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“Second visit . . .pros and cons” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort

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Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
Certificate of Excellence
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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78 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Second visit . . .pros and cons”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2010

This was our second visit to TB, having stayed for a week last March. Our visit was a bit mixed this year.
Pros: Beautiful common areas - pools, landscaping, lawns and sand are extremely well-maintained and offer a haven from Marathon. Beach houses provide a lot of living space for families and are well-supplied. Centrally located in the Keys.
Cons: Nasty beach and lagoon areas filled with seaweed and what not. No fitted sheets on beds, and flat sheets aren't big enough to tuck in. Found kids sleeping on mattress in the morning - yuck. All sheets and towels are grey - a little bleach would probably remedy the situation. Made you think they were unclean. Housekeeping was fairly non-existent during our stay. So much so, it wasn't clear if the housekeepers had been there at all until we saw towels stacked on the table.
Upshot: Not a four star hotel by any measure, but certainly at the top of the heap for Marathon and its environs. So, stay here but lower your expectations for service and cleanliness and it will be fine.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2010

gorgeous property, beautiful townhomes.. ridiculously overpriced. everything has hidden charges, resort fees, and several taxes I have never heard of or paid elsewhere. The pools are gorgeous, the larger one is nicely heated, and the grounds are manicured beautifully. The swimming beach was the biggest disappointment of our whole 2 week trip. It was absolutely FILLED with rotting seaweed. Not swimmable. The nearby Sombrero beach (free) or Bahia Honda State park (10 dollars) are much much better, but for the price at Tranquility, they should definitely provide a better beach. Or at least, stop advertising a swim beach, because there is NOT one.

Traffic from the street is very noisy and can be heard from many of the townhomes. the ones directly on the beach are much more expensive, but presumably quieter

  • Stayed February 2010
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Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2010

Nice place, interesting two-story townhouses; impeccably clean and well-appointed. Right on the Gulf, a couple miles above 7 Mile Bridge. We prepaid for our two-night stay, but were surprised at check-in when we were told $369 would be reserved on our credit card for incidentals (wow!), which included a $24 per day resort fee (just an add-on to the rate). Then we had to sign an acknowledgement of house rules including fines we would pay for secreted pets, extra guests, smoking, and missing towels. Placards of "Don'ts" abound everywhere. The ultimate irony was an afternoon at the adult pool, where signs prohibit drinks, food, music and cell phones, but sadly the grounds maintenance people worked around the pool with loud power tools for 2 solid hours!!!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2010

We chose it because they indicate a kids club. The kids club it happens is off site (NOT CONVENIENT). No park or toys for young children. They do not keep the beach clean (Swimming area full of weeds). The pools are great. The rooms are spacious and great. Very clean. Front desk for the most part are slow, unmotivated. Not many services availble. Can not print or use a computer. Had to goto local library to print information.
Would be great for couple without children who golf or just want to read a book on the beach.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cuspids
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Florence, KY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2010

We stayed at Tranquility Bay from 1/12/10-1/19/10. We traveled with a our extended family and ended up having a total of 4 three-bedroom beach houses used. Every single person in our family loved the accommodations and we have a wide variety of preferences/tastes in our group. The beach house is beautiful, spacious, very clean and tastefully decorated. The accommodations were beautiful - it has its own beach as well as 2 very clean pools. There were a few days when it was a little cool and they turned on the heat in the pool for us which made the kids very happy. There is a Tiki Bar on the beach which was easy to access and made great drinks - typical bar prices. They have activities for the kids which can be used, a 36 hole mini golf course, water sports and a restaurant which we did not take advantage of because we were too busy playing on the beautiful, clean beach, swimming in the pool or hanging out at the beach house. The location was great - pretty central to everything in Marathon. The staff went out of their way from the beginning of our stay to help us, accommodate us, and do everything to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. One of the maintenance staff even helped my dad with car troubles! The vacation was perfect because this was a perfect place to stay. In fact, my daughter cried the day we left and said she did not want to go home!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Thank DMMJC
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Falmouth, Cape Cod
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2010

We stayed at Tranquility Bay for two nights during a very windy and cold period that was the worse weather they had experienced in 20 years. It was extremely windy which absolutely filled the beach area with seaweed as others have stated. On the other hand, there were two guys out there in the morning with two wheelbarrows and also a front loader and they were working hard to clean the area up, not an easy task.
Given the cold weather and the fact we were traveling with our 8 year old boy, it would have been nice to use the pool which, of course, was not heated. The good news there is the pool towel issue was never an issue for us.
We did have dinner in the restaurant our first night and were the only ones there at first. Normally this would scare me away but we stayed anyway and we were rewarded with a surprisingly creative and tasty meal. This was an unexpected and enjoyable surprise.
They were in the process of replacing every mattress in the complex while we were there and that should add some comfort to some of the beds although we were the last ones to sleep on ours and found it still pretty good.
We like the grounds but didn't really find Marathon to our liking and ended up in Key West and decided to move there where we went to Parrot Key Resort which is owned by the same company. We enjoyed our experience at Tranquility Bay and if the weather had been better we may have ended up renting a boat and exploring the shore area but not this trip.
A pretty property but not a true self contained Resort.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Central Florida
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2010

We are just back. Stayed in the 3 bedrrom 2.5 bath. Visually they appear to be much bigger than the 2 bedroom. Everything was great. Used their washer/dryer combo and they supply a small box of powdered Surf. Ours overlooked the adult pool and we could see the bay water from our room. Wi Fi worked great. King bed in the Master with its own bathroom, the 2nd had a full bed and the3rd had 2 twin beds. Some dead fish in the bay due to the cold lasting several days. We got it here in Central FL just before we left and the 26-36 degrees for several days just doesn't happen often. Maid service took our trash, made the beds, etc. They had enough glasses/dishes and supplied liqiud Pamolive, but we ate out every day. The lagoon pool was great and heated, we spent Sunday afternoon swimming. This hotel/resort is very nice and quiet. I would say it is great for the romantic couple or familes. But if your into getting drunk and roudy it's not the place you would enjoy, as it is very laid back.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 16 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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