Merlin Guesthouse

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Merlin Guesthouse
811 Simonton Street Key West, Florida 33040 USA  |  Telephone: 305.296.3336
4.75 - based on 203 reviews

 

Amazing vacation, with a perfect hotel!

By: on October 3, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

Upon arriving we were unsure of what to expect. We had been to Key West before, but had never noticed Merlin’s Guesthouse before. We were beyond pleasantly surprised. The compound full of quaint cottages was absolutely marvelous. It allowed you to fell as though you were part of the Key West culture, yet tucked far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet as well. The grounds really made you feel as though you were immersed in the laid back Key West culture. Not to mention that the staff was extremely friendly! They made us feel as though we were staying with family, not at a hotel. The location was absolutely ideal – perfectly in the middle between the Southernmost Point and Mallory Square and 2 blocks away from Duval so we were close enough, yet far enough away to have peace when returning for the night. I can’t suggest this place to enough people and can’t wait until we can return ourselves.

 

Restaurant Review: 5 Pineapples

Our favorite part of the trip was getting to try all the marvelous restaurants Key West had to offer. Caroline’s and Fogherty’s were absolutely perfect. The food was amazing, the portions were generous, and they were situated perfectly on Duval street to enjoy all the atmosphere Key West had to offer. We had some of the most amazing Key Lime Pie at the Six-Toed Cat. Mangoes also offered a delicious menu, as well! We felt our mission was to find the best conch fritters Key West had to offer and after trying many, we found Sloppy Joe’s to be our absolute favorite.

Attraction Review: 5 Pineapples

While in Key West we took a Rum and Reggae snorkeling and sunset cruise with Fury cruises. Absolutely perfect!

 

 

By: on September 22, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

My boyfriend brought myself and 12 of my friends down to Key West for my 60th birthday party. We also surprised everyone by getting married two weeks prior. Everyone loved their rooms/cottages…believe me, my friends can be critical. The pool area turned out to be a great happy hour/gathering place in the afternoon. The staff is the best and helpful with whatever our needs were. We had stayed at the Lighthouse on a previous trip but my favorite is now the Merlin. Thanks for a great experience and fun party.

 

Restaurant Review: 5 Pineapples

Blue Heaven-the best lobster eggs benedict and all varities of mimosas. Great servers with a sense of humor.
Turtle Krauls-great chargrilled oysters

Attraction Review: 5 Pineapples

Sunset

 

By: on September 22, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

I have never been to the Keys or even Florida for that matter. When I pulled in front to check in, I was super worried about where I was going to park…

Linda checked me in and I have to say, what a wonderful lady. Very kind. When I inquired where I should park she went out with me and looked and saw a place and stood out there until I went around the block and parked. The next day when I asked about things to do like bicycle renting she was more than happy to go through a couple different options for me. I asked a lot of questions and she was on point in answering them.

The room (room 11) was fabulous. Well appointed linens and a super comfortable bed. The bathroom was pretty small, but I am not in Key West to hang around in the bathroom. The rest of the room was huge and tatefully done.

I stayed for two days and wanted to stay a third because I liked it so much, but the guesthouse was booked…it was time for me to move on anyhow. Great experience.

 

Restaurant Review: 4 Pineapples

The places I went were really good. A bit expensive, but hey, it’s Key West. I expected it

Attraction Review: 4 Pineapples

Linda suggested a kayak outfit called Bigdog or something like that. Very fun. Very enjoyable

 

By: on September 22, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

We had a wonderful stay at the Merlin Guesthouse. Our first room #18 was spacious with a full kitchen including all appliances. It was beautifully appointed and spotless with a king sized bed. Great room. We decided to stay an extra night and were given another room #13 which overlooked the pool. What a lovely room!! We loved the private deck! We had a great experience with the other guests at the hotel. We met and had long conversations with several couples who were staying there, which made our stay even more enjoyable. We are hoping to come back next April or May and experience it again. Loved this place and their sister property The Lighthouse. We were given a coupon for a free drink there and enjoyed it very much. The people running and working for both properties couldn’t have been more friendly and accommodating to us. Thank you for a wonderful Key West experience!!

