The Marin Dream's port setting, away from the sometimes frenetic heart of the city, is its first plus. But we would be remiss if we didn't mention the staff here, as they truly are the type of friendly, helpful people once hopes to meet when far from home. The larger rooms are those higher up; they also have the better views and get less noise. As for their looks: dowdy and dated are the sad terms I'd use, but despite that, they're comfortable and with a high level of cleanliness. And when you're gazing out at the azure sea, are you really going to care that your room looks a bit old? We didn't think so.