We had been traveling and switching hotels every couple of nights, and we were delighted with The Marlin. Other reviewers mentioned the reception being on the second floor, but there was a desk in the lobby area when we were there, so none of those things were a problem. It was rare that someone wasn't at the desk. We appreciated the code to get in the building, and the front patio was lovely. We stayed for a couple of nights before flying to our next destination.
Jeff checked us in, explained the iPad functions, and gave us a great recommendation for dinner (Havana 1957 for Cuban - so delicious). He oriented us to the area, and was very cheerful, welcoming, and friendly.
Daniella helped me arrange a massage appointment, complete with calling a cab to take me there. She was VERY helpful with the whole experience and never seemed to mind. Her recommendation (The Standard) was excellent, and she gave me enough information to be prepared to access all the amenities there.
Dameon (sp?) was also very helpful and friendly. We chatted about vacation destinations, he took pictures and changed the lobby lighting for us, and he called us a cab when it was time to leave.
These three people really made the experience at the hotel great for us! They all checked back with us to make sure that things we going well and recommendations were appropriate. Additionally, the rooms were clean and a little funky. This is the only hotel we've ever stayed in with a bed as comfortable as we have at home. We slept late every day! We had no problems with any of the functions of the iPad. You could open the curtains for sunlight, or close them and establish whatever mood you wanted with music and colors from the iPad. They had programmed suggestions or you could create your own combinations. At night, the buttons for the lights are illuminated on the wall, so you just have to punch the button to bring up the lights. You can illuminate the art on the wall, if you so desire! My husband loved the television in the mirror, and I liked the neat appearance without the tv. The room safe worked without a problem. The bathroom doesn't provide much privacy, but we were fine. There was a neat rain shower feature that could be used, or not. I really liked the lavender-peppermint shampoo, etc. Beach towels and a beach bag were provided, which made it very easy to just run down to the beach, only a block away. There were tons of good restaurants in the area, some convenience stores if you need that, and an ATM in the store next door. We did not see the bar in use during our stay, but it looked nice. We almost never heard other guests, and there was little noise from outside.
We are VERY likely to book here again. (It is not a place for children or people uncomfortable with technology.)
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Marlin Hotel Miami Beach