We stayed at the Banana Bay Resort in Marathon from February 7-13, 2007. The location was excellent, right in the middle of the Keys--so Key West was about 1 hour away and nice beaches were within easy reach. If you can't tolerate smoke, don't stay at this hotel though. None of the rooms are non-smoking--all they could do was put some sort of air purifier in our room which did not do a good job of getting rid of the cigarette smell (we are both non-smokers). We ended up buying some room deodorizer candles to make the place smell tolerable, This hotel was hit by the last big hurricane in 2005 and about 8 feet of water went through the area--so the hallways smell of mildew and the carpets have stains all over them. This hotel could definitely use a makeover. The property was very nice though, very lush with lots of tropical plants. The breakfast was decent with fruits, cereals, muffins, bagels, juices, boiled eggs some days. The little beach and snorkeling area they have advertised are not much. The snorkeling area is full of sea grass. Nice places to eat not far away are Five Brothers for their Cuban sandwiches and 7 Mile Grill for cheap tasty meals--would recommend their breakfast. Nearby nice beaches are Sombrero Beach and Bahia Honda State Park--water is as clear as in the Bahamas. All in all it was an ok place to stay but we would probably not stay there again unless it was renovated.
- 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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- Banana Bay Resort And Marina Marathon Hotel Marathon