Blue Marlin Motel
ReviewsA friend of ours told us to stay at the Blue Marlin Inn Key West if we want the best deal on the best location. We flew into Tampa and drove down the rest of the way. We stopped along the way in the everglades and took an airboat ride, then stayed a couple of nights in Key Largo. Finally we arrived in Key West for a four night stay. The Blue Marlin is a motel and it's average as far as quality. The rates don't reflect what you get which was my main fear. I have stayed in plenty worse for more money and for the price it was nice. Rooms were that of what you get with a nice chain hotel. All the usual comforts with a nice size room that was clean. The pool is enormous by normal standards and has to be one of the biggest in Key West. They had a couple of soda/water machines, tables, plenty of chairs and a covered area of the deck if you wanted to get out of the sun. There was a mix of an older crowd and families which we liked. Everyone had a smile on their face and seemed glad to be there. If you're staying for a long time they have an on site laundromat for guests. Along with the pool and parking lot they offer a few amenities many of the more expensive hotels don't. The best beach on the island is called south beach or the southernmost beach (because it's the southernmost beach in the US). We spent a ton of time relaxing here and enjoying the bar and restaurant right there on the beach. It's about a three minute walk. Everything from the southernmost point to Mallory Square at the other end is within a ten to fifteen minute walk. The sunset is different every day, but there is something about them here that makes them famous. You just have to see for yourself but we saw the most beautiful sunsets we had ever seen in our life from the square. We never needed to use the car the entire vacation in Key West. We found this page searching for the Blue Marlin phone number, but we called too late. The only room they had left was a smoking room. They use some kind of cleaner/perfume odor eliminator they said, and when we got there the room smelled like flowers not an ashtray, which is what I fully expected. You could smell a hint of smoke, but for a smoking room it was better than most. If you want a non-smoking room or any room for that matter, they are sold out almost every night of the year the guy at the front desk said. I guess that's a good indication of a good place to stay, just make reservations early. So we went ahead and booked a smoking king room with a living room and a kitchenette. It was like our first apartment and had a homey feel to it. We didn't spend a lot of time in our room, but with a fridge full of beer, a comfy king size bed, and a TV we easily could have. The Key West Trolley has a stop right around the corner and we jumped on it our first day. It's a ninety minute tour of Key West with about ten different stops where you can get off and jump on the next one to continue the tour around the island. Do this on your first day like we did and you'll get to see a lot more and know where everything is the rest of your trip. We had a fun vacation to Florida and time and the Keys are a beautiful place. Key West was the highlight and the Blue Marlin was a great pick for accommodations.
If you're looking for a clean, affordable room in Key West to crash after sightseeing and partying into the night/morning, the Blue Marlin can not be beat. A short stroll down Duvall street, and you're right in the thick of it. You can not hear the festivities from the hotel however which is the best of both worlds. Convenience stores, a liquor store, a beach, great restaurants, and more surround the property. The pool is right in the middle of the property, and gets full sun. If you want to get a tan this is it. There aren't any trees dropping leaves in it either so the water is nice and clear. They also have a large area with tables and more chairs under an awning if you want to get out of the sun. The off season rates the best in town and that closes the deal for me.
My husband and I stayed at the Blue Marlin Motel in Key West for a week in June. Booking directly is cheaper than with the "discount" sites had for the cheap key west hotels. For my money, this motel was tops. We checked-in and received a handy discount coupon book for shopping and restaurants in Key West! We used almost all of the two for one drink coupons on our first night out on the town. It saved us quite a bit of money. Half actually. We only ended spending $40 the entire evening of drinking and dancing, which included tips. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and for a place that's known for being a bit expensive, we made out great staying at the Blue Marlin. It's a nice place too. They should call it a hotel. I asked why they didn't and they said because the rooms have outside entrances instead of from a hallway or interior. But once you get into the room it's not motel quality. The rooms are big and well kept.
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