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“LOVE THE MARLIN HOTEL!!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Marlin Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139   |  
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Ranked #33 of 206 Hotels in Miami Beach
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“LOVE THE MARLIN HOTEL!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Wonderful staff, specifically Daniella, Jeff, Alex, and Dameon!!! There was only one guy I didn't bother to ask his name because he didn't bother to do ANYTHING on shift right before Dameon. The other people I named at the front desk were AMAZING! Stayed here for three days, ipad controls everything in the room, love the bed love the glass showers and bathroom, love the tv in the mirror, the soundproof rooms!!! You could have a party in your room and no one would even know. No car needed you are 5mins from the beach and anything you need. All of the food in the area is great! Awesome weather! The front door to the hotel does require a code which I LIKED because of the small percentage of people walking around miami either tripping out or drunk they like to walk around in stores and restaurants so it made me feel a lot safer. I would not recommend this place for children or boring people looking for peace and quiet, actually I would not recommend Miami in general. It is called the party town for a reason everything is open for 24hrs awesome for a girls trip, bachelor/bachelorette party or couples looking to relight that flame! Enjoy! ;)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Stayed for two nights in late Feb for South Beach Food Wine. Nice simple quiet retro hotel two blocks to ocean. Close to night life restaurants beach shopping and everything needed for a South Beach romantic getaway. If you are bringing the kids this is not the place for you. Try the lowes or ritz. Techno stuff others talk about is cool when it works but that was rare during our stay. Valet was also a little difficult as the hotel has to call them to pickup or deliver the car and there is rarely parking out front while waiting. Overall nice spot.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Berlin, Germany
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9 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Rooms are spacious but without quality; the mirrorfFlat TV is the only very nice thing inside;
we had a room very noisy for the airco machine(we could'nt sleep), we asked to change room
without success and so we left the hotel the second day;
no bar inside the hotel, small reception on the second floor;no breakfast;
we expected another thing than the one we had; it's apity because the location is fantastic.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Addlestone, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

We were a little concerned the moment we arrived at the Marlin (after travelling for over 14 hours) when we couldn't get in through the front door. You need a key code (nobody told us) and with Reception on the first floor, it took almost 5 minutes before somebody came and let us in.
Our room was a small, funky,standard double. The iPad controls almost everything (except our LED mood lighting didn't function at all). The room safe also didn't function. The faults were reported, but nothing was done about them until the morning of our departure, some 3 days later.
We booked 'Room Only' but had been enticed by the dinner menu that appears on the hotel's own website - EXCEPT the restaurant wasn't open (and didn't look as though it had been for some while). We were quite disappointed and felt we had been misled by the information on the website. Also, during our visit, the bar located on the Ground Floor was bare and closed.
The location is great - just a short walk away from the lively Ocean Drive, and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That is probably the one thing that the Marlin has going for it.
The room was clean and comfortable - and that's about all you can say about this place. I was left with a feeling that the hotel is being run as somebody's hobby and not their business. The staff are friendly enough, but it needs a good manager to whip them into shape.
We certainly wouldn't return there.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

Stayed at the Marlin hotel for 4 nights in April and loved the design and concept of the hotel. The iPad controlled lights, tv, curtains and air con is a great touch and really adds to the enjoyment of the stay. The design is very funky and the rooms are all suites with king beds and sofa beds allowing lots of room for a Miami Hotel. The hotel is only a block from the beach providing a fantastic location. Beach bags provided is a great touch and complimentry wifi was a good bonus too. There were a couple of minor problems while we were there but overall not enough to take back from a lovely stay. When we arrived the hotel reception is on the 2nd floor and the door from the street is locked. The intercom had broken so we had to wait until someone came out of the door to access the hotel. We then asked about parking and were offered the valet service at $29 a night. I wasn't awate that parking was so expensive but that may just be my naivity and not reading the website clearly. The first night we were there we were woken at 4am by noise from the studio on the ground floor that was really loud. We complained to reception but were told that since the recording studio isn't owned by the hotel there wasn't much they could do. They did move us to another room on a higher floor and offered us a discount but the room wasn't quite as big/good as the first room. After the switch however we did sleep like a dream every night. The bathroom door in the room didn't close properly as it was a sliding door so would roll open each time you used it. This didn't bother me so much but was annoying whenever you tried to use the toilet. We did inform reception but were told that it would be too big a job to fix while we were there so they would have to wait until the room was empty to fix it. I agree with some of the other notes that other reviewers have picked up on like absence of tea/coffee facilities being annoying and also the difficult working the lights in the night if you wanted to get up to use the bathroom or get a drink but overall these were only minor complaints. I did really enjoy the hotel and vibe but I'm not sure I'd stay here again.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rome, Italy
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16 hotel reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

The Marlin Hotel is really a unique, lovely place in South Beach.
Rooms are amazing, even if smaller ones do not have room to store luggages nor suits or shoes.
All of them, nonetheless, have a super cool system for lights, music, etc that you can control with an iPad.
Service is friendly though professional and they try their best to fulfill guests' requests.
There is no microwave nor kettle in the rooms, but ask for hot water and they'll provide for you.
Sleeping is not always so easy, earplugs help a lot!
No breakfast is available in the hotel, but there are many cafè around and a Jamaican restaurant should be opening soon, as well as a bar, in the hotel itself.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This is my go to hotel on Miami beach. The hotel is very hip and caters to a young crowd. I will the privacy, the technology and the decor. The overall design was extremely modern and not outdated. If you are young, fun, fashionable, hip, a pop culture fanatic, and looking for the perfect chill, quite and modern hotel in close proximity to Miami Beach - The Marlin is really the best option. Its far enough from the beach that you have your privacy and aren't bothered by the noice from cars and tourists yet close enough that you are a 2 min walk away from restaurants, shopping, pharmacies and the beach! The rooms are all of a different theme and there are different options of set up (so not the boring cookie cute repeated design) and ht lobby feels like a really cool lounge (by night) and awesome brunch place (during the day). The only issue for me is that room service (food) is only available from Wednesday through Thursdays and the bar in the downstairs lobby closes much to early. Also the mini bar items are way overpriced based on the room rate and probably need to be changed frequently so it looks fresh. I like to idea of the ipad controlling the lights, drapes, TV and overall mood of the room.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#21 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#23 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#26 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Marlin Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Hotel about being heard, not just seen. 15 beautiful rooms located in the heart of South Beach for those who seek a unique experience unlike any other. Located just steps from the beach, The Marlin Hotels represents an enduring architectural landmark from the formative years of Miami Beach. It's impressive interiors and facade truly make it an Art Deco Masterpiece. Built in 1939 by famed architect Laurence Murray Dixon, The Marlin Hotel is truly one of the premier examples of Art Deco grandeur built around that era. Completely restored and re-envisioned, The Marlin Hotel offers 15 unique Rooms, each with with full post-production capability and a complement of custom in-room amenities. Each room is equipped with a personalized iPad that controls all room features such as music, lightning, drapes and TV. - Docking station for all personal devices - Innovative 60 inch screen LED concealed behind a mirror - Apple TV with pre-loaded media library - LED mood lighting - Complimentary and FREE 10 MBPS wireless Internet - Tannoy Surround system and Subwoofer in each room - 300 thread count Egyptian cotton linen - Custom Frette bathrobes - Luxurious King bed and Queen day bed sofa in each room - Large and lofty pillows - Rainfall shower with sumptuous Bigelow products - Spacious Closets in each room The Marlin Hotel is also home to the renowned South Beach Studios, a recording facility that prides itself on catering to the artist at all times, from new talents such as Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani and Kanye West, to legends as the same Stevie Wonder ... more   less 
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