Merlin Guesthouse

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Merlin Guesthouse
811 Simonton Street Key West, Florida 33040 USA  |  Telephone: 305.296.3336
4.75 - based on 204 reviews

My boyfriend and I had only 2 nights at the Merlin Guesthouse this week but we wish we could have stayed longer.  From the moment our trip began, the staff was nothing but hospitable and welcoming.  Starting with Linda, who I spoke to on the phone about setting up a late check in.  She responded immediately to our need by typing up a lengthy email specifically for us getting into our room after 10pm.  It was easy and really relieved the stress on the drive from Miami knowing we didn’t have to speed to the hotel to get there by a certain time.

The next day we had the pleasure of meeting Kenneth who helped us sort out the rest of paying for our room and seeing if we needed anything since we came so late the night before.  It was about 830 am and I told Kenneth I knew it was probably impossible at this point but my boyfriend and I really wanted to try fishing that day since it was our only full day in Key West. I told Kenneth our budget (not big, since we splurged on the accommodations) and by 10am we were on a boat at the harbor and we fished until 4pm.  It was a pleasant surprise being able to get on that boat and without Kenneth it wouldn’t have happened.

The laid back vibe at the Merlin Guesthouse was exactly what we were looking for and the continental breakfast was great too.  Thanks so much for a pleasant stay, looking forward to the next time we can afford to come back.

 

Brenna and Forest

Long Beach, CA

 

By: on July 7, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


Well located, close to everything and easy to find.

The Queen Bed rooms are not the biggest but work OK. They are clean and tastefully decorated. The A/C Units are noisy but bearable over melting in the summer heat.

Overall a nice place to stay and we’ll be back.

By: on July 7, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

4 / 5


As soon as we arrived we were treated like family and felt at home.  Very clean.  The staff was beyond helpful.  Great location and easily within walking distance to any place downtown.   We will definitely stay here again on our next trip.

Justin and Jill

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

5 / 5


The Merlin Guesthouse was perfect! Kenny, who met us when we arrived, was very courteous and took care of all our needs; he also checked up on us every morning at breakfast. The room we stayed in was very spacious, had a cool temperature, and most important it was very clean.  Breakfast under the trees added the perfect touch in making us feel the true Historic side of Key West.  The location could not be beat; we were in walking distance to everything but not too close to the noise.  Thank you for showing us that service like this is still possible in the US.

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

4 / 5


nice clean and quiet place, very easy to walk to scenic points, very helpful and friendly staff, next stay will be at Merlin Guesthouse

By: on June 29, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


Staff was SUPER friendly, especially Linda! Had a slight problem, with booking credit not going through, and she held the room and extra night for me! Easy check in procedure, had to do late check in and it was set up with ease. Room was clean, and smelled good! Cute little place with an awesome little hammock that was right outside our room! 1 block off Duval, right where you want to be! I would highly recommend this for a friend to stay at, and will be coming back myself soon!

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

5 / 5


My wife and I needed a quick R&R mini vacation.  Having gone to Key West many times in the past we enjoy staying in guest houses vs the the big box hotels. Having stayed at Chelsea House a couple of times in the past, ( which was excellent as well)  we decided to stay at the Merlin Guesthouse this time. We have passed it many times on our walk to Duval Street.

The Merlin was perfect from check in to check out. The staff was outstanding from Kenneth to the housekeepers. They were all accommodating. The location was perfect for walking to Duval Street. And surrounding area for restaurants.

Area of improvement I would suggest is blackout curtains in the room (we were in rm 16) and there were lights coming in from all sides. The small refrigerator did not appear to work that well, but since we had a cooler it was not an issue. Bathroom was tight, but it is an old historical bldg. Again no worries.

We will definitely stay again. In fact our daughter is going down to KW in a few weeks and based on our recommendation is staying at another of the Historic Key West Inns, the Key Lime Inn.

Thank you for a nice time in Key West.

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

5 / 5


This place is somehow magically quiet in the middle of the city! Beautiful grounds and rooms, wonderful staff, felt like being in the jungle. We slept well, which is the whole point… But also our vacation was so much more special because of the ease of access; you can walk everywhere from here. We were parallel to Duval but up a couple blocks, so as aformentioned, it was very peaceful.   Felt so much more unique and adventurous than other hotel stays in the Keys. We would return!!  This place made us feel transported away from our normal hardworking lives and was a wonderful home base for our trip. We wished we’d stayed here longer.

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

5 / 5


Our stay at The Merlin Guesthouse was simply wonderful!  The rooms were quaint and clean, the Staff was very personable and helpful, and the location was perfect.  Also, the continental breakfast outside in the nicest setting was delicious.  Our next trip to the Florida Keys we will definitely be staying here again.  Thank you again for the great hospitality!

By: on June 18, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


Matt and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Merlin Guesthouse.  The atmosphere is friendly and charming.  The room was comfortable and clean, and the housekeeping staff eager to help.  Linda and Lee in the office went out of their way to help us get settled and to answer our questions.  Check in and check out were easy, especially since my debit card processing was held up.  We enjoyed lunch across the street at Deuce’s Off the Hook, dinners at Blue Heaven, Mangoes, and Kelly’s Caribbean Grill.  We will definitely be back!

By: on June 18, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5