$149 Avg/night
Rate based on Check-in: Nov 30, 2014 Check-out: Dec 1, 2014

Merlin Guesthouse

3 stars
811 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
107 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

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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 (107)

Ratings and reviews for Merlin Guesthouse

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
107 out of 107
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

4
5.01.0
George ti
Business
New York, NY, USA
Mar 1, 2012

Great location

The location was close to the heart of key west but the place was very small and parking was rather tough.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
RAYMED
Business
Miami, FL
Feb 27, 2012

Great Weekend

The check-in process couldn't have been easier, we got there after the office was closed. They have a number to call and they give you your room number and how to get in. Next morning, I went to the office and finished the check-in process which it took literally 3 minutes. Great staff, free service, free wi-fi, heated pool and only 2 blocks from Duval Street. Once you park at the Bed and Breakfast, you can seriously forget about driving and trying to find parking in Key West.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Wanders
Business
Indianapolis
Feb 14, 2012

Great location from Duval street fun

My only complaint for this B&B was the strong musty smell of the room. Not sure why they still have carpet in tropical locations. It holds the humidity and was dirty.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Modelo
Business
Christiansburg, VA
Feb 4, 2012

Great mid-Winter escape

Friendly, courteous staff. Basic accomodations without a lot of frills, but very clean and comfortable. The location is excellent - justy one block off Duval Street, and centrally located within walking distance to all of Old Town. Everyone we talked with who was staying there was very satisfied with their choice. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Merlin to our friends.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
RandR
Business
MD Eastern Shore
Jan 25, 2012

Magic of the Merlin Guest House, Key West

We stayed 4 nights in the Merlin. FANTASTIC! Staff was very accomodating, and personal. Everything in Key West was within easy travel distance, and Continental breakfast was "just right" to start the day. Key West's heritage was well represented here.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Take the Pedicabs whenever possible. Never more than 10 minutes from anywhere you want to go.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Chris Armbrister
Business
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
Jan 23, 2012

Treat Yourself to a Great Getaway!

My wife and I needed a couple of days R-n-R, which is exactly what we got at Merlin Guesthouse. It was a great location 1 block from Duval which was perfect...close enough to walk and not worry above driving back after a couple of drinks.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

The beach at the end of Duval street...the beach chair/umbrella guys are the best.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Kcjenbilly
Business
Massachusetts, USA
Jan 18, 2012

Great weekend, didn't want to leave.

The Merlin Guest house was a very warm, and welcoming inn. We had problems with our flights and the Merlin Guest House was very understanding about our day late arrival and were even able to extend our stay for a day when we experienced problems with our return flight. The room, #14, was next to the office just off the pool. It was quiet with the exception of hearing the credit card machine occasionally beep when a transaction was taking place, which was only a couple of times. The bed was comfortable and the room was clean. The morning continental breakfast was perfect to get our day going. The other guests were quiet and respectful of those around them. Duval St. was a 2 minute walk from the inn, far enough away from the noise so when we were ready to sleep we were not disturbed. We can't wait to return.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

You couldn't park closer. Yet the Merlin Guest house is tucked away and quiet.

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Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
C. Man
Business
Dearborn, MI, USA
Jan 3, 2012

great!

One of the best places we have ever stayed! Great location, nice clean room, breakfast included and friendly staff!

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
rsarkar
Business
Boca Raton, FL, USA
Dec 27, 2011

Recent Key West short trip

There are a few good Hotels in Key West, unfortunately most of them are not located near the Duval Street. If you have selected this hotel for your stay, please make sure you opt for bigger rooms (ofcourse it will cost you more)!

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

take a look at the Key West city MAP before you arrive there, it will save a lot of time.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gypsy at heart
Business
Atlanta, GA
Dec 7, 2011

Great getaway for two

Great place to experience old Key West. Within walking distance of Mallory Square and the harbor, two blocks from the shopping, dining and fun of Duval Street. Cozy, clean rooms, wonderful staff, lovely patio area for reading and lounging. The pool is small but perfectly suited for a quick dip or conversation with other vistors. Parking is an adventure, but that is a problem all over the island. All in all, this offers a delightful stay in the keys.

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

Business

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