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Merlin Guest House Key West
Ranked #33 of 77 Key West B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 25, 2013

When driving around Key West, especially around Duvall Street it may not seem like there a whole lot of nice places to stay. This being my first time at a B & B, I was totally surprised...and in a good way. From the outside, it looks like all the rest, a little run down, jammed in with the rest of the B & B, a really nothing to brag about...Don't let that fool you. Our room was awesome and totally a surprise when we opened the door. It's modern, very clean, and has everything you need for a great stay.

The staff is also exceptional. They helped guide us to awesome places to eat that were off the beaten path and were there to assist in any way you needed.

You really won't be disappointed in your stay. The parking can be tricky, but once again, the staff helped find us a spot right in front of our guest house.

The breakfast is minimal, but enough to get you started. The grounds are just beautiful and you'll enjoy just sitting around the beautiful mature trees and pool.

The only negative I could find is our bedroom shared a room with the "kitchen" and we could hear the ladies preparing breakfast at 7a.m. sharp every morning.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We stayed in the newly remodelled two bedroom cottage and we all absolutely loved it. It was very fairly priced for the value and atmosphere. The beds were wonderful, the design of the cottage was clean and pleasing to the eye, and the staff was quick to assist. The location couldn't be better: walk to Duval Street just a block away and be in the heart of town. Pool was perfect, as was patio for reclining with other guests and enjoying the well-appointed continental breakfast with good coffee/tea/cocoa/juice.
Rooms were well appointed with good quality items and all accessories needed.
The only deficiency was the "internet access", which was really not available in the actual room where you'd want to use it late at night. You had to travel around the property to find a good connection. This should be made clear to potential patrons so no disappointment or inconvenience occurs, as the timing & location of the connection may be critical to some.
We would most definitely choose this property again, and we enjoyed it very much!!!

Room Tip: There's a personable resident cat who provides some local color.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful reception by staff. Merlin's is centrally located and an easy walk to Duval, Whitehead and the Southernmost areas. Thankfully away from the crazy crazy bars of Duval meaning noise was a minimum from our room off the pool. Gardens are wonderful and Jordan the Cat an ever present concierge. Will definitely stay again at this jewel.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We just got back from a road trip through Florida and had stayed here for one night. Loved the location, within walking distance to Duval street and great restaurants and shops. Rooms were clean and comfortable, pool area was nice to relax at. Very friendly staff. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for decently priced accommodations in Key West.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

My girlfriend had never been to Florida, let alone Key West, and we were traveling on a moderately tight budget. We found Merlin Guesthouse on google, and immediately called to make a reservation. The gentleman we spoke to- Kenneth, was VERY accommodating and made the process painless as could be.

Upon arriving the next day, we were ahead of schedule and the staff apologized unnecessarily for our having to wait. We did not mind because there was so much to do that filled the time, including checking out the local eating establishment- Camille's.

The room, while relatively small, had a quaint charm that can only be described as "the Key West vibe". The queen bed was comfortable, and the bathroom more than adequate. Admittedly, we spent most of the night on Duval St, but once we returned to the guesthouse we had a lovely time in the pool, the hammock, and our suite.

Would we stay again, absolutely! It was the best value for our money, and has a charm that will linger in our memories for a long time to come.

Room Tip: Couples will fit adequately in Queen sized room, but if you have the money, go for the larger suite...
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

The room is small. The bed and pillows are very hard and flat. The lack of insulation in the queen economy rooms allows for all outside noise to come in. Spent 3 nights, but only had 1 decent night sleep due to all the noise and neighbors deciding to take the party off of Duval street. Lower Duval street price attracts non-courteous people. A night manager (questionable if on premise) will shut down parties after 11pm (found out later). If it wasn't for the loud A/C, it could've been worse.

Room Tip: Queen economy rooms are rooms 1-7 ; they are on the street side. Noisy.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

My husband and I just returned from our 4th or 5th stay at the Merlin Guesthouse. We always stay in Room 14, and we love it. It is right off the pool ,but we have3 never had a problem with noise. Great location, only a block from Duval.

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Additional Information about Merlin Guest House Key West

Address: 811 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040-7445
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Location: 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: $188 - $402 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Merlin Guest House Key West 2.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic architecture with updated, modern rooms and amenities are what you will enjoy at our Merlin Guest House located in the Old Town area of Key West. Our stylish, boutique hotel has 20 guest rooms which are located 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. Historic architecture & modern rooms. Free continental breakfast. Free internet. Upscale eco-friendly bathroom amenities. Large pool. Boutique hotel. Walk to Duval Street and the waterfront. Located in the heart of Old Town, Key West. Charming and romantic, where modern style & comfort meets relaxed Key West vibe at the Chelsea House Hotel. Self parking onsite for 10 USD/day. ... more   less 
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