Hotel Marlin Cartagena

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Overview of Hotel Marlin Cartagena

Hotel Marlin Cartagena

2.0 star property
City-center hostel within walking distance of Clock Tower

6.6/10 Good

75 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Shared kitchen
  • 24/7 front desk
  • Laundry facilities
Barrio Getsemani, Calle Media Luna 10-35, Cartagena, Bolivar, 130015
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Breakfast available
  • Area shuttle
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air conditioning
  • Computer station
  • Front desk safe
  • Microwave in a common area
  • Refrigerator in a common area
  • Laundry service
  • Multilingual staff
  • Concierge services
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Cookware, dishware, and utensils
  • Private bathroom
  • Television
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service

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About this area

What's nearby

  • In Cartagena Walled City
  • Cartagena de Indias Convention Center - 6 min walk
  • Clock Tower - 9 min walk
  • Las Bovedas - 15 min walk
  • Bocagrande Beach - 22 min walk
  • Port of Cartagena - 39 min walk
  • San Pedro - 5 min drive
  • Cartagena Cathedral - 8 min drive
  • Bolivar Square - 8 min drive
  • Plaza Santo Domingo - 10 min drive
  • Marbella Beach - 11 min drive

Getting around

  • Rafael Nunez Intl. Airport (CTG) - 12 min drive
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)

About this property

Hotel Marlin Cartagena

Hotel Marlin Cartagena puts you 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Cartagena de Indias Convention Center and 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Clock Tower. Also, this hostel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Las Bovedas and 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Bocagrande Beach.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 24 rooms
  • Arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 2 PM
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
  • Late check-out subject to availability

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions.

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • One child stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding
  • Parents must have child's birth certificate and photo ID*
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • No pets or service animals allowed


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Area shuttle*

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:30 AM–10:30 AM
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared refrigerator

Taking the kids

  • Children stay free

What to do

  • Tennis

Working away

  • Computer station


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Dry cleaning/laundry services
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff


  • 1 building/tower
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Television in common areas


  • English
  • Spanish

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 18-inch TV
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Ceiling fan

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi
  • Phone

Food and drink

  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Shared kitchen access
  • Stovetop
  • Rice cooker
  • Cookware, dishes, and utensils


  • Daily housekeeping

Fees & policies

Mandatory fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at check-in or check-out:
  • For stays on or after January 1, 2023, residents of Colombia and non-residents staying 60 consecutive days or more will be charged a 19% national sales tax by the property at the time of stay. Travelers on a tourist visa will not be required to pay this tax. The tax may be charged where a room is shared by a taxable and a non-taxable guest.

Optional extras

  • Area shuttle service is offered for an extra charge

Children & extra beds

You'll be asked to pay the following charges by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out:
  • If you are traveling with a child, your property may require you to present the following documents: Parents traveling into Colombia with a child under 18 may be required to present the child's birth certificate and photo ID (passport for non-Columbian citizens) upon check-in. If a relative or legal guardian is traveling into Colombia with the child, that relative or legal guardian may be required to present a notarized consent of travel signed by both parents and a copy of both parents' ID. If only one parent is traveling into Colombia with the child, that parent may be required to present a notarized consent of travel signed by the other parent. Visitors who plan to travel with children should consult with a Colombian consulate office prior to travel for further guidance.


Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

This property does not have elevators.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

This property accepts credit cards.

Also known as

Hostal Marlin
Hostal Marlin Cartagena
Hostal Marlin Hostel Cartagena
Hostal Marlin
Marlin Cartagena Cartagena
Hotel Marlin Cartagena Cartagena
Hotel Marlin Cartagena Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Hotel Marlin Cartagena Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cartagena

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Overall score and ratings






Staff & service


Property conditions & facilities

2/10 Poor

Not comfortable at all
We got a basic double room here, and it was so small and the bed took up so much space that we could barely fit ourselves + luggage into it! Being backpackers, we don't even have that much stuff. There were decorative holes in the walls near the ceiling, presumably for air flow, but they mostly let in mosquitos that ate us throughout the night. The staff, though friendly, also didn't always seem to know what was going on, making it hard to extend our reservation or even get information about the city. Maybe it was a language barrier, but we both speak Spanish and haven't had this issue at other hotels/hostels.
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8/10 Very Good

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6/10 Good

Stay away from this neighborhood! For your safety
The woman at the front desk was wonderful. They let you leave your key at the front desk when you go out, that should have been a clue to how unsafe the neighborhood is. Our mattress was at least as old as the beautiful antique headboard it was attached to. There is no hot water, the bathroom is so small you have to sit sideways on the toilet. The walls have mildew all over them and somehow the Wi-Fi only works in the 105 degree lobby. Once you step outside the hotel you are immediately set upon by the relentless swarms of human vultures who follow you, insisting that buy their hats, tours, and drugs. The streets are Full of taxis, each one honking at you as they go by, trying to give you a ride. The amount of harassment was overwhelming. Our first trip out of the hotel my husband had his pocket picked. The police are corrupt and threatened to throw my husband in jail for a made up charge if we didn't pay them 2,000,000 pesos! We were able to talk then down to 700,000, but only because I was crying and people were starting to stare. Stay away from this neighborhood! Please learn from our disastrous stay.
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8/10 Very Good

Overall is good
Staff are very friendly and helpful. The neighborhood has many restaurants, one travel agency, markets and it is quite close to the castle. Disadvantages are the bathroom conditions: area so small and the toilet doesn't work we'll
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4/10 Fair

Good location but that's about it
When we got to Hotel Marlin the power was out (not their fault). The staff showed us to our room via a flashlight but then left us to fend for ourselves without offering to provide any type of light source. We were able to use our cell phones for flashlights but they had low batteries and without power we were not able to charge them. Upon request they brought us a candle but we had no way to light it. Eventually the power came back on. The only window in the room opened up to the hallway so if we would have opened the window anyone walking by could look right into our room and it provided no breeze. There is a bar across the street with loud music playing well until the morning (I don't know but I would guess 5am). I brought earplugs but I could still hear the music through them. I eventually fell asleep but was woken up several times throughout the night by the hotel's cat meowing VERY LOUDLY outside our door. I'm guessing it was hungry which bothered me and if I would have had anything to feed him I would have. I was surprised the staff did not notice this and feed the poor little guy. The room we stayed in was incredibly small as was the bathroom (my knees hit the wall in front of me when I sat down and I'm only 5'5. We originally planned to stay at Hotel Marlin for 3 nights but checked out after the first night and relocated to Casa Tatis right around the corner. The rooms were the same price but much larger, no loud music or hungry cats to keep you up all night.
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8/10 Very Good

Cartagena 2015
Cartagena is beautiful city. If you like warm weather it is a place to be
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6/10 Good

fine hotel but ...
You can do better staying in a private room in a hostel, this hotel was hostel-like but but too expensive for what it is. The staff was very nice, especially Jose.
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8/10 Very Good

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4/10 Fair

OK for the price
It was very basic, tiny room. There was no space to use the toilet, had to sit on the side. We had to ask for towels and soap for the room. Convenient location to visit the Wall City. Reasonably clean.
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6/10 Good

Simple place in a great location
Great location, near bars, restaurants and near the walled city in Centro, its a very simple place with small bathrooms. Staff is layed back and is a good place to meet and mingle with turists from around the world.
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