The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon
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We had a great ride from Naples to Marathon a distance of 187 miles. It was a lot of swamp on both sides of the road and heading closer to the Keys the highway became one lane and had high mesh fencing on both sides to keep alligators and other wildlife off the road.
Being one lane and 55 mph it is reasonably slow going. Not a lot to see …
James wanted to dive from Key West. So made the trek down (a little over an hour drive) to dive some reefs in the afternoon.
We dived with Southpoint Divers. I think there were about 10 divers and half a dozen snorkelers on the boat. We went out to Sand Key for the first dive. About 5-6 miles SSW of Key West harbor. Saw my first and …
Warning: I am still learning to take underwater pictures. I eliminated the truly horrible pictures. Of the ones I posted - some are good, some are not. But I'm still trying to learn.
So James and I flew into Miami yesterday, Sunday, June 3, and drove down to Marathon Key.
It may be a Holiday Inn Express, but it doesn't suck here. You' …
Friday 2nd December 2011
Fort Lauderdale to Marathon Florida Keys
Ship docked at 7am and we had a leisurely breakfast and then sat in the library waiting to be called, they disembark in colour order and we were one of the last at around 10.30am. Had to go to Fort Lauderdale airport to pick up the car so grabbed a cab …
... we averted them all, apparently. Got into Marathon's City Marina by about 4:30 and managed to pick up our mooring ball successfully. The first time for a mooring ball on JB Frog--always a challenging event for us. With the weather deteriorating because of a cold front, we will stay here for a few days, probably heading up the islands towards Miami on Monday. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon
We stayed for one night on our way back from key west and checked in at noon in a poolside room. Pool was clean and very comftorable, tiki bar served good cocktails, view was nice and the live music at 5 by the tiki bar was more than we expected. I must say that everyone staying there was having a good time either at the pool or the bar. Its not the Ritz but it isn't supposed to be. Go across the steet to the Island Restaurant and see a great sunset. Our time in marathon was good and we are glad we stopped and extended our vacation a day.
Good base for exploring the keys
very pleased with our stay, we where there for two weeks,very clean, the staff where very helpfull.we used the place as a base to exlpore the keys because of it's excellent location.
We were very disappointed! We had planned on staying 3 nights, but checked out the next morning, (only because there was nothing else available). I will say the bed and pillows were comfortable and recently replaced. It was also recently redecorated. But the rest goes down hill from there. The most important thing for me is that the bathroom is clean. This was far from that! The toilet had not seen a brush in who knows how long and there were drips and stains on the seat. Thank god for clorox wipes. There were chunks of what I don't know on the floor, dust that looked like fur and large paint chips flaking of the door trim. Hopes for a good shower went down the drain too, water pressure, there was none. We checked in just after 4 and they were still cleaning rooms, one of the ladies was blocking the hallway, yapping away on her cell phone. My husband made the comment that she must clean with one hand. I am sad to say Holiday Inn has been removed from my trusted list of hotels. Good luck!!
Clean, good value for money
Overall, this hotel is very good value for this price range.
The room and bathroom were very clean and the cleaning ladies did their daily jobs very good.
The hotel restaurant kitchen has decent prices for both brekafast and dinner which can be enjoyed at Tiki bar. There was live musician at Tiki bar every evening as well (Jan 2005)
Ofcourse this is not resort or 4* hotel, but for this price range it is very good value.
Was clean and convenient
My husband and I stayed at this hotel while attending a wedding at another resort in November 2004. The hotel is clean and I would stay there again. The hotel has a continental breakfast which we did not eat since there was an IHOP only minutes away. It is on a marina and does not have walking access to a beach. If you are looking to spend time on the beach you would need to drive to it.
Holiday Inn needs to clean up it's act here. The place was a disappointment because the food service was not good, the grounds were filthy with cigarette butts and other trash, the room wasn't ready at checkin time and the beds had seen their better days back in the '80s!
I travel enough to know what to realistically expect out of a Holiday Inn, this place simply didn't live up to that expectation. We're going back to the Keys in two weeks and our money will be spent elsewhere.
The Tiki bar is nice, the pool is large, the marina is convenient and the room air conditioner worked. These were good things!
Spring vacation 200
We (2 of us) stayed at the H.I. Marathon Marina, and loved it (04/2003)!! Very friendly staff, excellent on site activities, and best of all you are right in the middle of the Keys!! If you are a diver, the on site dive center is first class!! We will be back in July 2004.
We stayed here nov12-15 '03. We had 2 couples and we were put in rooms that were right next to eachother. this is a basic hotel room, we had a room with 2 double beds and we were facing the marina, I would say if were facing any other direction it wouldnt have been nearly as nice.
We stayed at this Holiday Inn and were extremely disappointed. The room was the dirtiest I've ever stayed in.We had a number of things go wrong and people at the front desk didn't seem to care whether we were pleased or not. I would recommend finding other accomodations in Marrathon if you want your visit to be enjoyable.
Spent a brilliant week here over christmas 2002/03
Weather really warm 70 degs most days. This is the centre of the keys and as such is a wonderful base for exploring the rest of the keys from key west (easy drive) to key largo (easy drive). Lots to do and see warm shallow water is brilliant for young kids.
Hotel was clean, rooms were kept exeptionally clean by a dedicated team of cleaners.
Staff in the hotel I found were great but seriously over worked doing from early morning breakfast to late night meals.(maybe this was perculiar to the christmas /new year hol's)
Marina is eyesore which could do with updating boats/jet skies very shoddy
Food in the hotel is average.Lots of good local cheap food close bye try Porky's