Merlin Guesthouse Inn Key West Map
Whoever thought the humble beginnings of what is now known as the Merlin Guesthouse Inn would end as an updated and modern facility? After arriving somewhat early, I was pleasantly surprised to find out my room was ready and I could go ahead with an early check in, even though it was a little before 1 p.m. As a history buff, it was a treat to learn the background of this wonderful location. It seems the original building began as a rooming house for navy personnel in the 1930s, but also housed a bordello and gambling establishment during its lifetime.
Today, the Merlin Guesthouse has been lovingly restored with décor to match the area. During the restoration additional buildings were added and the property is now gated which gives the property, and me, a feeling of safety. While I had a wonderful room overlooking the pool, I learned they also have several "conch" style homes and a number of private cottages that offer several different types of accommodations. Back to my room, I had my own private balcony complete with table and umbrella. What a wonderful way to spend a few relaxing moments.
The staff was more than helpful. As I was checking in I was greeted with a smile, a large coupon selection, a number of recommendations of sites and activities in the area and a wonderful resident cat named Jordon. The location of the property was also a plus. Not only was the hotel a hop and skip from lively Duval Street, the beach and Ernest Hemingway's Home were also within walking distance, at about six blocks away. I really enjoyed the closeness to Duval Street's live music, shops, bars, restaurants and the galleries. While it was close to a lot of activity, it surprisingly quite.
One of the amenities the hotel offered was a pool-side continental breakfast. It was great to get up and have breakfast by a sparkling pool under a bright blue sky. While the guestrooms do not have telephones, I had no problem using my cell phone or the wireless connection that was available in the courtyard. I did find the parking a little tight but actually used my car only once. The whole experience was a gem of history and activity.