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“Wonderful stay” 4 of 5 stars
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Aquarius Vacation Club
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Carretera 101, Acceso Balneario Km 18, Boqueron 00622, Puerto Rico   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Boqueron
South Florida, Florida
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Wonderful stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

We were very pleasantly surprised by our studio. The location is fantastic...walking distance to the small village of Boqueron which has numerous small eating places and a few shops. Lots of people were walking the streets on Friday and Saturday nights. Some places had music and dancing. Sunday morning we found a couple of places open for breakfast. The beach is gorgeous...great for walking and swimming...and again within a very short walk.

The studio had a nice balcony with a fantastic view. The beds were OK but perhaps a little on the soft side. The sheet arrangement was a little strange as there was no top sheet between the blanket and the bottom sheet. There was a top sheet on top of the blanket. The explanation was that they washed the blankets and they took too long to dry so there was no time to dry the top sheets.

There were only a few people at the hotel so it made the stay very pleasant. I think it could be a problem if the hotel was more than 50 percent full. Pool is nice but not heated. Play areas for children are well designed and look like a lot of fun. Food service is minimal but not important as I would rather eat in Boqueron.

Wireless Internet was available on each floor but not in the rooms. Tables and chairs were provided so it was quite pleasant. There is no business center or other computer available so it might be a problem if you need to print something.

The staff was very nice.

Room Tip: Request a mountain or water view if that is your preference. Studios are small so if you want a rea...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Panama City, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2012

We stayed in a studio unit with an amazing view from the balcony. Since it was late when we checked it, it was nearly sunset. The palm trees silhouetted against the backdrop of an evening sky and beach were just amazing. It really felt like staying in paradise. Our room was very clean, with all new furniture. The kitchenette was wonderful! We brought some food items with us and kept in the small fridge, for breakfast, the next day. The bathroom is spacious! We ate a lovely breakfast on our balcony, and enjoyed the island vista. For about $4 a person, you can take a very short drive, to the "state park" next door. They have public restrooms, public beach, campgrounds and primitive rental condos. There were food vendors like pizza, ice cream, etc, parked close to the beach. The waters were beautiful and calm. They have playgrounds for kids and picnic tables. The hotel doesn't have its own beach, just the pool (which we didn't use). Since we only stayed one night, I don't know if there is more to do in the neighborhood. We drove to Ponce the next day, to tour the art museum. Definitely give it a visit, if you are in the South of PR! We'd stay here again. *Note, if driving, be prepared for their odd parking arrangements. They park your car two to three deep, in one spot. You have to leave your keys with the front desk. So, when you are ready to leave, be prepared to wait a while, so they can move the other cars. ;-) My only complaint is that the restaurant closed at 8pm and we had no other options for food, on the property, except the vending machines. Otherwise, a great value and beautiful location!

Room Tip: Room 203 was great! Full view of the park/beach, next door.
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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134 reviews 134 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 58 cities Reviews in 58 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2012 via mobile

Not good, not bad. Excellent location, but not a very good cleanliness and, also, not a good cost-benefit ratio. I would give a grade of 6/10.

  • Stayed January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Burlington, VT
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

My wife and I spent 7 nights in a 2-bedroom suite that had a large living room with kitchenette and two bathrooms. We looked west onto the beach and setting sun with a comfortable and quite large balcony. Early evening on the balcony with rum drinks was a perfect way to begin night activities. This was amazing for $110 per night.

No place is perfect, and many guests did not have accommodations nearly as nice as ours.

Among the hotel's other imperfections were the fact that wireless is only available in the 2nd- and 3rd-floor lobbies. Why wireless is not available in each suite defies logic. I need to use the internet daily and often, and going to the sometimes crowded and noisy breezeway lobby on the 3rd floor was far from ideal. In fact, it could be irritating at times.

Other irritants included a poorly stocked kitchen, so far as cooking implements and eating utensils are concerned (We prefer to cook our breakfasts.) and the interminable wait for warm water in the shower.

These annoyances aside, the charm of the town, which truly deserves to be called "funky-nice," the near-by nature reserves, the excellence of the food in town, the friendliness and hospitality of the English-speaking staff at the hotel, and the scrupulous cleaning that daily took place throughout the hotel (save for one day--a Tuesday--when our room was not cleaned or the beds made), combined to make this a real find. We highly recommend it.

Now fix the wireless and kitchen issues!

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view on the 3rd floor or higher.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Johnston, Rhode Island
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2011

Let me start off by saying our one night stay at the Boqueron Beach Resort was free. I used Delta Sky miles for the stay and had wanted to see the southern part of the island, heard the beaches were nice, and that was the reason for our stay here. For being free, I am not going to complain, it served its purpose for us.

