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Rainbow Bend Fishing Resort
Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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171 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Wow!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

A little piece of paradise in Marathon, not too expensive. Our room had a nice balcony looking at the sea. Nice small swimming pool and jacuzzi outside. Possibility to hire a boat and roam around.... Good breakfast. Excellent staff! I strongly recommend it.

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vantaa, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2013

We took a short trip from Miami Beach to Key West a week ago. Due to the local party, all the hotels in Key West were fully booked. We were feeling a bit sad.....After some googling, we found the Rainbow Bend @Marathon and crossed our fingers.. well, 2 nights we would survive anywhere....When arriving to the resort, we were delighted! A total positive surprise! We would not believe our luck! A great place!

There is a sandy beach (... and boats ...too) with chairs and everything you need, a good size pool and jacuzzi at the deck, an excellent restaurant...although, otherwise friendly and helpful staff failed to mention that to begin with :) - a gift shop, vending machines, laundry room, ... ..... friendly people taking care of you....

If you want to go to a store - a couple of miles down the road; how about another place to eat - right over there; sandy beach for swimming?; yes, Sombrero beach just a couple of miles away. Dolphin center - almost across the street. A really good location.

Those rocking chairs outside on the beach were perfect for watching the stars at night.
Who needs a brand new place, when these kind of places have much more charm. And at least now - during the off season, it was so quite and peaceful.... I wish I could have stayed a couple days more.

I recommend this place and if opportunity arises - I will visit again :)
Thanks Rainbow Bend Fishing Resort Staff!

Päivi from Finland

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Clarkston, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

For the last 30 plus years I have been taking my family to Fla Keys. Coming from Michigan you can see this is quite the treat leaving the snow and cold behind. My family had a house on Marathon when I was growing up, but transplanted to the north many years ago. Since then there is only one place we would ever go and that is Rainbow. We love everything about it, the rooms, café, staff and my favorite is having access to your own boat. If your looking for the tranquility of the old keys, this is the place.
The Anderson family, Clarkston Mi.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Florida
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2013

You can pay more but you won't get better service. We drove down to the Keys without a reservation, nonetheless the staff set us up with a great room at an affordable price. We did not take advantage of the boat option which worked for us, and the staff provided great tips on where to go and what to do. Totally and completely relaxing and affordable.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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23 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

This was my return trip & it was all that our first trip was & more. This time we had spectacular Fl. Keys vacation. We used the boats that come with the room twice daily. Mornings to fish & afternoons to snorkel at the nearby sandbars. We used the BBQ' for our catch - YUMMY !!
We also used the kayaks also included in the price of the room to get to a nearby sandbar.
Rainbow Bend is not "The Ritz" in terms of room quality but the service is as good & friendlier than many of the Ritz hotels. The entire staff wants your stay to be as enjoyable as they can help make it. Robert at the boat docks will advise where to go to maximize your fun. Whether it be fishing, snorkeling or sightseeing he can tell you where to go.
Of course it can not go unmentioned the breakfasts at the "Hideaway Cafe" are great & included in your room price.
Can't wait for our next visit !!!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Learn from our very expensive mistake. No human beings should have to suffer through the moldy smell of the large family rooms we were offered. We left after the first night of the 2 night minimum forfeiting $300 plus to stay somewhere safe and mold free for less money Tranquility Bay. It was the difference between heaven and hell!!!! It is my firm belief the health dept should shut those rooms down! The breakfast was good and the "free" boats were a great feature but not worth the health risk. Stay somewhere else and rent a boat!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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stuart
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013

great location but that is where the fun stops. entire facility is in need of repair and upgrade. rooms smell of mold. we booked two nights and only stayed one because multiple members of the family had sensitivity to the moldy smell. we prepaid for two nights but staff offered no refund on 2nd night. multiple members of staff pressured us into leaving by 4 pm first day even though we paid up through 2nd day. we all left wondering how this place can stay in business at such high rates. we moved down the road and stayed at tranquility bay for a very positive experience for our 2nd night.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Rainbow Bend Fishing Resort
Address: 57784 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-5626
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #6 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
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Number of rooms: 23
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