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Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
Maryland
1 review
“Loved the ambiance”
Reviewed June 3, 2008

We recently stayed at the Banana Bay Resort in Marathon. Prior to going, we checked the travel advisor and were admittedly a bit skeptical because of some of the reviews. Prior to following through, we spoke to Kimberly, the general manager, who reassured us that we would be pleasantly surprised. We are so glad we went. Our experience was fantastic. The ambiance of this resort was great. Our room was furnished Caribbean style. It was very clean. The entire staff was pleasant and very helpful. The pool and hot tub were well maintained. The landscaping is well established and beautiful...a real paradise. The dock area is undergoing renovation but still very much useable. We loved watching the sunset from beach area. We are so glad we stayed at Banana Bay and can't wait to return.

  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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BananaBayGM, General Manager at Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon, responded to this review, June 17, 2008
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay. We hope you return soon and often!
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Reviewed May 27, 2008

Recently my three year old son and I vacation in the Florida Keys. Our stay at Banana Bay was awesome. Our view from our room was great. When he was still sleeping I would sit on our balcony and enjoy the peacfulness and the landscape. You have a perfect view of the sunset every night, and the fishing was alway good. Kid friendly, my son loved the pool and the fish that live in the marina behind the hotel. The resort is close to the local kmart and to activities. I say its a must see. I have already started planing my next trip to the keys and Banana Bay Resort!

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Thank AshleeKy
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BananaBayGM, General Manager at Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon, responded to this review, June 17, 2008
Thank you so much for your positive feedback! Sometimes folks forget to let resorts know when we do something right! We'll share your comments with our staff and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed May 8, 2008

We have stayed at the Banana Bay Resort in Key West several time and have had a wonderful time. The hotel is very clean and quite, this is not the case for the hotel in Marathon. This hotel has been ridden hard and put away wet. The room had debris left behind by the previous guest, mold in the bathroom, wallpaper peeling off of the walls and a ring of dirt on the ceiling around the ceiling fan. The cleaning standards of this hotel are below that of a Bulgarian youth hostel. We travel to the Keys every other month and this is by far the worst place we have ever stayed at. Spend the extra money and stay somewhere else.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — The Filth
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank mvpphoto
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BananaBayGM, General Manager at Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon, responded to this review, June 17, 2008
Thank you for bringing your experience to our attention. You obviously had a room that was not updated! We are currently in the process of replacing some of the tired wallpaper with a knock - down texture and fresh paint. We've replaced carpet and we are currently undergoing marina reconstruction. We hope that you'll return for a fresh, new experience!
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Ft Lauderdale
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2008

Room was not clean! Items left over from last guest!

Hair from the last guest was in one of my bed!

STAY AWAY FROM BANANA BAY

Stayed March 2008
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Thank scutler96
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BananaBayGM, Kimberly Hayden, General Manager at Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon, responded to this review, May 9, 2008
We're truly sorry that your stay did not meet your expectations. We at Banana Bay do take pride in the fact that we have an awesome housekeeping staff. Our sheets are laundered every day, with the exception of our eco-friendly guest that request no bed change during their stay.
We hope you return and give us the opportunity to show you that your experience is not the norm!
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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2008

We were booked to stay for four nights, but stayed only one when we saw that they had no beach to speak of. When I spoke to the reservations agent prior to booking he said they had a beach and that was my number one priority in choosing a place to stay.. They allowed us to cancel, at which point we chose to stay at Tranquility Bay (see review).

This resort is in a really attractive setting, but a bit tired looking. Our bathroom's wallpaper was peeling back . The carpeting in the bedroom was soaking wet under the in-wall air conditioner where it had been leaking condensation, likely causing a mold/mildew problem. The lobby was in disarray and not very welcoming. This resort has a nice location, but definitely needs some TLC.

  • Liked — The grounds
  • Disliked — No beach
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank kmurtz
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BananaBayGM, Kimberly Hayden, General Manager at Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon, responded to this review, May 9, 2008
Thank you for your comments. We truly appreciate guest feedback. Our marina is currently under reconstruction and the small, sandy sunning beach will be better than ever!
Our maintenance staff is currently replacing wallpaper in guest rooms and bathrooms with a more modern "knockdown" type textured walls. It looks great and we hope you come back and check us out again!
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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed March 3, 2008

Let me start off by saying this resort is definitely not a Marriot or a Hilton, so if you're looking for a mainstream hotel with the comforts you'd come to expect from such, then don't stay here. I went down to Marathon with the idea of having a great getaway weekend, and I did just that. This resort is tucked neatly off US-1, secluded by tropical trees and plants. I stayed in one of the resorts bunagloo rooms. The room was neat and clean. The refridgerator did have a bad odor in it, but it was visually clean. The room was nice. The pool area was very nice. Surrounded by trees, its a vision of a tropical oasis. It really was very relaxing. The hot tub was clean as was the pool. Marshall the bartender was very attentive and was very helpful providing any type of alcholic concoction you could possibly want. The restaraunt at the pool cooks very good apetizers. I'm sure the other food is good too, I just didn't have any, I was too busy drinking. They rent jet skis, boats, pontoons, kayaks and have snorkeling tours. I don't know all the prices but the Jet Ski's were $50 for half an hour $85 for 1 hour (which is your average keys rental prices). Kayaks were $15 for singles and $20 for doubles. I don't remember the rest. The resort grounds can use some work, the whole resort is not paved, and some of the buildings are in need of maintenance. They have a man made beach, but while I was there it was covered in sea weed like many of the beaches in the keys. Its very quiet, you will not notice many people around the resort. I had a great time though, no complaints. If you're a local or are familiar with the area this resort is literally Holiday Isle - the resort.

  • Liked — The pool and the poolside Tiki bar
  • Disliked — The room could use some work.
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
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Thank rfinkley
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BananaBayGM, Kimberly Hayden, General Manager at Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon, responded to this review, May 9, 2008
Thank you so much for your comments! We love sharing our tropical paradise with guests like you!
We are currently updating many guest room features, as well as our marina and look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Cheshire
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Reviewed February 28, 2008

I located this accommodation from a guide book and was not disappointed. It has a bit of a retro feel to it, rather like an older motel but that's OK. The property is set in wonderful greenery and is well placed on Marathon, a nice stop on the way down the Keys. From here you can go o the Dolphin Research Centre (which is fantastic but book ahead for hands on experiences), go fishing, or take a walk down the old seven mile bridge. Rooms are fine; a bit dated but clean HOWEVER, I would strongly recommend that you get an ocean view room that looks over the small marina and then over the Gulf. Pool available but we didn't use it. For lunch or dinner, I highly recommend Leannes Coffee and Tea shop, a small restaurant close by. We had a fantastic dining experience personnally served by the owners who also have a great selection of wine which is sold at retail rather than marked up). All in all we had a great ouple of days and would definitely book again.

  • Liked — overlooking ocean
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mitch_from_Cheshire
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BananaBayGM, Kimberly Hayden, General Manager at Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon, responded to this review, May 9, 2008
Thank you for staying with us. We are always happy to share our little corner of paradise with guests such as yourself!
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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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