The hotel is very nice, well kept, grounds are secure (gated entrance). Pool area is nice (we did not use pool), etc. Lobby was nice. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Room was nice as well. Had a fridge and a sink. Nice Balcony.

We got a room that had two double beds. THe mattresses on the beds were very soft, and caved in the middle. Not very good sleeping mattresses, for me at least. My wife and I by the middle of the night were in separate beds, due to the poor mattresses. Other than this one issue, the room was fine.

Check In was at 4, an hour later than most hotels, and check out was at 11, an hour earlier. Any additional hour is $35. This was annoying, but the room was free, so I cannot complain.

You get a special key to get to the beach and town. If you lose it, it is $100. Not a big deal just be aware of potential hidden costs. You need to sign out beach towels and return them by a certain time each day otherwise there is a charge. There is also no place to just get a cup of coffee during the day unless you go to the restaurant, if it is open at that time. My wife is a tea drinker, no tea on premises. We did not eat at hotel restaurant, it has set hours for Breakfast, lunch and dinner, and we prefer to find local spots in town. We found one, that was quite good, separate write up. La Marea

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

Aquarius Vacation Club was a delight. My 4 friends and I were celebrating 2 milestone birthdays and we could not have chosen a better place. The staff was friendly, helpful and informative. Our suite had both a view of the beach and the forest. From our spacious balcony, we were able to see the sunset and the many birds in the trees. The hotel had a restaurant and bar that served breakfast, lunch and dinner and that was close to the pool.
The beach was lovely and never crowded. We were walking distance from the fishing town of Boqueron where you could go kayaking, eat in restaurants and stands with excellent seafood and local dishes, and shop in touristy shops.
We especially enjoyed the stands with inexpensive clams and oysters, and the ones that sold empanadas filled with fresh fish.
Additionally, we were a short driving distance from other spectacular beaches (like Playa La Sucia), the lighthouse, the touristy town of Paguera (where you can swim with the luminescent creatures at night) and Ponce (where you can visit a world renowned museum).
The only temporary downside was that you could not access the beach directly from the hotel because they were renovating a pedestrian bridge.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Miami, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

We are an older couple who traveled in Puerto Rico during October, 2011. We found info on Aquarius Vacation Club on tripadvisor. We had previously stayed with friends while in PR but the reviews for Aquarius looked good so we booked for 10 days. The location is perfect. A few yards walk to one of the most beautiful beaches in PR, Boqueron Beach. We walked on the beach every morning from the back gate of the property. Security is very good here so we felt very safe during our entire stay. Our fully-equipped studio room was comfortable. The housekeeping staff were very attentive and provided daily changes of towels (bring your own if you like soft ones), toiletries, coffee packs, etc. All of the staff were courteous and helpful. We did not eat at the hotel because we prefer to try the local food while on vacation, but they have daily lunch and dinner menus posted in the lobby. This is a family-oriented environment, quiet and peaceful. Our over-all experience here was positive and plan to return next year.

Room Tip: Higher floors on the beach side have a spectacular view of Boqueron Beach.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Carretera 101, Acceso Balneario Km 18, Boqueron 00622, Puerto Rico
Location: Caribbean > Puerto Rico > Boqueron
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Boqueron
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aquarius Vacation Club 3*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Location : We are located in the beach in Boqueron, Aquarius Vacation Club at Boqueron Beach Resort is close to Boqueron Beach and Buye Beach. Additional area attractions include Combate Beach and Playa Sucia. Resort Features : Aquarius Vacation Club at Boqueron Beach Resort has a waterslide, a fitness center, and a children's pool. Wireless Internet access ( Wi-Fi ) is included in the complimentary resort fee. Dining and bar options at our resort are available at Piscis Cafe & Bar, located in the pool area. Additional amenities include an arcade/game room, multilingual staff, and secure parking. Guest parking is available on a limited first-come, first-served basis (surcharge). This is a smoke-free property. Guestrooms : The 88 air-conditioned guestrooms at Aquarius Vacation Club at Boqueron Beach Resort include safes and coffee/tea makers. 40-Inch LED,Smart TV's are equipped with cable channels. All accommodations provide desks and phones with voice mail. Bathrooms offer shower/tub combinations, hair dryers, and complimentary toiletries. All units feature microwaves and refrigerators. Additional amenities include irons/ironing boards and ceiling fans. In addition, housekeeping is offered daily and amenities available on request include wake-up calls. ... more   less 
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