Merlin Guesthouse

811 Simonton Street Key West, Florida 33040 USA  |  Telephone: 800-549-4430
4.79 - based on 358 reviews

We had an amazing time in Key West, the cottage in Merlin Guesthouse was relaxing, comfortable and cleaned to a very high standard. The staff are all very friendly and helpful, we would highly recommend staying at the Merlin Guesthouse.

By: on January 13, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


A really good experience at Merlin’s. The staff were friendly and willing to direct me to attractions that I may have missed without local knowledge. I really like the vintage, historic appeal with all of the comfort of home. Parking in Key West  can be a real problem in the downtown area but at Merlin Guesthouse the Duval street attractions are a 2 minute walk away. I will be sure to include Merlin Guesthouse when making  future plans to visit the Keys.

By: on January 13, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


We just stayed at the Merlin from 12/21 through 12/29 (2014).  My husband and I are both a “young 62″ and we have lots of vacations in our lives.  I lived in Key West as a young teen (2 years) but only returned to vacation 10 years ago.  This was our 3rd trip.  We will RETURN to the Merlin.  We arrived after 10 our 1st nite and immediately a lovely and friendly woman came to greet us and give us our key/show us the basics and welcome us!  Sorry but can’t recall her name but she made some nice suggestions about where to get a late nite bite.

Next morning we met Kenneth and he was awesome.  Everyday when we sat out on the patio for the perfect breakfast (you had just the right combination of not too heavy choices—LOVED that!) he was right there with suggestions, answering our many questions and being a wonderful hands-on manager.  He got us hooked up right away with great bike rentals.  We compared prices later as we passed various bike-rental stands and he definitely got us a great deal!  We do not drive a car while there and we zoomed all over the island (usually wearing bathing suits or shorts as the weather was phenomenal)—going to FANTASTIC restaurants (Louie’s Backyard on C.Eve was a blast!!!  Mini monsoon made for a dramatic rush off the lower tiers inside but Louie’s had it all together and accommodated everybody immediately/smoothly into the festive foyer/living area with cozy tables/settings.  We were lucky enough to be farthest out on the awning-covered area where clear-plastic protective shades were undrawn as we sat with our dinner and watched the amazing lightening show!!!  Pouring rain suddenly stopped just as we were about to leave bikes and call a cab.  We pedaled back to Merlin just in the nick of time—4 minutes later the downpour revived.  It was great!)

We LOVED our room (the one with the big patio facing the pool)—everything was clean, comfortable and quiet!  My husband was inspired to buy us a new bed after returning from K.W. because he realized that he could be sleeping better after resting so well at the Merlin.

We were lucky enough to catch the local Christmas House Tour, see all the lighted houses from our bikes and checked out some new activities (to us) such as the ECO CENTER, the oldest house in Key West and the Women’s Club House (is that what it is called?).  Repeated some of our favs (Butterfly Sanctuary, Dante’s bar/pool/mojitos/cracked conch, El Sibonay) and loved going back for the 2nd time (this trip)to Santiago Bodega. Fun spot!

The staff at the Merlin were ALL so nice, professional and did great jobs!  The cleaning ladies were so cute and helpful if we needed extra towels or whatnot.  We just LOVED the location of the Merlin Guesthouse and were super excited to be introduced to “Off the Hook” (just kitty-corner) where we had lunch one day and dinner another—everything was EXCELLENT!

So I am working on trying to plan going back to Key West for next Christmas but hoping to stay at least a week longer….!   Thanks for helping to make this my FAVORITE VACATION & Christmas ever!!!   SINCERELY and I REALLY MEAN THAT!!!–Nancy

By: on January 12, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


My daughter and I stayed at the Merlin Guesthouse recently on a trip to Key West.  It is a gem of a find.  Clean, comfortable room with character, a soothing courtyard with pool, breakfast in the courtyard and surface parking included with the room.  Very enjoyable.  We look forward to returning soon.

By: on January 12, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


This was our second visit to a Historic Key West Inns hotel. This is a great place to stay in the Heart of Key West! Everyone in the front office and housekeeping staff was very accommodating and friendly. We had several questions regarding the area and they were able to answer all of them thoroughly. In addition, the room was very nice, clean, and recently remodeled!  I would recommend this hotel to anyone planning to visit Key West.

By: on January 12, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


At the Merlin Guesthouse, we received a very nice welcome, the rooms, the breakfast area and the backyard are cute and cozy. The location is perfect, on a quiet street at one corner block from the action, just between the pier and the small beaches.

We highly recommand this place for a warm stay in Key West!

Julie And Michel

By: on January 12, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

4 / 5


My husband and I have stayed at the Merlin Guesthouse 3 times now and can’t wait to go back.  The staff are great.  We always feel like it is our hidden little secret in Key West.  Every year we visit for a couple days and look forward to Jordan del Gato and the rest of the MGH staff.  I am truly amazed at how many rooms they have in such a small hotel area, yet you hardly ever see or hear anyone else.  So close to Duval and all the action, yet just far enough away to not be bothered by it when it is quiet time.

This year we stayed in Room 22 and absolutely loved it.  I will likely be requesting this room again.

Can’t wait to come back and visit again.

By: on January 8, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


We stayed in a one-bedroom cottage with our 2 boys.  It was very comfortable and a great location!  Easy walk everywhere but very quiet, and we found on- street parking.  The staff were friendly and helpful.  Would definitely return!

By: on January 4, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


We’ve had the pleasure of staying at the Merlin for our anniversary for almost 5 years. We were in  room 20 for our honeymoon and we refuse to stay in any other room…unless my wonderful husband waits for the last minute to reserve. Linda and Ken are the best. You won’t find better people; the service is phenomenal. It’s like going over to your best friends house…it’s not yours, but dang if it doesn’t feel like it. The location is ridiculously good. Off the main line but steps to all the lovable craziness. You won’t be disappointed.

By: on January 3, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


We enjoyed three nights in the Merlin Guesthouse, and would definitely come back! The room was cozy and beautiful, with polished wood floors and exposed beams overhead. The staff was extremely friendly and inviting, and we loved the bonus Omelette station for breakfast on Christmas day! We appreciated being slightly off Duval, which offered a more peaceful environment, just far enough from all of the amenities.

By: on January 2, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5