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Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
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“Great value for the money”
Reviewed January 22, 2005

We stayed at Banana Bay for 10 days in Jan.2005, and loved the "jungle " looks of the property, where buildings and individual rooms are well planned and equipped.Staff was very friendly, especially Monica in the restaurant and Maria at the continental breakfast (which unfortunately has to be consumed outdoors in pool area even on pretty cold day).Nearby Annette's restaurant was expensive but very good (ask for Carrie as a great server).Overall, Banana Bay was a "best buy"for the money.

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Loomis, CA
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Reviewed September 30, 2004

We arrived at the Banana Bay Resort located in Marathon Florida on Saturday, September 25th. We were fortunate to already have reservations there because we were able to escape the hurricane. After spending a few days in South Beach it was refreshing to be at such a laid back resort. Everyone was very helpful and nice (especially Chris at the pool bar) We spent alot of time enjoying the pool and spa. Thanks for the wonderful visit. If you happen to be in the area there is a wonderful restaurant called Cabana Breeze located on MM 50 (ask Chris she can give you directions)

  • Stayed September 2004, traveled on business
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 1, 2004

I first stayed at Banana Bay a while ago having previously visited the sister resort in Key West. The rooms are clean and spacious and the beds very comfortable, the vegetation around the resort gives it a really tropical feel and the pool area is lovely. I can't praise the staff enough, especially at the restaurant and the three bars, there cannot be friendlier people in the whole of the USA than Lynn, Chrissi, Janal, Louis and John. I was travelling alone at the time and they ended up taking me out for lunch! The food at the restaurant is also excellent. I kept in touch with them and now count many of the staff as friends despite living so far away. I have now visited Banana Bay NINE TIMES and intend to carry on doing so. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2004
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Voorhees, NJ
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Reviewed August 2, 2004

We eloped to Banana Bay Resort for a quiet wedding. For the $350 package deal, the sweet Captain Anne married us on the beach. It also included champagne, flowers and our witness-slash-professional photographer, Larry. Larry took us around the property and took some beautiful shots in the tropical gardens. He developed the pictures and dropped them and the negatives off at the hotel the same day. Great pictures! Don't try to save a buck and have your yahoo friends take pictures. Get Larry!

The hotel rooms and the property were very nice. The buildings were not air conditioned, though, so when you stepped out of your room you were hit in the face with the heat. The pool was beautiful. Breakfast was ok, nothing special but definetely enough to hold you until lunch. As another reviewer said, the breakfast paper plates were very tiny desert plates...what's with that? Buy some real plates, Banana Bay! What could they cost? Two cents more?

We took a day trip to Key West and decided we were glad to be in Marathon. Key West's Duvall street is overrated with all its tacky t-shirt stores. But just like all parts of the Florida Keys, it was still beautiful.

If you're planning to get married in the Florida Keys, try Banana Bay, Marathon. I think you will be happy with it!

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Reviewed June 26, 2004

Our room was very nice. Read a few reviews and made our request online with specific requests then called to confirm the requests. Overall this place was good. The restaurant was supposed to be open till 10:00 PM, my wife and I showed up at 9:13pm and had to "beg" to be served, because the one and only waitress was whining about someone that had not came to work and she was the only one. She told us as soon as we walked in that she was closed at 9:13om, then my wife confronted her about the 10:00pm closing time and asked her what the deal was. We ended up eating there but it was a rushed situation. This place also puts a large "hold" on your credit card. Room was $180 and they put a $250 hold on top of that charge. I can't understand it.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Reviewed June 14, 2004

We just returned from Banana Bay this weekend. We absolutely LOVED it!

Key West is over-rated. Marathon is where it is at - and Banana Bay is the BEST resort! We loved our room, the pool, the restaurant, the beach, EVERYTHING!

Our original plan was to stay for 3 nights, but after only 2 hours at BB, we changed our plans and stayed for 5 nights. They were incredibly accomidating and didn't make us switch rooms.

As a flight attendant, who experienced a lot of hotels and continental breakfasts, I felt that BB's poolside breakfast was above-average. Cereal, bagels, english muffins, (DELICIOUS) Blueberry and Bran muffins, fruit, eggs, coffe and several juices.

The Banana Cabana Restaurant next to the pool was delightful. We ate there three times and EVERYTHING was terrific. The Cream of Broccoli and Carrot soups were great, and the Tomato & Basil soup was WONDERFUL.

We will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed June 2005
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Golden, CO
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Reviewed June 10, 2004

We stayed at Banana Bay early June 2004 with our two young daughters. The grounds are beautiful and the pool is great. Breakfast by the pool was very pleasant. Unfortunately grounds maintenance is somewhat lacking. The same food spills and empty beer cans were in place poolside for the entire 3 days of our stay. We were also displeased that our room reeked of smoke despite our request for a non-smoking room. We were told that they don't maintain non-smoking rooms - instead they put an air filter in your room if you request it. The air filter was making some headway by the time we left. Another disapointment was the extra $10/night they charged for each of our young children - this charge was not included in the estimated total that we received with our web reservation. Overall the place is better than many, but it was disappointing that they didn't do the little bit extra to achieve excellence.

  • Stayed June 2004
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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
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Hotel Class:3 star — Banana Bay Resort and Marina Marathon 3*
Number of rooms: 60
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