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Blue Marlin Motel
Ranked #34 of 77 Key West B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 9, 2012

We staying here always. Nice place and clean. Close to everything. Nice pool. Staff is very friendly. We deffenetly coming back. Front desk is open 24/7. ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

I attended the 551 Teen Club Reunion in KW and stayed 3 nights at the Blue Marlin and it was great!!! The staff and hospitality extended to me was superior!!! They have a nice continental breakfast in the mornings and a great pool! Just a nice relaxing atmosphere and convenient.
I will definite choose this motel when I return to Key West! Thank you. Frances Marquez Wester
KWHS 1966

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

My husband and I just returned a few days ago from a wonderful stay at the Blue Marlin. The room was clean and very spacious. It was great that a fridge and microwave was included in the room, that allowed us to keep leftovers and snacks/water/beer ice cold! Our room was on the second floor and it was quiet too, even with the AC running and people swimming late into the night we got a good nights sleep. The only thing that was noisy was the fact that part of the hotel next door was being remodeled so that construction was very noisy from about 9 am until 7 pm.

This place is in a great location but be advised that it is about a 30-40 minute walk all the way down Duval to the heart of the action and Mallory Sq./Harborwalk area.

They provide a continental breakfast of coffee, juices, toasts, and pastries which was nice considering its a "motel". Everything was fresh and it helped us keep our food budget down since we had to eat out a lot.

The pool is also a great ammenity that has equal shade from palm trees and sun. It is in the middle of the parking lot but still somewhat private because of the trees. We didn't have a car down there but if you do have one be careful about the parking because there aren't many spaces. The only gripe that I had was that the pool was way too warm for my liking. It is a heated pool, and it's possible the heater was on but I don't know why as it was the middle of July!

All in all, we really enjoyed our stay here and you really can't beat the price for Key West. It's not the fanciest place so if you are looking for that then don't bother but we weren't in our room long enough to care about that. We will definitely be back to stay here on our next trip to the Keys!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We have stayed at the Marlin two times in the past three years and have really enjoyed every aspect of this place. The location is just right, the staff is great (especially Marcus), the room is spacious and comfortable, and the pool is always clean. Parking was only an issue once when we came in late, but no big deal to park out in front of the motel.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

A group of five friends stayed at the Blue Marlin for a single (thankfully) night on June 30th. To begin with, the rooms no longer smell like mold or mildew as described in earlier reviews, but have a VERY strong chemical smell...perhaps to cover up the mildew/mold smell? Drippy faucet. Not a huge deal, right? A basic budget hotel room.

The trouble began when I woke up at 2am with bites from my neck down to my toes, many of which were in the typical "breakfast, lunch and dinner" pattern of bed bug bites. The bites weren't there when I went to bed. I did not see any bugs, but was able to find black spots on the sheets. At about 7am my girlfriend and I went to the front desk where the night manager was still on duty. We described the situation for which he was appropirately apologetic and horrified. He did confirm that they had had trouble with bed bugs in the past, but were not aware of a current infestation. The night manager asked that we return later to speak to the day manager. When we did so, the day manager had someone "inspect" the room in our presence. The two "inspectors" looked briefly at the mattress, boxspring and under the headboard. (One of the guys held his cell phone up to the mattress.... Is there a bed bug ap????) They then declared that it was "impossible" that the room had bed bugs. When I said that my understanding is that bed bugs aren't that easy to find, the guy became defensive and told me he was trained in inspection. (Although I can't claim to be trained, I looked the room over better than this guy!) The "inspector" told me that I probably was bit up on the beach, which would be a possible explanation had I BEEN on the beach.

We returned to the manager where the was a brief whispered conversation between the two. The manager reiterated the impossibility of bed bugs. I asked to speak to his manager and was handed a business card. I requested that the manager get his manager on the phone and he refused to do so. My girlfriend did email the grand poobah of management and did recieve a very careful response which didn't deny the possibility of the bugs, but fell short of an apology, compensation or promise to investigate the situation further.

We spent the remainder of that day doing everything possible not to bring the potential bed bugs back to our homes.

Bottom line: I would not return to this establishment because they appear to have difficulties with accountability and have certain difficulties with customer service. I would wager that if there were bed bugs in that room, they are still there.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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2  Thank Tamara M
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dBranham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2012

Caution is a good thing. We apologize if you believe your claim was mishandled. We think everyone should take the time to check beds when they travel. Check them when you arrive. If you are not comfortable doing this, ask the property to help. Most places will send a staff member to assist. Our property has a very active program in place for just this reason. Bed bugs are horrible and we don't want to subject our guests to them if we can avoid it. However it is always possible that what seems like bed bug bites can turn out to be something else. Many times guests are not familiar with the tropical atmosphere here so sand fleas or no-seeums could be the reason they have bites. Bed bug bites are indisputable and if someone is bit, it is obvious on their skin and also in the bedding. There is no way to hide a bed bug attack. This is why when we have a guest report, we immediately check the beds and we ask that the guest join us - for their own satisfaction. We want to be sure and we want to address it with the guest if there is a problem. We don't shirk our responsibility and we don't dismiss a report of bed bugs. We do not claim to be exempt from the problem at all. But we do check and we do confirm and we go from there. Our guest's safety and satisfaction is always our number one concern. Please, check your beds and if you are in the least bit suspicious that there is a bed bug issue, ask for another room or find another motel - that's what we would do.

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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Folks, don't be put off by the silver and dark green color scheme. It used to be pretty and pink. We have stayed here many times during the years and the location is great. Not quite on Duval Street but close to the Southernmost Point. Ana's Cuban Cafe is right around the corner for a great breakfast and lunch. You can easily walk to Duval Street. There is also a nice new public beach a couple blocks away that wasn't there last time I stayed there. The rooms have been redesigned since I was here last, in a retro style. They are clean and the pool is still nice. There is lots of shelf space in the room and a rail in the shower. There are also washers and dryers if you need to do a quick load of wash. Mallory Square is a little hike but the rest of the action is in walking distance.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

To start out with when we checked in the staff was AWESOME !! They greeted you with a smile and said Welcome. Though our room wasn't ready yet they let us change into our bathing suits and use the pool. Within 10 minutes they had a room for us and it was very nice. And it was cool inside too. The temp outside was around 88. We put our tings in the room and back to the pool we went. They were very knowledgeble on where things were and what was fun to do. There prices were very comparable to a lot of motels in the area. Since we've stayed there many of times before we knew this was the place to be. Over all I would give them a 97%. And of course I would got back there again. Keep up the good work !!

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 1320 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040-3114
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range: $148 - $314 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Blue Marlin Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Two-story Motel located 1 block from town center & 3 blocks from ocean. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Blue Marlin Hotel Key West

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