I had read some mixed reviews prior to our arrival and I was a little nervous we may be let down. (We weren't!) Sometimes, when booking online you just never know! All week I kept thinking of how I would review things. We arrived labor day weekend so it started off pretty busy, but then the rest of the week was great. Honestly, I wouldn't stay ANYWHERE in PCB in peak season! What's fun of no room on the beach, no room in the pool, traffic, waits in restaurants, waiting on elevators-I wouldn't enjoy 'vacation' at all in peak season!
2 years ago we stayed at Shores of Panama and loved it. (I did a review on that but don't see it on my page!??) My husband preferred the pool area at Shores better. BUT Aqua has two pools, a hot tub and a small indoor pool area so IF it did rain you still had an option. I read a review on Aqua about "petty rules." Well if thousands of people are there at once they HAVE to have those rules!! those rules don't really exist when there aren't many guests. For instance, we had our baby in the pool with a little baby raft and other families did too. I saw a lady in the pool with an adult sized raft and I don't think she got in trouble. the Concession-stand lady was nice and gave me a free dr pepper and a free refill-things that won't happen in peak season. the pools were nice and pretty with palm trees, grills to cook out, and a couple 'cabana type' things with padded chairs. very relaxing, nice views.
The location is great, as far as super close to Wal-Mart and pier park. (it says u can WALK to pier park. that's too far for us! we drove!) the 'bad' thing is Shuckums is just across the street and it can get pretty loud. But, I don't think it kept any of us awake at night or anything.
Our specific unit=1002. Beautiful, modern, over 1700 sq feet, comfortable for 6 adults and our baby. It was hard for me to find a unit big enough for all of us to eat together... dining room table for 6 and enough chairs on the patio too for us to all sit outside together! the rooms were nice....the thing that bugged me about ours was there was like 15 pillows on the bed! where were we supposed to put those!? so we literally had pillows stashed all over the place. not pretty. (no we weren't going to make the bed every day!) and the doors were a bit annoying. bathroom door wouldn't stay open, and the two closet doors and bathroom door would kind of all hit each other-got a bit annoying. but, there is great space...between 2 nightstands, a dresser, two closets, we had room for our stuff, our stroller, car seat, pack n play etc! and we didn't even take the master. there was another king-master that was huge with a nice bigger bathroom! the queen unit-room is pretty tight/small, but my parents didn't mind. I realize that most of these condos (like shores of panama) only give u start up things, but for what u pay I wish there was at least a weeks worth! we KEPT having to go to walmart! I mean, u either have to pack a lot on the front end or take a lot home! paper towels, toilet paper, soap for kitchen sink, trash bags, laundry AND dish detergents! GEEZ. AND our bathroom only had two towels so I had to do laundry like three times! Wish they would invest in a few more towels and things like that. This condo also didn't provide us with the beach chairs so we had to pay for that as well. bottom line, I would stay here again! but not peak season.
I do have pictures and will add to this later, if it will allow me to!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From a stunning sense of arrival to an array of luxurious amenities to our perfect location within walking distance of fabulous shopping and dining at Pier Park, Aqua sets new standards for the perfect beach vacation. Stunning 1, 2 & 3 bedroom condominiums all with sweeping Gulf views, water gardens, pools and whirlpool spa. Aqua; The color of luxury. The color of Fun. The most colorful vacations begin at Aqua. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Aqua Panama City Beach, Florida
- Aqua Hotel Panama City Beach