I had originally decided on another hotel at Marathon based on Trip Adverisor reviews, but the Visitor Center in Key Largo was pushing Banana Bay, and they told us it had a beach. The other couple with us thought the beach sounded good so I went against the bad Trip Advisor review and booked Banana Bay. Mistake! The property is kind of a jungle setting with lots of palms and flowering plants with several different units disbursed over the small acreage. The pool area looked nice (even though we did not have time to use it). Unfortunately, the buildings are older and in need of maintenance. They just appear run down. When we entered the building where our room was located it smelled of mold. Our room had a small balcony over looking the parking lot, but the room itself had peeling walpaper and paint, The beds were very old and bouncy, but I woke up feeling ok. At the end of the resort there is a marina. When someone tells me they have a beach, I expect slopping land that going into the water. Banana Bay has a sea wall with sand. There was no walking along the beach here! I was very disappointed in this aspect, but the Visitor Center is at fault here. With a little TLC this place could be a great location, but until then listen to the reviews.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the newly renovated Banana Bay Resort & Marina, a part of the B unlimited brand located in beautiful Marathon Key! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Banana Bay Resort And Marina Marathon Hotel Marathon