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Merlin Guesthouse

811 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040
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Ranked #48 of 98 Key West B&B and Inns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2009
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Manchester
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2009

The hotel is in gorgeous Old Town really close to Duval street and within walking distance of the best parts of Key West. The rooms were clean and cosy although a little small, and there are no wardrobes, only drawers and 3 hooks which you could get a few hangers on if you wanted (we found hangers in our drawers... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2009

After reviewing a lot of other locations in Key West, I stumbled across Merlin's Guesthouse. It was to be a surprise, romatic get away for my boyfriend's birthday. We had a great time. It was better than I had hoped for. It is truly romatic, rustic,old FL. If you are wanting the Ritz-Carltin type of atmosphere, don't go there. If... More

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3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2009

We arrived on Sunday and stayed until Tuesday. The Merlin Inn worked out very well for us. Only one block away from Duval Street, it was easy to just leave the car parked and walk. The outside area was clean and kept up nice, as was our room. We did not use the pool, but it looked very clean. It... More

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Minnesota
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2009

Our rooms were booked using TripAdvisor for our stay at the Merlin Guesthouse in Key West, Florida on January 25, 2009. The bathroom floor was so dirty that if you walked on it after taking a shower your feet were black. We stayed in a two level guesthouse that had a spiral staircase that had a couple rails missing. THis... More

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beachsidegal
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2009

I love the Merlin I have stayed there twice with my family. We rented the 2 bedroom cottages both times and it was perfect! The kitchen was large with nice beds that were comfy and it was a quiet place to stay. We loved the pool and hotub was very nice and the ground are also pretty. There are some... More

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GBG
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2008

The place was exactly what I had expected. It had a good location, small but nice room, a well maintained tropical setting, and a medicore breakfast. The only problem I had was having to deal with a rude staff. The staff came across as cold and snobby, when they should have been much more receptive to their well paying guests.... More

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Chorley
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15 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2008

This is our 2nd time at this guesthouse and I have to say that it it one of the most tranquil places we have ever stayed. Considering it is a short hop to Duval Street where everything is buzzing, the Merlin is perfect for relaxation before hitting the bars and restaurants. The room was spacious with all amenities provided and... More

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Cape Cod
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2008

We loved the Merlin, room was right off the main porch, cozy yes, but how much time are you spending in a room in Key West? The staff were very friendly and helpful, we heard no noise from the street or from neighbors. Enjoyed the 'dive pool' out back. Parking was somewhat of an issue but we were always on... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2008

My sweetie and I stayed here for the weekend. I must admit that this place is nothing like the bad reviews that it had been given. The guest house is very clean, charming and welcoming. It is 1 block north of Duval Street and about 1 mile from Mallory Square. It is so convenient to everything, like CVS, Subway, the... More

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Brighton, Michigan
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9 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2008

We loved the Merlin Guesthouse! The staff was wonderful. Very helpful and accomodating. The room was spotless and adorably decorated. Very charming and cozy. It was smaller than we expected, but you don't spend much time in your room while visiting KW anyway! The only possible "negative" aspect of the room, was that the bathroom door was not solid, it's... More

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Address: 811 Simonton Street, Key West, FL 33040
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Merlin Guesthouse is one of five hotels in the Historic Key West Inns collection located in the Old Town section of Key West. This guesthouse offers a range of prices and room amenities. Simple rooms offer an excellent price and queen-size, four-poster beds. King Suites offer extra comfort and romance. Cottage units offer a variety of layouts that are comfortable for families or friends. Just one block from Duval Street, you will be steps away from Key West’s best restaurants, nightlife, shopping, and attractions. Margaritaville, Sloppy Joe’s Bar, and Ernest Hemingway’s Home are all within easy reach. The nearest beach is just six blocks away. Take off walking in any direction and you will discover Key West’s hidden treasures. Come and stay with us soon! ... more   less 
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