Merlin Guesthouse

811 Simonton Street Key West, Florida 33040 USA  |  Telephone: 800-549-4430
4.78 - based on 265 reviews

I took a chance and booked our stay at Merlin Guesthouse from a website only. Our dates were available (we stayed 5 nights in April) and the rates were do-able. My husband and I were visiting Key West so that I could complete my scuba certification, and he had never visited the Keys. (Sarah at Dive Key West, Inc. did a great job.) We were so very pleased with what we found at Merlin. I asked to see the room first which they gracefully guided me to and gave me the tour. The king room was very roomy and immaculate as was the bath. There was a big white comfy couch and shiny floor tiles. We had plenty of comfortable seating outside on the porch and on the grounds, with a sweet little swim spa. Our hostess/manager Linda was welcoming, funny and nice. We felt right at home during our entire visit. There is a sweet little restaurant across the street with excellent selections. (Sorry I can’t remember its name.)  There was pickleball about a mile away on weekend mornings and an AA clubhouse nearby on Virginia St. that I walked to, and a sweet little Episcopal Church close by that my husband walked to. I am a hotel/motel snob and I highly recommend Merlin Guesthouse.

By: on May 1, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


From the first step into the office we were greeted warmly by Linda and given every bit of help with good places to eat (we loved Le Bistro for lunch). Kenneth, the next couple days, helped us with a place to rent bikes (Eaton’s) and they even delivered them. All the other staff were very friendly as well and kept our room spotless. We had a queen size guest room so it was not spacious. But we did not spend that much time in the room anyway! The pool is small (can’t do laps!) but it was certainly very relaxing surrounded by lush gardens. The breakfast each morning in these same lush gardens was delightful. Terrific coffee, juice,fruit, bagels, muffins and my favorite, croissants with ham and cheese hidden inside! They also had cereal, yogurt, hardboiled eggs. Plenty to eat for your morning meal. We ate at several places besides Le Bistro. Caroline’s had great salads and a terrific hamburger. Square One for a late dinner with just several appetizers was top notch. Our favorite though was Santiago Bodega, just down the street from Merlin. It’s a tapas place and so delicious. Dinner you need reservations, but for lunch you can usually walk right in.

If you want a nice getaway, relaxing in every aspect, the Merlin Guesthouse is the place for you. It is off Duval one street over but quiet and very convenient to most places, especially on a bike! We’d go again in a minute!

By: on May 1, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


First time coming here and I had a wonderful stay. The staff were very polite and friendly. I’ll admit when I first arrived I was a bit aggravated not being able to find parking. I parked in the fifteen minute parking space and was told to leave my car there until a parking space could be found. Well my car ended up staying there the whole time but it was good for me. I felt special. Front row parking! I felt like I was VIP status. :) Anyway, thank you again for a wonderful stay. :)

By: on May 1, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


We stayed in one of the 2 bedroom cottage style rooms.  It was beautiful.  It had all the necessary amenities, was exceptionally clean and had great access to Duval.  The breakfast was simple yet great out by the pool.  I would stay there again if I ever make it back to Key West.

By: on April 24, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


The location of this hotel is very nice; you can also sit on the porch or the lovely courtyard. Breakfast was excellent! The room itself was a bit small with a little too much outside noise for my taste, but that’s okay. The inn doesn’t provide parking, so you have to find a place on the street.

By: on April 15, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

4 / 5


I have nothing but superlative words to describe our stay at the Merlin.  Linda went way out of her way to accommodate our dates and room preferences, and our stay was comfortable and relaxed, surrounded by an understated serene beauty that was the perfect anecdote to our stressful professional lives in Chicago.

Our room was very well cleaned (and I am a fairly exacting customer in this area) and  the staff was most gracious in every way in terms of directions and sources of recommendations.

We will not be able to return soon enough!

 

By: on April 15, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


This quaint hotel was exactly what we needed.  Small, yet personable.  My fiance misplaced/lost his wallet on our second day in KW and your staff, Linda and I don’t remember the gentleman’s name, were very accommodating and understandable to us.  We met some amazing people while in Key West.  We rented a scooter while we were there and were able to see the entire island several times.  The weather was beautiful, the housekeepers were prompt and kept our room clean.  The inn was quiet.  We will definitely be returning to Key West and Merlin Guesthouse will be our hotel of choice.  Thank you for a GREAT time.  It’s always a little scary renting a room when it is the first time in the area.  This made it perfect.

By: on April 14, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


We could not have been more pleased with the Merlin Guesthouse.  The location was perfect, the room was wonderful – EVERYTHING was PERFECT

Thank you

Bonnie

By: on March 31, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


Our time with you at the Merlin was wonderful and we would tell others to follow our lead right to your door!  Thank you for being a part of our vacation.

By: on March 30, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


We stayed here in March 2014. When we arrived the staff at the Merlin Guesthouse were all great! They were helpful with all of our questions. We stayed in room one, which was the Queen bedroom. It was very clean and nicely decorated! It was exactly how we pictured it. The common area was very relaxing with tables and chairs around the pool area. The pool is the perfect size for a nice refreshing dip in the pool. You really cannot beat the location either. It is far enough from Duval that you do not have a lot of noise, yet close enough to walk to get to the action! We  traveled as a couple and are already looking forward to another trip to Key West in which we will definitely stay at the Merlin Guesthouse again!

By: on March 30, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5