Aquarius Gay Guesthouse & Sauna3.0 out of 5.0
Recent guest reviews
Nice guesthouse, with very comfortable rooms. Bed is large and firm, which suited me. Staff are always polite and very helpful. Good location with 5 min walk to beach, and major shopping center. In the next street you have all the Gay clubs, so not far to walk home after a heavy night partying. This is my second time staying and cant wait to go back.
Aquarius Gay Guesthouse is situated at the Paradise Gay Area, so its very comfortable, no Taxi or Tuk-Tuk needed after you went out. The staff is very friendly and the food at the restaurant is good. The internet connection is good and fast. I had a problem in my room but was fixed at the spot so no complains. Hope to stay there soon again.
Would like to express my concerns for this so called guest house. The guest house offers sauna ( really bad and filthy in shape, needs renovation) at a price. If you have booked online, they would charge extra for sauna. They offer breakfast but that's even not a buffet. It's a set breakfast with very limited quantity. The rooms are really small and not clean. Everything in the room is with a price tag to sell their minibar. Everything is priced 10 times then the market. The view from room is not worth a view. It's not worth sitting in the room balcony. Last but not least , if you have booked small room or a big room, it's not in the same building of sauna. It is a different building 100 metres away. The rooms are overpriced. They usually sell their small room without breakfast and without sauna for 1500 baht but you can look out nearby guesthouses at just 500 baht which are way better. One more thing, i have only seen old aged people in the hotel or sauna. No young guy prefers to stay there. They are a shame on the name of a gay hotel. The staff do not have any self respect. PFA images of the room
On the positive side, the staff are very friendly and resourceful when you need help with something. Location is very central and could not be closer to the gay live in Phuket. Now on the down side, prepare yourself that the list is long. First, I think every gay person that like to stay in gay hotels or resorts know that we always have to pay a premium for staying in gay accommodation but normally you will get apart from the exclusivity you are rewarded with nice surroundings, Aquarius guesthouse lacks of any charm whatsoever is old and rundown, the furniture is old,dirty and falling apart! The decoration is old,broken and ridiculous,example (an old bottle with a plant seating in dirty water)The walls are dirty, ceilings are covered in spider webs and the sauna has seen better days with old broken chairs and gym machines decorating some dark dirty corners!!! One day we had heavy rain and water poured into the room from the joint between the wall and the window which we have to say the staff quickly came to clean when we call them. I know the management replies to this kind of complaints with the excuse this is a humble guesthouse and prices are low!! Firstly humble and rundown are Two different things !!!! Well we paid more than €500 for a week stay (including the €200 xtra we paid for an upgrade to a half decent room) and for that money in Phuket there are hundreds of others hotels and guesthouses with way way way more value for your money! As the management mentions in other comments we don’t hide behind a nickname I give you our booking reference (29581) and I’m more that happy to discuss with you my comments! I believe the management takes this kind of criticism as a personal attack but could not be more far away from the true, we support gay business, but as a customer we appreciated we are not taking for fools and I’m sorry but our stay was NOT worth €500. We even decided to leave a day earlier and although we lost our last night money at least we stay in lovely modern clean and cheaper hotel. Just to finish our review I will post pictures of all the details we mention above. I invite the owner to put yourself on our shoes and think, if you checked in in a hotel like this what would you think? This could be an amazing place to stay if money was invested and attention to details were taking into consideration instead of just fooling people for one off visit, and like us not planing to ever stay here again.
