Merlin Guesthouse

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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
113 reviews
Getaway

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

  • Kristina B.
  • Jul 26, 2015
Lovely stay

Great location, nice friendly rekaxed atmosphere. Highly recommended. See full review

  • stephnie e.
  • Jul 10, 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)

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

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 (113)

Ratings and reviews for Merlin Guesthouse

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
113 out of 113
Amenities:
3.6
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
Kristina B.
Business
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:

Business

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Crystalee M.
Business
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:

Business

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Sam C
Business
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:

Business

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
tim c.
Business
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:

Business

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
stephnie e.
Business
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:

Business

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Amy A.
Business
N/A
Jul 1, 2015

Fantastic stay!

Wonderful stay at merlins guesthouse. Great service and breakfast!

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

Business

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Erin W.
Business
N/A
Jun 20, 2015

Weekend getaway

Great hotel. Would recommend to anyone. Great spot, other than the parking:(

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

Business

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Dianne C.
Business
Downingtown
Jun 15, 2015

getaway

The hotel was in a great location in Old Town Key West. Close to everything. Was very clean. Room was a good size and breakfast was a free continental style. I would recommend this hotel to a couple staying in Key West.

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

Business

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Ashish J.
Business
Columbia
May 18, 2015

Great stay

Location was great. Great value for money. The staff was very helpful and knowledgable.

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

Business

Review of Merlin Guesthouse

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
George M.
Business
Bear
Mar 3, 2015

Best stay in Key West

This was hands down the most enjoyable place I've ever stayed. The staff were all both professional, personable, and friendly. The check in/out was so quick I had to ask if it was all done. The room was inviting, clean, and comfortable. The pool / jacuzzi is heated in winter and cooled in summer. The deck was surrounded with a privacy fence, had the perfect tropical setting, and was surprisingly quiet. The complementary breakfast on the deck is diverse enough for any type of diet. The WIFI was fast with no blips or freezes. Location couldn't have been better, close enough to Duval Street to walk and far enough from it that the noise and late night revelers were non existent. I will stay there every time I'm in Key West and have already recommended it to everyone I know. The type of traveler selections below don't allow more than 1 selection but I would recommend it to Business, couples, solo, families, and friends.

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

Business

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