$149 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Aug 31, 2015 Check-out: Sep 2, 2015

Merlin Guesthouse

3 stars
View map of 811 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.1
out of 5
118 reviews
Great place to stay!

Fabulous quaint hotel. Tucked away among palm trees and beautiful landscaping. The staff was... See full review

  • JI'm S.
  • Aug 26, 2015
Just perfect!

This bed and breakfast is so cute and charming. Our room was lovely, the property was very well... See full review

  • Danni007
  • Aug 16, 2015
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.
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.
Property 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.
Highlights
  • Quiet rooms at the heart of downtown Key West
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Wi-Fi access (free) in courtyard
Nearby 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
Transportation
  • Key West International Airport (3.3 mi/5.3 km)
  • Miami International Airport (161 mi/257.6 km)

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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

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.

Ratings and reviews for Merlin Guesthouse

Overall score

4.1 / 5
5.01.0
118 out of 118
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.5
Comfort:
3.9
Location:
4.5
Value:
4

87% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
JI'm S.
Couples
N/A
Aug 26, 2015

Great place to stay!

Fabulous quaint hotel. Tucked away among palm trees and beautiful landscaping. The staff was friendly. My wife and I thought it was a wonderful oasis and it was just a short walk from all the fun on Duval street.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Danni007
Couples
JERSEY CITY
Aug 16, 2015

Just perfect!

This bed and breakfast is so cute and charming. Our room was lovely, the property was very well taken care of and the service was amazing. Only a block away from Duval Street and a 15 minute walk to the beach.We could not have picked a more charming place to stay in Key West.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Heather C.
Friends
Margate
Aug 5, 2015

Great trip!

I stayed here with my best friend and the room was lovely. Very nice breakfast. Very clean and everyone was friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Friends

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Michael E.
Couples
N/A
Jul 31, 2015

Great getaway spot

This was a wonderful place to stay. It had a quite courtyard with a fabulous continental breakfast. Free ice tea during the day and a very friendly staff. The room we stayed in was comfortable. The negative is the pool is very small and would not accommodate a lot of guests. There are good restaurants in short walking distance and the walk to Duval St is not too far.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
AnnBananz
Friends
HANNIBAL
Jul 29, 2015

Chill and friendly

The staff treated us like old drinking buddies, very friendly and helpful, chill and laid back. The grounds are kinda old and rickety but everything was clean and working properly. Only complaint was the housekeeper threw away $500 retainers left in a nightstand drawer because she Didnt know what they were.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Friends

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Kristina B.
Couples
N/A
Jul 26, 2015

Getaway

Hotel was better than I expected and completely satisfied. Has a cute little pool.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Crystalee M.
Couples
N/A
Jul 25, 2015

Couple trip

Great location nice people . Near all water activities and tourist activities

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sam C
Couples
N/A
Jul 21, 2015

Great Room

The hotel was perfect! Very clean and cool. Great walking distance to Duval st. and very accessible to any other activities. The only thing I didn't like, was when they serve the breakfast we had brought it to our room to eat and then left. We had come back later that day to see how room cleaned, but the food from breakfast was still on the table. Other than that, it was a fantastic stay!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Couples

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
tim c.
Friends
N/A
Jul 13, 2015

Key west get a way

The Merling Guesthouse was perfect. Close to Duval street were all the action is in Key West. Gail was very accommodating. Our last night we moved into the bungalo and was suprised at the spacious home feel it had. We will be back for the larger bungalo.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Friends

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
stephnie e.
Friends
northumberland
Jul 10, 2015

Lovely stay

Great location, nice friendly rekaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Friends

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