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Merlin Guest House Key West
Ranked #34 of 77 Key West B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013 via mobile

My girlfriend and I just took an amazing vacation to Key West and stayed at this wonderful bed and breakfast! We stayed 5 nights and truly enjoyed our stay in the King Suite here! The room was beautiful and the staff was so sweet! We were too warm in our room so they not only gave us a floor model fan to use but they had a brand new ceiling fan installed over the bed! It was so much cooler!!! Breakfast was plenty for us including bagels, yogurt, cereal, muffins, juice, coffee and tea! We enjoyed every second and are going to book our room at the Merlin Guesthouse for our next vacation!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

Just spent an evening at the Merlin Guesthouse. I would recommend this establishment to anyone. Rented a King room that was very large, very modern, filled with luxury and not a spec of dirt to be found. The staff all shined as well as the entire property. Our favorite part.....our new pal, Jordan (a cat watching over the property).

The property is walking distance to downtown. The only problem that exists is on street parking. There's not much in the area.

I will be back and stay at the Merlin Guesthouse!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Coloma, Michigan, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Pittsburgh
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Property: 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 #34 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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