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La Aurora Hotel
150m oeste del Iglisea Catolica, Montezuma, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #14 of 19 hotels in Montezuma
London
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250 reviews 250 reviews
78 hotel reviews
Reviews in 95 cities Reviews in 95 cities
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
“Cheap and cheerful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 1 night, the Dutch guy running the place is nice and helpful. The rooms are huge. We had 3double beds and a balcony with a hammock for 26 dollars. There is a powerful fan in the room if you don't want aircon. The towels are a bit worn, you need your own soap and loo roll, its not stunning in there, but does the job. Great value.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Saskatoon
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

It seems that a lot of the stays from before the new owner was a hit or a miss. But the new owner, Tom, I can attest runs a legit operation.

Tom was super helpful in suggesting places to eat and things to do and if you just want to have a good chat, the Holland native is full of fun travel stories.

The rooms were nothing special and had a bit of a funny smell. But it was clean, in order, and the hotel's location is unbeatable. Especially for $13 a night; exceptional value.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

A friend and I only stayed for a night here but it was exactly what we were looking for. It was the perfect location near the super market, beach, and restaurants in town. When we arrived, we were welcomed by the staff and shown to our spacious room. It was clean, had a fridge (which was awesome), fan, and clean big bathroom. The only down fall to the room was it had a really funky odor but other then that it was totally fine. It was extremely affordable and even included coffee (boy am I hooked on the Costa Rican coffee). I would certainly recommend this hostel to other people looking for a the perfect simple stay in Montezuma!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Stayed here for three nights in July with 5 other friends. The staff were really helpful and we stayed in a large room with three double beds. There was plenty of space and a balcony and private bathroom which was more than we could have wanted, especially for the price. Brilliant location with the supermarket a 30 second walk away. The kitchen was great, only probably was it got very busy and was hard to cook sometimes. There was free coffee between 8-10 which was good and free wifi, but you can only really get that downstairs. The security guard was friendly and very helpful. Have to be silent after 10, but this wasn't a problem as there were bars to go to. Great place to stay, would definitely recommend it!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I really loved the location of this hotel. It's near enough to the beach and still close to all the restaurants and a few steps away from the market.

Service: was really nice. The receptionist told me that it was her first day when we checked in but I would have never guessed. The owner (I'm assuming) continued to ask me how my stay was going, and he seemed very friendly. When we ran out of gas in the kitchen, he went out and looked for a gas tank for us even though the kitchen was technically closed.

Room: I really enjoyed the rooms. I was in a two-bedroom room with a full bathroom, and I paid extra for air conditioning, which was a good choice. It was clean, useful, and spacious. And right in front of our room were a bunch of hammocks and a sitting area and right next to those there was a pool area. Overall, very nice. BUT, when we went one more story up (3rd floor), at the staircase, there was a strange and very unpleasant smell and I hope they fix it. But it's a minor flaw anyway.

Facilities: The kitchen was rather small, and some of the other guests really packed it before we could even start making our dinner, which was kind of inconvenient. But the dining area was really spacious which made up for the small kitchen. Also, the wifi does not reach to the rooms upstairs, which I found kind of inconvenient since I had to walk downstairs every time I needed something. Also, it cuts off at around 10pm, which means no internet until they plug the router back in the next morning. I didn't really see a point in restricting internet usage like that.

Overall: Ver nice stay, very good quality for the money. The owner said we were the first of the "hostel" groups he accommodated and it was a really nice stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

La Aurora is the perfect place to stay in Montezuma; CLEAN, great location, really affordable private rooms, HOT showers, fans, free coffee in the morning, free wifi, etc etc! The staff are lovely and so helpful. There's a lovely sheltered balcony area with hammocks and couches to hang out in, perfect for when it rains. I would recommend this hotel to people travelling in groups or couples, people travelling alone might find it a bit boring or lonely!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Monmouth, United Kingdom
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

$10 a night for a private room with double bed and private shower was awesome. I expected us all to be in dorms but four of us were in one large room each with a double bed and sofas and private shower. Plus there was a fridge in the room!
AC was $15 per night extra and made the stay even more comfortable. There is a pool table and lots of hammocks/seating area, plus wifi and a computer in reception.
Kitchen was pretty small so got crowded but there were plenty of tables to eat at. Location is good too as its just at the top of the high street. Unlike Hostel Llena Luna where are friends were, you don't have to walk up a massive hill to reach it.
Despite there being a strange smell to the place it was clean.
I would stay again.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about La Aurora Hotel

Address: 150m oeste del Iglisea Catolica, Montezuma, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Montezuma
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Aurora is one of the first hotel built in Montezuma 25 years ago. It is located in the very centre of the town in an intimate and comfortable environment. The management of the hotel has a good reputation of recycling and being evolved in environmental issues. The hotel offers: a fine and fully equiped kitchen, a dining area, a beautiful and comfortable lounge, security service 24 hrs, security monitor system, cable TV, parking area, WIFI, and laundry service. ... more   less 
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