$149 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Oct 28, 2014 Check-out: Oct 29, 2014

Merlin Guesthouse

3 stars
811 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
106 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

Hotel Map

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

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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.

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Guest Reviews (106)

Ratings and reviews for Merlin Guesthouse

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
106 out of 106
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.5
Value:
3.9

86% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
ACTSE
Business
Orlando, FL
Mar 19, 2013

Perfect Spot!

Our stay at Merlin Guesthouse was amazing. The staff there were nothing short of friendly and accommodating. They went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable and helped us with locating places. This place is located a street behind Duval, which makes it in great walking distance. They have a salt water pool, which is great for the skin. Their breakfast in the morning has a vast selection. I would definitely stay here again!

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Bri mar
Business
Sarasota, fl
Feb 10, 2013

Near everything, clean, friendly staff and very helpful!

Everything iand said into the title...Awesome! Can't wait to go back. Everything is modern yet beachy, really clean and laid back, great atmosphere!

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

Barefoot Billys Jet Ski's. Great price! 2 hour tour for $99the per jet ski-super fun and free shuttle!

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
XJ Jenn
Business
Michigan
Jan 31, 2013

Perfect oasis

This was the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the great weather and surroundings... Walking distance from most Key West has to offer!!! Staff was very informative!!! I almost didn't chose to stay here because according to the travel site they don't accept Discover Card and yet they in fact do!!! I'm glad I stayed here and definitely would come again!!!

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

El Siboney for great Cuban food... Eaton Street Market for a casual seafood lunch and Ana's Cuban Café for breakfast or lunch on the go!!

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Wannabnative
Business
Stuart, Florida
Jan 28, 2013

Our First Stay

Room could have been a little bigger, mattress a little better but since you dont spend a lot of time in the room one cant complain too much. I loved the ambience and tropical feel even in January. Jennifer the check in girl was awesome. She helped us find a close parking space and helped us to our room. She deserves a raise. Would I do it again....you bet I would. And I will be back in 6 months.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

Stay close to Duval...its worth the money.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Super travel organizer
Business
Weston, FL
Nov 24, 2012

Thanksgiving in Key West

Very good experience, a block from the very middle of Duval St. It was five blocks South to the southermost point and around six blocks North to Malory Square. Quiet steet. Nothing to complain about at all. Everyone was very helpful. The mini 1 bedroom cottage, very quaint I must say. It had everything we needed, as we were looking to take in the old Key West vibe. It appears to have been updated recently, everything was new and interior was just painted, you could still smell the brand new paint. It had a living room/ breakfast area with a flat screen and a full kitchen. The breakfast abiance on the patio was very peaceful. The only thing was that your confirmation said the departure hour was 12 noon when they actually knocked on our door to tell us that we should be leaving at 11 am, not 12 noon. You must change that on your website.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Long walk from hotel

Go to Zackary State Park, we rented bikes, great ride. Also go down to the Southernmost bar to get the beach vibe while having lunch and visit the milestone. Malory Square for the sunset is great too and the restaurants closeby on the water a few blocks up.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
George maryland
Business
Maryland
Nov 19, 2012

Great Location!!

Hotel staff was fantastic! Rooms were small but clean and only a block from Duval!!

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
William Norton
Business
Los Angeles, CA
Nov 8, 2012

Nothing Special

Tiny room (8 feet wide), no closet at all, right on the street (Simonton, a busy one) for 150 bucks? Wow Key West is expensive. Staff was nice though and ok breakfast. But I can't get excited about this place.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
2
Location:
4
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
JF B
Business
Montreal Canada
Oct 30, 2012

wow

perfect location great staff clean room !!! Will go back

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
CamieQ
Business
Palm Bay, FL
Oct 15, 2012

Nice place to relax

This is the best location, central so you can walk from one end to the other very easily. You can get to the Southern most point and then turn around and walk down Duval to all of the interesting bars and shops. Loved it

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Check out Better than Se- a dessert restaurant just up the block, great food and atmosphere

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
another robert
Business
Sacramento, CA, USA
Sep 11, 2012

Great Hotel

1) Location, Location and Location/. Perfect 2) Charming/ Historic 3) Clean/ Very 4) Friendly/ Staff in great moods 5) Amenities/ OK 6) Bed/ It kept me from hitting the floor everynight

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

Business

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