Having not seen the place before I got there, I was a little skeptical about what we were getting ourselves into. Luckily, there wasn’t anything to worry about once we arrived. The check-in process took about 5 minutes, and we were on our way to our room.
We stayed in one of the king suite rooms, which we thought was very nice. The room was nice and clean, and the bed was very comfortable. The area around our room was nice and private, not crammed in right next to other rooms. The room had everything we needed (see fridge, decent tv, microwave, storage for clothes and stuff). The whole complex has an authentic/historic feel to it, which is cool. Something you may not get at a chain hotel type of place. The location is perfect for getting anywhere on the island. It’s within walking distance of anything you might need. Anything you can’t walk to, you can easily ride a bike to.
The staff was super nice and helpful the entire time. The cat that hangs around the place was also very nice. We never had any issues at all with our room/stay, so we never needed to talk to the staff much besides check-in, check-out, and just talking to them about our stay throughout the week.
We did not have a vehicle during our time down there, but decided to rent bicycles for the week. This is the way to go if you ask me. You can get anywhere on the island with a bike, and you never have to worry about parking spaces or driving. We even rode over to stock island a few times.
I would recommend checking out the bars down on Duval Street just because they’re so much fun. Irish Kevin’s has some great entertainers there, namely New York Pauly. The fishing is phenomenal if you’re into that type of thing. We went out on a backcountry fishing trip, which was a lot of fun. We used Key West Pro Guides to charter the trip. Also, there’s a great place to eat over on Sunset Key called Latitudes. It’s pricey, but the views of the sunset there are awesome and the food is great. We found that the Fort Zachary Taylor beach was the best one to hang out on during the day. It’s larger for Key West standards, and the views and water are nice. It is a coral based beach, so I would bring some water shoes or sandals to walk around in so your feet don’t hurt.
All in all, our stay was awesome. Would not change a thing. We’ll be staying at the Merlin Guesthouse again when we come down for the Key West half marathon in January!
-Justin and JessBy: Justin Baer August 25, 2014
5 / 5 stars