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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 #13 of 19 Hotels in Montezuma
Caracas, Venezuela
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“NOT cool!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2008

When we got to our hotel, an attendant brought us to our room and it was unacceptable. It smelled of mold, the towels were damp and there was some creepy trap door leading to we don't know where. Also, this was a first floor room, so the windows should have been especially secure but there were no bars which is essentially standard in Costa Rica.

When I initially contacted the hotel, there was a variety of rooms available for the dates we needed. Rather than just leaving, we asked if there would be another room that we could switch to. The manager got ugly with us, asked if we had used the bathroom or put anything on the beds because they weren't going to clean again... if we wanted to move, she wouldn't change us until the next day. And then she continued her rudeness by saying, "You asked for the cheapest room and that's what you got." For the record, this room was dead center in the price range for the hotel. Also, having a bit of experience traveling in Costa Rica, the room that we were getting was not of the same quality as the others in that price range throughout the country for this time of year. She did show us one other room but there was construction going on below.

We lost our deposit, first nights' stay plus 10% and got out of there. Bad vibes!

  • Liked — The location is decent and the non-manager staff seemed nice.
  • Disliked — Management, mold smell and bad vibes.
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 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
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Hamburg
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2008

I returned after a previous stay and immediately noticed the investment that has been added to the hotel, a stylish wood assemble of new rooms on the upper level and a fountain in the open space in front of them. I did my Qi Gong and Tai Chi exercises in front of the fountain and had a most befeciary effect from that. Every room has a refrigerator now and there are now bugs at all. The german manager Sybille is professional and very friendly.

You have everything you need in the kitchen to do your own cooking. There is even filtered water from an advanced Nikken device. What do you more?

  • Liked — Near Center and green surroundings
  • Disliked — Sometimes sounds from parties in town
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Brighton, England
2 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2008

this is a lovely place to stay, clean and quiet as away from the noisy bar in town, but close to everything too. its 30usd for a basic twin room with bathroom and fan. Hot water is another 5 dollars, a/c another 10 dollars. we were in room 9 which is on the top floor, really lovely like having yr own apartment. it has two balconys with hammocks and ceiling fan for 35 usd per night, its great. the owner is a german lady with great english. the village is small but has everything you need. we did a boat trip to Isla Tortuga which is idylic and has snorkeling. the sea and beaches near here are more for surfers and theres a strong rip but a beach half hour walk north is good. also thers a waterfall half hour walk south - v refreshing swimming there.the best place to eat is Bakery Cafe (nr the bookshop) for breakfast and lunch and Angolo (opp Aurora) for fab pizza and pasta.

Stayed May 2008
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Barcelona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2008

I heard beautiful things about Costa Rica: nature, nice people and a peaceful environment to rest and relax. I can say that my friends and I found all this on every place we went, but the best experience we found it on the hotel La Aurora in Montezuma. This hotel is located at the very downtown of Montezuma just a few steps from the bus stop, but far enough so that the party doesn’t disturb your sleep.
The room was big enough with comfortable beds, air conditioning and hot water, not to mention a great view of the magnificent nature surrounding Montezuma beach. We always found fresh blankets every day and the cooking facilities where always clean. The hotel personnel were kind, polite and knew what they know their stuff, the service was excellent. All of this at a fair price!
We can say that from all the places we stood on Costa Rica, hotel La Aurora gave us most value for our money, the best 4 days of our travel to Costa Rica! Certainly I will go back to Costa Rica and of course to Montezuma again, but believe me that I won’t stay on another place that is not the hotel La Aurora!!

Leonardo Reyes

  • Liked — Air conditioning, location, TV set
  • Disliked — no restaurant
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, IL
2 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2008

need ANYONE say more...still have nightmares of waking up with them ALL OVER my bed...yikes. Will NOT be returning EVER.

  • Liked — hammocks upstairs.
  • Disliked — again... scorpion infestation...urgh!
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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10 hotel reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2007

I thought that the La Aurora Hotel was marvelous! My husband and I stayed here for 4 nights and thought this was a wonderful hotel. We were there during the high season, yet the place didn't seem cramped, crowded, or noisy. We could hear the ocean from our room which was upstairs. The second floor also had a deck area with hammocks for a relaxing nap which overlooked a park with exotic plants and flowers. The room we stayed in was small but clean...we had no bug problems whatsoever. They kept it clean, even when we tracked in a bunch of sand from the beach each day!
Downstairs was a small kitchenette, where we were able to cook our own meals, and a dining table with chairs nearby. Follow the rules, though, and clean up after yourself! There is even a fridge in the kitchenette where you can put leftovers! No one bothered our food at all!
The guard did a good job of whatching over the vehicles. We came in late several times and saw him awake and alert! The staff was also friendly and helpful.
Overall, we just loved staying at La Aurora and in Montezuma. We traveled all over Costa Rica and enjoyed these four days the most by far! Next time, we'll probably just stay in Montezuma the whole time!

  • Liked — Location and overall experience
  • Disliked — no complaints!
  • Tips/Secrets — be sure and check out the waterfall nearby! Get up early to have the beach to yourself and hear the howler monkeys!
  • Stayed January 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2006

My sister and I stayed at La Aurora for one night in the month of November. We didn't reserve in advance, we just showed up and selected one from the three rooms that were available. It was probably my least favorite accommodation of the entire trip and not that much cheaper than other places we stayed.

We chose a room with 2 queen beds, without AC and with hot water (we got warm water for some of the time).

The room was small and pretty simple. The bathroom was really small and the shower was so small and awkward that you couldn't turn on the shower without drenching yourself and the rest of the bathroom. My short sister couldn't even reach the lever to turn on the water.

The door to the bathroom was just a stall door (didn't reach to the ceiling or to the floor), and didn't actually close all the way. This was uncomfortable given the small size of the room.

There was almost an inch gap between the door to the room and the floor, so there were large ants on the floor of the room. There was also a small lizard on my bed that I was never able to catch.

There isn't a parking lot for the hotel, but they do have security who watch the street where you can park your car.

The upstairs lounge area had about a half-dozen hammocks, which were pretty nice, but it wasn't anything spectacular.

  • Liked — It was cheap and close to all the restaurants/shops.
  • Disliked — The room and bathroom just weren't very nice.
  • Stayed November 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Montezuma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 20
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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