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“Loud, cramped, grungy. Did I mention loud?”
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Hotel Marlin
Ranked #104 of 171 Specialty Lodging in Cartagena
2 reviews
“Loud, cramped, grungy. Did I mention loud?”
Reviewed March 1, 2013 via mobile

I would rather sleep on the streets of the Getsemani than stay there another night. To begin with, I made a reservation over the phone and both the room and price agreements were not upheld. The rooms are cramped and grungy and the shower curtains should be bathed in bleach. The wifi only works if you are standing in the lobby. The fan was rickety and squeaky and made tons of noise all night. The ceiling was literally patched up with bandaids. The noise from the street and surrounding clubs was so loud that coupled with the fan we got the worst nights sleep of our lives. Unless you are partying so hard that you are just going to pass out wasted somewhere, don't stay here. There are tons of better options around for a similar price.

  • Stayed February 2013
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hotelmarlincartagena, Director General at Hotel Marlin, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
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Estimado Huésped, mi nombre es Lorcy Florez Anaya administradora del HOTEL MARLIN primero que todo quiero agradecerle por quedarse con nosotros,ofrecemos disculpas por las incomodidades generadas durante su estadía, por lo que se tomaran inmediatamente los correctivos con el fin de brindar una mejor calidad de servicio,nuestros huéspedes son muy importante para nosotros, agradecemos sus comentarios y sugerencias para mejorar la calidad y el servicio del hotel
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Cartagena, Colombia
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Reviewed February 16, 2013

We have reserved a Matrimonial room and when we arrived we got a small humble room, not very expensive and with privet bathroom and shower has a nice team of workers, that helps if you ask them. There is a good breakfast every day, the lady that prepares it is also nice, and you can make your own food here and pretty much feel free to do anything you want (that is legal!).
Basically what was difficult is the small rooms that have no real window to the out side street, there are ventilation holes that make the air move but there will be no view for you to look at.The windows are to the inside in most rooms.
There is Wifi down stairs .
Overall- a nice place to stay in, and safe!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Mary J
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hotelmarlincartagena, Director General at Hotel Marlin, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
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Estimado Huesped, mi nombre es Lorcy Florez Anaya administradora del HOTEL MARLIN primero que todo me gustaria agradecerle por quedarse con nosotros y expresarle que estamos muy contentos por el tiempo que se tomo para hacer el comentario, sus opiniones son muy importantes para nosotros, tendremos en cuenta sus comentarios y sugerencias las cuales nos servirán en nuestro proceso de mejora y calidad de servicio, esperamos verla/o muy pronto de regreso y recuerde que siempre tendrá con nosotros el mejor servicio en la ciudad de Caratagena
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed here in January for 1 night. It's well located close to everything in Getsemani and the price was OK (80,000 COP per night). However our room was very small (just fit a double bed and tiny bathroom and nothing else). It does have a balcony area where you can sit and read or do internet which is good (to get your out of the cramped rooms!). I booked online and then tried several times to email them to tell them I wanted to change my booking but they never replied -and when I arrive they had cancelled by booking altogether - so the service isn't great! However luckily they had a room for us. Overall it's a decent place and well-priced if you need to stay a night or two in Cartagena but not if you need to stay longer.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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hotelmarlincartagena, Director General at Hotel Marlin, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
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Estimado Huésped, mi nombre es Lorcy Florez Anaya administradora del HOTEL MARLIN primero que todo quiero agradecerle por quedarse con nosotros y expresarle que estamos muy contentos por el tiempo que se tomo para hacer los comentarios, sus opiniones son muy importantes para nosotros, tendremos en cuenta sus comentarios y sugerencias, los cuales nos servirán en nuestro proceso de mejora de calidad y servicio, esperamos verlo pronto de regreso y recuerde que siempre tendrá con nosotros el mejor servicio de la ciudad de Cartagena
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Feldkirch, Austria
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

We paid COP 100.000 for a private double room, just with a fan and without a window (high season). The fan is noisy, wifi did not work in the room and the toilet seat was missing!! We informed kindly the staff that there is no toilet seat in our room. However, nothing happened, except of a very unfriendly response. They are clearly taking advantage of the fact, that all the hostel are fully booked and guests have to take one of their rooms.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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hotelmarlincartagena, Director General at Hotel Marlin, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
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Estimado Huésped, mi nombre es Lorcy Florez Anaya administradora del HOTEL MARLIN primero que todo quiero agradecerle por quedarse con nosotros,ofrecemos disculpas por las incomodidades generadas durante su estadía, por lo que se tomaran inmediatamente los correctivos con el fin de brindar una mejor calidad de servicio,nuestros huéspedes son muy importante para nosotros, agradecemos sus comentarios y sugerencias para mejorar la calidad y el servicio del hotel
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Utila, Honduras
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

