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“A Great Vacation in the Keys”
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Reef Resort
Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
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“A Great Vacation in the Keys”
Reviewed March 12, 2012

This was a very nice getaway for us. The villas are rustic, but have everything you need in the kitchen and cable so what more could you ask for?! The sofa is beach furniture so not a big comfy couch, but was fine for us because we weren't there to be inside. The beds were a little hard, so my suggestion is to bring your own down comforter and pillows and you will be fine! The bathroom isn't great, but everything is clean. It is not a take a bath kind of tub, but shower is just fine for us. The staff couldn't be sweeter. They have canoes, bikes and paddle boards that you can use for free which is a big bonus! The pool is very nice and clean! It is a quiet resort , not a party place, which was great for us! This is a great place to stay for a rustic getaway! It is probably not the place for Hilton type people, but fine for a little cottage getaway! We would return!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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English first
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2011

We are an original owner of unit 37, best unit location and view. Love coming here every year - big fan of Marathon and Florida Keys. We're terribly disappointed in the upkeep of the interior or our Villa - carpet is torn, dirty and most of the furniture, flooring, bathrooms, blinds and cabinetry is horribly dated and in need of replacement. Place is beautiful on outside, if they do a replacement of interior unit we'll return, if not we will not!

  • Stayed December 2011
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6 Thank larryglick1
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Muskegon, Michigan
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 16, 2010

We loved staying at the Reef II. We had a one-bedroom condo and it was perfect for us. The resort is on a bay with Rachel Island out in the distance. The bay is a protected area so there is a lot of wildlife in the area. The Reef has a it's own private marina area w/ boat launch (the launch is for smaller boats only). There is a large heated pool and beautiful covered picnic area. Each condo in the Reef II has a large screened porch. Kayaks, canoes and bikes are there for your use- no charge! We could walk to K-Mart and the Winn-Dixie so it's close to stores but still very quiet and secluded. We absolutely loved it and will be returning!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank Jim_and_Candy
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Melbourne, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed June 7, 2009

We stayed at the Reef Resort in one of the condo / motel type rooms during the first week of June 2009. We rented an efficiency unit across from the timeshares. Our room was very clean & was decorated in the tropical keys fashion. It was very cute. Love some of the pictures on the walls. This unit was furnished with dishes & cooking utensils, towels, etc. They could use a few more items in the kitchen but as we ate out most of the time it was not a problem. This section has 1 & 2 bedroom condo units which originally was a motel and all have been renovated. There is a coin opereated laundry area. The timeshare units on the other side of the boat dockage area are all 2 bedroom and have washer / dryer included.The location is pretty good. Not far from Publix, Winn Dixie and other stores and Marathon is central to the keys which was great.
We made a day trip to Key West as well as explored Marathon a little more. Most of our days were spent fishing where we caught Mahi which we cooked on the grill at the resort. We also enjoyed Sparky's in Key Colony Beach and Burdines as well as Upper Crust Pizza and The Stuffed Pig.
The pool at the Reef is very nice, it's only 6 foot deep but was kept very clean and was usually not crowded. There are paddle boats and canoes for your use. The managers at the resort were on site and very helpful if you needed anything. We met the owners of one of the other condo's and they were really great. Very helpful to us too with lots of local info.
There is a boat ramp onsite but it is made for small boats. We used the boat ramp by the yacht club on 33rd street which has been made larger and was very easy to use. The timeshares are great if you have family but for just 2 people the condo was great. The last time we stayed here was many years ago and at that time they had a game room which unfortunately was taken out by hurricane Wilma. They have done a lot of work to restore everything back to normal. We enjoyed our stay which was a great get away.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank bornwithwheels
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central Fl
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed April 23, 2009

Our stay was great, everything was fun. Would want to be cautious with children and older folks with the villas, but we loved them! Nothing very fancy but certainly met our need and more. The kitchen was well stocked and basically nothing was missing. The bathrooms are nothing great but adequate also. We had a boat and it was great to have it right outside our door. The pool was adequate but could use some character. Many free offerings with the canoes, kayaks, bicycles, and barbecues. Could use a jacuzzi but...
No doubt a great value!

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank cruzngal06
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New York
Level 6 Contributor
51 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed April 17, 2009

Just returned from a week at The Reef at the Marathon – traded our timeshare time from RCI. Boat ramp, docks just redone – new pool and club house. We rode the bikes to Sombrero Beach that is about a 15 minute ride. Kayaking/canoeing - available 8-5 but will give you the key overnight for early or late paddling out to a conveniently located island with many birds & sometimes dolphin. Grounds - gravel (ouch) everywhere, friendly cat – loved him, lovely flowering shrubs, well maintained. The resort doesn’t have a lot of units and the units are octagon shaped on a pedestal base so you have a set of two stairways to get up to unit with a wraparound porch. The two bedrooms, two bath units have complete kitchens fully equipped, Washer/dryer underneath the villa, one television, hair dryer. Near airport so small planes occasionally fly overhead and low but did not bother us a bit, little road noise. Nice location in regards to day trips to Key West and attractions. MANAGER AND WORKERS ARE VERY FRIENDLY. Weather was prefect, in the 80's everyday and we were there April 3-11th. We had 3 of our kids with us that are in their 20's and us in our late 40's and early 50's. Nice relaxing, fun week! Can’t wait to go back.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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3 Thank Disneynut84
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Atlanta
Level 5 Contributor
48 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2008

Stayed at The Reef for a week. Very happy with the place. We did not bring a boat but, the marina looked nice (although it was small.) The people that worked here were super super friendly and helpful. The unit was small but clean. The Reef is very centrally located in Marathon so it is very close to all the good restaurants, as well as being near to the grocery stores (Winn Dixie and Publix) and K mart. The only small complaints I have were #1-the kayaks were hard to get access to. People had checked them out the previous day (for a morning trip I would assume) yet, when I left at 10 AM they were all still just sitting on the dock. I would not bank on using the water equipment they provide here. Not enough for too many people, and not a good system. #2-they were doing construction/repairs on a unit nearby and it was somewhat loud and disturbing/ A lot of hammering and electrical drills and such. Not a big deal, just thought I would mention it. We did not use the pool but it looked nice and very well kept! Overall, I enjoyed my stay at The Reef.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — not really a view
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with friends
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Property: Reef Resort
Address: 6800 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-3100
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
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Ranked #5 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Reef Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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