Blue Marlin Motel
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Blue Marlin Motel

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#33 of 56 hotels in Key West
4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4.2 of 5 bubbles
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Unique retro-style two-story motel in historic Old Town Key West. Large, clean rooms with microwave and refrigerator. Free light continental breakfast included. Free WiFi. One block off of world famous Duval St. Off street parking is available. Daily fee is charged at check in. Walk to all attractions, shopping and bars.
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Property amenities
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Breakfast buffet
Vending machine
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Room features
Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Safe
Coffee / tea maker
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
Seating area
Telephone
Iron
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish

Location

1320 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040-3114
1,517Review24Q+A100Room tips

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tarquin_10 wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here back in 2010 and enjoyed the atmosphere and proximity to the main street and other interesting destinations including the southern most point of the USA. We were a bit shocked at first at the increase in price since we were last here, but locals told us we were lucky to find any accommodation because the annual Fantasy Fest was underway and rooms are hard to find especially in any location close to the 'action'. Apart from the clean and well appointed rooms, this motel has a great pool area with a big undercover area at one end where the ample breakfast is served. The motel was undergoing some renovations, so I can only imagine how fantastic it will be when finished. We happened to meet some very friendly people who've been staying here for a quite few Fantasy Fests and they invited us to the pool area where they supplied food and drinks to anyone who wanted to join them. The Blue Marlin is only one block to Duvall St and within walking distance to where most things are happening. It's only another block down to the beach and then across another block or 2 to the southern most point of the USA. A great motel in an excellent location with friendly helpful staff. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: October 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: WE had a room on the eastside which had a bathroom and a separate alcove with mirror and washbasin.
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Response from dBranham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel
Responded 17 Feb 2020
We appreciate your recommendation and 5 star review. Thank you! We appreciate your vision for our future renovations. :-) Please come back again soon.
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oppius wrote a review Jun 2021
Travelers Rest, South Carolina
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our first trip since 2020 kinda destroyed any thought of vacations.. We arrived here in the afternoon. Nani the front desk wizard, was fabulous in getting us checked in, she answered all our questions and gave us a few tips on where to find a good meal after along trip.

The room was clean, made up well, and I'm pleased to report, bug free. Furniture, since many people seem to be overly conserned about was in good condition.

