Merlin Guesthouse

811 Simonton Street Key West, Florida 33040 USA  |  Telephone: 800-549-4430
4.78 - based on 301 reviews

From check-in to check-out I have nothing but good things to say. Clean, every one extremely nice and I will definitely be back. And I would recommend this to anyone.

By: on June 13, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


Hi! My partner and I came to Florida from Switzerland, and visited Key West as part of our trip. We were looking online for a hotel to stay in Key West, and weren’t too happy with the choices that were listed at first.

And then we found Merlin Guesthouse!

The pictures online looked really warm and inviting, and it made the hotel stand out more compared to the others that were listed in our search. We booked it, and looked forward to arriving at Merlin Guesthouse. As we arrived, we were more than surprised, and in a very positive way! The hotel was exactly how it was shown in the pictures and even more! The reception hidden away in a little office amongst the trees and plants,  super cute! The wooden houses kept upright from back in the days, gave it a”homey” feel. Not only on the outside of the building, but also inside the room we had wooden flooring. The room was clean and very welcoming made up. I would have jumped into bed right away because I was so tired, but instead I jumped into the pool because it was so HOT!  Breakfast was outside, poolside.

The location of the guesthouse is also perfect: Close to Duval Street where all the shops and bars are, and close to tourist attractions that are all in walking distance.  I mean almost all of west Key West is within walking distance, and the hotel is located perfectly, more or less, in the middle.

I can only recommend coming to Merlin Guesthouse. Kenneth, who greeted us at reception, made our stay relaxing and enjoyable from beginning to end. We even extended one more night! So, if you are in Key West, come stay at the Merlin! Maybe you’ll bump into Kenneth, or maybe even into Jordan, the hotel cat! :)

By: on June 12, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


Loved our one night stay at Merlin Guesthouse. Impressed by the cleanliness and the friendly family atmosphere at the breakfast area by the garden pool. The owner (george the cat) was the crowning touch.

See you again,

Klaus

By: on June 10, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


We recently stayed at the Merlin Guesthouse for a girls weekend.  We stayed in the 1BR cottage, which was the perfect size for 4 ladies – it was well equipped with a fridge, stove, microwave, and a keurig machine – they included plates, cups, silverware, paper towels, dish soap, k cups(for the coffee machine) – you name it they covered it!  The poolside continental breakfast was a perfect start to the day.  The staff was very helpful, specifically Linda upon checkin and throughout the stay.  She even went the extra step to email me when someone in the group left clothes in the closet, and even provided me with a way to ship back if needed.  Overall this was the perfect location (walking distance to everything!).  We had a recommendation to go to Santiago’s Bodega, however decided to stop on the walk at Firefly and were not disappointed! Amazing southern food!  Definitely enjoyed our stay and have already started making plans to come back and stay again at the Merlin!  Thanks again for an amazing experience!  Can’t wait to visit again soon!

By: on June 9, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


I have stayed at the Merlin several times now and it is by far the best bang for your buck and my personal favorite of the Key West-y hotels. The rooms are updated and clean with tropical touches and the staff is always friendly and accommodating. The pool area is quaint and relaxing, and the location is perfect, one block off Duval, so not too noisy and literally in the middle of Old Town so it’s a 5-10 min walk to everywhere you’d want to go. If you are looking for an authentic, charming Key West hotel then the Merlin will not disappoint you.

By: on June 6, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


Accommodations at Merlin Guesthouse could not have been better.  We would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to enjoy a quiet alternative to the run-of-mill hotel stays.  We stayed in a 2-room guest cottage with private patio, coffee bar, nice seating area and large bathroom.  The housekeeping staff kept it spotless.  A very nice breakfast is available near poolside.  The splash pool is a great place to meet other travelers.  Kenneth was most helpful.  The tours of Truman’s Little White House, Fort Jefferson, and Hemingway’s House should be on your list of things to do.  We dined at Seven Fish, Kelly’s, and Rooftop.  All were outstanding.

