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loved it - peaceful and tranquill
We eloped to and got married at Banana bay resort marathon in february 2004. The hotel was excellent and the staff very friendly and helpful. It was quiet and peaceful throughout our stay and the food was superb. Such was our enjoyable experience that we went back again for our first anniversary in February 2005. Nothing had changed and is still excellent value for your money. The wonderful Captain Anne married us and she was fantastic with nothing too much trouble for her. Beautiful gardens
Pleased with choice of Banana Bay
My husband and I spent a few days exploring the keys and stayed at Banana Bay in Marathon as our home base. We drove down to the keys from Miami airport without a place reserved, deciding instead to check out a few possibilities I had researched on trip advisor and then make a decision. We settled on the Banana Bay because it had all the components of the kind of place we were looking for. It's grounds are extremely lush serving as a buffer from the main road. It also serves a complimentary continental breakfast, which saved us from trying to find a breakfast place nearby. It also has a tiny beach and a snorkle area, which we didn't think we would use but did after discovering that Bahia Honda is no longer the paradise I remembered. The room was perfect, very large with a good air conditioner and a beautiful romantic king size bed. There is a dressing area with a sink that is separate from the bathroom which was handy too. A mini-fridge was included in the room as was a balcony. There was a hairdryer in the room too. It's location is good too. We drove to Key West a couple of times and it took about an hour from the Banana Bay to get to Mallory Square. We did dinner in Islamorada one night and drove to Duck Key for lunch one day. We snorkled Sombrero reef, which was (yawn) OK. Driving back to Miami we stopped in Key Largo to do some snorkeling. WOW! Key Largo is definately the place for snorkeling. Bahia Honda beach was a real disappointment because it was absolutely beautiful when I was there about 7 years ago. It was so bad that my husband and I decided to get back in the car and enjoy the sliver of beach at the Banana Bay.
I would recommend Banana Bay resort and would stay there again if I decided to stay in Marathon.
Refreshing Tropical Escape
The Banana Bay Resort at Marathon Key provided the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long winter in Indiana. We arrived on a Friday afternoon, and were greeted at check-in by Beth, who made us feel immediately welcome. She even phoned our fishing charter captain, an old acquaintance of hers, to confirm our next day's charter. Our room was comfortable and accommodating, with a king-sized canopy bed, a mini-fridge, and a view that overlooked the Gulf of Mexico. The grounds were filled with lush, tropical trees and flowers, and just walking around the resort was a treat that made me stop and sigh more than once. Sunsets in the keys are spectacular, and even better when viewed from the gazebo overlooking the coral seawall on the gulfside of the resort. From the edge of the seawall, we watched colorful reef fish dart around the coral, and a friendly, long-legged bird stood by waiting for people fishing off the seawall to toss him a morsel. There is even a giant outdoor chess board, ready for a sea-side game. Fishing, waverunner, and snorkeling is available through rentals at the resort, although we experienced some difficulty renting waverunners and opted for an afternoon lounging at the pool. The pool is beautiful and quite large, framed by the same lush foliage that fills the resort grounds. Each morning a continental breakfast was served at poolside. During the day, refreshing drinks could be purchased at the poolside tiki bar, or in the evening at the ocean side tiki bar, where we enjoyed the karaoke entertainment. Warning: the drinks are poured by generous bartenders! The resort also has a restaurant, tennis courts, a small gym, and guest laundry facilities. The morning of our fishing charter trip, Cpt. Billy Rabito, Sr., picked us up at the resort and took us backcountry fishing near the famous Seven Mile Bridge, which movie buffs will recognize from the Arnold Swarzenegger adventure, "True Lies". After a day of catching hard-fighting bonefish and barracuda, and watching sealife such as loggerhead turtles, rays, lemon sharks and nurse sharks swim past our boat, our captain dropped us off at Banana Bay and it was time to relax again. The atmosphere at the resort is so tranquil, you have no choice other than to let go of your cares and enjoy everything Banana Bay has to offer. On our return flight to Indianapolis, we were already planning our next trip back to Marathon Key and Banana Bay Resort!
Good halfway point
We stayed for one night on our way down to Key West from Miami. Great spot to drive halfway and get situated before sunset. We arrived in Miami at 2 and were watching the sun set and sipping a Corona at 5:45. Room was comfortable. We had a great meal in the resteraunt. Almost didn't eat there because it was empty, but we had a great meal..
Seemed like there was a lot to do there if you wanted to hang for a few days. No real beach, average pool. We didn't hang out during the day cause the weather was a little chilly for March. After doing a lot of research, I thought we picked a good place and I would stay thre again.
not bad not great
this is the second time we stayed at the Banana Bay in Marathon. we stayed there the last week in March 2005. This was actually our second visit to Banana Bay our first being four years ago for a very short stay. First the positives. Banana Bay delivers on what it promises. For the price you do not expect luxury accomodations, but you expect some level and it reachs that level. The rooms are clean and the maids do a good job. The buildings themselves are a little old and the rugs and bed speads are a bit worn or stained in sections but not to the point that one feels that the place is worn out. The walls are concrete so there is no noise from the rooms next door. air condiditioner worked fine. as did the TV.Ice machine in hall was fine. pools is large and clean and chairs aound the pool are in good shape. nothing worse than a hotel that has worn out or damaged lounge chairs. The hotel is on Route 1, as all the hotels are in the keys, but is placed far enough off the street with enough trees and plants that you can not hear the traffic. that is not the case with other hotels we drove past. just because a hotel is on the water does not mean that it is well back off Route 1.
