The Banyan Resort
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Cruise Day 3: All At SeaToday has been a rest day in that we are on the way to Grand Cayman and arrive about 7am tomorrow so haven't made landfall today, its just a chance to catch up on a few things like drinking and eating, oh and I did throw in a one hour gym session to ease the guilt - not that I feel guilty of course.I have managed to break the hand basin plug in my room twice too without feeling guilty and without trying, the metal one ...
... I therefore drove around for a bit and finally found a place to park it near our condo in the middle of the night.
In the middle of the night, we heard a car alarm going off. Joanne went to investigate and found out that a cat had jumped on the convertible - therefore starting the alarm.
Since she was awake, Joanne decided to take the car out for a ride. I was very tired so ...
... large, bathrooms and laundry are very close. We are a row back from the water but the view is still beautiful and very accessible. Hard to believe what we have available to us! There are probably 200 plus campers here I guess in January it can get up to almost 500 and people will spend up to a month in dry camp. I can see why they do it as they make it easy to manage.
Since we have arrived we have been just trying to ...
... booked, but had to pay an extra $200 for. I even had the same seat!! The only other option was a Delta flight to KW via Atlanta! You can't make this **** up.
Arrived safe and sound at Island House. I love this place, and always stay here when I'm in KW. My room was really nice and had some improvements since my last visit ie: new bathroom and a iMac in my room.
Went out afternoon to catch the end of the famous Tea Dance at La Te ...
... us dash in the opposite direction.
Finally we were whisked to the Gulf of Mexico where were split into groups that took turns to:
* parasail - fun and leisurely, soaring in the breeze, not nearly as scary as it looks;
* jet-ski - that was awesome! So exhilirating, especially when speed-demon Mario took over! I screamed like a little girl while he beamed from ear to ear;
* play on the inflatable ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews The Banyan Resort Key West
Loved it, convient and quit. Totally relaxing!
we stayed and loved it, just a block from duval, but so quiet even on new years! friendly staff and very relaxing. loved the tiki bar! everything so close but so secluded. i would recommend the banyon resort to anyone.
This resort transports you to a very private paradise. The grounds are outstanding, with lush, tropical landscaping. Many of the plants look like they're older than the 3 beautiful historic homes that make up the "compound." Our 2 bdrm unit was very nice, but not plush or professionally decorated. Still, our street-side balcony was a terrific place to relax with early evening cocktails and night caps. The reviewer who noted the "leaf blower" is correct...0630 is a little early for the gas-powered machines that blow the "empties" and other debris from Duval. We think this resort is really the best location to experience Key West. Walking distance to everything we liked best...restaurants, Ft Zach Taylor beach (the best beach), and both personalities of Duval St. - the crazy end and the quiet end.
Take me to the Banyan!
We stayed at the Banyan for the last leg of our honeymoon and loved it! The accomodations, grounds & gardens, location, and staff were great! We are looking to make a visit to Key West an annual family tradition and the Banyan is our top pick for places to stay. Pick this hotel...you WON'T be disappointed!
Happy with our stay
The Banyan Resort is a beautiful property just off of the most crowded part of Duval street. The gardens are beautiful and the location is wonderful if you are looking to spend your time in the bars and around the crowds. If you are looking to be a short or long distance from the crowds, find a different place. The music from the bars around the corner can be heard until 2 a.m. every morning. Great restaurants around the complex and close to Mallory Square. The 1 bedroom room that we stayed in was adequate but nothing fancy. It's a nice place but I'd probably look for another location closer to the other side of the island for a more layed back experience. The only beaches on the island are on the opposite side of the Banyan.
Two Pools, Jaccuzi, Tiki Bar...Heaven!
I took my brother, his wife and daughter to the Keys the summer of 2002. After days of reseaching every hotel, guest house, and B&B in Key West we settled on the Banyan Resort. What a find! The foilage is spectacular! We felt we were in our own tropical paradise. After a long day of walking we loved to relax in the Jaccuzi. My neice loves to swim and it's hard to find a decent size pool in Key West, but they had two!
The staff couldn't have been more friendly or helpful. Our one bedroom with a pull out sofa was plenty of room for the four of us. The rooms were large and immaculate. The location is perfect! Only two blocks from duval and three blocks from Mallory Square. We walked everywhere!
We're looking forward to going back again this summer.
We went into the Banyon with the possibility of investing in a timeshare. We intended to stay 6 days at the Banyon; however somehow our reservations were cancelled with 2 days left to our trip -they said the person who set up the reservation cancelled us, funny, that she was OUT OF THE COUNTRY and they had no proof, i.e. fax that it was cancelled. Staff was Very UNACCOMODATING and basically didn't care that 5 of us, including 3 kids, had no where to go. The units and the grounds are beautiful and we were extremely disappointed on how we were treated - they called us at 10:00 a.m. and told us we would have to be out by 11, no if ands or buts. This was in February 2004 and we have never received any sort of apology or anything from them even thought we were assured this problem "was on their list of priorities to discuss the next morning".
I Loved the Banyan!
I once stayed at the Banyan Resort in Key West Florida and it was one of the best expirences that I have ever had! I stayed in a 2 story condo that overlooked the Family Pool. It was awesome! We swam like 2 times everyday!! I suggest that anyone traveling to Key West should go there. Even though you must have a time share!
WE are just back from the BAnyan with 3 kids and stayed in the 2 br 2ba unit with the sleeper slofa. This was the only place we could find and afford during race week with 3 separate sleeping areas. The 2 rooms were quiet, the sleep sofa fronts on eaton and was pretty noisy, as were the leaf blowers at times. The 2 pools are nice, one heated one not heated and the hot tub was a hit. The tiki bar in the courtyard was pretty convenient...they could serve drinks and burgers poolside. All in all we had fun but want to look elsewhere for a more quiet 3 bedroom place.
Loud and unfriendly staff
At check-in we were given no overview of property, only told to park on one block ($7 per day) and carry our luggage one block to the unit and up a set of stairs! It was extremely loud, the room was very musty and smelly and the windows could not be opened to air out! The leaf blower at 630 am was the worst! Never again!
I recently visited Key West for the third time in six years, and I must say that the Banyan is an excellent resort. This is no multitiered hotel, but a group of historic homes renovated into one and two bedroom units, each with its own personal touches (no two units are the same).