Situated on Collins Avenue, just one block from Ocean Drive and right in the heart of South Beach, the Marlin Hotel was previously the brainchild of Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records.
Music-industry VIPs who come to lay down tracks at the on-site South Beach Studios often stay at this mini-boutique property, which has attracted the likes of Mick Jagger, U2 and Aerosmith. And as if all the music luminaries lounging around weren’t enough, Elite Modeling Agency is also housed by the Marlin – so there will be plenty to look at that much is for sure!
The Marlin’s elegant décor is the handiwork of acclaimed South Beach designer Barbara Hulanicki, who combines cool ocean hues with the vibrant designs of Jamaica, where Blackwell grew up.
Each of the twelve loft-like suites is uniquely designed with custom-made furniture and coordinating themes, but hardwood floors, stainless-steel fixtures and muted earth tones throughout create continuity. Guestrooms feature Web TV, dual-line cordless phones, stocked mini bars, modern CD players, plush bathrobes and slippers and European toiletries. Some suites also have fully equipped kitchens. Guests can opt for the deluxe continental breakfast, or if a luxurious breakfast in bed is in order, room service from the Tides Hotel next door is just a phone call away.
Guests will receive discount passes to Crunch Fitness Center and free use of the opulent Tides Hotel pool. The lobby of this formerly Caribbean-style hotel has been updated with an ultra modern, industrial feel.
An Arabian Nights vibe emanates from the downstairs area where a lounge with plenty of couches is perfect for relaxing and mingling with the local fabulati. This is definitely one of the hot spots on South Beach’s nightlife circuit. Locals and celebrities alike flock to the Marlin, and on any random night famous faces like supermodel Naomi Campbell and Diddy can be found sipping on a glass of their favorite bubbly.