Ratings based on 10 Verified Reviews

They paid and stayed. We double-checked.
3.7 out of 5
90% of guests recommend
3.9 Room cleanliness
4.1 Service & staff
3.2 Room comfort
3.4 Hotel condition
They paid and stayed.
We double-checked.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

Nice stay

Posted 12-Jan-2014
1 out of 5
by Rafael from 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 :-(
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by Gary from 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.
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

great hostel for everybody

Posted 02-Apr-2013
The location of the hotel is very good, just a few walking minutes from the center. the castle san felipe is also very near. The harbor to go to the islands is also in walking distance. Its better to walk or take the bus, because the taxis are extremely pricy. The rooms are very nice and comfortable. The tv is not very good though. Most of the staff are very friendly and helpfull. you can book tours and tranfers. Its acuatlly cheaper to book a tour in the hostel for the rosario islands than in the harbor itself, because there are a lot of venders who make their one prices. The laundry service is good, but be carefull with white clothes, one of my t-shirts is now yellow.
5 out of 5
Recommended
by Katherine

good budget hotel

Posted 11-Mar-2013 on Hotels.com
It was clean, cool (we got an airconditioned room), and the staff were all nice. The rooms were certainly small but we weren't staying in Cartagena to spend time in the room so that wasn't a huge issue for us.
3 out of 5
Recommended
by jodasa

This traveller left a rating score only Posted 02-Mar-2013 on Hotels.com
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Getaway With Friends
by London Butterfly

Good location, great staff, good price but BUDGET

Posted 24-Feb-2013 on Hotels.com
This was the cheapest hotel we found in Cartagena and for the price we paid it was worth it. The location is a two minute walk from the old town and there are many bars and other hostels surrounding Hotel Marlin, so even though it is outside the old town there are plenty of other tourists about and it is safe. The staff are very friendly and helpful and they made us very welcome. The only bad thing about the hotel is that you get exactly what you pay for. It is very very basic. If you want to spend time in your hotel and like luxury this is not the place for you. If your hotel is just a place to leave your stuff and sleep then it is definitely worth it. Also, there are plenty of backpackers staying so you can always ask people for tips and advice! I should add that our bathroom sink fell off the wall... but despite this I would stay here again. Last sore point would be that some rooms are much better than others, so if your room is really bad see if you can swap some of the rooms without AC are actually a bit better than those with it. The rooms without AC all seem to have ceiling fans and shutters for the windows so you don't have to let in the sun and can therefore keep the room cool.
5 out of 5
Recommended
by JACKIE

Posted 20-Feb-2013 on Hotels.com
LOVED IT!!! GOOD SERVICE!!!
3 out of 5
Recommended
for Couples
by A verified traveller

Great value and yum fruit breaky

Posted 13-Feb-2013
My partner and i booked a double room at Marlin Was nice comfy bed, bathroom ensuite was handy tho bit run down Excellent value cheaper than dorm at nearby hostels plus free breakfast and coffee The reception staff i found quite unhelpful and if asked a question felt like they were annoued The lady making breakfast was really sweet as were the cleaners Location great on media luna, plenty eateries and supermarket nearby
4 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveller

Hotel Marlin

Posted 13-Jun-2012
Pros: Fan and A/C, plus it's just outside the old town, but at a more reasonable price.
Cons: wifi DOES NOT reach the rooms!
Location: Great location, if you want to see the old town.
Great bang for your buck. I had a clean room with my own bathroom, a/c, fan, and breakfast was included. Also it's located about 5-10mins from the old town in Cartagena. Staff was very helpful, and they offer a laundry service and tour information.