Merlin Guesthouse

811 Simonton Street Key West, Florida 33040 USA  |  Telephone: 800-549-4430
4.79 - based on 385 reviews

I have stayed at the Merlin Guesthouse for years, first on business and lately for vacations.  I LOVE the renovations you’ve done.  Before, you were merely convenient–now you are convenient and lovely.  The pool area is as lush and pretty as ever.  One of my favorite things to do is have breakfast around the pool, so casual and inviting.  Guests are always so pleasant and that is a good time to meet and exchange destination ideas.  That’s how I found out about the restaurant Blue Heaven which I totally enjoyed.  Of course, I always have dinner at 7 Fish around the corner and this trip, I also discovered the Ocean Wellness Spa, just a block away.  The service was warm and very “Key West”.  So Merlin Guesthouse, you are now the perfect place to stay for your location, hospitable staff, beautifully updated rooms and much improved breakfasts.  I always feel as if I am staying in someone’s guesthouse so you are aptly named!   I look forward to my next Key West getaway and my stay with you.

By: on February 6, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


What a wonderful experience! We were met with a warm welcome by Ken who proved to be a fount of information and help throughout our stay. The room exceeded our expectations and was clean and very comfortable. The staff was responsive to servicing the room and the grounds are beautiful. Breakfast near the pool was a fine way to greet the morning and the food was just right.  We were told of several restaurants in the area which proved to be delicious, especially Duffy’s which is only a short walk away. This is a great place to stay, and we highly recommend it.

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

5 / 5


We spent several days last week at Merlin Guesthouse. The accommodations were quite comfortable, the pool and breakfast area were relaxing and the staff was totally accommodating, making the stay quite comfortable. The location was also a plus, very close to many restaurants and attractions. Thank you to the staff at Merlin for a wonderful experience!

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

5 / 5


This is our fifth visit to Key West and our third stay at the Merlin Guesthouse. We LOVE this hotel! The staff are warm and inviting. The grounds are gorgeous and the rooms are beautiful. it’s close enough to the action of key west, but its location is tranquil and serene. We are looking forward to planning our annual winter trip next year to stay at the merlin guesthouse again! Jordan the cat greets us at check in and keeps an eye on us thru our stay!

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

5 / 5


My boyfriend and I stayed for four nights at Merlin in January 2015. I ran the half marathon on the island and it was in a great location for the start of the race. We arrived late on Saturday and good thing we called because the person at the desk left said she was leaving at 10pm. We stayed in room 7 and it was very clean and pretty but quite small with no closet at all. We didn’t care that the room was small since we weren’t spending much time in it but it would have been nice to have an armoire or somewhere to hang more than a few pieces of clothing. Housekeeping kept the room very clean. There was a nice front porch area facing Simonton St to sit and people watch but at night and early morning it could be quite loud from car traffic since it’s one street off Duval. That’s also a good thing too because the location is great and central to all attractions via walking. We ditched the rental car the next day since it’s not necessary. We rented bikes and a scooter as ways to get around. The front desk folks were helpful with storing our luggage on our last day and offered to store a doggie bag which was accidentally tossed – the woman at the desk (I forget her name) was very apologetic and it became a little joke between her and us. The pool was clean and heated. The continental breakfast was fine for something quick but I would suggest Sarabeths a few blocks down – pricy but excellent food. We had very good food experiences in Key West – a few are La Te Da for drinks and cabaret shows, Alonso’s for happy hour apps and oysters, Martinis for 50% off happy hour tapas and drinks, we heard Louie’s Backyard is not to be missed but we couldn’t get reservations. Half Shell Raw Bar is a fun spot too. Overall we loved our stay and Key West was a blast. We will definitely come back and stay with Historic Key West Inns. We would recommend this place to family and friends.

By: on January 30, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

4 / 5


We planned to stay from January 12 untill friday 16th 2015 at The Merlin Guesthouse but because our connecting flight was delayed we arrived 1 day later. When we arrived Kenneth was already waiting for us. Check in was quick and finally we could unpack our stuff in the gorgeous 2 bedroom cottage. It was very clean and inviting! The beds were very comfortable, I liked the duvets very much. Breakfast was really good, eggs, muffins, bread with a toaster, swiss rolls with ham and cheese, fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurt, coffee, tea and orange juice.

If you want to visit the most southern point it’s better to visit the pier and the end of White Street because this is really the most southern point! And also you get a much better view of the sunset here than you have on Mallory Square!

We had a really good lunch at La Te Da in Duval street. Great Salads and Mimosa’s. During our stay we tried Key Lime Pie at different places, but the one at La Te Da was the best!

Well it’s a long journey from the Netherlands but I can’t wait to come back!

By: on January 29, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


We had an unavoidable problem with our room the first night.  The real test of a property is how they respond to problems, and the Merlin Guesthouse delivered in a big away.  Very nice, laid back, good location, we’ll be back.

By: on January 28, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


My husband and I recently returned from our stay at the Merlin Guesthouse.  I have been to Key West many times, and can say, the Merlin Guesthouse is a gem!  Nestled in between beautiful Key West palm trees, this hotel offers the amenities of larger hotels without the crowds.  Merlin Guesthouse is conveniently located to wonderful restaurants and Duval is only a short two block walk.  Linda and Ken along with the wonderful maintenance staff worked to make our stay a pleasure.  Our room, #22, was beautifully appointed.  Aside from being super clean, the amenities (awesome coffee, delicious daily breakfast, spotless pool and endless filtered water) made this stay one of our best.  The grounds offer a true Key West experience.  I would highly recommend The Merlin Guesthouse, whether as a romantic getaway or a family vacation.

Looking forward to seeing you again!

Viviana

By: on January 26, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


This was my second stay at Merlin Guesthouse.  I liked my room #12 this year.  I’m so glad the TV was adjusted so that I could see the screen.  The two managers on duty are the same each year and they are great!  (Kenneth and I’m drawing a blank re: the woman.)  They are always  professional, courteous and responsiveness to my needs.  Each was knowledgeable about the hotel and the local area. The housekeeping staff cleaned my room well each day. Check-in and check-out was easy. I have recommend your hotel to a friends but I do not know anyone traveling to KW. I attended the Key West Literary and Writing Seminars and then joined KWLS on its trip to Cuba.

By: on January 23, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


We just got back from a 2 night stay at the Merlin Guesthouse.

It is in a great location. Just 2 blocks off Duval street. The grounds are beautiful. Our room was clean and comfortable. We had a great stay. We will definitely stay here again.

By: on January 19, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5