The reviews for this place could go either way depending on your expectations going in. If you want to experience the old style Florida Keys, Stay on the ocean, have a sleepy little getaway experience, use a boat but not have to bring your own, relax. This is the place. If you are looking for a swimming beach, high-end or even up dated accomodations, great restaurant, bar and nightlife, this is not the place for you.
We made our plans last minute and were only able to get 3 nights in a row if we were willing to move each day, we did, and that was actually very smooth and gave us the opportunity to see different rooms. For our family trip we really wanted to use a boat, but did not want to tow one this trip, this place was almost perfect. The rooms (even the ocean view suite) left something to be desired, however, in fairness they had everything that was advertised. The place is sort of thrown together and has not been upgraded, except the essentials, in years.
We ate the complimentary breakfast only once, the food was average to below average, and the restaurant management was not firendly to down right rude. We chose to not eat there again after our first morning. The evening menu prices were high, the place was hot, and we chose to eat at some other places in Marathon.
The beach is cozy, but does not offer swimming to speak of, and at low tide its a big wet smelly mess just off of the beach for at least 40 yards. The pool and hot tub were dated as well, but functional. We did not use either.
As for the boat fleet, they are old and small, but well maintained, the staff is very helpful and there is good bottom fishing within sight of the dock. The hook for me was the boats, and I have no regrets because of that.
Overall expectations were met with boat and beach, not with room and definitely not with restaurant.
I would recommend based on the expectation.
- Also Known As:
- Rainbow Bend Fishing Hotel
- Rainbow Bend Fishing Hotel Marathon
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