We enjoyed our stay. Our room was on the 1st floor above reception and despite it being over the market lane outside it was very quiet. It is aptly named as a Guest House - the room we stayed in was reasonably small but had all the basic amentities we needed. Good bathroom, bed was comfortable and the housekeeping very good. Felt secure in the room and it had a safe for valuables. Meals were good - western style suite our needs (breakfast included in room cost). Unlimited Wifi in room cost was reliable. Staff were attentive and we were able to book sightseeing trips and pay on our hotel bill. Bar / restaurant opened onto the market lane and this added to the ambience; an excellent meal street cart cooked right outside late at night ...... loevly Thai lady Chef. The Sauna and Pool facilities were clean and we found the Jacuzzi and deck chairs on the roof and chilled out with the a local brew (normally Singha) in the moonlight at nights. The gym facilities were good. Only 5 minutes walk to Patong Street where all the general main action is but the Gay activities are just around the corner in the next lane from the Guesthouse. Plenty of Spa and male massage places in the lane and next lane down also. Aquarius is not a 5 star palace but Paul and his team do an excellent job making the stay enjoyable - we will be back. Airport to Aquarius was at least 30 minutes and cost us 800baht (pay by cash - ATMs at airport;) - if driver a bit lost (as ours was) ask them to drop you off at the main entrance of the Royal Paradise hotel - the lane for Aquarius is opposite that and about 30 metres on the right down to the Guest House entrance.
It might not be the most glamours hotel in Phuket but it certainly has the most friendly staff, fantastic food (best pad thai I’ve ever had) and it is located at the heart of all the fun but quite enough for a good rest. Been several times and I will continue coming. I wish I could come more! Always feel sad at departure...
We spent 6 days in this horrible place full of mosquitos. Room small, bed lines dirty, bathroom dirty. Very noise by night cause of high music of gay bars. You can have much better places for this money.....
Last year was our first ever to Thailand, and we did enjoy the sauna-facilities by Aquarius. While back in area on holiday, we decided to try accomodation too by Aquarius for one night. The room (a junior suite in main building) was spacious, clean and well equipped. Yes, furniture is not brand new, but what is in the room works. This is a guesthouse in the middle of Paradise complex, but I expected it to be louder then it was. Staff is attentive and superfriendly. Breakfast was included in our rate, and also very fulfilling - a good selection between american, continental or asian style, served at the table. This is not like a five star hotel, but traveling as a gay couple the atmosphere in Aquarius guesthouse is so warm and welcoming. If we come back to Patong for more, we will strongly consider staying here for a longer period.
The pricing was very inexpensive. That said, you get what you pay for. I will say that the room was basically clean. The linens were clean but had a few stains. The free access to the sauna was fine. I actually would have been irritated if I had to pay to get in. The sauna was very small and there were never more than 3 people in it. I stayed there for a week. The location is great if you want to be close to all the gay bars. The location is not great in terms of not being near the beach. I don't have problems sleeping, so the noise from the bars didn't bother me. If you are a light sleeper this may not be the place for you. The ceiling fan in my room didn't work, when I pointed that out to staff they just told me to keep the Air Con up on high. The water in the bathroom sink only trickled out of the spicket.
Don't expect 5 star luxury or indeed, anything approaching that. What Aquarius is, is a fairly basic guesthouse in the thick of things. We stayed in a jacuzzi suite which was huge and had a kitchenette which was good. On the down side, don't plan on getting great sleep, as the night noise from the nearby bars is pretty disruptive. There was also no water one night we were there - the staff were nice about it, but really, having no water through to morning is not great. The set, included breakasts, though, were pretty great. So I suppose in summary, if you don't expect much and want an ok place to stay in the centre of the action, this will do.
- Walking distance to Bangla Road and Patong Beach
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Onsite dining
- Indoor pool
Bangla Road is within a 5-minute walk of Aquarius Gay Guesthouse & Sauna while other popular sites like Patong Beach are within a 15-minute stroll. This 36-room, 3-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and a fitness center.
Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service, or entertain your taste buds at the onsite restaurant or coffee shop/café.
An LED TV comes with cable channels and a DVD player, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Other standard amenities include a refrigerator, free minibar items, and a coffee maker.
Guests staying at Aquarius Gay Guesthouse & Sauna enjoy an indoor pool, a fitness center, and a spa tub. If you drive, self parking is THB 300 per day, or you can take advantage of the shuttle from the hotel to the airport (available 24 hours) for THB 700 per vehicle. The front desk is staffed 24/7 to help with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a sauna, a rooftop terrace, and free WiFi in public areas.
Reviews from Trip Advisor
71.0% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 183 reviews