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Galleon Resort And Marina
617 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Ranked #30 of 41 hotels in Key West
hudson valley
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“Dont believe the reviews- Only rent it if you get it for CHEAP”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

I can only believe that owners are posting positive reviews because the accomodations were the worst that I have ever stayed in at a timeshare. As a family of 6, I rent timeshares often when we travel. They SHOULD BE comfortable.
1.The mattress on the pull out couch was thin and warped, resulting in poor nights sleep for my teens. The cot, that my youngest needed, was so thin that the frame was practically poking through the mattress, hurting his back.
2. Only one telephone in the Suite? So if the phone rings and your in bed, you need to get up and go to the kitchen.
3. Ordered lunch from the Tiki Bar one day- it was awful and not even fit for a dog. If you dont believe me, try it for yourself.

On the positive side, great location, easy walk to Duval and restaurants by the marina, nice pool. Toby the manager was pleasant but could not assist me as I had rented directly through an owner.
*****Only rent if you get a deal, and then really think about it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

Stayed in a 2 bed in December 2012 as an RCI exchange guest. This resort is truly worth of its Gold Crown status. The location is excellent, next to the historic seaport and marina and a very short walk from all of the excitement of Duval Street, but far enough away to be quiet – which was important to us. Nice bars and restaurants within 3 minutes’ walk.

If you are looking for accommodation in Key West, then check carefully where it is as some streets are very busy and noisy – anything near Duval/ Mallory Square or the main roads will be noisy with either party folk or traffic. A lot of the historic B&Bs we looked at were on busy roads and had small rooms. A lot of people come to Key West to party, so check the noise policy – some of the B&Bs we looked at allowed noise until midnight, which seemed late to us.

The resort staff were helpful and friendly and met our needs, and everywhere was super clean and tidy. The resort is managed very well and it very well cared for.

In terms of the accommodation then we had a 4th floor 2 bed unit overlooking the marina, which was huge. The master bedroom has an enormous bed (bigger than our super king back home) with full length windows opening to a balcony, and then a large en-suite, recently renovated and has a super marble & limestone bathroom (walk in marble shower and deep soaking tub) & 2 sinks, and the standard of the bathroom was better than a lot of 5 star hotels I have stayed in. The lounge/kitchen diner was all open plan and spacious, again with full length windows opening to a balcony. The kitchen was small and a bit dated but well equipped and included a washer and drier which we used all of the time as the weather was hot and very humid. The second bedroom was also large – a bit darker and no view, but it did have its own shower room – very handy having 2 bathrooms if there are more than 2 of you. We did not use the sofa bed, but as the lounge furniture was a little uncomfortable then I am not sure how comfy it would be. The decor is modern TiKi, and all of the units have a programme of renovation in place, bathrooms have just been done. All units have very efficient aircon – which we used as it was so humid. One thing to mention, that there is no starter/welcome pack of tea/coffee in the unit, so if like us, you had been travelling from the UK for over 20 hours, you should pick something up first!

We had a super balcony, where we spent most of our time, overlooking the marina and we could see manatees swimming in the marina from our room, together with lots of pelicans, white herons and egrets. Some rooms overlooked the pool and poolside bar, where there was live music every night – that would have been too noisy for us but it all depends on what you want – we like quiet!

In terms of the location then as Key West is very compact, we did not use our hire car – the resort provides 1 free parking pace per unit (note it is per unit not per person) and parking is at a premium in Key West with high parking charges as most on street parking is chargeable – so unless you are planning day trips I would not rent a car again – ours sat in the garage most of the week. Everyone rents bikes and cycles or electric car/golf cart type things or walks.

In terms of food, if you decide to self-cater, then I recommend Fasto’s Food Palace who will deliver your groceries for free if you spend over a certain amount. We found Key West to be a very expensive destination for everything including eating out, so did a combination of self-catering and light meals out. However the drinks are cheap!

We were due to go to another report in Marathon the following week, but when we went to look at it, it looked quite basic and as such, we decided to stay at The Galleon and pay for a few more nights as we could not improve on the standard or the location – for us it offered fantastic value of money in a superb location.

