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Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Spent a long weekend in late October accompanied by my 2 grandchildren. Arrived at the hotel at 12noon knowing full well we were way too early but thought at least we would get our names on the list. Otis, the front desk clerk, immediately and in a very curt sort of manner read us "the fine print" about a 4pm check-in despite my having no expectation a room would be available at the early hour we were there.

We were told we could use the pool pending readiness of our room but the only changing facilities for changing were the washrooms off the lobby. So my two grandchildren changed in my SUV for lack of anywhere else.

When the room was finally ready around 3pm, imagine my surprise having too complete a check-in "document" I will call it that required me to "initial" in 5 different places about things I was agreeing to in addition to a general signature at the end. 63 years on this earth traveling the world regularly for the last 43 and never have I seen anything like this. More like a car rental contract. Combined with "the fine print" intro and then this document which assumes you are a potential criminal planning to do all kinds of bad things at Tranquility Bay, you are signing your life away to them!

In fairness our 3 bedroom townhouse was pretty impressive (excepting the soiled great room furniture) and the dinners we enjoyed on the outdoor terrace of the Butterfly Café outstanding. That said, breakfast is not served there and you either have to drive to a restaurant in the area or purchase the fixings at Publix and then fix for yourself each morning.

Would I return ? Hard to say. It surely Is the best in the area but ultimately its not a full fledged resort like Cheeca Lodge an hour north in Islamorada which is a perennial favorite of mine.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Steelmuscle
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Reviewed 17 November 2013 via mobile

For a self contained resort it does everything you would want it to and more.

Private beach, tiki bar, family and non family pools are superb. The high points were the size and quality of living accommodation and the fantastic on site restaurant.

If you want a resort style break without having to worry about anything but your next drink then this is the place for you.

Didn't think Marathon had much to offer compared to the vibrancy of Ket West so this place was perfect chillax!

We also stayed at the sister resort in key resort and both exceeded our expectation.

Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
2  Thank BennyBonnassi
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

This is a first class place. #3 of us stayed in a three bedroom 3 and 1/2 bath 2 story lovely condo like bldg. You must go to their website to see the plans. We loved that one of the bedrooms was built for the handicapped and had a large shower. TVs in all rooms, porches on both floors, full kitchens well stocked with appliances and coffee and washer and dryer round it out.
2 pools and a tiki bar and beautiful restaurant were appreciated by all.

Room Tip: tell if you are handicapped, you will get a nice downstairs bedroom
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with friends
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1  Thank ken14543
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Reviewed 16 November 2013

tranquility bay is in a perfect location near sombrero beach AND Bahia Honda beaches. the property is amazing. beautifully landscaped and beautiful rooms. the porches are also very nice. The lagoon pool is beautiful. Butterfly café has very good food. Beach is not too big where you can swim but beach area is also beautiful. If you go to the keys this is the place to stay. We will be back. at tranquility bay. The value you get for staying at Tranquility is worth it. The front desk is very helpful and honest. very peaceful there.

Room Tip: all rooms are good.
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Mark C
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Love this place! 3 couples traveling for a quick get away from the cold weather. Heard about this place from friend. We stayed in Unit #66 which I would highly recommend. It is in end unit with a handicap shower and larger bedroom on the ground floor and two bedrooms with bath on the second level. Marathon is a mellow place that has beautiful water (views from this Hotel), quaint eateries with the freshest seafood you'll find. Tranquility has two pools (one for adults only which we liked), water sports and several putting greens. Nice porches w/ Adirondack chairs made for a very relaxing few days. If you want the hustle of Key West drive there (about one hour)..then return to paradise at Tranquility Bay.

Room Tip: Not all of the units have 3 bedrooms, we stayed in #66 which is on the end with an additional bedroom...worked out great!
  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank lortonsedge
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