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“Not bad considering the age of the property” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Banana Bay Resort - Key West

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Banana Bay Resort - Key West
Ranked #46 of 47 Hotels in Key West
Shelbyville, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Not bad considering the age of the property”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

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-outdated, but clean room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.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Clovis, California, United States
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36 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We had a great time on the Florida Keys. Banana Bay was a good location for us to enjoy up and down the Keys in three days. The resort was nice with a nice pool area. Our room could have been nice but the carpets were not very clean. Also our room was pretty dark so if you stay there be sure to ask for a room with a balcony that will give you more light.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the highway and with a balcony.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Tina S
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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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354 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Our family of four stayed in a large room for just one night (room 101). We did notice on checkout that this is a adults only resort and no children under 16 are allowed (our daughters are 15 and 18) The room had two queen size beds but one bed was broken at the foot end which didn't make for a comfortable nights sleep. The room and bathroom were clean and smelled good and there was complimentary coffee and shower gel/soap and shampoo.
Breakfast is included and served in a nice room and outside area between 8 and 10. Waffles, pastries and muffins were available as well as cereal coffee and orange juice, enough to get your day started. There is a nice pool and tiki bar but we didn't make use of these as we didn't have time. We had a nice welcome on check in and the receptionist called us a cab to take us into town after we were settled.
The only drawback of this hotel is lack of wifi in the hotel rooms, this was only available in reception and the breakfast room.
If you want a good value for money hotel that is comfortable then this is for you!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Don't expect a palace room, it is not. But considering the price paid versus key west prices, it is good value. The room are ok, bed confortable and relatively clean. Bathroom is clean but reminds you of a 60s house.

The garden / pool were very nice. The included morning breakfast is adequate and a nice touch.

You could walk to town in 30-40 minutes. The location is better than the string of hotels (including luxury ones) next to the airport.

There is ongoing construction work, but it was easy to find and access the hotel, I don't understand other people complaints about the difficulty of accessing it. There is signage on the A1A and on other roads to bring you there. Or ask your GPS friend !

Room Tip: The last rooms of the main building ave a vue on the lagoon next to the hotel.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Pixiematic
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NYC
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

This place has very outdated rooms, Beds are hostel type feel, very uncomfortable, felt like i was sinking into it. Ceiling fan made a strange noise had to turn it off. Holes in walls and no internet in rooms or Pool area.. How much would it cost to install a few routers?? Not much i know cause i used to do it.. For what i paid for the room $150 plus per night this place is a dump.. It is a $30-$40 room on mainland and so maybe in Key West $50-$60 room at most! Only good thing i can say about the place is no resort fee and good toiletries Bed bath& Beyond and free parking. Breakfast was waffles, cereal, and muffins, Not much for what i paid for this room.. Pay a little more and go to Sheraton is best tip i can give. I dont know who gave the reviews for this place as the best place is being paid to say so. Also their trips for scuba divers is a $100 more than the price i was quoted by the dive shop itself. So call yourself and save $100 bucks.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars
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Thank JunSung L
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Galloway, Ohio
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

The Banana Bay Resort is certainly not the Ritz-Carlton. However, this resort provides the best value for a Key West vacation that I have yet to experience. Quiet, with a friendly staff and a nice little beach offering wonderful views. The pool area is wonderful as well. The rooms could certainly use some TLC, but, they are spacious and very clean. The bed's are very unique. It would be my suggestion to call ahead and request that your room have a private deck and poolside if possible. This is a resort that I definitely intend to return to. An additional suggestion would be to rent a scooter as the hotel is a bit off of the beaten path. We used Tropical Rentals as they offered the best scooter's for the price and have great early week deals.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank meinohio50364
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Meriden, Connecticut
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121 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

The area has road construction right now that will be lasting for nearly 2 years that made getting to this hotel a nightmare. The office was hard to find once there because it is not connected to the building. The room was clean but needs updating. Bathroom very dated, had to buy allen wrench to tighten lock screws on room door because maintenance never responded. Did see a couple of bugs in bathroom one night. The location is very quiet. The pool is gorgeous with a jacuzzi and a private beach area and gazebo. Nude sunbathing at the pool if desired since it is very, very private. Pool hours say until sunset but we used the Jacuzzi later with no issues. For the price it is a good value since other hotels in this area with less amenities are more than 30-50% more $$. There was an adequate continental breakfast and a small fitness room. Wi-FI is only available near the pool or in the continental breakfast room since they only have simple wireless router. Overall for the price we would stay there again.

Room Tip: 2nd floor has better view of pool and grounds.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank Dave C
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Property: Banana Bay Resort - Key West
Address: 2319 North Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040-3835
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Banana Bay Resort - Key West 2.5*
Number of rooms: 48
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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