Hotel Aurora Costa Rica

Hotel Aurora: A Montezuma Mainstay in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica by Erik @ DIY Travel HQ2 Comments

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.

Let us here at DIY Travel HQ show you around!

Hotel Aurora reception

The welcoming lounge area at Hotel Aurora

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?!

Check In Hotel Aurora

There’s also seating area & TV at reception

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.

Junior Suite Hotel Aurora

Suites are bright & spacious, perfect for groups & families

Each room comes with:

  • Private bath with towels
  • Mini-fridge
  • Coffee maker
  • Fan
  • Wi-Fi
  • Private sitting space outside

You can also add air conditioning for $10 & hot water for $5 per day, respectively.

Rooms at Hotel Aurora

Private seating areas on the leafy balcony

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:

Junior Suites seating

Large, colourful private seating areas for suite rooms

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 Montezuma

Our outdoor patio at Hotel Aurora

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.

Hammocks Hotel Aurora

Breezy hammocks on the 2nd floor for all suites

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.

Kitchen Hotel Aurora

The well-stocked kitchen is clean & convenient

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.

Urraca Bird

The beautiful Urraca bird in front of the dining area at Hotel Aurora

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
Montezuma beach

Swim, sunbathe & snorkel at Montezuma beach – a 2min walk from Hotel Aurora

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.

Paquera ferry to Montezuma

The car & passenger ferry to Paquera, for Montezuma

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

Contact Information:

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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.***

Which room style do you think you would choose?

* 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


  1. Awesome Find! Love that its so close to the beach and waterfalls and day hiking adventures in the heart of nature. Plus that price point for something so exotic is awesome! Is the $5 hot water fee necessary or is it warm enough there not to be too icy?

  2. What a cool place. Completely chill and not like the big places people come back from Costa Rica shouting about. I love how it feels like a commune. I dig it.

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