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The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon
Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

At first I thought it was a complete waste of money for my wife and me to stay at this hotel since we live 20 minutes away! We recently had a family reunion here in the keys and my wife thought that it would be a good idea for us to get a room so we could be with everybody else. As much as I hate to admit it, she was right... once again. In the Lobby I met a nice lady named Nancy. She helped us more than she could ever know. It is nearly impossible to get all of my family on the same page, but she made things so simple. She got us all set up to go snorkeling on the prettiest reef I've seen in the Keys. We didn't even have to leave the hotel. The boat was right there waiting for us. The boat was clean and the crew was awesome.They made sure all of our gear fit well and comfortably. Also, the mate spent extra time with my 12 y/o niece who was quite apprehensive to jump into the ocean that was "filled with sharks" (her words) We didn't see any sharks, but we did see tons of Parrot Fish, Angel Fish, a lobster, and even a sea turtle! My niece was the last one out of the water and says it was her favorite part of the trip.
She also arranged for half of our group to go deep sea fishing on two different boats. One boat came in with a cooler full of Yellowtail Snapper (My favorite!) and the other with Mahi Mahi. It gets better! We were able to have our fish cooked for us right there at the restaurant at the hotel. The blackened dolphin was the best fish I've ever eaten anywhere ever.
I didn't want to go home. The bed was so comfortable and the room was quiet. I wish I could stay there once a week just to catch up on my sleep. Our group had six rooms and everyone was in agreement that this place is perfect. Friendly staff, clean rooms, nice breakfast, and a fabulous view!
Thank you for helping our family have the best reunion ever! see you next year.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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lkaminski1, General Manager at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2012

Thank you for your recent review on Trip Advisor! We are pleased to hear that you and your family members enjoyed your stay and that you able take part in some of our onsite amenities that we offer at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

It especially makes happy when a staff member makes an impression - we will be sure to pass on your kind words.

Please send our regards to your wife for bringing you all together for your family reunion at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Marathon, FL

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

This was one of 6 hotels during our trip to Florida. If I'm not mistaken there was no mini fridge and no microwave. The room was clean and convenient to the snorkelling operation my family used. I was surprised there was no laundry facilities. Drove to the laundromat about 5 min away, which was expensive, but apparently, electricity & water costs more in these parts.

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2  Thank TAFanToronto
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lkaminski1, General Manager at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Thank you for writing a review - We appreciate all of your comments. We do offer "upon request" microwave and refrigerator combos in the rooms that do not have stationary ones –. Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Marathon, and we look forward to your return visit!

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

My husband and ten year old son stayed in this hotel for 2 nights. It is relatively new and centrally located with a free breakfast which is a huge plus for any family. The staff is very friendly and the pool area very nice with a great view of the water. There is a restaurant located right next door and a convenient store within walking distance.

Although I am big fan Holiday Inns, this is a large hotel. The pool and the breakfast areas often felt crowded. We did check in on a Friday so that may have contributed to crowded feel. I'm not sure what I expected from the Keys as this was our first trip down. This hotel (as are most others) are located on the main highway. If you are looking for that "resort" or "island" type feel you may want to look elsewhere. Our final destination was Key West and in hindsight we would have bypassed Marathon and spent more time in Key West.

With that being said there is great fishing and snorkeling in Marathon as well as a beautiful state park. The dolphin research center also tends to be big draw. Again it depends upon what you are looking for!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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lkaminski1, General Manager at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel. We look forward to seeing you again!

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Reviewed August 25, 2012

Great value (esp when you have an awesome friend who works there!) and centrally located. This hotel is clean, friendly staff, if you are lucky enough to be on the 3rd floor facing the pool... what a view!! Not to mention, free breakfast in the morning and there's something for every taste bud if you want to grab something quick. I will definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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lkaminski1, General Manager at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2012

Thank you for writing a review - It sounds like you enjoyed your stay! We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you in the future!

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

We spent two nights as part of a break from our holiday in Orlando on 15th and 16th August,2012. The room was comfortable,new and clean but on the small side to the other two hotels that we had stayed in on our trip. The walls are dead thin, and on our second night we had very loud people staying next door,they had their tv on full blast from midnight to 7.30am the next morning! Could even here what they were watching,crime programme,then a programme on ship wrecks! We were unlucky! We were so tired that we slept through it eventually! Didn't bother complaining. The maid came into the room late afternoon on the second day and did not make the beds,only cleaned the bathroom. On the plus side the restaurant on site was very good,excellent food and service. The swimming pool is lovely and heated and very nice for children in a lovely setting. The complimentary breakfast was lovely too, very busy, but you can get a seat if you wait and are quick. We had the breakfast on the two mornings and there is something there for everybody. My son and husband went fishing with the boat called ,"Marathon Lady," they enjoyed their half day and the restaurant on site cooked our fish that evening. All in all,except our selfish neighbours, we had a good stay.

Room Tip: The hotel allows dogs to stay,often you can hear them barking,so ask for a room no where near a dog...
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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lkaminski1, General Manager at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2012

Isn’t it nice when you can go and catch fish and the onsite restaurant will prepare it for you! Just hours before you were reeling it in! It is truly the freshest way to enjoy seafood.

We appreciate you telling us all of the aspects of your trip. We take all reviews very seriously, and we wish we had the opportunity to assist with your problem about the noise.
We are pleased to hear that you still enjoyed your stay.

Thank you for staying with us!

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Reviewed August 20, 2012 via mobile

We were in the area filming and we had a stopover here, having stayed in numerous hotels in my lifetime I can assure you this is one of the better ones! John on the front desk was friendly and helpful. The room was very clean, comfortable and had a view of the pool. We spent the evening poolside and the restaurant next door delivered out beautiful dinner of goat cheese salad and mango cheese cake. The bed was super comfy and the free breakfast was good. Only one complaint I was unable to get hot water for my herbal tea (no big deal).

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lkaminski1, General Manager at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2012

What a fabulous review - THANK YOU!
P.S. Our 24 hr. coffee bar (near the lobby) supplies both hot and cold water.

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Reviewed August 18, 2012

We stayed 2 nights here and it was an enjoyable stay. The hotel is new and very clean from the rooms through all public areas. Hotel location by the water is perfect and our room had a pleasant view across a backwater and the pool. The pool at the rear of the hotel is great BUT did get very busy in the evenings when we were there. On site at the hotel there is a restaurant (Catch 53) and a snorkel / dive boat operator (Captain Hooks) plus a high quality gift shop. The daily free breakfast was excellent if a little limited on hot items. One gripe we had was that both days we were only given two towels when the room was booked for four. This is a small thing which was rectified when I asked for more towels at reception, however it can make the difference between an 'excellent' and a 'very good' review.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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lkaminski1, General Manager at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write about you stay with us - We appreciate that you were able to enjoy some of the onsite amenities, and that you let us know that you enjoyed everything.

Your quote was quite perfect about the guest room towels - We may use this review as a tool in our next staff meeting ( :

Thank you for staying with us!

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Address: 13201 Overseas Highway, Mm 53.5, Marathon, FL 33050-3548
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 16 Hotels in Marathon
Price Range: $131 - $349 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon 2.5*
Number of rooms: 113
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We invite you for a fun-loving tropical vacation at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in the fabulous Florida Keys. Stay with us for fun in the sun and the convenience of local businesses, the Florida Keys Marathon Airport (MTH), and local island attractions. Our hotel is pet-friendly and 100% smoke free.The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon is located in the heart of the Florida Keys; a short drive from Key West. ... more   less 
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