My husband and I and our 2 children aged 15 and 12 stayed in the 2 bedroom cottage at the Merlin Guesthouse for 2 nights in April 2014. I had previously stayed here 18 years ago with a friend and wanted to come back with my family. It is a lovely place of traditional Key West charm in a quiet setting but very close to the centre of Key West. Yes, the outside of the buildings are historic but this adds to its appeal; inside the cottage was modern and clean.
The only downside was a few resident mosquitoes which resulted in some itchy bites but we were unprepared with repellent.
We had a slight hiccup in that the spare key we were given was for the wrong cottage, which we discovered after getting back from an evening out at 11:30pm. We needed to call the night security guard and he answered straight away and met us immediately at the cottage to let us in.
The staff at the Merlin were very helpful and when we asked about hiring bicycles brought us their folder of information and suggested a few places to try. We were able to keep our cycles at the cottage and spent a wonderful day cycling around Key West. The highlight for me was Earnest Hemingway’s house but then I am slightly obsessed with him!
We had a wonderful meal at Louie’s Backyard by the ocean, highly recommended.
The breakfasts at the Merlin were lovely, fresh juice, coffee, breads, pastries and blueberry muffins served by the pool.
We absolutely adored Key West and would definitely stay at the Merlin again. If you want to experience true Key West charm then I would highly recommend the Merlin.By: Lindsay Rodgers May 1, 2014
4 / 5 stars