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Aquarius Gay Guesthouse and Sauna
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Reviewed November 15, 2010

I am currently staying in the Aquarius Guesthouse right now. I have been here for three weeks and one more to go, totalling a month. If you read the other reviews, people either hate it or love it. However, the reasons listed why people did not like the Aquarius have not been true in my case. I have found the staff to be very outgoing and cordial. I have been VERY satisfied with the cleaning of the rooms and fresh linens and towels, especially with the nice touches of fresh flower accents on the pillows. Considering I am staying in the most budget of rooms, it is quite a good feeling. Even my budget room has excellent aircon, cable television (with 4 english stations, including one (Channel 51) which plays non-stop english movies both recent and a little older), refrigerator and well stocked minibar at reasonable prices on alcohol if you choose to use it. Yes, the pool is not an olympic size swimming pool, but it serves the purpose and as for the person who reviewed the pool as the size of his bath at home - if this is true, he should not have stayed here in the first place because he is obviously living in a mansion or castle back home and his rude remarks were likely because he could not get laid. As far as the airport pick-up - I would ONLY recommend an airport pick up if you are coming in late in the evening, say, past 7pm. During the day you can get a shuttle to the Paradise Hotel in Patong for 150 baht and be right at the Aquarius door. The going rate between the airport IS 600 baht by car/taxi, although you can work a discount at different places due to competition. DO NOT expect to find ANY transportation from the airport that is not arranged after midnight, as I found out the hard way coming in on Air Korea.

To sum things up - The rates at Aquarius vary by the room type. Working in the travel industry myself, I have looked at the various rooms they offer and I can tell you, you get what you pay for. Budget rooms are very simple though accomodating and still have all the necessities including private bath, minibar, cable TV, free coffee and tea and includes breakfast and entrance to the Sauna and gym. If you would prefer better and more inviting accomodations they have that also at very reasonable rates. The rooms have the same ameneties but are better decorated and more spacious.

As far as the Sauna - I found it to be very relaxing and overall clean. During my month visit, I have only visited 3 times so far, but each time, it was quite busy and everyone seemed to be having a good time. I did not witness any bad odors or such during any visit. Again, anyone who had a problem could have encountered a bad moment or they are just angry because they were not "lucky".

As far as the noise issue: In my room, you could hear the music coming from the downstairs sauna area each day between 3:30p and 8:30p but it is NOT of considerable volume and would only upset someone who was expecting COMPLETE silence, which if that is what you are expecting, why are you staying in the gay area to begin with??? In the night, yes, the nightlclubs go on til the early morning hours, but again, unless you are a VERY light sleeper and need total silence, it will not be an issue. To be perfectly honest, If you are expecting total silence, then the entire PATONG AREA of Phuket is not for you, not just Aquarius or the Paradise Complex.

All in all, the website is very accurate (even of the pictures shown of the rooms) and just like they say .... no surprises. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting to stay IN the gay area and have a good time and save a few bucks at the same time.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled solo
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6  Thank AnthonyBilliot
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Reviewed September 24, 2010

After reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, we was in two minds about staying at the Aquarius, however took our chances and could not have asked for more.

The description/photos of the rooms that you see on the net and their website are accurate. This hotel was a 2 minute walk to the many gay bars located on the "party strip" and about 1 minute away from Bangla Rd shops and markets.

If you are looking for or expecting 5 star, this hotel is maybe not for you, but if you are looking for a clean, safe and friendly place to stay with an atmosphere second to none, this is the place for you!!

I was very impressed by the staff, ammenaties, location, price and service! I will definatley stay at this hotel again and would recommend it to anyone!

To all the staff at Aquarius that made our vacation something to remember, thank you for the memories!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled with friends
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1  Thank xscottiemacx
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Reviewed September 20, 2010

Aquarius is the perfect spot to stay in patong.Had a blast staying there the staff were so much fun and looked after us above and beyond .Rooms r very clean with great air con in each room.With a great resturant next door for dinner before you hit the bars wich r a 1 minute walk from hotel.Have already booked my room for febuary and cant wait to stay there again.xxxxxxxxx

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 22, 2010

I have never been to a more crappy guest house in my life. I asked to see the swimming pool and was told to look behind me at the bar.And there stood o pool the size of my bath at home! I could not believe it!Upstairs going to my delux room I was overcome with a smell which was very bad! In the room there was no window at all just dirty-stains on the bed and walls! If this place was in England it would be shut down! Do all of yourselves a favour and not go to this dirty-overpriced Flophouse! W e now go to the straight-hotels which are a lot cheaper and cleaner in every aspect.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled with friends
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4  Thank max1942
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Reviewed February 11, 2010

I booked to stay 3 nights but was shown a horrible room in a different building which meant going down a dark, dingy corridor strewn with rubbish and building rubble. My Thai friend was told that this was the only available room so I found somwhere else to stay. I went to explain to the receptionist who was rude, dismissive and unpleasant. I am not a fussy traveller and rarely complain about poor service but this guy was the one of the rudest person I have encountered. I stayed at Aquarius 5 years ago for about 2 weeks in total and had happy memories and the staff then were really friendly . It appears that the place has gone downhill - the owner needs to realise that this is not the way to treat guests.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled solo
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5  Thank ukguy70
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