My girlfriend and I live in Ft. Lauderdale and we were looking for a weekend adventure and get-away in Key West. Since it was just the two of us and we wanted to be close to the action, we were hoping to find a little place near the historic area of Key West so that we could easily get around on foot during the day & night.
After browsing online for a couple of nights, we found that the Merlin Guesthouse still had vacancy. With a reasonable rate compared to other options, an excellent central location, and images of a very clean and well maintained property, we decided to book a smaller, Queen Economy room.
Before booking, we had read that parking could be a little tricky, but to be quite honest, I didn’t expect parking to exactly be plentiful on 4.2 sq. mi. Key West. Since we arrived around 10pm on a Friday night, we did need to look a little harder for parking, but we found safe (read: non-towing!) parking within walking distance on nearby Truman Ave (just past the Duffy’s).
Our room was small but not cramped, and was all a young couple needed for a weekend getaway. It was very well appointed and well maintained. The dark, natural wood floors were beautiful and the exposed ceiling beams provided charm. The four post bed was also a nice touch. Our queen economy room was one on the side “deck” facing the street, but noise didn’t seem to be an issue at all. If anything, the friendly property cat would typically welcome us on the deck.
The rest of the property looked very cozy and quaint. While the property is in the middle of the action, management does a great job of fencing and maintaining landscaping that provides plenty of privacy within the sanctuary that is the courtyard. Lush vegetation (I’m a big fan) provided a very tropical feel while the small pool and the surrounding deck chairs and a nearby hammock were very inviting. I regret that we weren’t able to truly enjoy this aspect of the property – since we were only in town Friday night to Sunday afternoon and, with a trip to Dry Tortugas on Saturday, we were always on the go!
The friendly lady at the front desk was very helpful and cheery when we checked in and checked out, unfortunately I didn’t catch her name. I feel that she could turn around anybody’s day just by talking to them for a few minutes. Housekeeping did a great job of keeping the room clean while being respectful of our belongings inside.
As for local attractions – I highly recommend the trip to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. Personally I’m always a fan of any adventure, big or small, and Fort Jefferson is a picturesque gem off of the beaten path. As for a restaurant – I feel that every visitor in Key West needs to have brunch @ Blue Heaven. If you’re a big breakfast person like me and you don’t make it, you’re not fully experiencing Key West!
I highly recommend the Merlin Guesthouse to anyone looking for a clean, warm, cozy place to stay while enjoying a get away in Key West. Whenever I visit KW again with my girlfriend, we will try to stay here again! Thanks for the great stay!By: Matias F. July 30, 2014
5 / 5 stars