel itself is not on the main drag so it is quiet at night. Montezuma is a very small place and everything is walking distance from th hotel. The hotel is equipt with a hose to wash the sand off your feet and the communal area has plenty of seats with tables and benches. There is a kitchen area as well if you want to cook your own food. Although there are no PCs, WiFi is freely available. The room I had did have an AC, but I opted not to use it. Instead, I used the fan and saved myself $10 per night. It may not make a difference to some, but the hotel is pleasant to look at and well kept.

At the reception, you will find a helpful staff. There are useful maps on the wall and one may book tours and connections to other places without having to go directly to the tour operators. The staff didn´t speak English well and I don´t speak Spanish well either. Yet we communicated well enough and the staff was so sincerely friendly that I wouldn´t make language a deal breaker personally.

Room Tip: The room was cool enough without an AC.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2012

While the rooms are a bit sparse and the TV was totally not necessary (as it didn't really receive and channels), they were roomy, well chilled by the AC, clean, and had a refrigerator. The common areas are excellent with tons of hammocks, and the communal kitchen was a good way to save some money on food costs as well as meet some fellow travelers. We stayed in the third floor apartments, which were probably a bit more than two people needed. The main room features two queen size beds, nightstands, a clothes rack and a couch. In the next (door separated, private) room is another bed, nightstand, and clothes rack. This would be perfect for a family, group of friends, or couple of couples traveling together (or, if your like us, two people really looking to stretch out for a night or two after spending spending weeks in hostels and cramped budget rooms).

Room Tip: Not on the beach, but very close. Nothing in Montezuma is more than 5 minutes from the beach.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2011

I ended up in Montezuma on a whim and, having not done any research on where to stay, ended up getting a room at La Aurora. I stayed on the ground floor, park side. It was by far the worst place I stayed while in Costa Rica. It reeked of disinfectant, there were ants crawling around everywhere, the mattress had to have been as old as the hotel, the linens and towels were damp & musty, and the shower was ice cold. I had the worst night's sleep ever and could not wait to check out the next morning.

Do yourself a favor and DO NOT stay here.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2011

We were here for just one night, and we stayed on the second floor in the room on the far right. Here's what we liked and disliked:
likes:
- refrigerator in room
- room was large - two double beds & private bath
- location was close to everything
- hammocks
- kitchen

dislikes:
- a bit run-down (i.e. a/c didn't work in our room)
- security: my boyfriend's EX girlfriend found us by asking the front desk person - they showed her to our room - we really didn't want to see her and didn't appreciate this
- noisy: i found it hard to sleep as the town was quite noisy at night, loud bass and ATVs
- no view (the view is of a run-down park)

Overall it was okay, but personally I wouldn't stay there again as there are much nicer places around. That said, I thought the price was good for what you got.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Toronto, Canada
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2011

La Aurora is a great value for the money. We stayed in one of the cheaper rooms, so I don't know how I'd feel if we got one of the expensive rooms, but they looked very nice.

The hotel is located right on the park in the centre of Montezuma, so it's extremely central. This means there's night noise from the many parties and drum circles, but the hotel can't be blamed for that. It's a fact of life in Montezuma. I took one point off the sleep quality rating because not all of our windows had curtains, so there was a lot of light coming in. Why have curtains for some windows, but not all?

The rooms and common areas were kept clean, the staff was courteous. When they noticed that our room fan was squeaky they replaced it ASAP. As others have mentioned, the common areas are nice, and a great place to meet people.

Don't be like us, though: Explore the hotel. Until our last day, we completely missed out on a pretty sitting area inside the hotel, and on the hammocks upstairs.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2011

We stayed in this hotel for 3 nights. It was clean and a great deal. The communal areas were great for socializing. The only complaint is that the walls are paper thin so if your neighbours are up early, you are too. As well, our room was right by the road so traffic kept us awake.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2011 via mobile

Stayed here for four nights, clean and friendly place. Room was large enogh for four (we were only two). Good location. The staff speak only spanish, they understood some English words anyway. The wi-fi did'nt work very well.

  • Stayed January 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Hotel Aurora

Address: 100 metros norte de la Playa Montezuma | 100 meters north from Montezuma Beach, Montezuma, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Aurora is the first hotel in Montezuma since 1984 and has a 24 hrs. service. It offers great lounge area and wooden deck with seating area, hammocks, and cable TV surrounded by lush gardens and the nature allure of Montezuma enchantments and a view to the pacific ocean. It is located 20 minutes' walk from "La Cascada", the Montezuma River Waterfall. The rooms and suites offer a private bathroom and a fan. The suites also feature air conditioning, mini fridge and a private furnished balcony with hammocks. Guests at Hotel Aurora can use the common kitchen and they can find a variety of restaurants within 100 metres. Activities such as Isla de Tortuga Island tours can be arranged and it takes 40 minutes' boat trip to reach the area. This hotel is 30 minutes' drive from Cabo Blanco National Park and from Santa Teresa Beach. Juan Santamaria International Airport and the one in Liberia is a 3-hour drive away. The national airport Tambor is 20 minutes away ... more   less 
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