The rooms come with the standard fare, coffee maker, ample closet, shower, and depending on the room, one or two beds, which were quite comfy.
The are two floors, no elevator.. something to keep in mind. There is a large pool centrally located within the property that is fenced in. There is also what looks like a functioning kitchen located within the same area. Better ask about that... Laundry can also be done on site by pay per wash machines.
Parking is assigned when you arrive, so you have the same slot for your vehicle the entire time your checked in.
All in all, a very good, resonable priced motel for a couple or family in a very expensive area in Florida...
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Make reservations ahead of time.
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Raymond573 wrote a review Jan 2020
New Haven, Connecticut
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I have been going to Key West since the 1970's so I am quite familiar with the Island, to say it has changed, would be understatement. Back to the Blue Marlin motor Inn. I have stayed there many times over the years as it had a reputation for being a budget hotel and its location is such that you can walk to upper Duval Street (where the tourist action is) in around 15 minutes so you don't need a car. The rooms have been remodeled and they are quite nice. The breakfast is modest, coffee, some toast and pastries, not great, but good enough This is why I titled my review "Nickle and Dime" Starting this year parking your vehicle on the premises incurs a daily $15 parking fee - previously free parking. You have to read the add for the hotel carefully to spot this "hidden" add on. I am tired of hotels advertising one price and then "gotcha" with add on's. This is deceptive practice and should not be allowed.
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Date of stay: December 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: This is a remodeled motor lodge - all rooms the same
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Response from dBranham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel
Responded 20 Jan 2020
Thank you for taking the time to review our property. Key West's street parking can be very expensive. We try to provide affordable parking for our guests. Thank you for choosing the Blue Marlin Motel.
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libby62 wrote a review Mar 2020
ohio
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here 4 nights while visiting Key West. Location was quiet yet convenient to Trolley Stop, bicycle rental, restaurants, Duvall Street, and walking distance to all major attractions. Very clean room and spacious. Breakfast is minimal but gets you started. Laundry facilities on site. Staff very helpful. WiFi excellent. Beds were comfortable and I liked having 2 sinks with one being separate from shower/toilet area. They allowed us to store luggage til we left for airport. Would highly recommend staying here.
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Date of stay: March 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Our corner room was very spacious.
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Response from dBranham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel
Responded 13 Mar 2020
We appreciate your 5 star review, Libby! It was our pleasure having you as our guest. We look forward to your next visit!
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sailmotion wrote a review Feb 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This motel was provided as part of a package through a motorcycle rental agency. It reminded me of a classic roadside motel from the 50's or 60's [in a good way]. The place was clean, had one of the best showers I've used at a hotel in quite some time, hvac worked with no problems, the front desk was accommodating in booking a booze cruise on our party's behalf and it was conveniently located to all places we wished to visit. I would gladly return.
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Date of stay: January 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from dBranham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel
Responded 17 Feb 2020
We appreciate the nice review. Thank you. We look forward to your next visit.
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RADIOBOY23 wrote a review Aug 2021
Charlotte, North Carolina
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at the Blue Marlin Motel at the beginning of August. This was our 3rd time to Key West over the last 12 months and the previous hotel we stayed twice before on Duval Street absolutely lost their mind on their rates per night compared to what we paid twice before. As we researched, most of the hotels did except for the Blue Marlin. To be honest, I was skeptical at first, but we thought we’d give it a try. I’m glad we did! I will say the rooms are small with the basics so don’t expect the Ritz or anything close to it unless you want to pay $700+ per night, so I can see where some would complain, so make sure you check your expectations at the door. The rooms were clean, the beds slept pretty good (pillows could use some work), plenty of supplies like towels, shampoo/conditioner, soap, toilet paper, etc. Keep in mind, we visited during one of the hottest months of the year, and I can promise you one thing the air conditioning units were solid and kept the room cooler than anywhere I’ve stayed which was awesome! The refrigerator was a full size mini one, so you could pack plenty of water, sodas, beer, full size wine bottles etc which was also a plus. They also have electronic safes which a lot of places in KW do not. We did rent a car for a few days, so they advised us on the returning the parking pass and the $15.00 per day charge. When we checked out, nothing was hidden and everything was exactly right. Overall, I would stay here again in a heartbeat. The staff was friendly from all that we encountered. The Blue Marlin is a historic hotel in Key West, and there is a reason they have been around for decades and more decades to come.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Deborah Branham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel
Responded 15 Sept 2021
Thank you for your review. We appreciate all of the details. We look forward to having you as our guest again soon.
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ngoodreau wrote a review Jan 2020
Indian Hills, Colorado
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great time in Key West. Staying at the Blue Marlin was the icing on the cake. Super convenient location and never needed our car except to run up to Winn Dixie. Parking around Duval Street is a hassle so we gladly paid the hotel's daily fee of $15.
The daily breakfast was adequate but we enjoyed walking in the morning and sampling the different places to eat in the neighborhood.
Will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from dBranham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel
Responded 20 Jan 2020
It was our pleasure having you as our guest. Thank you for appreciating that our parking fee is a great deal for Key West. We also thank you for your 5 star review. We look forward to your next visit!
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midget53 wrote a review Mar 2020
New York
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Traveled to Key West for a 3 day stay and found the Blue Marlin to be available and at a fairly reasonable rate compared to surrounding properties. Room and property were clean and within walking distance of Duval Street and Southernmost area. Staff very pleasant and helpful. Pool area very nice.

Breakfast buffet offered was basic but there is a nice deli/market just up the street offering breakfast/lunch items.

