Merlin Guesthouse

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Merlin Guesthouse
811 Simonton Street Key West, Florida 33040 USA  |  Telephone: 305.296.3336
4.76 - based on 208 reviews

 

Went for my wife’s 40th. The place was perfect to just hang and relax, but so close to the action of Duval St. Could walk every where and they had a place to lock up our rented bikes. The room was great booked a king suite had more than enough space plus a large bathroom with a private porch under cover so we could sit outside during a rain storm. Breakfast every morning on the deck in the shade was great. I would tell all my friends to book this place. The best thing was once we walk our one block off Duval to the Guesthouse it was peaceful and quite.

By: on October 15, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

We had a weekend stay here early this month & could not have been happier. From check-in to check-out, actually pre check-in to post check-out, the customer service is second to none. Always smiling, pleasant, willing to do whatever it takes to make you feel welcome. (not like a couple other not to be named places that make you feel like they are doing you a favor by letting you overpay to stay at their B&B). Our flight landed at noon & they held our bags for us & called us when our room was ready…2 hours before check-in time. There was a huge rain storm the afternoon we checked out & they let us shower & get cleaned up before our flight!!! We stayed in the economy queen room & couldn’t have been happier. Hardwood floors throughout, VERY comfortable bed, good size bathroom. These room share a long covered porch with the other economy queen rooms right on Simonton & are very quiet, especially being on a busier street. If you get up early as we do & use roosters as your alarm clock, you will have to actually set an alarm…we didn’t hear a single one!!!

By: on October 11, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

We turned up around 9pm just driving around. Pulled up outside and a lovely chap showed us the rooms and straight away we knew this was going to be a nice place. We had 3 days. The room was large, clean and well presented. The location is excellent. The pool area was very refreshing and well maintained. We enjoyed breakfast in the garden. We will definitely stop again when in Key West.

By: on October 11, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


 

I continue to stay at Merlin Guesthouse each visit to Key West. Great location, clean and great staff. Everyone I recommend your place to, are very happy with accommodations. Thank you. See you next trip.

By: on October 4, 2012
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

4 / 5


 

My boyfriend and I drove into Key West later than we anticipated.  A little after 9:00pm, Ray called to make sure we were still planning to check-in.  We had to drop friends off at another location, but were so thankful that he called and said he would stay a little late to make sure he was there to show us to our room – which he upgraded for us too.  Thank you Ray!!  We loved our stay!

The location just off of Duval Street was perfect!  The resort is small but quaint.  And the price was very reasonable.  And we really enjoyed the continental breakfast on Sunday after our late Saturday night!

We will definitely be back to stay at the Merlin House for our next visit to Key West.

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

4 / 5


 

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