Ratings based on 19 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.6 out of 5
84% of guests recommend
3.8 Room cleanliness
4.1 Service & staff
3.2 Room comfort
3.2 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveller

Posted 25-Feb-2015
Cons: Lower room rates.
Room is very small and over priced given other hostals in the area. Staff is very nice and speak passable English. Nice split air conditioning.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Personal Event
by Rosefrom Fort McMurray, Alberta

Come ahead

Posted 02-Nov-2014 on Hotels.com
Arriving late at the airport I failed to notice the taxi kiosk where the rates are posted.A taxi driver grabbed my bags and I did not ask the rate. BIG MISTAKE I was charged 25,000 COP instead of 7,000-10,000. My mistake. The staff here were just incredible. Lorcy the Front desk supervisor speaks English and translated everything I required.Cautioning me to have the taxi rate agreed upon before I get in to avoid conflict. Very helpful with even the most tiresome guests. Diana my housemaid was also a tremendous help. Moved my bed to maximize space. The hotel is in the tourist area of town and needs some touch ups. I would come back here.The people of the city were in the midst of Halloween. What a treat for me. Lots of security here. Getsemani is a tourist mecca with lovely Spanish colonial buildings.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by Clairefrom London

Central location, right in the action

Posted 16-Oct-2014 on Hotels.com
Good, clean hotel right in the middle of many restaurants and bars (earplugs may be required.)Friendly helpful staff, clean but smallish room and decent free coffee.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Families
by A verified traveller

Recommended(ish)

Posted 14-Oct-2014 on Hotels.com
A nice enough little hostel, for what you pay it's an amazing find. The rooms are comfortable(ish) the aircon was effective, the coffee was always there, and the beds were mostly comfortable(ish). If you want luxory in Cartagena, you're going to have to pay more... if not... Marlin is perfect(ish)
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified travellerfrom Portland, OR - now living in Panama

Very comfortable

Posted 31-Aug-2014
Pros: The price is very good. I had a room to myself, with private bath for $40, including tax.
Cons: I requested a wakeup call, and it didn't happen. The night receptionist could have been a little more friendly. Didn't apologize for not waking me.
Location: Many bars and restaurants. Close to the walled city, and easy to get there.
The place is neat and clean, and the staff very friendly. I was greeted with a cup of Colombian coffee when I checked in. The hostel is located on a busy street frequented by the younger set. There are many bars and restaurants, and if you enjoy going out and being active, this is the perfect place. It is more busy on the weekends, of course. There is a little noise from the street and music in the bars, but it isn't bad and it didn't affect my sleep. Everyone in Colombia friendly and helpful, and you really feel welcome as a tourist.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

Nice stay

Posted 12-Jan-2014
1 out of 5
by Rafaelfrom Lima, Peru

Dont loose your money or your healty booking this

Posted 10-Aug-2013
Pros: Staff very friendly
Cons: Everything
Location: The hotel is not in ciudad amurallada, and in the information of Expedia say its in there. The area is not safe,a lot of discos and police patroling
The room was unclean, old and dirty towels, also the bed, roff with breaks and no good conditios in the room at all. Door of the bathroom was just a piece of blanket.... no way !! No hot water, only cold :-(
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Personal Event
by Leofrom Arg

Excelente atencion y habitaciones a nuevo

Posted 21-Jul-2013 on Hotels.com
Muy buena, excelente atención y ubicación, cómoda infraestructura con lugares comunes y terraza a la calle Nueva Luna, no muy ruidoso, aire acondicionado y habitación renovada a nuevo, muy presentable para algo standard.
Comment from Hotel Management
12-Jul-2014 by Lorcy Florez Anaya, Hotel Management
Estimado Leo, mi nombre es Lorcy Florez Anaya administradora del HOTEL MARLIN primero que todo quiero agradecerle por quedarse con nosotros y expresarle que estamos muy contentos por el tiempo que se tomo para hacer los comentarios, sus opiniones son muy importantes para nosotros, tendremos en cuenta sus comentarios y sugerencias, los cuales nos servirán en nuestro proceso de mejora de calidad y servicio, esperamos verlo pronto de regreso y recuerde que siempre tendrá con nosotros el mejor servicio de la ciudad de Cartagena
3 out of 5
Recommended
by A verified traveller

Razoável...

Posted 12-Jun-2013 on Hotels.com
Boa. Mas faltou uma ducha no chuveiro... Parecia uma bica e água fria... A cozinha não é equipada e não há geladeira... Até hostel tem geladeira...
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Garyfrom San Diego, CA, USA

Budget low water pressure

Posted 13-Apr-2013
Pros: Lobby
Cons: Bathroom
Location: Seemed safe and close to the central district. Some bars on the street. Some eating places nearby.
Room was very small with two sets of bunk beads. Bathroom was tiny, poorly lit, water trickled out of the sink. Shower had good pressure so washed up using the shower. Air conditioning worked well. Too well for those in the bottom bunks who froze by morning, while the upper bunks were comfortable. Clients were noisy coming and going thru the nite. Breakfast was a bowl of mixed tropical fruits in cream served at room temp. Would recommend for the low budget travelers that do not intend to spend a lot of time in the room. Only $48 bucks a nite for three. We moved after the first nite at my wife's insistence.