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“Laid back Florida Keys getaway” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Reef Resort
Florida
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72 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Laid back Florida Keys getaway”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

Have been going to The Reef for years, and have enjoyed the laid back atmosphere. This is not the Ritz by any means but plenty of friendly people, and quiet island atmosphere. Condos each have 2 bedrooms, and 2 baths with sleeper sofa, full kitchen, and utensils. They now have the great additions of dvd players, one hairdryer in one bath, and wood laminate floors. Still have BBQ units outside, wrap around porches to view sunsets, and large washer/dryers downstairs where there is space to store any of your gear you bring with you. Free usage of kayaks, bikes, puzzles, and odd and ends of novels from the office. Kayaks should be checked out a day ahead with new paddles :), as well as bikes, in order to insure to have for early morning or sunset fun!! Office is closed Sundays and holidays so check out before then, as well as 8-5 Mon-Sat. Also 2 tennis courts, basket ball court, and ping pong table, with large outdoor pool. Tons of outdoor seating to enjoy, too.
Warning: we could hear everything between the bedrooms; bathrooms are small and must use stairs. Not a problem for us but be forewarned.
Marathon Key has plenty of restaurants, a K-Mart, Winn Dixie, Publix, local shopping, Bahia Honda beach (fee), Sombrero Beach, Key Colony golf, and restaurant, Marathon Lady party fishing, and a local airport. Safe area too.
Get the Keys Fisheries Restaurant coupon in the office or at the Marathon visitor center. Good for free soda or ice tea for each meal purchase. Get enough coupons for the entire week because they have the best fresh seafood!!!! 1 lb Boiled shrimp for $16.99! Delicious!!

Room Tip: Get the units closer to the water. #4-8 units had a great view of the sunsets, near water and were f...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank BHappynow
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 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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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2013

Great place, good rates, nice pool, and very friendly for kids. You can use all kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats at no charge. Our friends have stayed here before which is how we found out about it. Gorgeous views, and nice little shelter for your boat with quick and easy access out of the marina.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank jason j
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Baltimore, Maryland
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58 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2013

We knew we might be checking in late, so we called ahead, and the Reef Resort assured us that we have a packet for us with our key. Fortunately, the office person was still there, though she had already put our packet together.

We had villa 20, directly over the heated pool. We were also happy to have a view of the dock area from our living room and deck.

The furnishings were simple and the villas showed signs of age, but they had been recently painted, and housekeeping did a great job of preparing the unit for us. There is no towel exchange, but we were able to wash our towels in the full-size washer and dryer on the ground level. The kitchen was extremely well stocked. Make sure you check all the glassware and sheets to make sure nothing is missing on check-in.

The next morning when we walked around the dock there was a manatee in the water. We planned to use the free kayaks during our stay, but never ended up doing that. We did use the bicycles. They are simple one-speed bikes with baskets. We biked to Sombrero beach and around the neighborhoods there.

The beds are comfortable, but there is road noise from Route 1. Some light came through the blinds from the street light, so a sleep mask came in handy for me.

Marathon is a great location for a first trip to the keys. In spite of being right on the highway, the resort was very peaceful and quiet. We never felt it was crowded, and there were never more than a few people in the pool at a time. One day it was only 62 degrees, and that was the day we used the pool, so we really enjoyed that it was heated.

Overall, I highly recommend this resort.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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3 Thank BornTraveling
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Colden, New York
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2012

We traded a week at our timeshare for a week here and could not be happier with the decision. Really nice resort, well maintained. The service here is pretty decent, all the employees are really nice. The Villas seem to have been updated over the past year or so as our looked like it was brand new inside. If I only had one complaint about the place, it would be they don't have enough loaner kayaks to go around, but being every place we've rented from in the Keys don't even offer loaners, I can't complain too much! Had a good time here and hope to come back soon!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank jlfaulring
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level Contributor
55 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2012

The Reef at Marathon was a really nice place to stay when we visited the Keys. Location, location, location! It is only about 50 miles to Key West so visiting there was a breeze. And going to Key West we got to travel over the 7 Mile Bridge and look at Henry Flagler's overseas railway as we went! Awesome! The resort is a bit dated but they were working on the cottages when we were there, getting them ready for the summer season. So when you visit it should be ready to go. Our cottage was clean, smelled great, stocked with everything we could need or want, and the staff was courteous and friendly. Our only complaint was the Internet service; it kept coming and going so uploading our pictures to Facebook didn't always work. But this was not due to something the resort was doing or not doing, it was simply the area. Overall we enjoyed our time at this resort with its quaint, beach-town feel. Definitely a place we would return to and also a place we will tell our friends about. It is not a Gold Crown resort. But we felt like the service, cleanliness, and location outweighed this!

  • Stayed March 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 Thank ExplorerScott
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Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2012

This was a very nice getaway for us. The villas are rustic, but have everything you need in the kitchen and cable so what more could you ask for?! The sofa is beach furniture so not a big comfy couch, but was fine for us because we weren't there to be inside. The beds were a little hard, so my suggestion is to bring your own down comforter and pillows and you will be fine! The bathroom isn't great, but everything is clean. It is not a take a bath kind of tub, but shower is just fine for us. The staff couldn't be sweeter. They have canoes, bikes and paddle boards that you can use for free which is a big bonus! The pool is very nice and clean! It is a quiet resort , not a party place, which was great for us! This is a great place to stay for a rustic getaway! It is probably not the place for Hilton type people, but fine for a little cottage getaway! We would return!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 Thank Libby J
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15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2011

We are an original owner of unit 37, best unit location and view. Love coming here every year - big fan of Marathon and Florida Keys. We're terribly disappointed in the upkeep of the interior or our Villa - carpet is torn, dirty and most of the furniture, flooring, bathrooms, blinds and cabinetry is horribly dated and in need of replacement. Place is beautiful on outside, if they do a replacement of interior unit we'll return, if not we will not!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank larryglick1
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Property: Reef Resort
Address: 6800 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050-3100
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Marathon
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Ranked #5 of 14 Speciality Lodging in Marathon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Reef Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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