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The Mermaid & Alligator

729 Truman Avenue , Key West, FL 33040 USA (Show map)
4.8
114 Reviews
$178 - $348
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Welcome to the casual elegance and style of a more relaxed age. Our beautiful circa 1904 Victorian Home, located in the heart of Old Town Key West, offers the warm hospitality of a traditional bed & breakfast while providing our guest a place to relax, enjoy the ambiance, and even shut out the rest of the world if you choose. Join us and feel at home.

Rooms & Rates

Garden Room

Open the Garden Room’s French doors to let the warm, fragrant trade winds in. This airy, sophisticated room with its cool terracotta floors, cathedral ceilings &crisp tropical colors reflects our love of gardening and the Keys’ outdoor style of living. Located on the first floor of the mansion,has a patina metal canopy style queen bed. The bath features a unique, large walk-in glass block shower with dual showerheads and glass ceiling. French doors lead outside to a small deck leading to our sunken grotto garden, patio, pool and breakfast area.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Audubon Suite

A stylish suiteon the ground floor of the Inn, the Audubon Suite boasts the original Dade County pine walls & floors of the home’s original construction. High ceilings trimmed with crown molding accentuate the bay alcove with it’s many windows and French door. A small sitting area within the alcove makes a nice spot to read a book or enjoy an evening cocktail from your wing back chair. Romantic lighting and designer fabrics all complement the experience. Featured is a unique wood inlayed king bed with head and foot board. Inspired by the art of John James Audubon, who visited Key West and documented in his journal many of our native birds, the art of the room features several bird drawings. In addition, two pieces adorn the walls painted by past inspiredguests who have stayed in the Audubon Suite.
The private bath has a Jacuzzi bathtub and oversized open shower. French & louvered doors lead outside to a small deck with steps down

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath

Treetop Suite

Nestled away on the third floor of the house and aptly named for its view across the neighborhood treetops, the splendor of this room is the exposed-beam "Dade County" pine cathedral ceiling that highlights the distinct gabled rooflines. One gablecreates the sleeping alcove with a king bed, while another features a large roman soaking tub open to the room. The two areas are separated by a private bath with a tumbled marble shower. The angled rooflines create an intimacy to the room, while telling stories of times past in the attic of an old home. While you will have to come downstairs to step outside, the Treetop Suite is a private, romantic hideaway - above it all!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Sun Room

A bright, airy room on the second-floor bay portion of our Victorian home. The Sun Room has a whitewashed, four-poster queen bed framed by four 6 ft. tall windows that create a panoramic bird's-eye view above our gardens out into the trees. A bath with marble topped vanity, wall to wall mirrors andstep in, mosaic glass tile shower, large enough for 2, is a great private retreat. French doors lead to your sundeck that overlooks the pool and garden. A small table provides a space for an evening cocktail or lounge on the chaise to soak up the sun or view the night sky. A great little retreat; sunbathe in the day, stargaze through the night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Royal Poinciana

Named after the stately Royal Poinciana trees found in our garden, this graceful second-floor room is the perfect writer's retreat. This room features an elegant four-poster queen-size bed, a sitting area and writing desk,polished Dade County pine floors, and a high Victorian-style ceiling. A French door opens to a private balcony which captures the morning sun and our wonderful tropical breezes. The mirrored bath is elegant and features a generous marble shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Key Lime

Tropical art and a vibrant papaya color provide a refreshing atmosphere to recharge while enjoying this room in our conch cottage. The room enters and shares the front porch of the cottage with the Key Lime Room. A four poster wood queen bed is the centerpiece of the room and along with the private bath, featuring a step-in shower, makes a great getaway. Although smaller than our other rooms the Papaya room includes all of our luxurious amenities at a lower price.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Bamboo Room

A spacious ground floor room in our Conch cottage, the Bamboo Room is tropically decorated with bamboo accents, casual but still sophisticated. This peaceful room features a queen-size dark wood, Indonesian sleigh bed and large sitting area with bamboo thatch ceiling, the perfect spot for areading a book or having a good conversation. The private bathroom while not large has a slate floor and oversized shower large enough for two. One of the best features is the covered porchleading out to the garden, sunning patio and massage pavilion. This is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy an evening cocktail or morning coffee while enjoying the gardens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Caribbean Queen Suite

This large elegant,West Indies theme room is located on the second floor of the house. Bold red walls with neutral accents create the setting for the centerpiece, an elegant, dark wood king four-poster bed. This spacious room boasts a sitting area complete with writing desk. French doors open to a private wrap-around veranda overlooking the front gardens, perfect for watching the world go by with a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine. Catch the morning sun and eastern breezes, read a book or catch up with a nap in your own private hammock. The bath has a large 6 ft. round soaking tub,complete with crystal chandelier,in addition to a separateblack marble shower. This room is perfect as a honeymoon retreat or for that special romantic getaway.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Papaya

