We have been going to the Blue Marlin for some 20 odd years and have been eagerly awaiting the upgrades Sandy has been promising in the drawer in the room :-) On arriving we pulled up outside, it was clearly upgraded and from the outside, looked great. Into the reception area, what a difference airy, maybe a little too big, although I did see there is going to be a coffee shop on the right as you walk in, RIP the Fuzzy Duck. The bathrooms downstairs have also been upgraded. Now onto the Breezeway, what a transformation, we spent many discussions on how it had become wider, solved by Ashley, who told us the dining room doors were moved back. These too have been renovated, instead of the old wooden doors, that stuck and were seldom opened, they have been replaced with doors that fold back, opening the dining room up with fresh air, it was April, so not too hot. The old games room and Zulu Bar have been renovated, a lovely lounge area, which doublde for a Karaoke evening (great fun) one night. My only disappointment with down stairs is the bar. Understandably it is a family hotel, but kids in the bar, playing board games, youngsters running in front of the bar, 2 kids were even dragging each other with a body board, to get to the wonderful games/play area they have created. Before, you could escape the kids by going to the Zulu bar, no children, our kids used to stand at the door and ask for drinks, R2 coins for the machines, they knew it was an adult area. We were watching football one afternoon, and some choice language, as you would hear in a bar, was heard, again, not ideal for the kids. In the evening we wanted to have a quiet drink in their wonderful comfy chairs, but it was taken over by youngsters shouting, feet up on the furniture, the door to the play area open, children screaming with laughter as they played, it was 10pm!!!! Suggest they move the entrance to the play area, out of the bar, leave the windows so the children can be seen, but not disturb the people in the bar. Awaiting the upgrades of the rooms, seen 2 of them, look stunning. Staff, the old brigade, stunning as usual, the new ones, especially at reception, need to pay more attention to the Customer. The food, as always great! All in all, a lovely stay .
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