Merlin Guesthouse Hotel in Key West

Merlin Guesthouse in Key West

Merlin is a classic Key West guesthouse providing rustic modern lodging at an ideal location.  Just one block from Duval Street, you will be steps away from Key West’s best restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and attractions. Margaritaville, Sloppy Joe’s Bar, and Ernest Hemingway’s Home are all within easy reach.  The nearest beach is just six blocks away. Take off walking in any direction and you will discover Key West’s hidden treasures.

This Key West FL hotel has a variety of guest rooms and suites located in a small grouping of cottages and buildings surrounded by lush landscaping and a private courtyard and pool.  The main building was built in 1930 as a rooming house serving navy personnel stationed at Fort Zachary Taylor.   The rooming house at this Key West Inn has been through many incarnations over the years, from gambling house to bordello, and is now back to offering respectable guest accommodations.  Several adjacent buildings were added to the compound in the 1980’s that provide larger guest suites and cottages.  Today the guesthouse includes ten original “rooming house” rooms and several king suites and cottages to comprise twenty guest units.  Merlin is named after a local “Conch” named Merlin Albury, who was born in the Bahamas in 1884 and died in 1952 in Key West. He is now buried at the Key West Cemetery.

Merlin Guesthouse, a Key West FL hotel, offers a range of prices and room amenities.  Simple rooms offer an excellent price and queen-size beds.  King Suites offer extra comfort and romance.  Cottage units offer a variety of layouts that are comfortable for families or friends.  Continental breakfast is included with all guest stays.  All guest rooms are non-smoking. Guest rooms at Merlin do not have telephones, although all major cell phone carriers are supported in Key West.  Wireless internet access is available in each room. Come for a relaxing vacation or come to enjoy Fantasy Fest – we don’t care just come for a visit.

Merlin Guesthouse Amenities:

  • Private courtyard with splash pool
  • 1 block to Key West nightlife on Duval Street
  • Cottages can accommodate families
  • Continental breakfast
  • Free In-Room Internet
  • Street parking
  • Rooms, Suites, and Cottages
  • 20 guest units

There is limited parking on the street near the Merlin Guesthouse, but there is a city parking garage on Grinnell and Caroline streets. Our front desk team will be happy to help direct you during check-in. We recommend that you drop off your luggage, park your car in the city garage and let us get you some bikes to get around the city during your stay.

Key West Hotel Reservations: 800.549.4430 or 305.294.5229 Email:

811 Simonton Street
Key West, Florida