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“Tropical... Quaint ... Relaxing.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon

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Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
Panama City, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Tropical... Quaint ... Relaxing.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

Don't expect room service w silver trays. Very low key. Perfect for us. Our room looked over the marina/water. Beautiful grounds nice pool and jacuzzi with tikki bar. Didn't get in but others were swimming. Late check in was a breeze. A little far from key west if ya plan on hitting the night activities but worked out ok for us. Decor could be updated but the charm of the place makes up for it.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

A great value. Gigantic swimming pool. Large trees and vegetation so as to give a sense of privacy. Friendly staff. Clean. Also Marathon Key is a great location. You get to Key West in about an hour. Near to the Turtle Hospital which is a great local attraction. Recommended.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2012

Has a nice pool but that is about it. It was cold the night we were there, we turned the heating unit to warm and was awakened at 3AM to the smoke alarm going off in our room and you could smell burning wires, tried calling the front desk with no answer. Went out into the hall found no one else there, assumed it was our room, checked all electric outlets and walls, finally came to conclusion, the smell was coming from the heating air condition unit turned it off and did not sleep the rest of the night. Guess what, we did not see any sprinkler system. Told the front desk about it when we checked out, there comment, there was probably dust in the vents. This place is a fire waiting to happen. There really is not any private beach, just a very small area with some chairs by the dock. This place needs a general renovation.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Clermont, Florida, USA
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56 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2012

This resort is old Florida at its best. Do not expect high end decor and amenities, but if you seek a clean, comfortable, reasonable place to stay, this is just fine. It is old, but well kept. We were pleased to find two sinks and the shower was hot with great water pressure and soft, fluffy towels. Great location mid Keys. It took us a while to figure out the two TV wands, but once we did all was OK. Also, don't arrive in the dark! This lush, tropical paradise has very little lighting and with multiple buildings and large resort area, it can be difficult to find your room. We also could not see signs to direct us. After returning to the office (which closes at 10!) the site map at the desk helped us find our building and room. The air conditioning was strong and cool and we loved the window wall with sliding louvered doors instead of curtains. There was a nice desk and small refrigerator in the room. Although we did not use the pool it appeared large with lots of available seating. We will come back!

Room Tip: Ask if the room is upstairs if you do not want to climb stairs. We did not see elevators. Our room...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

I won't belabor this one -- others who experienced Banana Bay have conveyed the scene we found in their reviews -- but add me to the list of those saying you could do better for a hotel in the Marathon area. For fans of funky (like us, generally), Banana Bay has much potential -- they could keep the retro look, the huge (and clean) retro pool, the tiki bar and the retro clientele, but they absolutely need to invest in more housecleaning staff (the poor woman cleaning our section of the Marina View didn't finish her rooms until nearly 6 pm -- and waiting guests were p.o.'d) and newer mattresses.

As several others have noted, the Marina area is really pretty -- I suspect if you cruised in on a yacht, tied up at the Marina, and used the amenities of BB while staying aboard your own floating bedroom with ocean view, you'd have a very different impression than mere ($200/night) room guests. Alas, that's not going to happen for us . . .

Room Tip: Marina View.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Myers, Florida
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65 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2011

This was my third stay at Banana Bay. I love the feel of this place...like stepping back in time so far away from the craziness of the world. It's a true escape from the sameness of most of the modern resorts. The pool is huge, the tiki bar (and Noni, the barkeep) is welcoming and the rooms are comfortable. The staff seems to really care about Banana Bay. Dave is always around and asking how everything is going. I felt that housekeeping was watching my every move because if I left the room and forgot something, the room was already cleaned when I went back to get it. I do wish that more attention was given to the beach area at the marina. Lots of cigarette butts, etc. Wouldn't take much to clean that up and make it more inviting. We did miss having the restaurant this year!

You get the feel that whoever owns the resort doesn't know what they want to do with it. Little things seem nicer each time we go, but it seems that they don't want to put money into updating. I'd hate to see the "Old Florida" feel go away, but it would be nice to see the pool resurfaced, maybe some new carpet and paint. I hope they decide to do that, because we'd really miss staying at Banana Bay!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2011

My husband and I have stayed all over the Florida keys and Banana Bay is somewhere we will return to. The rooms are very clean and cozy. The staff is great and they have a great pool. The resort is very charming.

Room Tip: The rooms that overlook the pool are great.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon
Address: 4590 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 49 1/2, Marathon, FL 33050-2332
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon 3*
Number of rooms: 60
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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