VINTAGE: Marlin & Orchid Motels

There are literally hundreds of vintage motels throughout the Florida Keys, not only in their architectural appearance but also their signs.

You can find a ton of them still sporting long-lost fads from the 1950’s such as terrazzo floors, jalousie windows, shag carpet, and bathroom tile & fixtures in such colors as pink, lavender, powder blue, coppertone & harvest gold. There’s nothing more destroying to a man’s masculinity than sitting on a pink throne after a hard day of working out pumping iron on Muscle Beach as I do! 🙂 OK, that was an outright lie, the only weightlifting I do is of the 12 ounce Bud Lite variety! 🙂

These two featured hotels & signs are both located in Key West on and near Duval Street. You can still find hundreds of others similar motels lining the entire way down the 127 mile enjoyable journey though our beautiful Florida keys.


Hey… does that mean that I’m now considered vintage also! 🙂


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2 responses to “VINTAGE: Marlin & Orchid Motels

  1. Roxanne

    We are on our way to the Blue Marlin for Easter,stayed there also last year..Might be old,but very nice and quite..And a block from the beach,and have to pool to ourselfs most of the time..:)

    • Hello Roxanne, How cool, yes they are old but so neat! I too have stayed in places like the Blue Malin but not there since most of the time while in Key West I stay at my families house. I have stayed at the Southernmost Hotel just around the corner from the Blue Marlin, the SMost is newer, I like the Blue Marlin type better giving your stay so much more that Key West old-timey feel. Thanks for the comment, please visit our site and comment anytime. Mr. 365 Days

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