We had an unexpected one night stay at the Blue Marlin recently and thank god it was only for one night. There was a letter in the room from the owners saying that they know the hotel needs major updating but as they are now in the UK and in need of investors to help with the finances, they would like guests to bear with them. Fair enough but it is plain to see that this isn't something that has happened overnight, the hotel must have been run down for many years. Our family room was incredibly basic - very much like the awful no frills Ibis hotels. There was no air con just a ceiling fan. The family room consisted of a large double (two twins pushed together) - which were very uncomfortable and a separate room with 2 twin beds. This room had no ceiling fan. The carpet was badly stained and dirty. The bathroom was grim and depressing. Cracked tiles and a poor shower with a shower curtain that wrapped itself around you when showering!
Our room was located on the side of the hotel which is just above the railway track - if you have to stay here, make sure you are not on this side (the ocean side), as the rusty old freight train operates all day, starting at 3am and makes the most incredible, blood curdling screeching noise you have ever heard.
Breakfast consists on 2 or 3 fruits, cereal and bread. You can get a cooked breakfast but we literally could not stand to be in the room (the land that time forgot) for more than 5 minutes.
The grounds are ok, there is a mish mash of old and broken plastic furniture.
The only good point is the staff, who were all friendly. The manager in particular was helpful to us. This hotel is used by Saga and so there is a high population of silver haired folk, some of whom seemed shocked to see a young teenager at their hotel, so I certainly would not recommend this hotel for young families, especially if you have standards!
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- Also Known As:
- Blue Marlin Hotel Scottburgh