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“Relaxing beach holiday” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Blue Marlin Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Scottburgh
Durban, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Relaxing beach holiday”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

We go to the blue marlin 3 times a year and have been for the past 8 years. The rooms are older but comfortable and clean. The staff are wonderful, the beach is glorious and clean. We enjoy the little shops on the Main Street and the market on a Saturday. We have always enjoyed our 4 day breaks there and will continue going 3 times a year.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Dalene R
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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English first
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

The rooms are old but the service makes up for it. The service staff are great, very friendly and welcoming, it's almost like coming home. The lounge and reception area have been renovated and look great. The location is also brilliant - just a quick walk into a gorgeous beach.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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2 Thank Carol B
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Bloemfontein
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

This is a dreadfull place to stay, PLEASE STAY AWAY!!! After an 8 hour drive from Bloemfontein we arrived at this dreadful place after being booked in by FLEXICLUB. All we knew about this place is what we could see from their webpage. Please do not be fooled, the website is nowhere near the truth. The rooms are smelly, feels and are dirty, no proper linen, no aircon, only noisy roof fans, no proper showers! NOISY, NOISY banging doors the whole night. In the restaurant you get told to wear trousers for dinner, we are on holiday dammit. Drinks are redicoulsly expensive and a terrible buffet at R120 per person?? STAY AWAY, is all I can say!

Room Tip: I stayed in the BEST ROOM, called Gul 1. Third rate, I cannot recommend this Awful Place to Anyone!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank chutesyst
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diana d, General Manager at Blue Marlin Hotel, responded to this review, December 20, 2013
Dear Guest,
Unfortunately the hotel is 63 years old and that is why the public areas have been upgraded but the rooms will only be upgraded over the next 3 years, one wing a year.
When you are next in the area, please feel free to visit the two mock up rooms so that you could have had an idea of what the hotel will eventually look like.
December is KZN's rainy season and a damp smell does set in after 7days of non stop rain, even though the carpets were deep cleaned before we re-opened and housekeeping deoderises the rooms.
We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to see you and your family at the new Blue Marlin Hotel in the near future.
Kind regards,
Di dos Santos
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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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251 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013

To be very Frank - This Hotel must be by far the worst I have ever stayed in. The room smelled, The passages leading to the room was not much better - The rooms looked and felt dirty. The food was a laugh - Had to seated in dining area in a certain time frame - Eat what was prepared from a set menu?? So old school - Evening entertainment was some local dude doing his best ventriloquist show - That even had the children bored

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank trevor312564
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2013

The best hotel on the south coast. the food is amazing and the staff have a great personality and good attitude. Been going there since i was 2. love blue marline so much memories there i enjoy every minute just benin there. its relaxing and calm. Love every one there its my second home. The staff welcome u with a warm and friendly heart. love it there.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Chantel S
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Johannesburg
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2013

We stayed a week in the Blue Marlin, first room was awful, we asked to be relocated, another poor room with outdated bathroom but had at least a nice view as it was a corner unit. Staff has got a lazy attitude, after 8 pm you cannot get anything, not even a glass of ice as there is NO fridge in the room and it was boiling hot. Chairs at pool dirty and broken. Hotel completely dilapidated, needs serious upgrading!

Room Tip: Rooms on the corner are much better as they have 2 windows. One has to ask for an upgraded room str...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Nelleke G
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Randburg, South Africa
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2012

We've never been to Scottburgh before...recently we took an opportunity through Daddy's Deals to visit Scottburgh and had a weekend stay at the esteemed Blue Marlin Hotel, the ageing Hotel boasts the ambiance and tranquility of peaceful surrondings, with great views to the beach, river, rivermouth, railway line on top of a bridge and the beach front including a busy promanade full of activity, Scottsburgh is a small town but the Heart of this small town lies in all the beauty of its settings and its people. I enjoyed my diving expidition and surfing, my wife fell in love with the nature reserve and Croc World a few kilometres away from the Hotel.
Blue Marlin on the other hand represents great value for your money, even though the Hotel requires TLC, our experience was really a good one, the staff went the extra mile to make our stay a pleasant one. To the management and staff of Blue Marlin we thank you sincerely for your courtesy and awesome customer care. Shiraz and Ferz Haniff

Room Tip: Choose a room overlooking the River that is were you will find spectacular views
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
2 Thank Shiraz H
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Additional Information about Blue Marlin Hotel

Property: Blue Marlin Hotel
Address: 180 Scott Street | PO Box 24, Scottburgh 4180, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Scottburgh
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Scottburgh
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Blue Marlin Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 120
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