Blue Marlin Motel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBlue Marlin Motel Key West
The motel has a very nice location. The swimmingpool is nice and rooms are big enough and clean. I recommend this motel for a family.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Blue Marlin Motel Key West
This is a great place to stay. Clean rooms, clean pool, and quiet. There are mini fridges in the rooms so pick up some cold drinks to save money instead of the machines. Perfect distance from duval street, the southernmost point and the clothing optional Atlantic sands resort.
Way too fun!!
A group of about 50 of us stay there every year for 4 days and have a WONDERFUL time. The staff is professional and fantastic bringin the Key West feel upon check in. The pool is divine and the location is great, just down the road from Duval. Keep up the wonderful hospitality and delightful accomodations. Thank you :)
Good for the Money
Good hotel for the money - stayed there 4 nights due to previous reviews on this website. Great location and Dennis Pharmacy (local pharmacy with lunch counter across to corner) has the best breakfast daily. We were able to walk down Duval (one block over) to Mallary Square (it is quite a walk however - 14 blocks). Rooms are large - not fancy - but just fine. Additional sink/vanity outside of bathroom was nice amenity. Also room fridge was nice. The pool was great and clean.
Fish On! Blue Marlin is a Fine Catch!
We stayed at the Blue Marlin April 8-12, 2003 and were not dissapointed. Drove down from Miami to experience Key West. It's all good. The location is on a quiet side street, though we could hear the ice machine 2-3 doors down crunching away. The rooms were spacious with 2 queen size beds, a table and 2 chairs, plenty of drawers, ample closet area, fridge, large bathroom with tub and a separate vanity with sink. The pool is situated in the middle of the property and is elevated. Nice landscaping all about. Parking is free and plentiful and slots are directly fronting the rooms. Another nice extra is the laundry facility that was mere steps from our room. We made our reservation online without problems and found the staff to be straightforward yet not overly enthusiastic. April is considered shoulder season and our rate per nite was $88.00 before tax. A relative bargain in Key West as you can certainly pay double that with ease. All in all a clean room and pleasant experience. By the way, skip the cheapo continental sugarfest breakfast and eat at the convenience store on the same block. They have a deli and more healthy fare. If you're feeling adventurous, we recommend Crystal Seas Kayaking at MM19. The front desk referred us and we enjoyed every minute of it.
A motel as we like
We read the previous reviews before going there in November 2003 and we were a bit concerned by some comments. First of all, we like very much the style "motel" with the car parked at the door of the room. We put the boot beside the door in order to have 4 feet to do to take out or to put in our luggage. Our room was large enough with a bathroom with tube and sink and separatly, an other sink. There were a TV, a fridge and a microwave, but no coffee maker. The free continental breakfast is simple : coffee, juice, donuts, cakes. It is forbiden to take it on the side of the pool, on one of the tables which are under a canopy but we were several to do that (not only the unruly Frenchpeople). We try also the Dennis Pharmacy which is at the corner of United and Simonton. It was cheap, good and open at 7AM (Blue Marlin 7:30AM). The motel is one block from Duval, but South of Truman. That means 10 mn to reach the corner of Duval & Truman (the most interesting part of Duval is North).
We were 25mn walk from Mallory Square. We booked through Internet and we paid 88$ (with tax) per night but we saw in a booklet (available everywhere) they proposed 68$ (without tax) during the low season. But it was too late to change.
I asked for a kitchen but the price was increased by 40$ + tax (hey, I am not an American !).
Came across hotel by pure chance. Stayed in one of the cottages behind the hotel. Fantastic & perfect. Planning on going back real soon & have spread the word to many folks. A true gem!
Blue Merlin Motel, Key West, Florida
Nice pink motel. Huge room. Clean although there was a musty smell in the room which kept on lingering. Excellent shower. We did not hear the traffic at all, very quiet. They have a very nice swimming pool in the middle, quite big, which has the sun from the morning until the late afternoon. It is stiff walk to the Mallory Square where the sunset celebrations take place. The celebrations are very nice with lots of street artists. We really enjoyed staying at the hotel but....what a shame that there is a but..and it was the breakfast girl, a big hispanic girl in her late twenties. First of all, they advertise a continental breakfast but only have small donuts, juices and coffee and tea. The breakfast girl uses very inconsistent times for the breakfast. Sometimes it is to 10.00 hrs, sometimes to 09.30 hrs. Then one morning we were refused a couple of donuts because it was 1 minute past 09.00 hrs. When we complained she and the receptionist(lady in her late 50's) pointed at a note saying that breakfast was until 09.00 hrs. This is a very early finish time because it was 10.00 hrs at all the other hotels we stayed. She had indeed great pleasure in denying us a couple of donuts, although there were plenty of donuts left...., and a cup of coffee and told us we were not obliged to stay at the hotel if we did not like it...... We booked out the same day after having had such treatment. There are plenty other nice hotels/motels around in Key West. This bullying behaviour of those particular staff members was absolutely unnecessary and uncalled for. What a shame.......
Key West itself is very nice. Lots of FREE live entertainment laid on, of very good quality. Good night life!
Not bad at all for the price!
For the price(below 100.00 per nite if you can negotiate, otherwise very fair pricing for Key West), you cant beat the Blue Marlin. Nice clean rooms, great pool, within walking distance (5 minutes)to Duval Street and the great night life...park your car and rent a moped! I've stayed here 5 times at least and each time is great! Hit the Dennis Pharmacy across the street for a great priced breakfast!
Accomodations were nothing to write home about, but I was able to haggle the desk clerk down to $90 a night for 3 people. For Key West that is a bargain. Good luck!
Stayed several days in August 2001. The Blue Marlin is an older(I guess built in the 1950's) art deco style motel that has been renovated. We had a kithenette. The room was large and clean with very Spartan furnishings. The cooking utensils appeared to be the same age as the motel (Note to management: Go to K Mart and get some new pots and pans and some cheap art for the walls). The swimming pool is large, clean and very nice. Location is very good within walking distance of all the hot spots.
Overall, not bad for the price. The place has some charm and with a little more renovation and money for furnishings it could fully realize its potential. If looking for a moderately priced place near Duval St., I'd consider staying there again.
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Après une bonne nuit passée au Blue Marlin Motel, nous cherchons à prendre un petit déjeuner typique. C'est à 3 minutes du motel que nous décidons de nous poser. Nous prendrons un petit déjeuner typiquement cubain - sandwich au bacon et oeufs! Light light light :-) Mais nous devons prendre des forces car la journée sera longue et surtout très …
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