It was a short stroll back from Duval Street after dark, and yet the two blocks was far enough away to be free from the noise. My daughter and I felt safe when we returned to the guesthouse, because we didn’t have to walk down a lot of dark streets.
The staff seemed genuinely friendly and we enjoyed visiting with them. The enclosed garden area was comfortable and inviting.
Our room #12 was clean and quiet. We thought it could use a few more hooks in the bedroom and maybe a small chair or luggage stand. Our suitcases were on the floor. We don’t use the dressers in hotels, having left items behind too many times in the past. The Keurig machine and fridge were nice to have.
We had a view of the housekeepers closet from our front room, so spending over $1000 for 3 nights seemed a little….. mah. However, we did feel comfortable at the guesthouse on the whole.
The little restaurant across the street, Deuces, was very very good. We enjoyed Smather’s beach and our visit to the Truman Little White House, especially. We had fun watching the sunset from Mallory Square, but would recommend watching from the Fort Zach State Park for a quieter atmosphere.
Key West was a great place to spend Christmas Eve. We loved having a green and balmy Christmas Day. It wasn’t overly crowded until the 26th. Either way, we were happily enjoying the historic atmosphere as well as the festive vibe.
By: Anne Chisholm on January 2, 2015
Hotel Reviewed: Merlin Guest House
4 / 5