Now for the disappointmnets. As i said some of the rugs and bed linen were a bit stained, but not too bad. Continental breakfast was just OK. Orange juice out of a machine. Cut friut was unripe. couple of muffins and bagels and some cereal so it was better than nothing. They could have used a bit more help to clean up the area where they eat as most folks didn't clean up after themselves when they were finished. They have a tiki bar at the pool where the prices were awfully high. $7 for a frozen drink or $6 fora virgin frozen drink. $4 for a beer. Prices were the same at the Tiki bar on the docks after sun down. We asked for a late check in and were told that in all cases if you were not out by 11:00 AM they would charge for one full day. Service in the restaurant was very poor when we stopped by for lunch and a late night dessert. Prices in the restaurant we a bit high. The mimi Gym is not really a gym, more like a room with a couple of dumbbells. In fact there is a gym across the Route one up the street a way but you would have to pay a one day fee to work out. you can't really work out in the mimi gym.
Overall compared to other places banana bay was OK. I didn't expect luxury for the price we paid and we didn't get it. We got a solid place to stay that didn't break the bank. It could do a few more things to spuce the place up and a few more things make things more enjoyable but compared to what we saw elsewhere it was pretty good.
Other things of note in Marathon. We were there four years ago and the place is booming. they are building everywhere. as a result prices are higher everywhere as demand is greater than supply. Annettes Steakand seafood was pretty good for dinner. Cracked Conch was very poor. Honda Bahia State park is very good but we got there late and was filled to the point that the state was not letting any more cars in.
Very tropical, but nothing fancy
Our stay was nice. The grounds are just great. Pool area is very nice. Beautiful boats to look at in the marina. Nice TIki Bar. Lots of chairs outside by the water. Very small sandy "beach" area. Nice wave runner rentals. Nice laundry facilities. Rooms are nothing fancy. No high rise modern condo here. Just a quiet tropical hotel. I see "bad" reviews about the continental breakfast. Ours was great. Lots of food, coffee, juice, milk, muffins, fruit, cereal. All by the pool. They did charge an extra $10 a night for our 3rd person which I thought was not fair being the room was about $168 a night. And our cot did not appear to have clean linen. But, I would stay here again.
Spent 2 nights here before moving on to Naples. The hotel is what I would probably describe as a motel but that is not a criticism. The room was large and spacious and spotlessly clean. Well equipped with hair dryer,ironing facilities and fridge. My only complaint was the noisiest air conditioning unit ever. We were so worried it might explode that we kept switching it off just to be on the safe side!
The hotel surroundings are exquisite, so green and lush..A tropical paradise with a lovely pool area and great little sandy sunning beach. Take your snorkelling gear as the fish are incredible.
I`m not sure if I would recommend it for a long stay but as an interim hotel for a few days it can`t be faulted.
The breakfast is pretty useless but there`s an IHOP down the road if you get too desperate. Like one of the other reviewers, we did find the area pretty pricey compared to the rest of Florida but the Keys are a must see if you haven`t been before. We were amazed at how quiet it was down there, where was everyone? Well worth a visit
Fun, Fun, Fun
Our room had a great view of a giant bearded fig tree and the ocean, the grounds were fun (cracker eating parrots included) and we were not there to spend all of our time at the hotel, but we probably could have. Ichabod the Crane came for breakfast with everyone else at the resort in the morning and the afternoon bartender(s) are very nice. The "beach" was like all Keys beaches, not very good. No complaints! Well, actually, if you have never been there-- a word of caution... No one needs to spend alot of money to vacation there, and a majority of people don't. Banana Bay looks like it's in a strip mall, but its harsh front door is cushioned by its interior. It's not luxury but it's close. You can drive to everywhere for fun.
Nice place to stay
We stopped at Marathon Key for two nights on our way to Key West. It is about an hour north of Key West.
This resort has several separate buildings and we stayed near the pool. We had a second floor room with a small balcony and chairs. There is no elevator, so if you have mobility issues, stay on the first floor. Lugging the suitcases up and down was not fun.
The room came with a four-poster bed mosquito netting top tied to the posts.Very cute. The room was very comfortable, clean, and quiet. It contained a small fridge to use.
The pool and restaurant were right next door. The weather was cool so we didn't use the pool. Breakfast is included with the room, the standard bagel,toast, cereal, fruit, juice and coffee/tea served poolside.
The people in the office are very friendly and helpful recommending a local fishery for dinner that was close by, reasonable, and had great food. We also noticed that the restaurant customers were mostly local people and that it was pretty busy both times that we went to it. Can't remember the name.
Due to the recent hurricane damage, the resort no longer has a beach and has lost a lot of foilage. The place was pretty cleaned up, except for the beach and boating area. We ended up going to a local beach, Sombrero Beach. It was quiet, but we had hoped to snorkel and there was no place to snorkel on the beach.
If you plan to spend time outside at the resort bring some bug spray as it is very tropical and the mosquitos(outside) really chowed on me.
When the weather became cloudy and cool, we really had nothing to do. Some of the businesses have not yet re-opened from the hurricanes and unless you're a drinker or the weather is wonderful, one night is enough on Marathon. We were sorry we hadn't left for Key West sooner.
I am sure that as time goes by the resort will be restored to its original shape---with a beach. Right now you'll have to settle for a pool or public beach nearby. There are lots of charters to take for fishing/scuba/snorkel if the weather cooperates. We unfortunately didn't get the chance to try any of them.
Banana Bay is a nice place to stay. They even offer scuba lessons in their pool.(We saw a family gearing up)I would stay there again just to break up the long ride to Key West.