Merlin Guesthouse

811 Simonton Street Key West, Florida 33040 USA  |  Telephone: 800-549-4430
4.78 - based on 258 reviews

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


Very nice place to stay in Key West, very clean and comfortable.  Breakfast was very nice to sit in the beautiful garden.  Staff was very friendly and courteous!! Defiantly would recommend this place to anyone ! Plus it is right near the shops and attractions!

By: on June 13, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


We stayed here is June. We could not get a room with two beds or one king at the Key Lime, our first choice. The Merlin Inn, their sister hotel, was a good value since we got a reserved parking space. The room was very nice, the bed excellent, and overall it was more than satisfactory. Wish the small pool was more refreshing since the weather was hot and muggy. Don’t know if the water was heated or just very warm due to the size of the pool. Would we come back, yes!

By: on June 13, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

4 / 5


Thank you for a wonderful stay, we were visiting for work and were able to have a little fun as well. We frequent the Keys and will definitely keep your hotel on the list for future travels. The staff, grounds, and rooms were all pleasant to deal with and made us feel at home away from home.

The two recommendations I would have for the Merlin Guesthouse would be to offer a cover option for the skylight in the rooms, we stayed up pretty late one night working and that 6:30am beam of sunlight can be uncomfortable while in bed, as well as the mattresses could use an upgrade.

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you soon !!

By: on June 13, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


From check-in to check-out I have nothing but good things to say. Clean, every one extremely nice and I will definitely be back. And I would recommend this to anyone.

By: on June 13, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


Hi! My partner and I came to Florida from Switzerland, and visited Key West as part of our trip. We were looking online for a hotel to stay in Key West, and weren’t too happy with the choices that were listed at first.

And then we found Merlin Guesthouse!

The pictures online looked really warm and inviting, and it made the hotel stand out more compared to the others that were listed in our search. We booked it, and looked forward to arriving at Merlin Guesthouse. As we arrived, we were more than surprised, and in a very positive way! The hotel was exactly how it was shown in the pictures and even more! The reception hidden away in a little office amongst the trees and plants,  super cute! The wooden houses kept upright from back in the days, gave it a”homey” feel. Not only on the outside of the building, but also inside the room we had wooden flooring. The room was clean and very welcoming made up. I would have jumped into bed right away because I was so tired, but instead I jumped into the pool because it was so HOT!  Breakfast was outside, poolside.

The location of the guesthouse is also perfect: Close to Duval Street where all the shops and bars are, and close to tourist attractions that are all in walking distance.  I mean almost all of west Key West is within walking distance, and the hotel is located perfectly, more or less, in the middle.

I can only recommend coming to Merlin Guesthouse. Kenneth, who greeted us at reception, made our stay relaxing and enjoyable from beginning to end. We even extended one more night! So, if you are in Key West, come stay at the Merlin! Maybe you’ll bump into Kenneth, or maybe even into Jordan, the hotel cat! :)

By: on June 12, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5


Loved our one night stay at Merlin Guesthouse. Impressed by the cleanliness and the friendly family atmosphere at the breakfast area by the garden pool. The owner (george the cat) was the crowning touch.

See you again,

Klaus

By: on June 10, 2014
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guesthouse

5 / 5