Hotel Aurora has a rich history in Montezuma, but has kept up with the changing times. Find out how this hotel has evolved over the years & what attractions are nearby!
Hotel Aurora History
Hotel Aurora exists by chance, & persists by pure passion from owner Angela.
After spending considerable time in Montezuma, Angela contemplated leaving the small village to continue her adventures around Costa Rica & the rest of the globe.
However, the locals offered her a piece of land at a fair price to keep their beloved guest, & Hotel Aurora was born.
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Hotel Aurora has expanded over the years & has grown level by level.
There are currently over 30 rooms to choose from with a range of conveniences, which is a far cry from its origins.
Gone are the days of lighting by candle & the adjacent soccer field has since been converted into a family friendly park.
Who knows what the next round of improvements will entail?!
Hotel Aurora Rooms
Hotel Aurora has a wide variety of rooms that will match any combination of comfort & budget:
Standard Room – The standard rooms at Hotel Aurora are located on the first floor & start at $45.00 a night.
Junior Suite – Junior Suites are located on the 2nd & 3rd levels & include the use of hammocks along with wood paneling in the rooms. Prices start at $50.00.
Suite – Suites are also located on the 2nd & 3rd levels with the added bonus of a TV & private balcony with furniture and/or a hammock. Prices start at $55.00.
Each room comes with:
- Private bath with towels
- Coffee maker
- Private sitting space outside
You can also add air conditioning for $10 & hot water for $5 per day, respectively.
One of the aspects we loved most about Hotel Aurora was that each room still had private sitting areas even though the hotel was free flowing & not overly regimented like traditional hotels.
Here’s an example:
Our own Junior Suite on the third floor not only had a table for two, but several comfortable lounge chairs surrounding a coffee table for relaxing.
There was even a thoughtful ceiling fan to help keep things cool.
Top Tip: Book directly through Hotel Aurora’s website for the best prices!
Hotel Aurora Common Areas
There are two common areas shared among guests at Hotel Aurora, which include a dual kitchen & a TV lounge by reception.
Junior Suite guests also can use the hammocks located on the 2nd level.
The kitchen is a great bonus to Hotel Aurora as it allows you to self-cater & enjoy your own culinary creations. It is especially helpful to those with dietary conditions or guests that might want a simpler meal compared to eating out three times a day. There’s a lovely view into the shaded park as well.
The dual kitchen has two identical sides that are fully stocked with crockery, & both have a stove & sink. This is a differentiator for Hotel Aurora since you can freely enjoy your own food & drinks at your accommodation. The fridge in your room helps keep your perishables cold, fresh, & away from the local wildlife.
Hotel Aurora Wildlife
You don’t need to leave Hotel Aurora to spot wildlife – they will come to you!
During our stay we saw capuchin monkeys in the trees across the street, an armadillo cruising through the park at night, & birds joining us for meals. There is also a resident iguana & an anteater tried to check-in to one of the rooms before it wandered off.
Things to See & Do in Montezuma
Hotel Aurora is located in the center of Montezuma & has close proximity to the beach, snorkeling & an excellent free waterfall.
5It’s a great base to explore the lower section of Nicoya Peninsula:
- Relax at Montezuma beach
- Hike & swim at Montezuma Waterfalls
- Spot wildlife along the trail to a hidden beach at Cabo Blanco National Park
- Visit the cemetery at low tide on Cabuya Island
- Surf at Santa Teresa & Mal Pais
How to get to/from Montezuma
Ferries between Puntarenas & Paquera depart approximately every hour. The journey takes approximately 1.5 hours & costs C$810.00 / $1.50
Buses between Paquera & Montezuma run in line with the ferry schedule. The ride takes approximately 2.5 hours & tickets cost C$1800.00 / $3.25.
The most convenient way to travel to Montezuma is by a water boat-taxi from Playa Herradura, 7km north of Jaco. The trip takes approximately 1 hour & costs around $40.00, including can transfer to Jaco bus terminal.
In a Nutshell
Address: 100 m north from Playa Montezuma, Montezuma, Costa Rica
Prices: Rooms start at $45.00
Amenities: Each room includes maid service, fridge, coffee maker, Wi-Fi, & access to the common areas
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***The Final Word – Montezuma has a lot of attractions nearby, & Hotel Aurora makes the perfect base for exploring all of them.***
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* We received a complimentary stay at Hotel Aurora, thank you to Angela for hosting us. We only recommend great value accommodation that we would choose to stay at regardless & as always, all opinions are our own.
Visited in January 2017