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“What they Don't Tell You” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of Banana Bay Waterfront Motel

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Banana Bay Waterfront Motel
Certificate of Excellence
New Jersey
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19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“What they Don't Tell You”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2008

We booked two nights at this hotel based on the great reviews on TripAdvisor. There are a lot of things they don't tell you on the website -- like for starters that the motel sits in the shadow of the busy bridge across the harbor. That it is right next to a miniature golf place that is open late. We would have gone elsewhere but we were on the end of a kayaking vacation and were tired.

YES, it's right on the harbor and there's a great fishing pier. The people were very nice at the front desk. But just watch out this motel is in a strip-mall neighborhood, there's nothing great to eat nearby, you have to go over to Punta Gorda. Also the room was not that clean, looked like the shower could use a scrubbing.

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 Thank OllieTheCat
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2008

Spent 2 days here for a relaxing get-away with my 2 shelties. Booked a room with a kitchenette for a low price of $109. The motel was very nice & clean. It is right on the water (Charlotte Harbor) with tables & chairs to sit at and enjoy the wonderful breeze and view. There was a very nice heated pool to relax in and since I was there on a Wed. & Thursday, there were not many people there so I had the pool to myself. It is a short drive to lots of shopping in Port Charlotte. The owners were very friendly and helpful and made me feel at home. The only thing I would say needed improvement would be that the carpet could use a good steam cleaning and the shower head needs to be replaced. The queen bed was comfortable and you are able to control the air-conditioning yourself which is always a plus when staying in Florida. There is no bathtub, only a shower and the bathroom is quite small but for the price and the atmosphere it was satisfactory. I would definitely go back again and I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting a quite, peaceful, and relaxing vacation. Especially those of you who are traveling with pets.

  • Liked — peaceful & relaxing & pets allowed
  • Disliked — had to smoke outside
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
    • 4 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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1 Thank SheltieLuvr
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tampa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2008

My mom decided to take us grown kids and two of our friends for a long relaxing weekend. We stayed at Banana Bay for two nights and three days. The property is beautiful- it sits back from the main road and is right on the water. We had a great view of the water and skyline from our room and from what I can tell, most rooms would. We REALLY enjoyed the heated pool as it was a bit cold the weekend we visited. We also took advantage of the "tiki hut" and grill by the pool for a cookout our second night. The rooms are very clean and nicely decorated. The staff is also very nice and make you feel right at home. It was great for 5 adults and would also be a great place for a family getaway.

Fisherman's Village is a great place to go hang out and shop. At the end is Harpoon Harry's- good place to go shoot pool or dance. Another nice, laid back place to hang out is Gatorz. Overall, if you enjoy a laid back vacation and a real Florida experience Banana Bay is the perfect place to stay!

  • Liked — I felt very at home and the whole atmosphere was very relaxed. The other vacationers were also fun to talk to when we ran into each other.
  • Disliked — I enjoyed my whole experience there.
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank cabanagirl80
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Florida
Level Contributor
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2008

Banana Bay is fabulous. We stayed for three days and two nights. We were there when it was cold the young adults loved swimming in the heated pool even with it being 45 degrees outside. It has a long nice dock and a grill at poolside for cookouts. You can go over the bridge to Punta Gorda and visit Fishermans Village, go through all the shops, take a fishing trip or Sunset Cruise. Plenty of fun places to go Harpoon Harrys for the night life, they have a band, dancing, pool tables, etc. The Slip Knot which has a cool ship in the back and light house. The prices are exceptional. Gators in Port Charlotte was fun they have live music on the outside patio. We are planning another trip this spring. Everyone that works at Banana Bay and the owner are really nice people. It is a very nice quaint motel you will be very pleased.

  • Liked — You felt very comfortable, clean and quaint
  • Disliked — Everything was great
  • Stayed January 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank FloridaSerenity
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Texas
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2007

We are currently staying at Banana Bay in Port Charlotte. It is a fantastic place to stay. The rates are amazing and the owner is fantastic. The rooms are CLEAN!! Ours has a full size stove/oven amd refrigerator and microwave. You can get a nice couch and bed or 2 beds or various combinations. You can look out your window and see the harbor.There is a dock to walk out on. I love it because every morning about 7 am a group of dolphins go by and they are so pretty. Also, it is only a couple of minutes to Fishermen'sVillage where they have trips out to see the dolphins or a sunset cruise or absolutely fabulous food at The Captain's Table with dining inside or out on the deck. The people here are really nice and friendly and there is also an onsite laundry facility. They are currently putting in a brand new swimming pool which should be through anytime now. They are constantly working and upgrading and making things nicer than they already are. I will stay here anytime I come to this area.This place is clean, relaxing, and affordable.

  • Liked — Friendly and CLEAN!! Beautiful views, close to everything!!
  • Disliked — I liked everything
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
7 Thank jonesm776
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Additional Information about Banana Bay Waterfront Motel

Property: Banana Bay Waterfront Motel
Address: 23285 Bayshore Rd, Port Charlotte, FL 33980-3212
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Port Charlotte
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Port Charlotte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Banana Bay Waterfront Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Quaint waterfront motel (upgraded) with full kitchens, wireless internet, Comcast cable, 500 ft. pier, heated pool and pet friendly. ... more   less 
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