The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon

Address: 13201 Overseas Highway, Marathon, Florida Keys, Florida, 33050, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located on 13201 Overseas Highway, Marathon, is near Captain Hook's Marina & Dive Center, Christ of the Deep, Abyss Dive Center, and Thunderbolt.
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    Historical Traveler Reviews The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon

    Good Time


    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.

    Keep Going...


    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.

    Nothing exciting!


    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.

    Decent hotel


    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.

    The rooms were clean and big, and it was very convenient that they have boat rentals and snorkeling trips right at the hotel. There is also a bar right next to the pool and they have the best pina colodas haha.

    Some bad things: The breakfast that the hotel offered was awful, I had pancakes but they were more like cardboard, but there is an IHOP right down the road. You have to pay to make local calls from the room.

    Theres no fridge or microwave in the rooms. We had a balcony but we couldnt go out on it because there was a huge puddle of water on it from the air conditioner. We had a problem with the room keys a number of times, for some reason they kept getting magically erased and we had to walk down to the front desk and reprograqm them everytime. theres 2 washers and 2 dryers but you have to pay 1.50 to use them and they are outside. The hotel was ok since we were only there for 3 nights, and we were having too much fun being in the keys to worry about stupid things, but i might check out another hotel next time I go.

    Not recommended


    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.

    Christmas treat


    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

    TripAdvisor Reviews The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Marathon

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

    Travel Blogs from Marathon

    Reflections on Keys

    A travel blog entry by browngaltrekker on Oct 15, 2013

    1 comment, 10 photos

    ... PS. As a cheapie/budget traveler, my flight to and from Ft. Lauderdale turned out to be the cheapest flight I've ever taken in the U.S. - $19. How? The plane flying back to DC had some mechanical issues that delayed us for a few hours. This led to a panic attack for some of the passengers and in my mind for the first time I thought, "Well, **** if this so called "Life," is about to end, then please make ...

    Just a bit of wandering on Marathon Key

    A travel blog entry by ralphieboyo on Mar 05, 2013

    1 photo

    ... folks feed the huge Tarpon. You can buy a two dollar bucket of small fish there. The main competitor for the fish are the very large pelicans that hang out there. They even have a dedicated "Pelican Hazer" who chases the nasty birds away so folks can even feed the Tarpon. We saw Tarpon that must be over three feet long and weigh in excess of twenty five pounds! Fun for a bit of time.

    We looked for ...

    DOG ON PLANE!!!!!

    A travel blog entry by sandylane on Jul 03, 2012

    3 comments, 34 photos

    ... today. Mom wouldn't even drink a coke until they were headed home. Fear of chumming!
    Speaking of Chum. I'm off "Chef" Michael's. Dad broke down and bought me some Iams. Much better.
    Oh, yea---we have a red-headed woodpecker living in the totem pole in the backyard. Haven't been able to get a picture yet. He's a little shy. And the iguanas are all over the place. Lot's of babies!!!!
    It's late--going to bed.

    30 Hours to Florida

    A travel blog entry by betsypetersnow on Aug 27, 2011

    Our original plan was to fly out of Boston to New York - then on to Frankfurt on the 27th of August. Hurricane Irene changed all of those plans. New York Kennedy airport was closed and the airline - Singapore air could not get as to Frankfurt for almost 2 weeks. I quickly found another flight out of Miami on Air Berlin that would get us to Frankfurt.

    We had to make a decision - so we jumped in our car and drove it from Maine back down to ...

    Day 48

    A travel blog entry by barbo1999 on Feb 17, 2011

    17 photos

    Well, housekeeping day but did not do laundry...that must be a sign I brought too many clothes!!! Met a guy today from Bethany Beach, De he is across the way said he has been coming down here for 3 years now. He told us about the bird sanctuary across the street...we ...