Usually paying a bit more for accommodation means you get a bit higher standard. Unfortunately for us this was definitely not true for Hotel Aurora.
Firstly, at $40 a night this was the most expensive accomodation we stayed at during our 3 week visit to Costa Rica. Looking back I wish we´d stayed at Llena Luna Hostel, our friends stayed here and got great value for money. With it being called a "Hotel" instead of a "Hostel" we thought the $40 a night would be ok as we´d treat ourselves to slightly more luxury than our usual accom choices. How wrong we were! Don´t be fooled by this because it most certainly was a "Hostel" and I have no idea what qualifies it as a "Hotel". We had just spent a whole day travelling on 3 hot buses and a ferry so were eager to arrive at our hotel and chill out.
Pros: Central location. Use of communal computer. Lovely outside appearance and lots of hammocks.
Cons: Welcome upon arrival was non-existent. Two young girls were sitting in reception and could see us coming up to the desk with our heavy bags but waited for us to ask for assistance before one of them actually got up and came to the desk. We said hello but didn´t even receive as much as a smile in response. We said we had a reservation which we had made the day before, she replied with a blank look on her face saying that she didnt have a reservation for us. After having to connect to the wi-fi on our ipod and show her the email confirmation she eventually called someone on the phone and said oh yes its ok we have a reservation. Without any sort of apology. She quickly told us what we had left to pay so still with our heavy bags on we had to pay there and then, with all other hostels the reception/owner have given us a chance to drop our bags off or invite us to see the room before making us cough up the cash. Next we were dismissed and told to follow the other girl who carried two towels. She didn´t offer to help carry one of our 5 bags and left us lugging them all the way through the hotel and up the stairs after her. The room was very large but extremely basic. The floor and bed sheets were stained. The main aircon unit on the wall was broken and it had been replaced by a small stand alone air con thing which was absolutely pointless unless you were standing inches away and directly infront of it. We left it on one day in hopes that it would cool the room in time for our return, but it did nothing at all and the room was hot and sweaty when we got back. We hardly slept at all as the nights were so hot. The "free coffee" advertised was only from 8-10am. The tiny kitchen was dirty and poorly equipped. The kitchen was closed for use after 8pm! So unless you wanted to make dinner before this you had to eat out. Reception was unmanned most of the time and we found ourselves having to go and ask for information about the area and buses etc at the local supermarket.
All in all a very disapointing stay.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- La Aurora Montezuma