We made a late decision to visit Key West, and most of our first choice hotels were already booked (we had been to Key West about 5 times before, and always enjoyed staying within walking distance of Duval). About two weeks before our planned visit, we finally booked a room at this resort, which is a big mile from downtown...not within walking distance for us. The person who took my reservation wouldn't guarantee a pool side room...which was pretty important to us. She said she would put down that we "desired" a pool side room.
We arrived at 8:30 am on our first scheduled day hoping our early arrival would get us a pool side room. SInce the hotel was filled from the previous night, we couldn't check in early. We told her we'd be back in a few hours, and reminded her of our request for pool side. She still wouldn't guarantee it saying that we'd get whatever was available at the time.
We called back about 11:00 am to inquire about the status of a room. To our pleasant surprise, she said she had a pool side room that was ready. (As a side note, most of their "pool side" rooms simply overlook the pool...you don't just walk out of your room onto the pool deck.)
Anyway, our room had a great view (room 211) of the pool area and you could even see the bay thru the trees. We were happy with the location of the room, and as it turns out, it's proximity to Duval.
Here's the pluses from our stay:
-quiet and peaceful atmosphere
-outdated, but clean room
-pretty well maintained pool area and "beach" area. Groundskeeper was there every day tidying up these areas.
-close to a Publix and K Mart (for beer, food, and personal need items at reasonable prices)
-strong security presence at night....the security person was on constant patrol around the grounds, checking behind building, bushes, etc with his flashlight.
-got immediate response to an issue with our TV even though it was 9:00 pm
Here's some opportunities:
-bell assistance for getting bags to rooms...especially for the second level rooms (no elevator)
-updating rooms and/or minor maintenance on existing (loose wall paper in bathroom)
-we were disappointed that the Tikki Bar wasn't open, but understood why...there were never enough guests around to justify having a person there tending bar.
-"do not disturb" tags for the door handles. Housekeeping simply knocked on your door, not knowing if you were sleeping, or if you even wanted service.
If you're looking for a quiet, laid back, Key West experience, this is the place for you. It's a short distance to Duval, but probably not within walking distance for most people. The beach is pretty much shaded all day, and you wouldn't want to swim there....too many rocks, weeds, etc. The pool area is nice and offers sunshine most of the day. Even though it's advertised as an "adults only" resort, we didn't experience any "jaw dropping" behavior...just a few women suntanning without their tops. I would go back to this resort.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Two-Story Hotel situated directly on the Gulf of Mexico in a tropical garden setting. ... more less
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- Banana Bay Hotel Key West
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