The Marlin Hotel - 1200 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139




For this particular project, PowerCurtain CL-920A Motorized Curtain Track Systems were chosen by the customer and their general contractor, Gil's Design and Upholstery, for all 33 of their newly renovated hotel rooms and suites, located in the heart of Miami, Florida.

Developed in 1939 by L. Murray Dixon, a principal architect who defined Deco South Beach design. The Marlin Hotel remains a signature South Beach landmark in the heart of the city's celebrated Art Deco District.

MRK's modern restoration has revitalized the prominent property and added 33 state-of-the-art rooms and suites, while staying true to the iconic location's historic roots.

In the 1990’s, the hotel was transposed into a tropical retreat for some of the world's most renowned recording artists and performers.

Music Legends like Aerosmith, Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams and many more made their way to The Marlin to stay, play and produce their music at property's in-house recording studio.

Marlin Hotel sells for $9.5 million

APRIL 07, 2015 5:00 AM

Over the last couple decades, the Marlin Hotel has welcomed a revolving door of recording artists thanks to its in-house South Beach Studios.

For its next chapter, the hotel once owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell will continue to embrace those musical roots — but without the studio.

The 14-room boutique at 1200 Collins Ave. was sold this week to local group MRK Investments for $9.5 million. The new owners plan to renovate, add more rooms and open a restaurant with the team behind South Beach’s Macchialina. MRK is a silent partner in that restaurant.

EWM Realty International, the Christie’s International Real Estate affiliate that brokered the deal, announced the sale Tuesday morning. The transaction closed late Monday.

“They’re looking to really make it a true luxury product,” said Jason Zarco, an EWM associate who represented the buyer. Luxury associates Jeffrey Cohen and Luigi Mercurio represented the seller, Brazilian retail developer Mario Valadares da Costa. He bought the hotel in 2009 for $5.5 million and renovated the property in 2011.

The Marlin, designed by Raleigh architect L. Murray Dixon, was built in 1939. Blackwell bought it in the 1980s and opened the studio several years later. Over the years, artists including Bob Marley, Jay Z, U2, Aerosmith and Pharrell Williams recorded and spent time there. Blackwell, whose Island Outpost includes a collection of properties in Jamaica, sold the South Beach hotel in 2004.

Joe Galdo, a producer who opened South Beach Studios with Blackwell, said the music studio is now shut down in the Marlin space but stayed busy until it closed at the beginning of the month. He was packing up on Tuesday, but said he’s open to finding a new partnership to relocate.

Zarco said the new owners will convert the space that the studio occupied into rooms but will incorporate the hotel’s musical history in the new design. By the time renovations are done, plans call for the property to have 28 or 29 rooms.

“They need to go ahead and use that space in order to create the amount of luxury hotel rooms that they need to get the hotel up to the standard they want,” he said.

The renovation will take place in phases, Zarco said, and the hotel will not close. A timeline for the changes has not been confirmed.

The Marlin Hotel, shown in this file photo, has sold for $9.5 million.    The Marlin Hotel, shown in this file photo, has sold for $9.5 million.

The Marlin Hotel, shown in this file photo, has sold for $9.5 million. Chuck Fadely Herald Staff