By: on June 5, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


I admit I’m biased: I’ve stayed at The Merlin Guesthouse since 1988 and have stayed there almost exclusively since 1992. (The other times were Key Lime Inn and Lighthouse Court, also HKWI properties.) Just so you know where I’m coming from, I don’t stay at an inn because it has satin sheets or HBO in the room. I’m not there to hang out at the hotel. I want a comfortable bed and pleasant amenities. If you want 5-star, white glove service, Key West, for all is casual appeal, has plenty of those choices. At the Merlin you will find pleasant, rustic, comfortable B&B-style accommodation and charm. More important, a staff who remembers you and is universally approachable and friendly. You’ll leave feeling like part of the family, and indeed you will be. (If you’re a cat person, be sure to say hi to Jordan. He lives on the property, and he’s part of the family too.) There are a wide variety of rooms, from small and simple (the porch rooms, for example) to some truly lovely suites. The pool has thoughtful touches: baskets with paperbacks and sunscreen, and in the afternoon, iced tea is set out in the breakfast area. Now for the negatives, just so you know this isn’t a total sell job (and hey, family members can critique each other honestly, right?): 1) If you’re a light sleeper, avoid the front porch rooms. Mopeds on Simonton buzz by at all hours. There are identical or similar rooms on the back porch. But, if you plan on stumbling home drunk (and why not, it’s Key West) and wild horses couldn’t roust you, no worries on the front porch side!) 2) Some people criticize the pool, and I certainly remember when it was bigger. It’s not exactly a lap pool; it’s more of a very large hot tub (there is a water jet timer) but again, in this place and setting, maybe you can eschew your inner Michael Phelps/Summer Sanders for a bit and just chill in the bubbles or the still, serene water. 3) The mattress in Room 22 is not up to the usual HKWI standard. It’s slightly caved in the middle and slants to one side. However if there are any other imperfections here, I can’t think of any, and I’ve been looking for 20 years, several times a year. (I live 200 miles north. Don’t hate.). I hope this is helpful to you. Cheers.

By: on June 4, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

4 / 5


What more can I say!  I was a little concerned that because it was just myself and my 17 year old daughter traveling we might feel a little awkward because it seemed like a couples place.  Not so at all, it’s an anybody who’s there to have a great time kind of place!  Lovely rooms, lovely garden, lovely pool, and lovely breakfast’s in the garden!  The staff in the office will go out of their way to make sure you stay is comfortable and pleasant!  We plan to return as soon as we can!

By: on June 3, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


Great family-friendly property. Located a block from upper Duval Street, it was a perfect location for me to bring my mother-in-law for the first time with my 11 year old son. Upon arrival, the staff at the Merlin Guesthouse provided everything we needed and they were always quick to help or provide a service whenever we asked.  We stayed Unit 21, the two-bedroom/1 bath cottage. It has a fully equipped kitchen with a full-size fridge, stove and microwave. The one bathroom was functional, but it would have been ideal to have an additional 1/2 bath in the unit. Things to know when selecting this unit; 1) Simonton St. can be noisy at times, so the bedroom closest to the street will hear the cars and the trash truck in the morning, 2) This is historical location, so it does have a historic, vintage look/feel and things may not work perfectly, but if it doesn’t, the staff is right there to repair everything ASAP, 3) This unit has one of the only parking spots “on-property”, which is great with the limited parking in the area, 4) The local cat, Jordan, is very sweet. We knew he was there and we brought some cat treats from home to share with him (don’t tell his parents!). He stopped by every morning for his daily treat. 5) Did I mention that the staff is awesome? If not, let me say it again. They are AWESOME! I would highly recommend this property to any family looking to stay in the middle of it all, with local friends in a comfortable, home-like environment. Thanks to all at the Merlin Guesthouse and I look forward to coming back with my husband the next time!

By: on June 3, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


I stayed in the king suite and it was worth it! I really enjoyed the scenery and waking up in the morning and eating breakfast with my boyfriend on the front porch. It was very nice and private. The room felt cozy and warm. We didn’t move our car once! Everything is walking distance which was great And convenient.

By: on June 3, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

4 / 5