 

Restaurant Review: 5 Pineapples

Duffy’s, just down the street from The Merlin had great food at affordable prices

Attraction Review: 5 Pineapples

We enjoyed all the shops and the sunset celebration. At the south end of Duval is a great butterfly conservatory and I would say that was our favorite experience at Key West. We hoped to enjoy the Key West food tasting event, however we found it to be way too congested with few places to sit. We had wonderful food, however with so few tables, everyone had to stand and eat almost elbow to elbow. We left the event after our first tasting.

 

 

By: on September 22, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

Wonderful location – Very friendly and helpful staff! Rooms were very comfortable. Only drawback -parking. We were lucky to use one of the two spots out back, but we were afraid to use the car in case we lost the space. We did know before arrival that there was only street parking. Maybe Merlin guests could park at one of your other properties nearby? Just a thought. Otherwise – we really loved Merlin!

 

Restaurant Review: 5 Pineapples

2 favorites:
1) Santiago Bodega – great for tapas!
2) Blue Heaven – wonderful overall Key West experience

 

 

By: on September 22, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

My wife Cheryl and I stay at the Merlin Guesthouse about three times a year and love all the staff members…..Lee, Kenneth, Terri are always glad to see us and make sure we are happy while staying at Merlin Guesthouse. We made reservations for January and look forward to returning.

 

Restaurant Reviews: 5 Pineapples

We like the Grand, Cafe Sole’, Ambrosia, 2 cents, Black Fin, and the Azore on Flemming

Attractions Review: 5 Pineapples

Butterfly conservancy, Hemingway Museum, Ft. Jefferson and the boat tour on Freedom 2, Zachary Taylor Park and Fort, Aquarium, Couch Train, Library, Coast Guard ships which are historical museums at the dock

 

 

By: on September 22, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

My husband and I were very pleased with the accommodations. The staff were terrific to deal with and we felt very welcomed while for our stay. I also loved the cats! The B&B was also very lovely to look at as well.

 

Restaurant Review: 5 Pineapples

We were pleasantly surprised with Camille’s – located on 1202 Simonton Street. The food was terrific. We enjoyed a lovely lunch – try the soup of the day! We also had the Chicken Salad. Another great spot was Luigi’s – 521 Fleming Street Key West, FL 33040 – the food was excellent. Of course – one has to try the Key Lime Pie – Key West Key Lime Pie Co.

Attraction Review: 5 Pineapples

The crews at Fury Water Adventures were fantastic, everyone was very friendly and helpful. We participated in the scuba diving and jet ski adventure. The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory – 1316 Duvall Street is a must. We also enjoyed the guided tours – we took the Ghost Tour and the Trolley Tour. This was a great way to hear of the history of the island and site see at the same time. Wish we had more time to visit the museums – we ran out of time – so much to do!

 

 

By: on September 22, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

Location was close to everything we wanted to do…all walking distance (Duval St). Simple room just right for a weekend stay and the people were very nice and helpful for recommendations…Ray at the front desk was awesome! Couldn’t have asked for a better stay will def be staying again in the future.

 

Restaurant Reviews: 5 Pineapples

Recommended by Ray we went to Cafe Sole our first night there the food was delicious. My boyfriend had the hogfish and I had the grouper we were both very happy with our meals also had the escargot for appetizer very good. The service was awesome as well. Good choice.

Attraction Review: 5 Pineapples

We were only down for a weekend so spent some time on Duval in the day and night..the art galleries were pretty cool to browse and the night life of coarse was fun times. We also did the Hemingway House tour and the butterfly conservatory which was pretty awesome.

 

 

By: on September 22, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

We had a wonderful time in Key West and the Merlin Guest House was the perfect pick. Great location, quick to get places and quiet at night. The room was beautiful and a great place to begin and end our day! Breakfast was ok, not quite what I expected but would definitely stay here again!

 

Restaurant Review: 5 Pineapples

Blue Heaven…the best!! Could have eaten there ever day!

 

 

By: on September 22, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5