My wife and I stayed 4 nights in unit 17, starting on February 27, 2015. The young lady who checked us in was very helpful, moving her Jeep to provide us a parking spot–even before we got to our room. All of the hotel staff were similarly courteous and accommodating with questions about the property, advice on attractions, getting around, and restaurants.
To begin with, the Merlin Guesthouse was ideally situated–something we did not appreciate until we got to Key West and began exploring. Our King Suite was clean and pleasant and the housekeeping was as we hoped. Our only quibble was the noisy air conditioner, which we switched off at night, relying on the ceiling fans to keep relatively comfortable. That said, we would recommend this hotel to a friend for its charm and location. The continental breakfast was superb–more than we expected–and the spa was delightful.
We did check out some of the better restaurants, but our favorite was Pisces, about 2 blocks down Simonton St. Cafe Marquesa–also a few blocks away on Simonton–was also good but a bit crowded and noisy with the bar in the dining room. By the way, we found the Old Town Trolley Tour worth the money, particularly with the ability to get on and off at any stop over a 2 day period, but we wish we hadn’t pre-purchased tickets for the Shipwreck and Mel Fisher museums, as they were a disappointment. On the other hand, The Hemingway House ad Museum and the Truman Little White House were more interesting as was the Butterfly conservatory. We also enjoyed the Zachary Taylor State Park–both the fort and the beach.By: Fred Allard March 9, 2015
4 / 5 stars