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Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
New York
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“This is not a resort!”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

I would not label this dump a "resort." When I called to make a reservation they said they only have the "garden view" which was actually the "highway view." The paint was pealing off of the walls along with the wallpaper, it was dirty, and was a breeding ground for very loud/fat/toothless/drunk families who just floated in from "south of Key West." The photo on the website must have been taken somewhere else because none of the rooms looked that nice.The only reason for the 1 star is that the front desk person was pleasant. I would call this a very cheap motel at best. There are plenty of quaint places to stay in the keys. This is not one of them.

With regard to the Fish N' Fun boat rental at their marina, stay away! They are the rudest people I have every met and they will nickel and dime you at the end of your boat ride. It really takes away from the vacation.

A cute place to stay is The Breezy Palms in Islamorada and if you want to rent a boat consider Bud N' Mary's.

Room Tip: Rooms at other real hotels are better. Beware of the word "Resort" in the Keys.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Spokane, Washington
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Larry really went above and beyond to help us enjoy our brief stay at Banana Bay. The resort has so many beautiful trees surrounding you that it makes you feel like you are further away from civilization than you already are in the Florida Keys. Nice and private and amazing sunsets!

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Spanaway, Washington
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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Web site is not what you get when you get there room was dirty not vacuumed tile floor has coffee drips not mopped bed spread had dried food on it took it off and went and found housekeeper got clean one i have stayed in many hotels as part of my vacation but really i have ran my own cleaning company for 20 years i can say lazy housekeepers pool was ok no restaurant its closed and it says they have one and no gift shop and tiki bar was not open but marina was good if you need one when we go back wont be staying again.

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

Banana Bay is in a great location but not the best place to stay. The hotel is pretty run down. Rooms are air conditioned but the rest of the buildings are not. Hallway and stairs in our building was carpeted - not a good idea when people are running in and out in wet bathing suits. Noisy as well.

Probably a great place for a bunch of party animals but would not recommend this place for couples or families. Our room was clean but the"mosquito" netting over the bed was torn and had seen much better days. Booked this place it because it looked like a neat tropical resort on the pictures but I had not used Trip Advisor to check it out first. We didn't even try the Tiki Bar.

Room Tip: If you do want to stay here, get a bay view room. At least you'll have a nice view.
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Reviewed July 25, 2012 via mobile

This is a great location, especially if you have a boat and can make use of the marina. They don't have central air, which seems pretty common here, but that leaves the halls and foyers smelling nasty and they are hot.

The rooms are pretty run down, but not unlivable. Our quilted coverlet was stained, and the tub was cracked. The tub had hair in it when we arrived. The mini fridge was rusted on the outside, and a drawer in the dresser was broken. Sometimes the toilet wouldn't stop running.

On the plus side, there is a decent pool and an area next to the marina where you can rent overpriced watercraft. We couldn't believe that both here and in Key West they charge $99 per hour for a jet ski.

I have been shopping at a few places on Vaca Key where this "resort" is located. There are a few interesting little shops if you look closely, and Banana Bay is just a hop away from Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Bealls Outlet, and Big Kmart, as well as a Subway, Wendy's, and McDonalds.

I was a little bummed that there wasn't a microwave in the room-- it would have been a big help with buying groceries to save on eating out. For healthy food in this area, Food for Thought is a yummy vegetarian friendly restaurant nearby.

Sombrero Beach is across the street behind the Publix, and it is really nice. There is even a playground for the kids. Also there is the Dolphin Research Center. Admission there is $20 per adult, and educational presentations are ever 30 minutes. It is all outdoors, though, so wear sunscreen and a hat, and try to get there early because they close at 4:30pm.

So in closing, Banana Bay misrepresented itself on its website. It is not great, but if you can find outstanding rates to stay here and aren't too picky, go ahead and give it a try. If anything I have mentioned here horrifies you, stay in a major chain in Key West.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Rising Sun, Maryland
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We rented a 22 foot boat today from the marina and were completely unsatisfied. Originally we booked on the phone and booked a 21 foot boat. While booking the lady was quite unfriendly to say the least. The next day we were contacted and told that someone else wanted a fishing boat so they wanted us to give up the original boat we booked, and take a different one. This was not a big deal to us at all, we were still excited. As soon as we got to the marina, the staff was very condescending and rude, making it clear that they (mainly Barbara) did not think that we were fit to drive their boat. We had someone with a boater's license and 5 years of experience, but that seemed unacceptable. Once we went to our boat we learned all the different things we could be charged for; however it didn't seem to make a difference to them that the radio and speedometer didn't work at all or that the fire extinguisher was completely empty. As he was showing us things on the boat he couldn't even get the vhf radio to turn on.
After our day on the water we fueled at another local marina and brought the boat back. He then topped it off (which we were told he was going to). As he was doing so he still made rude remarks and even said "Did you even refuel?" continuing his treatment of us as if we were idiots. He got 30 more dollars worth of gas, we gave him 2 twenties and his response was "Oh, I guess I can get you change," as if we should tip him.
Overall, dealing with these people was a terrible experience and I would recommend renting from somewhere else, where they appreciate your business.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Planned a diving trip to Marathon. After looking online for a place to stay i saw Banana Bay resort website, the site give the impression that it is a gorgeous place to stay at, a resort. The pricing for the rooms was for sure resort prices, but i decided to treat myself! I do wish i had looked online for reviews before deciding.
The place is a pit. The room is what i would expect at a $40 motel by the highway.
The bed is rock hard, feels like laying down on a piece of plywood.
The bathroom is yucky, the shower is a piece of pipe sticking out of the wall with no showerhead.
The balcony door had 3 shutter sliding doors in front of it that you are supposed to slide close to get it dark at night, those sliding doors was standing on the floor leaning on the balcony door/window, and no way to slide them. You would have to lift them and put them in place!
The building my room was in is so old, it was built before they had key card for hotels, I got a actual key for the door, not a card.
Overall it was so yucky and uncomfortable that i located a holiday inn 4 miles away and booked a room there, and checked out of banana bay "resort". Holiday Inn was $50 cheaper a night!!!

Please do yourself a favor and DO NOT take a chance with this place!

Room Tip: Stay away. You will regret it if you book a room here.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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Property: Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon
Address: 4590 Overseas Hwy, Mile Marker 49 1/2, Marathon, FL 33050-2332
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
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Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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