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“A nice small place in Mazatlan” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Casa de Marlin

Casa de Marlin
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“A nice small place in Mazatlan”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2004

We spent one week at the Casa De Marlin, in Feb. 2004. Our primary reason for this trip was for the Marlin fishing. As the Casa De Marlin does both lodging and fishing we found this arrangement to our liking.
Rodney picked us up at the airport on time, upon our arrival to the lodge a lunch was ready for us. For three meals a day and a clean, spacious bedroom we felt that the Casa De Marlin was a good value for anyone interested in a fishing trip to Mazatlan. Even for the non-fisherman, the lodge is a good choice for those who would like to visit Mazatlan and are not looking for the big hotel experience. The staff at the lodge were both friendly and competent, everyone was eager to please and seemed genuine in their effort to make our stay pleasant and comfortable. The meals were good home cooked fare, and a refrigerator full of soda, water and beer is available to guests of the Lodge at all times. Our fishing Captain & Mate were also very friendly and eager to get us into some Marlin. While unusual winter weather conditions unfortunately made fishing rather unproductive during our stay there was no lack of effort by Captain Auggie & Mate Micky to search out every possible opportunity to raise fish. One of our days fishing we were the only boat in the Marina to have caught a Striped Marlin. We feel that potential for fishing success in this area is great. We ourselves would like to return at some point to fish again under more normal weather and fishing conditions. Lunch and beverages in good supply are provided on the boat. Our host Rodney also arranged for a private guide to take us on a tour of the Sierra Madre Oriental.
This was 5 hr trip of interest that we thoroughly enjoyed. This was just one of several tours/activities available to visitors with interests other than fishing. Overall we enjoyed our stay at the Casa De Marlin. It is a clean, modern accomodation with downhome feel. It's a perfect place for those wanting to avoid the crowds of the large tourist resorts. Those not speaking Spanish will find that enough English is understood and spoken to make their stay comfortable. Thanks again for the great trip!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2003

I am not in the habit of writing reviews however in this instance I felt compelled to do so. Casa de Marlin is located in the Gold Zone, isolated and in the nondescript neighborhood known as Sabalo Country. The 4 bedroom house's main function to serve as lodging for fisherman. It was not at all what I was led to believe. The floorplan in very choppy and many stairs must be navigated to reach any part of the house and certainly not worth the $100.00US per night that was charged. The main problem was the owner, Rodney Caughman. Everything seemed fine on the trip to the house from the airport. Rodney picks up his guests at the airport. We talked mostly about the local fishing. The real problem was his attitude at the house. In the 5 days I was there on numerous occasions he yelled at the help for no apparent reason. His attitude became extremely condescending to the help and the guests. I found him unwilling or incapable of communicating in a friendly way. I couldn't wait for those 5 days to end and spent as much time as possible away from the place. My stay there was most uncomfortable.

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Address: Mazatlan, Mexico
Location: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > Mazatlan
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Ranked #17 of 39 Specialty Lodging in Mazatlan
Number of rooms: 6

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