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Merlin Guest House Key West
Ranked #33 of 77 Key West B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
1 review
“Had a great time!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2012

our room (#12) had a tiny front room, skylight and was off the street. Room was clean and had the perfect "beachy" feel to it. great staff, nice breakfast every morning and extremely close to Duval, one block!!!

My only comment would be that the wifi should reach all the rooms. As of now, the wifi is only available near the pool. So your laptops and ipad will be useless on your stay, but not a huge deal.

Room Tip: i thought room 12 was perfect for a young couple.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

My fiance and I drove South from Fort Lauderdale for 10 days in Key West and loved staying in our little cottage at the Merlin Guesthouse. It's in a great location to walk to the bars and restaurants on Duval Street (wonderful Mojito happy-hour specials!) We easily found a parking spot on the street nearby and didn't move our rental car for our entire stay. Though we did rent a golf cart for a day to cruise around and go to the beach. This was a great base to explore Key West, just be prepared for plenty of walking!

Room Tip: We chose a cottage close to the pool and loved the rustic feel (though the bathroom was a little dat...
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  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Royersford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

We stayed at the Merlin Guesthouse for 5 days/4 nights in their King Suite. We arrived earlier than check-in, but were pleased to find that our room was ready for move in! Room was much larger than we expected, including the additional office/dressing area, which was nice to store the luggage, so the bed area didn't get cluttered. Very clean, comfortable space!! Very close to Duval St. for shopping, restaurants, and bars. A little bit of a long walk from Mallory Square. I would certainly recommend renting a bike, (we didn't this time, but wish we had!). Front desk staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about places to go, things to do, etc. (Try out the Jolly Rover Sunset Sail Cruise! BYOB, very reasonable rates!) Continental breakfast every morning started the day off right! Heated spa pool was the perfect way to unwind at the end of a long day! LOVED this place!!! Wonderful way to celebrate my milestone birthday! Will definitely be returning to Merlin Guesthouse on our next KW trip!

Room Tip: Room #13 has a separate dressing/office area and a private little deck overlooking the pool
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

Jordan made us feel right at home here. Of course you don't know unless you've been to this charming little hotel, Jordan el Gato is the cat-in-residence, who befriended us, hanging out with us on our private patio and strolling about our room. I'm going to friend him right back, on Facebook. There's also a chicken-in-residence, Gladys, and her peeps, as well as the occasional egret that flies in for a week. The Merlin is a little bit of magic in the middle of a quaint Key West neighborhood a block off Duval Street. Quiet, secluded, wonderful staff. We had our own little guest house with a vast, newly renovated kitchen and a large bedroom. Our outdoor patio light just refused to work, but not for lack of the handyman's trying to fix it for us, bless his heart. There isn't much of a pool--just an oversized, unhot spa--but we didn't really come to Key West to jump in the pool anyway. The staff helped us find a parking spot right next to the hotel, and we just let the car sit there the whole weekend. Key West is for walking!

We would come back here in a heartbeat, because this magical place found a place in our hearts.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2011

Having traveled to KW often and always staying in the same place, we decided to try someplace new. We found the Merlin online and it had the perfect location, excellent price, and the 9 days we needed available so we went with it. We are not too adventurous in trying new places so we kept our expectations reserved.

We were absolutely blown away! Walking into the garden courtyard was like stepping into paradise. Our room was upgraded because of the length of our stay and we were thrilled. Stayed in a king room, all wood floors, excellent water pressure (not always true in KW), huge comfortable bed, lots of Windows looking out at the pool (more a large hot tub actually) and courtyard, but still very private. The staff was wonderful, helpful and super friendly, and the guests we met were from all over. We will definitely be returning to the Merlin!

  • Stayed December 2011
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

This place is awesome, nice rooms, relaxing courtyard/ pool area and friendly staff. The only negative thing I have to say about the place is that parking your car is a challenge. But I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Haverhill, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2011

We stayed at the Merlin for 2 nights. The room was spacious and well appointed, the front desk people very helpful, the location is great. It's near Duval St. but enough away from the heavy traffic. But Simonton St. can be noisy so try for a room in the back. This is not a fancy hotel but a charming guesthouse, very "Key West"

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Merlin Guest House Key West
Address: 811 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040-7445
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #33 of 77 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Merlin Guest House Key West 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Merlin Guesthouse is a 22 room boutique hotel in the heart of historic Old Town, Key West within a neighborhood and a short walk away from all the restaurants, attractions and nightlife on Duval street. It is also a nice bike ride away from the beaches and water sports of Key West. The hotel has a variety of guest rooms and suites located in a small grouping of cottages and buildings surrounded by lush landscaping and a private courtyard. The pool area provides a quiet and comfortable place to relax and unwind. Free high-speed Wifi in your room. Continental breakfast served poolside. Upscale amenities. Romantic and relaxing, unique and charming; where modern style & comfort meets a relaxed Key West vibe. Immerse yourself in the soul of Key West at Merlin Guesthouse. Free High-Speed Wifi In Room Free Continental Breakfast Upscale Amenities Outdoor Heated Swimming Pool Historic Landmark Guesthouse Conveniently Located In Old Town Key West Lovely Neighborhood Setting Onsite and Street Parking Nearby Walk To Duval Street, The Harbor & Beaches ... more   less 
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