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“Expensive, but good for one night in Punta.”
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Aquarium Hotel
Ranked #64 of 65 Hotels in Punta del Este
Moscow, Russia
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“Expensive, but good for one night in Punta.”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

From outside the hotel looked something like a shed. At night an illuminated sign up on the roof was turned out so I even hardly could recognize the place in the dark. As from inside the hotel was more or less in good condition. Clean and tidy. Spacious hall beside reception which served as a breakfast room in the morning. Breakfast was good with sufficient choice and meal quality including fresh fruit. However the price was unsatisfactory for me. Extremely expensive, like in Zurich. But actually even this price was one of the cheapest options we could find in Punta in hot season. My room in the hotel was large and clean, with TV, small fridge and comfortable beds.The room door however could not be locked well - very old lock indeed.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 20, 2013 via mobile

We were basically forced to stay at this hotel as we were in punta for New Years and this was the only accommodation that we could find for a reasonable price. Well actually, it wasn't reasonable it was quite expensive but we couldn't really do much about it.
The rooms wer nothing special. The bathroom is so small you had to maneuver your way in. The bathroom actually stunk the room out like urine. Overall not that pleasant.
We got stuck in the elevator so that's not functioning well.
The worst out of everything in my opinion was the service. The staff was always uninterested. Whenever I went to the counter to ask assistance or a question, they all looked like they wer pushing each other to attend to me because they wanted nothing to do with me. Checkin took forever. They obviously don't care much about their visitors.
Only on the last day were we made aware that there was a rooftop area - something most hotel staff would point out in the first day.
I was in the lobby once sitting on the couch and the staff turned up the music so loud- I felt I was in a club or something.
Service with a smile doesn't exist in this hotel - I never saw any of the staff smile once.
The location is near the end of the peninsula. Walking distance to nice restaurants and bars. 20 minute nice walk to beaches and bus station.
Overall if possible try to avoid. Otherwise don't set your expectations too high with this hotel

  • Stayed January 2013
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Hotel Aquarium was one of the cheapest options I could find in Punta del Este, however as it was hot season accommodation price was not cheap at all. So I decided to spend in Punta only 1 night and continue my vacations in more affordable Piriapolis. As for hotel Aquarium, it was a decent lodging, located in central part of the peninsula, where is situated Punta. About 20 minutes walking distance from the bus station. A large supermarket and a small beach are nearby. The main beaches are apart. My room was not a big one, but quite comfortable. Equipped with tv, air conditioner, minibar. The furniture was rather basic. There was not a balcony, just a small window with a nice view over town. The panorama of resort could also be observed from the roof terrace. Hotel doesn't have a pool. Buffet breakfast was hearty, hotel staff - friendly. Although the official checkout time is 10 am, they didn't object to our stay till noon.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

Long walk from bus terminal to hotel (over 15 minutes). Room was average at best...closet door was difficult to open, the front door to room shook when others on floor opened their door. Breakfast was decent, Internet in lobby was tempermental (staff did not care to repair), hotel appeared to be in a cross-road state of being renovated.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Canad
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Reviewed February 14, 2012

We walked from the bus station to the hotel. It was easy to find. Great breakfast. Lots of fruit. Close to the beach and the grocery store.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

This hotel was very clean. AC worked well in our room, as did the fridge. Beds were comfortable and bathrooms clean. Nice selection for breakfast - including delicious pastries and fresh fruit!

Negatives - a pretty far walk to any of the swimable beaches. It is very close to the coast, but the nearest beach for swimming is a pretty good walk away.
We stayed for 3 days and during this time the wifi would not work on the first floor. We could get wifi in the lobby and when we asked about it, we were told it worked fine and they wouldn't fix it for us. So that was a negative that we couldn't access it from our room.

Staff were ok - one man was very friendly and helpful and able to answer any questions we had, while the rest of the staff didn't really acknowledge us.

Overall it was a good stay though and we would recommend it.

Room Tip: Chose a higher room maybe for working internet?
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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toronto
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

The rooms were nice, breakfast was good. The only problem we had was that WIFI didn't work on our floor, I told the staff about it but they didn't seem to care cause it still worked in the lobby. So it was inconvenient to have to go downstairs every time I wanted to check my mail for 3 days. This place is also about a 15 minute walk to where the nice beaches are (they are close to the bus station)

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Aquarium Hotel
Address: Calle 9 y 10, Punta del Este 0000, Uruguay
Location: Uruguay > Maldonado Department > Punta del Este
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Room Service Shuttle Bus service
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Ranked #64 of 65 Hotels in Punta del Este
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Aquarium Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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