I was going to be in the Beach for 3 days and read wonderful reviews about The Marlin.
It is a very lovely property. It has been extensively rehabilitated in a thoughtful and expensive manner. For example: The bathroom showers have all Grohe fixtures and Kohler Rain shower tiles in the ceiling as well as a gutter drain.These are well beyond what you will ever find in an average property and require extra plumbing and expert installation.
And the Audio visual installations in the room are remarkable. Also high end and expensive installation. Others have mentioned the iPad controller which was very cool and fun to use.
Plus I must mention and commend Douglas, the bartender. He was such a pleasant person and was a pleasure to meet and talk with. He was my favorite staff.
However, I will list why I did not give it a five star.
1. No onsite food source: Most hotels at least have an in room coffee maker. Nothing, Nada.
You must get dressed and go around the corner to the Starbucks. Their restaurant evidently closed very suddenly last week ( maybe, at least it was not open). The management could have at least popped up to the Nespresso store in the Lincoln Mall and bought a "Pixie" and made coffee or tea available in the office in the morning. That would have been most considerate of their guests. There was a refrig/and mini bar but stocked with things I did not want and of course, costly.
2. Odd lack of amenities in the room: What was there was top quality ( Bigelow) but no kleenex. You have to ask for kleenex and you receive a little box with 3 tissues in it.
No clock. Yes, the iPad gives you the time but you do have to locate it and turn it on.
No pen and pad of paper. Ok, I know that is picky but sorry, it comes in handy and most places provide them.
3. Housekeeping/maintenance: No quibble with daily maid service. It was clean and had comfy beds and great linen but the rug tiles on the floors had some pretty formidable stains on them, not a comforting sight when you first walk in a room as well as minor damage to the furniture ( chips out of the edge of a white desk) all of which makes me wonder how well this property will fare over the years. This is a relatively new renovation.
4.Noise: My first night was blissful. The room darkening drapes made for a tomb like stillness. I don't think I even turned over, I slept so soundly.
Saturday night was a different animal.
My whole room became a reverberation chamber around 11 PM. The desk person came into the room (202) and listened and as his feet were vibrating as well as all the furniture in the room he felt it was a group in the sound studio below the room. He went off to ask them to tone it down. It got better and by 1 AM I could go to sleep. At 4:36 AM precisely the whole room became one big sub-whoofer. Off to the desk again and a different clerk came in and listened and was horrified. He thought it must have been the sound stage but that was empty when he checked it so he went to the third floor and in 302 there was a large party going on. He asked them to tone it down, they did but only a little and only for a little while. They finally stopped at about 6 AM.
In the morning I spoke with the day clerk and asked if that party would be staying on Sunday night as well. Answer was yes. I asked to be moved. Not possible. He did say he told the guest that he would have to be quiet or he risked being evicted.
Not enough of an assurance for me, it would mean multiple complaints on my part and most likely another mostly sleepless night until the noise stopped or the party was evicted.
I moved next door to the Impala Hotel for my final night. I was lucky they had a room available.
I have no complaints about their staff handling of the negative event, they certainly tried.
But as a guest here you do need to realize that the uber sound system works both ways. If you have a wild party going on the floor above you, it can be a very exhausting and painful experience when all those big speakers are cranked up full bore and it is understood that South Beach is party central and you might expect this to be a possibility. Maybe just book a room on the third floor. The sound does not seem to travel to adjoining rooms.
- 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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