This hostel is a bargain, it's half the price they charge at Media Luna next door. Staff were really friendly and a great location, only 5 minutes walk to the old town. Get air con if you can, it's absolutely roasting in there without it! Only bad thing is the gimps that hang about on the road outside trying to sell you snide coke which gets annoying but that's not the hotels fault at all.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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hotelmarlincartagena, Director General at Hotel Marlin, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
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Estimado Huesped, mi nombre es Lorcy Florez Anaya administradora del HOTEL MARLIN primero que todo me gustaria agradecerle por quedarse con nosotros y expresarle que estamos muy contentos por el tiempo que se tomo para hacer el comentario, sus opiniones son muy importantes para nosotros, tendremos en cuenta sus comentarios y sugerencias las cuales nos servirán en nuestro proceso de mejora y calidad de servicio, esperamos verla/o muy pronto de regreso y recuerde que siempre tendrá con nosotros el mejor servicio en la ciudad de Caratagena
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Reviewed November 19, 2012 via mobile

We stayed in a private room with air conditioning and a fan for 70,000 the first night and then 60,000 for the rest of the week...included scrambled egg breakfast. Rooms at the back of the hostel offer a quiet place to sleep. The private rooms have a bathroom with a shower in them. Staff are friendly and you can book tours from the hostel for a discounted price. They have wifi and two computers to use in the lobby. The rooms were cheaper than that of other hostels in the near by area.

  • Stayed November 2012
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hotelmarlincartagena, Director General at Hotel Marlin, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
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Estimado Huesped, mi nombre es Lorcy Florez Anaya administradora del HOTEL MARLIN primero que todo me gustaria agradecerle por quedarse con nosotros y expresarle que estamos muy contentos por el tiempo que se tomo para hacer el comentario, sus opiniones son muy importantes para nosotros, tendremos en cuenta sus comentarios y sugerencias las cuales nos servirán en nuestro proceso de mejora y calidad de servicio, esperamos verla/o muy pronto de regreso y recuerde que siempre tendrá con nosotros el mejor servicio en la ciudad de Caratagena
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We arrived after dark to hotel marlin. The service at check in was not very good. No one spoke English, and there seemed to be a lot of confusion at the front desk. Our room was very dark, the a/c stopped working after a few hours and then when we asked for a discount the employee pretended he didn't understand what we were saying...and he didn't fix anything. Then after a lot of going back and forth he started writing out full sentences to us. He agreed to see about a discount. We woke up in the morning with no power in our room. Ours was the only one and once again he pretended he couldn't understand us when we tried to have it fixed. Then the employee left without ever tellin anyone else about the problem...horrible service and expensive. Totally not worth it!! Much better places out there!

  • Stayed September 2012
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Thank Jennazee
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hotelmarlincartagena, Director General at Hotel Marlin, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
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Estimado Huésped, mi nombre es Lorcy Florez Anaya administradora del HOTEL MARLIN primero que todo quiero agradecerle por quedarse con nosotros,ofrecemos disculpas por las incomodidades generadas durante su estadía, por lo que se tomaran inmediatamente los correctivos con el fin de brindar una mejor calidad de servicio,nuestros huéspedes son muy importante para nosotros, agradecemos sus comentarios y sugerencias para mejorar la calidad y el servicio del hotel
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Property: Hotel Marlin
Address: Calle De La Media Luna 10-35, Cartagena, Colombia
Location: Colombia > Bolivar Department > Cartagena District > Cartagena
Amenities:
Kitchenette
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Ranked #104 of 171 Specialty Lodging in Cartagena
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Marlin 2*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Marlin is a colonial style hotel; with comfortable rooms have air conditioning, cable TV and Wi-Fi. It is located in the walled historic center of Cartagena, the hotel's excellent location allows our guests to visit only three blocks, the most attractive places in Cartagena, as the clock tower, Castillo San Felipe Castle Historical Center, convention center, the Zona Rosa, and five minutes from the beach. ... more   less 
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