Tropical art and a vibrant papaya color provide a refreshing atmosphere to recharge while enjoying this room in our conch cottage. The room enters and shares the front porch of the cottage with the Key Lime Room. A four poster wood queen bed is the centerpiece of the room and along with the private bath, featuring a step-in shower, makes a great getaway. Although smaller than our other rooms the Papaya room includes all of our luxurious amenities at a lower price.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Papaya

Tropical art and a vibrant papaya color provide a refreshing atmosphere to recharge while enjoying this room in our conch cottage. The room enters and shares the front porch of the cottage with the Key Lime Room. A four poster wood queen bed is the centerpiece of the room and along with the private bath, featuring a step-in shower, makes a great getaway. Although smaller than our other rooms the Papaya room includes all of our luxurious amenities at a lower price.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Reviews

Overall
4.8

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  • Guest room4.8
  • Services4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Dining4.6

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Delightful Stay

5 on April 06, 2014

Cannot say enough good things. The house was lovely and spotless. The garden was a little paradise. Every morning we were treated to a different home cooked meal. The host were available for suggestions for meals and activites. Geri was wonderful! Felt very pampered, yet at home, perfect combination.


Outstanding!

5 on March 20, 2014

Stayed for our third time and it is simply wonderful! Would not stay anywhere else in Key West. Can't wait to go back!


Best B&B in the Keys!

5 on November 30, 2013

We spent 4 nights at the M&A and could not have had a better time! From the delicious breakfasts (French toast & Banana Pancakes were fantastic) to the beautiful gardens, our relaxing room, and our afternoon glass of wine, our experience was top shelf! A great location, the M&A is minutes away from any activity in KW! Geri was so helpful in setting up excursions and/or reservations! We'd highly recommend the M&A to anyone looking to get away, relax, have some fun while staying in a slice of paradise wrapped in a touch of home! P.s. If you are a dog person, Caya & Havana's wagging tails always make it a joy to return from any outing!


Don't miss this B&B it's fabulous

4.8 on October 24, 2013

Our stay at the mermaid and the alligator was phenomenal. Everyone was so accommodating and the rooms (we stayed in papaya and Caribbean) had up to date decor, comfie beds, and were immaculate. We moved due too our room being booked in advance by someone else our last night. They made it easy and even moved our bags while we were at the beach. The staff made us feel so comfortable at every interaction. Breakfast, fruit, yogurts, muffins, coffee was set out, and then when we were seated offered a hot entree, which was varied but always fabulous. They provided beach towels and beach bags, chilled waters/ beverages that were complimentary and wine at happy hour! They assisted us in our choices for day excursions, and even booked for us. The pool and sitting areas in the garden were secluded fully from the street, we felt tucked in a sacred space, awesome. You won't be disappointed in this B&B, & the location is perfect.


Slice Of Paradise

5 on October 17, 2013

Dean, Paul and staff create a wonderful, relaxing, quiet tropical atmosphere. The patio garden is soothing and relaxing.The house living rooms are inviting and cozy. Our bedroom was quiet and comfortable. Our daily breakfast was scrumptious and fresh with a variety of foods to choose from. Havana and Caya provided play fun in the yard. It felt like home.The concierge service was great. It was the perfect getaway and within walking distance to the sights. Without a doubt will stay again the next time we're in town and definitely recommend it to family and friends


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Location

Location Type

Island, Small town, Tropical

Airport

Key West, FL (EYW) 3 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, In-room internet, Fax Machine, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR , PARKING, COMPLIMENTARY WINE, FULL BREAKFAST, POOL & BEACH TOWELS

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Desk, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Kayaking, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Swimming pool, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 2:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Over 16
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 4 nights high season, 3 low season, some shorter stays available-please inquire
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 NIGHT PLUS TAX
  • Cancellations: PRIOR TO 14 DAYS $20.00 BOOKEEPING CHARGE. LESS THAN 14 DAYS FORFIT DEPOSIT PLUS NIGHTLY CHARGES IF ROOM NOT RE-RENTED.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

DEAN CARLSON AND PAUL HAYES

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

Resident Pets

2 Dogs

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:30 - 10:00
  • Serving Location: OUTSIDE GARDENS

Signature Dish

EGGS CARIBBEAN


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BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

729 Truman Avenue , Key West, FL 33040 USA (Show map)

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