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“Quietly sophisticated Marathon area resort at a good price”

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Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
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LONDON, ENGLAND
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“Quietly sophisticated Marathon area resort at a good price”
Reviewed November 24, 2013

Tranquility Bay for a week in November proved a rewarding and happy stay. The development is little advertised and that was very surprising, as it seemed to us to be one of the best resorts in the Marathon Area.
We had a two bedroom two-floor water view unit, which was amply sized and contained every amenity we could have wanted. All the units are finished in white with covered verandas at the rear, facing the beach, both upstairs and downstairs. The guest parking was convenient and free.
The kitchen appliances were very modern and comprehensive, with nice granite worktops and a big fridge freezer. Our unit was serviced every day and we were provided with fresh bath towels and pool towels.
We dined once at the Butterfly in the evening and that was a good experience, with high quality food in a fine-dining setting.
The beach is lovely, as are the two pools, which were never overly crowded or noisy. There is a bar right on the beach, which also served lunchtime snacks. Drinks were good, the food not so wonderful, but okay for quick snack.
The whole property is maintained immaculately and has a feel of space, yet also a community. It almost felt like we lived there in our own little townhouse. It also seemed excellent value for money.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to self-cater and stay in the Marathon area of the Keys.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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Reviewed November 24, 2013

We absolutely loved this place! Looks just like the photos online. We stayed for seven days and wanted to stay for seven more. The most relaxing vacation we have ever taken. We had an 11 year old with us who enjoyed it just as much as we did. Can't say enough about this beautiful place. Can't wait to go back. Amazing little Cuban place right across the street for great breakfast and lunch. Must try if you stay here!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Holland, Michigan
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Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

We are so glad we chose Tranquility Bay! After we arrived we drove around other resorts in the keys we had on our short list, not a one held a candle to this resort.

Clean and peaceful, no loud partying or noisy streets.

We stayed in unit #2, and contrary to a few other reviews did not get bothered by the turtle hospital. I WOULD recommend units 1-5 they are. Little more private than the rest.

Spend the extra for the beachfront, but don't worry if you don't there is not a bad room on the place.

Thanks tranquility bay for a great getaway

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

Marathon used to be the type of place that I just drove through on the way to Key West, always promising that one day I would stop and visit Pigeon Key and maybe stay over. The fact was that Marathon just didn'tt look that attractive from just passing through on the Overseas Highway. A couple of weeks ago I decided to take an impromptu trip to the Keys to flee colder weather in mainland Florida and after some internet surfing including Trip Advisor decided to make that stay in Marathon at Tranquility Bay Resort. I checked their rates and it appeared that there was plenty of availability, but all the accommodation was in three bedroom town houses, which seemed like overkill for two people, but the price was just over $200 which was very reasonable by Keys standards, particularly Key West where similar accommodation was going for over $800 per night.

The resort if just off the highway on the gulf side. The place was far larger than I expected, with a series of large white buildings designed in the old Florida style grouped around a central building where the check in and excellent Butterfly Cafe are located. All the rooms have a back entrance that accepts the key card and a front entrance that overlooks the gulf.Upon entering our room we were blown away by first the size and modernity of the ground floor. There was a very well equipped kitchen with every possible appliance. Nothing cheap about the cutlery or dishes, which is too often the case even in high end resorts. The upstairs was consistent with the first floor - spacious and well appointed. The deck off the master bedroom had a wonderful gulf view with a breeze coming in. Really the place could easily have doubled as a fully equipped home - I couldn't help thinking what a fantastic value this would be for three couples travelling together or a family with up to four kids.

The property has two pools, one being the largest in the Keys. You can rent kayaks on site and paddle up to the lighthouse about half a mile away. This is not a property for those who want to swim in the ocean. There is lots of sand, but the only place to go in is a small apparently man made cove that has a ring of seagrass around it that most people would find off putting. This is quite natural, but we saw no one in the water during our stay. Most of the guests that we saw seemed to be middle aged or older women and families so it's also probably not the best place for younger people looking for action. All in all though it is a very good resort.

The reasons I do not give Tranquility Bay the highest rating are threefold, two of which are easily remedied. First, they keep bright outdoor lights on all night which means you will probably want to pull the drapes and thus not get a chance to wake up to view of the water. Second, there is no way to get in the front entrance (the one looking toward the water) without keeping your door unlocked. In order to get to the waterside you have to take a circuitous route around the back of the resort. This could be easily fixed by putting locks on the front doors that can be opened with the key card.

The last is one that the resort can do nothing about and that is the traffic noise from nearby Overseas Highway. While it is pretty well completely blocked out in the master bedroom, it is definitely noticeable from the other two bedrooms that front on the highway side. So if you are three couple sharing one of these units be prepared to flip a coin to see who gets the master suite.

These are relatively minor quibbles given the overall value this resort offers.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Graham
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

We spent 3 days here, the condo was clean modern and right on the beach. The facility has a lot of amenities, plus the view is outstanding. We walked out our door on to a beautiful beach and could see the Manatee's swimming.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Southwest Gulf Coast, Florida
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Family had stayed here recently. Glad we listened to their recommendation and booked here as well. Did not want to stay in Key West, so this property in Marathon was perfect. Excellent grounds, putting green, tiki bar, beachfront and cafe. Our cottage is gracefully furnished, overlooking the pool and beach. Recommend!!!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Brownsburg, IN
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Hubby, Mom and I stayed here last year in the fall. September is a great time to visit the keys, low tourist time of year and great savings on super places to stay, like this one. We stayed in a three bed, handicap accessible town home overlooking the adult pool. Best part about this hotel is the beautiful view of sunsets from the "beach" tiki bar area, second best is the huge family pool and quiet, relaxing adult pool, third best is the spacious town homes. We really enjoyed our stay here, and Mom and I wanted to stay permanently! We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: The three bedroom handicap accessible units have one bed and bath on-suite on the main floor.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort
Address: 2600 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-2243
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 87
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort located in Marathon Florida, the heart of the Florida Keys. Here you will find more than unrivaled peace and seclusion on your Florida Keys resort vacation, while overlooking the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Sink into serenity with one of our unique two or three bedroom beach houses. Our spacious Marathon Florida resort beach houses have 2 or 3 bedrooms, 2 plus baths, gourmet kitchens, expansive porches overlooking the water, flat screen TVs, and handmade furniture, offering an idyllic Florida Keys resort experience nestled in a tropical oasis of calm and ease. Now you can also discover the addition of luxury single-level "Tropical Garden Guestrooms" which offer more intimate accommodations than the resort's larger beach houses. Enjoy all of the amenities of Tranquility Bay Resort with more affordable luxury in mind, and tropical garden views.Next, try award winning dining at Butterfly Cafe, a 2.5 acre white sand beach, world class fishing, diving, snorkeling and water sports, three tropical swimming pools, and our beachfront TJ's Tiki Bar, all framed by 12 acres of picturesque gardens. Located just 90 miles south of Miami and 45 miles north of historic Key West, Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort is easily reached by car or plane. Boasting delicious dining, Florida Keys' attractions, plus a nearby Championship 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, state parks with incredible beaches, protected waters for diving and some of the best sport fishing in the world, you can define your own paradise at our unique vacation destination in the Florida Keys. Find your center in the Middle Keys at Tranquility Bay Resort. ... more   less 
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