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“Terrible, unpleasant, smelly.”
1 of 5 bubbles Review of Blue Marlin Motel

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Blue Marlin Motel
Ranked #35 of 77 Key West B&B and Inns
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Terrible, unpleasant, smelly.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2011

All I can say, is that I do not understand how this hotel got so many good reviews since it is simply terrible, smelly and service was simply rude. I could not believe that I am visiting the famous Kew West. Terrible experience!

  • Stayed August 2011
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dBranham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel, responded to this review, 3 October 2011
Sorry that we failed to meet expectations. We will try harder!
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Waco, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2011

We choose this motel for our recent trip to Key West, FL. based on the reviews we had read and we were not disappointed. Our room was very spacious, clean, and everything worked just like it should. Well, the air conditioner was dragging a little but it was really hot when we were there. It did keep the room cool but next time we go we'll take a small fan along with us! Our room was a two-bed room (doubles) and had a microwave, mini-fridge, hair dryer, iron & ironing board, coffee maker, and an in-room safe. Towels & washcloths were nice and thick, no stains. The room was stocked with toilet tissue, tissues, soap, shampoo & conditioner, and coffee. There are two sinks and we really liked that. There is also a laundry room with washers and dryers on site however we did not use it.
The pool is in the middle of the parking lot and was very nice and well maintained. All of the staff that we met was super nice, very helpful, and knowledgable about the area. The motel is at the quiet end of the island and the beds were firm and comfortable.
The breakfast provided was sweet rolls, toast, fresh fruit, coffee, and juice. If a bigger breakfast is needed there is a little Cuban restaurant/store right next door and there is a restaurant called The Deli a few blocks down the street.
Parking is very limited and we didn't move our car until we left. We bought trolley tickets to get around, and there are scooters, electric cars, and bicycles for rent at various places around the island.
All in all it was a wonderful vacation and when we go again we will stay at the Blue Marlin!

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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gedsudski
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2011

I have stayed at the Blue Marlin Motel 4 times now, and every time I was fully satisfied with the staff, room, grounds, price, and location. Our room was a standard double. It was nice sized, with a 1 1/2 bath. There was a microwave and mini fridge. The air was ice cold. On our last trip to the Blue Marlin our A/C was not running right and they had a maintenance man to our room and the AC replaced within 15 minutes (with a BRAND NEW unit I might add). They have a free breakfast which consists of fresh fruit, breads, juices, and fresh coffee. The lobby is very clean and appealing. The staff is above and beyond professional, helpful, and kind. Their pool is HUGE and very clean. There are places to eat, shop for sundries/souvenirs, and rent bikes a very short distance away (easy walking distance). The staff was very knowledgeable about Key West and gave us great recommendations on where to eat. I would recommend this hotel every day to every one. Save your money for having fun while in Key West, don't spend it on a noisy, crowded, over price hotel on the strip.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with friends
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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2011

Nice room at a great price. Adjacent to hotels that cost 3-4 times more. Walking distance to Duval Street and other attractions.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Saint Cloud, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2011

Booked online and wasn't expecting to be very impressed(due to being the cheapest room I could find in Key West). But we were pleasently surprised to find large, CLEAN rooms. The location was great! The motel is close to it all and we rode our bikes or walked everywhere for our 3 day stay. Staff was friendly and helpful. I will definitely be recommending to family and friends.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2011

Stayed here one night in May 2011 and would highly recommend. It was a 60's motel from the outside and parking was a little cramped but the room was very clean with a huge flat screen tv on the wall. Had two bathroom sinks with plenty of soap and towels. The pool was huge and open late so enjoyed a late night swim. The motel was quiet at night so no problems sleeping. It was near the southernmost point and away from the activities at the other end-about 15 blocks so its a hike over there but this place was very reasonably priced and didn't mind the walk to the other end of the island. The only negative was the continental breakfast which was very sparse so glad I had brought some breakfast items from home.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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dBranham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel, responded to this review, 18 July 2011
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2011

I never get good vibes when I see "motel" in a lodging's name, but in this case I was pleasantly surprised. I arrived in Key West via bus and decided to walk to the Blue Marlin. It took about 20 minutes on foot on a straight path down Simonton Road, so assuming the weather is not too humid/sunny, it's a pleasant walk.

When I checked in, I asked about wi-fi and they said it was equipped. But, my room was too far away from the router. They gladly moved me to another (and bigger!) room closer to the router (and this was at 11 am, well before the 3 pm check in time).

The pool was crystal clear and, although I didn't have time to use it, it seemed to be quite popular. Air conditioning was probably the strongest I've ever seen. I slept like a baby with it on and the bed was surprisingly comfortable. They have free coffee/tea all day and a basic toast/pastry/coffee continental breakfast in the morning.

The front desk even faxed something I needed to get out quick free of charge. There's a Cuban food store/market right next door so you can stock up on food/beer. The only down side is the walk to the center of the action. If you don't mind walking, it's about 13 blocks or, better yet, for $10 a day, you can rent a bike. There are no hills and its quite enjoyable.

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Blue Marlin Motel
Address: 1320 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040-3114
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #35 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
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 
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