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“A Really Cool Place”
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The Marlin Hotel
Ranked #9 of 208 Hotels in Miami Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Cleveland, Ohio
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A Really Cool Place”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

My Wife and I stayed at the Marlin this past week after conducting some online research and reading the positive recommendations on Trip Advisor. Our experience could not have been more positive! I travel extensively on business and have stayed at hundreds of different hotels of all monikers. This is the most unique and interesting hotel you could ever imagine. Everything in the room is operated from an IPAD which is more than a gimmick. The lights, the illuminated art, the motorized curtains and the Television that doubles as a mirror when not operating all give the room a "cool" feel. Upon check in we were greeted by Erica who was inviting and helpful. The owner Walid was very personable and told interesting stories about the history of the hotel, the rennovation and the hotel's dual function as a recording studio that has recorded famous artists such as Sting and U2. All in all, if you want a terrific romantic stay right on South Beach go no further than the Marlin!

Room Tip: All the rooms are unique. Our room was spectacular
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Newark, New Jersey
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Reviewed December 20, 2012

This was our second stop during our first anniversary trip to florida. The staff were really lovely and welcoming. Alex (hopefully that's his name) was incredible as we came in a little early that afternoon. He was so nice and easy to talk to. He took a little map of the south beach and pointed all the areas that we should see and where we should eat. He was a great resource. The hotel rooms themselves are equipped with iPad controlled TV, lights and curtains. It was really nice to cuddle up on the couch and watch Game of Thrones on the TV as the curtains closed themselves. It was definitely a one-of-a-kind experience. This is a really unique place that sets itself apart from the typical spa+hotels that are crowding the Miami tourist areas. They are a small place, so don't expect the pool/spa experience. The beach is only a few blocks away, why would you want the pool? They do have a restaurant/bar which never opened. This was not an issue as there were plenty of bars on the Lincoln road.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

I came here with my mother for a last minute weekend getaway. It's definitely geared toward a younger crowd.

The rooms were very beautiful but a little too modern for my taste. We had a little trouble figuring out the curtain situation as all is ipad controlled. However, the big screen TV came in handy when it was pouring outside :)

This place was super cute and the staff was friendly but after 10p, it was hard to find anyone around and there wasn't really room service.

There was also a restaurant there that was supposed to be open by the week we arrived but that never happened.

To be fair, I am 90% sure they has JUST reopened and it had rained all weekend.

I would definitely like to pop in and visit once its full up and running. It really was super cute and the rooms were cozy.

Room Tip: Studio B was the room we stayed in - i would definitely recommend it, it had a little couch/lounge...
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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New York, New York, United States
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

As a frequent visitor to South Beach who has stayed at all of the "top-tier" hotels (SLS, Delano, Mondrian, Gansevoort/Perry, W, Betsy) this is my favorite hotel when it comes straight up comfort. The rooms were large, comfortable, and technologically advanced with iPad control of just about everything in the room. The rooms were also exquisitely designed with LED lighting, simple feng-shui and functionally in-tact (no pointlessly trendy Philippe Starck-like features). The mini-bar was also great with healthy and functional options (breath mints, sweet and salty options etc.). The rooms have 62-inch flat screens hidden by a large mirror. The TV is controlled by the iPad and there is apple TV and HBO on demand etc - brilliant! The hotel is also small (14 rooms I think) with many guests staying as part of the recording studio for some occasional celeb sightings. To keep with the exclusivity and privacy the lobby bar and restaurant (The Mix) is not necessarily open to walk-ins and entrance to the hotel requires a passcode at the front door. I like this feature because when you walk in there's not a busy lobby full of concierge staff etc. you walk into the lobby like it's the lobby of your house and if you do run into the hotel staff they surely remember you on a first name basis (they offered a last name basis, but I corrected them. The staff are great and they make you feel quite comfortable walking your bags to your room and explaining how to use the iPad etc.). The lobby bar also has a DJ booth with a local DJ who plays good ambient sounds that suit the environment for dinner and gradually built up towards the end of the night at the bar.

Overall, an amazing stay and I was there for 4 nights. Will definitely stay here again especially as this place continues to grow and build its reputation and presence.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

Truly amazing hotel. Very art deco, completely modernized without losing its own identity. There are only a few rooms (I believe 14) and even though the hotel was packed, we didn't see or hear anyone in the hall way.
The room is operated by iPad that you get when you check in. No check in downstairs, one of the managers takes you up to a very nice office upstairs so you can sit and relax. Even though this is more for couples,we were treated amazing with our 3 year old and he was treated like a rock star. The room was fantastic. Beautiful art, amazing tv in the mirror and great couch. We didn't want to leave the room. The iPad and controls were even better.
The only down points are that there isn't parking or breakfast here, but you should know this before you book. There is free wifi and an amazing restaurant that I truly recommend.
Service was suburb. Go there you won't regret it.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Moscow, Russia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed October 3, 2012

I was so much impressed by this hotel so I decided to cancel all other hotels in Miami. Great atmosphere with fresh and modern touch! Really good restaurant and fabulous bar with mixologist Hudson! It is a place where you can stay and enjoy and chill out!
Thanx to All and especially to Alex!!!

See you next time!!!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Stayed here two nights. Best we had during our roadtrip crossing florida. location is fantastic. Just 1 minute away from ocean drive. Lots of shops and restaurants closeby. Very clean rooms, very modern, hotel is just renovated, has lots of art deco remains. Our room had an awesome bed, an lounge couch, big tv screen, rainshowet. Remote curtains and lights etc.
Next we will stay here again.

  • Stayed September 2012
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Property: The Marlin Hotel
Address: 1200 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Location: United States > Florida > Miami Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Miami Beach
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Miami Beach
#19 Romantic Hotel in Miami Beach
#28 Family Hotel in Miami Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Marlin Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Marlin Hotel is a considerate combination of history, architecture, modern luxury and style. The cozy and welcoming nature of the hotel coupled with its South Beach location makes it the ultimate destination for those seeking a luxurious beach getaway. Situated amidst the escapade that is South Beach, the hotel is the perfect oceanside hideaway. Guests are just steps away from white sand beaches as well as must-see shopping, dining and nightlife. The hotel has recently been completely renovated and has been committed to preserving the landmark art deco building's architectural dynasty, while providing guests with unparalleled elegance and gracious service. The guestrooms and suites are luxurious and spacious, ranging from 240 to 500 square-feet and redesigned to create a home away from home, heightened by the contemporary style, custom- designed furniture and fixtures, wood floors and serene color palate. The relaxing setting extends to the spa-like bathroom that includes a rainfall shower, unique glass-enclosed wet room and therapeutic pebble floor. Each room offers exquisite attention to detail, from the hand-selected pillows and rugs to the coastal-inspired artwork that is reminiscent of Miami's tropical surroundings. No two rooms are alike but all feature state-of-the-art amenities including a 55" LED TV with surround sound, fully stocked mini bar, luxury linens, custom spa bathrobes and slippers, and blackout drapes with remote control. The hotel also offers thoughtful amenities to ensure that each stay is nothing short of perfection, including a designated maid and turndown service, laundry and dry-cleaning, transportation, complimentary continental breakfast and high-speed wireless internet. The interior of the hotel exudes opulence, while still embodying the energy and style for which it has always been known. ... more   less 
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