We stayed in a freshly renovated unit all by itself with its own private porch and little white picket fence. We shared a courtyard and gate onto the side road with another unit so sometimes we interrupted their privacy as we passed by, but other than that we did not interfere with each other’s coming and goings. The unit we stayed in was spacious and had plenty of hangers in the closet for our things. The king size bed was comfortable and there were plenty of pillows to pick from for sleeping comfort. The air conditioner has a remote control which made it easy to change the temperature and fan speed. The AC worked great and made the room cold quickly as needed. We had a Keurig stocked with plenty of single servings. We were pleasantly surprised to have a small refrigerator in the room that kept our beverages ice cold. I had a slushy type drink I stored in the door before I went to bed and it was still icy the next day. I can’t tell you about the TV because we never turned it on.
The splash pool has jets you can turn on, but it was chilled cooler than we cared for to stay in it very long. They told us it is heated in the winter.
Breakfast outside around the pool and under the trees was cozy and comfortable with lots of available tables and chairs. They served local made muffins, bagels, and bread. Also, had an assortment of fresh fruit, yogurt and cereal. They kept up with the coffee – regular and decaf and had hot chocolate & hot tea also available. The orange juice tasted fresh squeezed. You had an option of using ceramic cups or paper to go cups.
Jordan the house cat is a sweetie and loves to lap up a coffee creamer straight from the little cup. He doesn’t jump up on you or beg for affection, so if you are cat adverse – he won’t bother you.
The location was awesome. Just one block behind Duval. Taking the side road from the hotel brought you to the 800 block of Duval which made it easy to go in either direction and get to everything. I would highly recommend a visit to the Wyland Art Gallery – stunning works of art with the artists actually working on their pieces in the Gallery. Also, the Olde Towne Trolley is a great way to see all of Key West and get some history at the same time. They stop in 13 different places and you can get on and off all day with the same ticket. Also, you can purchase a 2nd day for only $10.
I would definitely recommend the Merlin Guesthouse and ask for a unit away from Simonton Street. This gets you away from the traffic and the neighborhood roosters.By: Germaine H. on September 14, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guest House
5 / 5