$149 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 10, 2014 Check-out: Aug 12, 2014

Merlin Guesthouse

3 stars
811 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
141 reviews
Great pre summer getaway

Had a great time staff was very friendly breakfast very good pool area relaxing and enjoyable See full review

  • Larry and Sharon
  • May 22, 2014
Amazing experience

The hotel is perfectly located, clean rooms, and friendly staff! See full review

  • Lindsey o.
  • Apr 25, 2014
Classic Key West guesthouse offers quiet escape at heart of Old Town
A classic Key West hotel, the Merlin Guesthouse offers casual lodging on a private, walled compound just one block from famous Duval Street. Centrally located in the Historic District, the hotel sits within easy walking distance of many Key West attractions, including the restaurants, shopping, and nightlife of Duval Street and the Mallory Square sunset celebration. Merlin Guesthouse offers a range of suites, cottages, and basic guestrooms, and the private, walled compound features tropical gardens, a heated pool and daily continental breakfast.
Highlights
  • Quiet rooms at the heart of downtown Key West
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Wi-Fi access (free) in courtyard
Rooms
The Merlin Guesthouse boasts 20 rooms, suites and cottages spread among the original rooming house rooms and several newer buildings. Basic guest rooms feature long, island-style porches and come equipped with queen-size, four-poster beds, while the king suites have larger beds and extra space. One- and two-bedroom cottages accommodate up to four people in king and queen beds, and they feature kitchenettes or wet bars. In-room amenities include cable TVs, hair dryers and alarm clocks.
Features
The Merlin Guesthouse in Key West holds a two-diamond rating from AAA. The main building, built in 1930, once housed Navy personnel house before transforming into a gambling house, a bordello, and now a quaint hotel with loads of character. Within the walled, shaded courtyard, guests can escape from the lively atmosphere of downtown Key West. A splash pool sits among the gardens. And in the courtyard guests can find hammocks, receive a complimentary continental breakfast each morning and stay connected with free Wi-Fi access.
Transportation
  • Key West International Airport (3.3 mi/5.3 km)
  • Miami International Airport (161 mi/257.6 km)
Attractions
  • Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • Key West Lighthouse Museum (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • Harry S. Truman Little White House (0.8 mi/1.3 km)
  • Mallory Square (0.9 mi/1.4 km)
  • Fort Zachary Taylor (1.2 mi/1.9 km)
  • Smathers Beach (2.4 mi/3.8 km)
Business
  • Wi-Fi access (free) in courtyard

Merlin Guesthouse Rooms

Suite 1 King Bed
King Suites offer a romantic setting with a spacious room, a king-size four-poster bed, and sitting area. All suites also include a small refrigerator, private bath with shower, security safe, air conditioning, cable TV, Bahama fan, daily breakfast, and n
2 Bedroom Cottage
2 Bedroom cottage with Queen bed livingroom cable TV wetbar with frig coffee blender sink private patio 1 bath with shower N/S Children welcome in existing bedding. Max 4 persons.
1 Bedroom Cottage
Cottage Suite: private bedroom with king bed; livingroom with queen sleeper sofa; kitchenette; bathroom with shower; non-smoking unit. Children welcome in existing bedding. Maximum 4 persons.
Standard 1 Queen Bed
One of the best values in Key West, and breakfast is included. Queen-size bed, private bath with shower, hardwood floor, bahama fan, a/c, cable tv, and security safe. These rooms are cozy and rustic, and perfect for two. Non-smoking, adults only. Merlin G

Amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • WiFi
Dining
Free breakfast
Services
Security
Internet
WiFi
Room
Telephone

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Hotel Map

24.5534 -81.799
Nearby airports
EYW - Key West Airport, (EYW), 4.00, MI, E;
Area description
City Center

Dining

Restaurant / Dining Information
On-Site Dining: Complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning, under the courtyard arbor, from 8:30am to 10:30am. Selections include fresh brewed coffee, orange juice, croissants, bagels and cream cheese, english muffins with butter and ja

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (141)

Ratings and reviews for Merlin Guesthouse

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
141 out of 141
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
4.2
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.9

84% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
E travel
Newyork
Jul 10, 2014

Average Hotel

The location of the hotel was great since it's located in the heart of Key west. The staff at the Merlin Hotel were wonderful and very accommodating. The hotel room was very small and did not have the following basic amenities microwave, telephone, iron etc.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Laurent miami
Miami, FL
Jun 11, 2014

trip DC

nice location but noisly because of the street. No food at all

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
vaneD
Houston, Texas
Jun 1, 2014

Average hotel, super friendly staff

Hotel was nice but average. It was a little dated but I think everything in Miami seem that way. Hotel staff was awesome though. Super friendly and always there to help or even to say "good morning". I would probably come back to this hotel if I ever go to Miami again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Have dinner at the awesome Uruguayan restaurant "El patio de la morocha"

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Larry and Sharon
Palmetto Florida
May 22, 2014

Great pre summer getaway

Had a great time staff was very friendly breakfast very good pool area relaxing and enjoyable

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Italian food

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Jo FL Retiree
Fort Myers, FL
May 9, 2014

Great Key West Spot!

Quiet, comfortable, pleasant place to stay. Staff and amenities (iced tea by the spa/pool) were delightful. Located mid KW, close in any direction to restaurants, shopping, fun. Enjoyed relaxing in the pool, and in the garden areas. Will go back!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Lindsey o.
Wilmington, de
Apr 25, 2014

Amazing experience

The hotel is perfectly located, clean rooms, and friendly staff!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

One block away!

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
LOVE Miami yeah
New York
Apr 22, 2014

No wifi and the room is not so clean.

No WIFI. you have to go out to the hotel to connect with 3G network. Room is not very clean. We don't like the bed so much. Staff is ok.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
2
Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
John Diamond
Woodbury, MN
Apr 14, 2014

First Stay at Merlin

This B&B is perfect for an out of the way, quiet, laid back vacation. Small, yet convenient. The office manager, Linda, is wonderful. This is nothing fancy - but it's exactly what someone needs when wanting to relax and "get away from the hustle and noise" of a B&B stay. Close to Duval and Mallory Square. Renting a scooter was the best thing we could have done. Able to see entire island and take in all the sites. We will definitely stay here again on our next trip to Key West.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Time-saving tip: Not Applicable

Rent a scooter from A&M - they will pick you up at airport and drop you off - for FREE! Scooter was well worth the money.

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
William kiss
chicago
Apr 11, 2014

great stay !

Friendly and helpful staff.clean room.perfect location! Nice breakfast. Wud def stay here again : )

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Sloppy joes..gotta luv it

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Weezie 777
Ocean, NJ
Mar 24, 2014

Welcoming Guest House!

This place is fantastic! We stayed here for 2 nights and would definitely return. It is in a great location to get to all of the amenities of Key West. The staff is super friendly and the room was quaint with a typical Key West style and very clean! This was a hidden paradise in contrast to the wild city.......Highly recommend!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
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