In terms of trips we did the Danger Cruises boat sunset sail and wine tasting which was very good, we did the full Danger day sail, snorkel and kayak which was Ok and the day trip to the Dry Tortugas – which I would recommend and will review separately. We also went swimming with Dolphins at Marathon Key at the Dolphin Research Centre which was very expensive but a great 'once in a lifetime' thing to do.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Oldsmar, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We stay here twice a year and love it. The location is outstanding, a short walk to everything and the hotel rooms have some outstanding views and have recently been re-done. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

The Galleon is such a great place. The location is so convenient to everything. We never took cabs unless we are going or coming from the airport. Great pool, tiki bar, beach and rooms. We were there the first week of October, 2012. Walked through the Truman area, gorgeous! Also went to the ocean boardwalk, Duval, Front streets. Great time. Also toured the Hemingway House, interesting man and amazing home.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Went to the Galleon on a business trip. I had reserved 8 time share rooms in different configurations. The staff at check in was extremely nice and helpful. I stayed in a 2 bedroom 2 bath marina view room. The room came complete with a kitchen, various electronics and a washer & dryer. The rooms decor was still a little 70's ish with wood paneling but had upgrades of flat panel TV's, spa tub and oversized shower. The fitmess center needs help as far as an upgrade goes. The pool and tiki bar are nice as well. The best part of the resort is the view from the rooms. The view of the Gulf - Sunset Key and Tank island are nice as well as the view of the marina. The marina offers fishing charters as well as renting your own boats and PWC's. This is the 2nd time I've stayed at this resort and will return in the future.

Room Tip: Although no daily housekeeping in the room price, choose the marina or gulf view time share rooms.Al...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Greenwood, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The Galleon Resort is the best place I have ever stayed in Key West. We had a room overlooking the ocen marina and waking up looking at the water and million dollar boats that I dream of owning was a wonderful. We had a 2 bedroom condo that was clean, stocked and with bathrooms that have been updated and are beautiful. The pool was nice and towel service was availabe on a daily basis. The Tiki bar was great (our only complaint is that the bartenders could have been friendlier) and the small sandy beach next to the pool was great. This place has 100's of places to eat and drink with-in walking distance and Mallory Square and Duval Street are only 2 blocks away. You are close to the Party without all the noise!. I would stay here again in a heartbeat. If you are high maintenance and need your room cleaned and bed made on a daily basis this is not the place for you. They come once a week and re-fresh towels and change linens which was fine for us. Loved the place and location and cannot recommend it more highly.

Room Tip: Get a view of the Marina!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

We have a friend who owns a time share with this resort, which is how we originally became attracted to it. The week we had planned our time in Key West didn't align with his vacation weeks, so we paid for a week with the hotel itself--a reasonable rate, considering the particularly festive week we were there.

I can't say enough about how great the staff is in helping you with your needs. We plan to make a yearly trip to this resort and we had some things related to a medical condition that would be helpful for them to store for us--and they were so helpful and willing to do this for us. And they didn't even charge extra for quite a bit of inconvenience and hassle (but we definitely did tip them for their trouble, as we will again next year when they drag out the equipment they have been so wonderful to store for us).

I want to give particular thanks to Gregg, Tom, and Tim who were all instrumental in allowing our week at the Galleon to be wonderful and comfortable. Now on to the great points about the suite we were in.

We rented a 2 bedroom suite so it really felt like our "home" in Key West. It's location is perfect--in old town and 2 blocks from Duval Street. Our room, with a deck that spanned the living room and bedroom overlooked the water and Marina below. We spent several enjoyable afternoons enjoying cocktails out on the deck (comfortable chairs and a lot of space for the deck for an apartment!).

The suite we were in was fabulous. Everything you need to call home--and done in an upscale way. We had a wet bar with a great variety of glasses. A fully stocked kitchen--even a blender and toaster!

Two televisions--a big flatscreen in the master bedroom, another in the living room and a smaller TV in the second bedroom (we mostly used the second bedroom as a dressing room as we were there during costume party week in Key West ;-)

We had a great time--and a good part of why is because we had a perfect location and a fabulous upscale suite. Oh, did I mention that the master bedroom bathroom had a jacuzzi and a HUGE shower with several options for what type of shower head you prefer.

I can't say enough good things about the staff and the place. Hats off to them--and thanks to them as well. This is a great property that I highly recommend!

Room Tip: If you can, get a suite that looks over the water. Our sunrise suite was beyond beautiful and droo...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 617 Front Street, Key West, FL 33040
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Key West
#13 Top resorts Hotel in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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