We stayed 5 days at the hotel, and had brekfast and dinner. The food was very tasty and varied, fresh from the sea, and the staff was friendly and polite. They avcepted all currecy, although They mainly use Euros. The cleaning was good, and fresh towles and linnen. The room had refrigerator also. It was close to the locals which made the stay very authentic. There are many Italians but they also speak english. They invited us and helped us for diving and trips. We thought it was good value for the price and had A wonderful stay.
We arrived last night and leaving this morning to look for another accommodation. We were shocked at arrival with the unwelcoming attitude of the owners to begin with, then the state of the rooms: filthy bugs on the beds, and flies and mosquitoes on the broken nets. AC was not working in our friends room, in ours it was going off every hour because of electricity cuts which we were not told about and damaged one of our phones. So please if you go there unplug ur devices.
We don’t recommend this place. It’s poor hygiene, poor hospitality, seems to cater for a specific clientele. Very disappointed and sad.
We had a marvellous time in this small informal hotel. Having seen some bad reviews on the internet I was a bit hesitant, although most recent reviews were positive – almost all from Italian guests. They were proved right. In fact the hotel, being owned and run by Italians, has an Italian touch. The food is delicious and various. During our one week stay they never proposed the same buffet lunch/dinner. We loved the typical dinner with African dishes. For breakfast they mainly serve sweet foods (pastries, crepes etc.), but you can also ask for boiled eggs or an omelette; probably breakfast could be improved by serving more savoury choices. Our room had a traditional style with wooden furniture and air conditioning. Great daily cleaning and daily towel change. The overall service is friendly and attentive – from the owner, through Riccardo at the reception to the waiters etc. The location of the hotel is superb with a beautiful and quiet beach (no beach boys!). We also booked several excursions with the hotel and enjoyed the company and the stories of our guide Eddy.
Firstly, there was no signpost even in near vicinity to direct me to the location. One is likely to move past it as there is no signboard facing the approach track (yes, a dirt track, there is no proper road) !!
Bathroom fittings are coming apart.
My room door wouldn't lock from outside, so it had to be left open and at the mercy of the hotel staff,along with all the valuables and passport inside!
Wifi signal was not reaching most rooms, an i had tough time uploading pictures to google drive even while sitting outside. The hotel staff agreed to change my room but not before half my stay was already over.
Food menu is inscrutable, being in italian. Besides the prices are unreasonably bloated (about three times the normal). Moreover, you have very few options for dining as all the restaurants in vicinity sell at inflated prices, and all of them are basically italian.
If you want to settle scores with a friend, recommend this place.
The first impression of Blu Marlin upon arrival seemed well. The beach and the pool are very nice, however there are some major shortcomings which are not just a nuissance but also a plain hazard.
1. Location: 25 $pp is too much for a single transfer. You can take a cab at Stone town for 15$ with more people.
2. The room appeared clean, but the water in the shower was salty and the sheets were dark. So there was no way of knowing if it is clean or not. The salty water is an issue, as you can never rinse clean unless you go into the swimming pool.
3. The food is not very good, but it was eadible... Until 7 persons including myself and boyfriend had a Major stomach flu for aprox. 5 more days. As the owner and his family were eating in their own house, they did not get ill. However the customers did, but were not taken seriously at all by the manager and owner. There was no compensation made for 5 days running to the bathroom of our 7 day holidays.
There was clearly a contamination of the food, and the response of the owner was just outrageous.
If you have a sensitive stomach, its better to stay away from blu Marlin. Otherwise just eat white rice.
4. Out of 7 days, we maybe had 2 hours of WiFi.