Would definitely stay there again.
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Date of stay: February 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from dBranham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel
Responded 13 Mar 2020
Thank you for your recommendation and detailed review. It was our pleasure having you as our guest. We look forward to your next visit! :-)
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jwilli8620 wrote a review Nov 2022
Clermont, Fl
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Our recent stay at the Blue Marlin was much better than expected. It is a two story motor court design and has been kept up extremely well. Many of the rooms have recently been renovated and are very nice. The motel is located one block from Duval on the south end of the island near the Southern Most Point. Many restaurants from casual to fine dining are located within easy walking distance. The motel does have a food truck on the premises that has excellent food at reasonable prices. Continental breakfast is also provided in a covered area near the pool. This is a great area for friends and family to gather.

The only negative comment I have is that there isn't an elevator. So if you have a disability and cannot climb stairs, I recommend you request a first floor room when making your reservation. We were given a second floor room on checkin, but thanks to Lee in the office we were later moved to first floor room.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Deborah Branham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel
Responded 18 Nov 2022
Thank you for your review and for choosing us as your Key West vacation place to stay. We are glad that Lee was able to accommodate your request. We hope to have you as our guest again soon.
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Sandra H wrote a review Sept 2022
Pearland, Texas
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed two nights and were very pleased with our stay. It was in a prime location one block away from Duval Street. Walking distance from almost everything. The rooms were spacious even for 4 adults. The bathrooms were updated and I loved that there was an extra sink and mirror right outside of the bathroom. They had a breakfast that was included in the price of our stay that consisted of juice, coffee, muffins, bagels, yogurt, etc. It was great to help start our day. We had originally booked the motel across the street, but we are so glad that we chose the Blue Marlin. We were lucky we were able to get a room. This hotel appears to be fully booked. The staff were very accommodating and friendly. They have maps at the front desk and will kindly let you know where everything is.
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Date of stay: August 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Deborah Branham, General Manager at Blue Marlin Motel
Responded 7 Oct 2022
We appreciate your detailed review and the 5 star review. We appreciate the great review and are pleased that you enjoyed your stay!
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Daphne F asked a question Mar 2021
Oley, Pennsylvania28 contributions10 helpful votes
Do you have a minimum age requirement to stay at your hotel?
JMIRISH333 asked a question Apr 2020
Nicholson, Pennsylvania208 contributions53 helpful votes
We have a late leaving flight home. Does the hotel offer changing facilities & baggage storage after checkout?
Answer from Rich
What is the smoking policy for the hotel
Answer from Al705
Minot, North Dakota560 contributions2 helpful votes
Yes the pool is heated
HeliSommer wrote a tip 16 Jul
Herlev, Denmark11 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring your walking shoes and explore the Old Town area."
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marci d wrote a tip Jun 2024
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"You also have to pay for parking. $15 a day extra for one car"
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Dream23882619769 wrote a tip Jun 2024
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't take a large vehicle of you plan to use their parking lot."
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Kristild87 wrote a tip Apr 2024
Easton, Pennsylvania37 contributions30 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"always a seat at pool. beds and pillows are wonderful. "
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Bambi M wrote a tip Apr 2024
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking is included with your stay."
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PRICE RANGE
$278 - $471 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
57
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Marlin Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Blue Marlin Motel?
Nearby attractions include Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory (0.1 km), Alan S. Maltz Gallery (0.2 km), and Tipsy Rooster Liquor Store & Bar (0.05 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Blue Marlin Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Blue Marlin Motel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Blue Marlin Motel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Blue Marlin Motel?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blue Marlin Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Seaside Cafe at the Mansion, The Lobster Shack Key West, and La Grignote.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Blue Marlin Motel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Blue Marlin Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Key West.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Blue Marlin Motel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Blue Marlin Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Truman Little White House (1.4 km), Key West Garden Club (1.0 km), and West Martello Tower (0.8 km).
Is Blue Marlin Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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