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Aqua Lounge Bar & Hostel
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Zurich, Switzerland
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8 reviews
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“Worste party i ever was..”
Reviewed March 12, 2014

The wednesday & sunday partys on the Aqua Lounge are very popular in Bocas but i was really wondering why. Body-checks on the entrance (even for mid-thirty woman from the States). Crowded as hell, the DJs plays just the Top10-charts up and down, NO ashtrays or trashcans on the whole area (most of the lounge is build over the crystal blue caribean sea) and half of the totally drunken guests are smoking and drinking beer in cans and dont give a mind, double price for less service (warm damned Nestle-water in plastic-bottles for 2 $ par example).. Poor neighbours on this tiny quiet island. It`s a shame..

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

This party hostel is amazing on ladies night(Saturday & Wednesday) but do not stay here. We stayed in a private room which was located at the rear, so somewhat out of the way of the noise. The staff are ignorant & horrible, you stand at the bar for at least 5 minutes before you get served. They don't speak to you & are very unfriendly, they made my stay very unpleasant. Hanas (the manager) seemed like one of the nicer ones, turned out he took the piss out of guests when their backs were turned. The owner Christian is rude & only interested in making money. Then there's a random woman always behind the bar drinking, we asked her to pay our room bill & her response was that she didn't work here & the receptionist will sort it - why the heck are you behind the bar if you dont work here!! They also refill you bottles for a dollar, or actually plonk 2 cups of water in front of you & you fill your own bottle & it only covers half of it! The worst of it was on a Saturday night we had security guards banging on our door for half an hour, my boyfriend answered in the end & said a guy wanted to speak to him. It was a local guy that my boyfriend had been speaking to earlier on in the night, he was demanding money for drugs we never even asked for & wouldn't have done!! The owner said we had to pay now or he would take it into his hands, basically kick us out! He never asked the man to leave or what had happened, we (as his guests) just had to pay up! We had to pay this guy a lot of Dollars for nothing, nothing exchanged between us, we were just told we had to pay him!! It was unbelievable & do not get into this situation yourselves. Its a huge drugs den & money making hole. For the rest of our stay we were looked at like dirt (we had already paid for our stay so our budget refused us to leave). The reason I haven't given it a terrible review is due to the rooms being very clean & the bathroom clean & working. The food was also very very good & reasonably priced. Just come here for a day to hang out, DO NOT stay here it is not safe.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

Beautiful hostel over the sea, with natural swimming pools to jump into. Loved swimming with the fishes, and amazing colour water. Take a walk to the village behind the hostel and you will be transported to another world where you will be struck by the poverty of the local people. Enjoyed the boat trip to the red frog beach and to see the dolphins, and the daily 'taxi' rides by boat to the main island. Would recommend this place!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

Staff was totally friendly and you can swim around during the day and hit the trampoline and swings while going into the water to take some breaks from the heat and cocktails etc...then it turns into s crazy night club at night which was really fun...no complaints for a small little Island kick it spot. Good times you'll have for sure here.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Another must goto party hostel in Panama. The man running the place was a little rough around the edges, but he was always happy to help(the staff was a lot of fun). Definetly pay the $10 for the ride to red frog beach (and tip if you can). It was so amazing!! And opt to stay for more than 3 hours like I did. You can buy lunch at the tent resort for round $6 so all you need to bring is beer and sun screen. I wish I could have stayed longer at Aqua Lounge. The whole group of Islands was a college kids dream. On a side note, the island carenero is covered in trash. If you can get past that you'll love it here!

  • Stayed September 2013
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San Francisco, California, United States
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

I asked some friends that had been to Bocas before and they recommended Aqua Lounge, so I gave it a shot. I got a private room which was a great deal, and met some awesome people. The bathrooms were clean, staff was friendly, and the vibe was really great, as well as the parties on Weds and Sat. Would definitely recommend staying here to anyone looking for a fun hostel in bocas.

Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Italy
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Reviewed December 3, 2013

I read a few reviews that made me question if we should stay there or not, but once we showed up we loved the environment and all the staff were super friendly and helpful. The swimming areas and the rest of the common areas, bars, etc were awesome, and it felt like you could spend all day there. We stayed from Saturday to Tuesday in a private room with no complaints. We loved the social vibe of all the backpackers, locals, and staff. Met some great people, traded great stories, and had a few cheap beers- what else do you need?
The food was also awesome at the restaurant there. Coconut curry chicken was one of the best meals we had on the trip at a better price then eating in town. Easy 1 minute, $1 boat ride to Bocastown. Wed/Sat nights are crazy parties, and the other nights are just good, laid back socializing and quiet enough to catch up on reading or crash early in comfortable, clean beds.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aqua Lounge Bar & Hostel
Address: Isla Carenero, Carenero Island, Panama
Location: Panama > Bocas del Toro Province > Carenero Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Carenero Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The only entirely over the water hostel in Bocas del Toro. Just 1 minute boat ride away from Bocas town, lies in wait the best time in Bocas. Walking distance from the beach and 3 surf spots. Comfy dorms, 5,4,3 and 2 person private rooms and hammocks to chill ....starting at 12 dollars a night, including free breakfast, free wifi, towel and snorkel rental, onsite laundry and in dorm lockers. We offer safe swimming areas, sea swings, ocean trampoline, tarzan swing, dive tower, sundeck, lounge chairs, hammocks, beer pong tables, indo boards, tour arrangements (fishing, spearfishing, beach, surfing, day trips, etc.), sister surf school, delicious restaurant, tasty cheap beverages, happy hour all day for guests and a staff that loves their life is just the beginning. So come and enjoy Bocas del Toro in the best way possible, in a happy place for happy people. AQUA LOUNGE.... Paradises Playground. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Aqua Lounge Bar Hotel Bocas Del Toro Province
Aqua Lounge Bar And Hostel
Aqua Lounge Bar & Hostel Panama/Carenero Island, Bocas Del Toro

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