Last year, I stayed at the Lighthouse Court and enjoyed my stay, yet I must admit that as a single older man, the Merlin Guesthouse ranks considerably higher in my estimation. The reason is simple: an older clientele because of having only a spa pool.
The staff was outstanding and quite cordial. Linda always had a smile whether greeting or spending time sharing island information. Kenneth went out of his way to help around the outdoor seating and breakfast area. Yariel (not sure if I’m spelling her name correctly) from housekeeping seemed to never stop working except to initiate a greeting.
Room #4 was quite comfortable although the shower was a little difficult to manage due to its size. While I do not need a handicap-accessible room, I often encourage inns, hotels, etc. to install hand-held shower sprayers. The morning breakfast was quite nice to have, and it allowed me to engage in conversations with other guests.
My only other suggestion would be to investigate a place for a bike rack near the front entrance. I had an adult trike from Eaton Bikes (excellent people to deal with) and locked it by Room #15 on the rack. With any vehicle parked by the Petronia St. gate, it was very challenging to ingress and egress.
Overall, my stay was great. The Merlin Guesthouse fit my needs perfectly, and the staff was sensational. Thank you for having quality and affordable accommodations. Whenever I return to Key West, the Merlin Guesthouse will be my first choice!By: Douglas Moreau June 2, 2014
5 / 5 stars