My husband and I looked into Villas Marlin and as it was late, we got #521 which is a two bedroom, duplex, which is more space than we need. We booked through Alvin and Fernando from Oracle Villas and Tours. They are very easy going and simple to work with. No deposit down is we can confirm our flight itinerary after making the villa booking. We paid in cash so we got to save on the car service which would have otherwise cost twice as much.
The apartment we got (which wasn't our first choice) is fine. The furnitures and decor are tired and old. The bathrooms are very clean and well stocked. The kitchen is well equipped but we did not use it. There's a washer and dryer in the unit which is very convenient. The drawbacks of this apartment are:- lack of a safe, hair dryer (according to Alvin and Fernando, guests in the past conveniently "took" hair dryers home) and rather old and dirty closets.
There's complimentary wi-fi, towels/toiletries, beach towels which are very useful. There's a phone but we did not use it for any local calls. The TV in the living room is a flat screen but is fuzzy for most channels. The one in the bedroom is a CRT.
There's a mini mart, as mentioned in previous reviews. Mind you, it is convenient but it is an absolute rip off. If you need sun screen, drinks, snacks, go to the pharmacy in the plaza across from the villa or else where. On average, the prices here ranges at least 50cents or more than other bodegas/pharmacy.For eg. we bought a bottle of sunscreen for approximately USD $20 and it was sold for $18 in a nearby pharmacy.
The pool area is clean and not crowded. We got lounge chairs easily any time of the day. There is no direct access to the beach as it is fenced up along the edge of the villa to the beach. Don't attempt to climb over as the security may reprimand you. You have to exit the villa's compound through the gate (where cars come in), walk around the bank and there's a public access there.
It is a nice beach, clean, and not as crowded. Clear turquoise water. Very satisfied with the beach.
The location is unbeatable. Its rigt by Plaza Kukulkan (easy to spot while you are on the bus) and close to shopping/restaurants.
We took a bus to downtown Cancun to check out Mercado 28. We are not bargain shoppers and abhor the constant "harassment" by the vendors. We just ate at El Ceja which was reportedly recommended. I would say the food is just so-so, but expensive for area.
We had great dinners at Habichuela Sunset and Asiana. We are from New York City and are very picky about our food, but these two passed our tests. Also, they are pricey but they are in fancier setting. We thorougly enjoyed Habaneros for breakfast and lunch. It is across from Plaza Flamingo and this place is cheap and good. Must try.
Just FYI, El Shrimp Bucket is closed para siempre. It has not opened as of Feb 2011. We went in search for it , so don't waste your time as you already got your answer here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villas Marlin is medium sized, family oriented condominium complex located in the center of Cancun's Hotel Zone. On the beach and adjacent to Kukulkan Mall the complex is close to restaurants, activities and night life. The complex features 3 pools, mini market, 24 hour security and is directly on the best beach in Cancun. Villas Marlin features condos of all sizes, price points and features. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Marlin Hotel Cancun