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The Mermaid & Alligator

729 Truman Avenue , Key West, FL 33040 USA (Show map)
4.8
121 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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My new favorite place

5 on July 22, 2014

This was my first B&B experience and let me tell you -- it was INCREDIBLE. From the hospitality to the property to the breakfast, I cannot wait to go back. The staff is so warm and helpful. We planned on going to Blue Heaven for breakfast each morning but after we had breakfast the the Mermaid & the Alligator, our plans changed. The pool was perfect, too. They really take care of everything for you. I absolutely cannot wait to return.


Another great stay at the Mermaid & Alligator

4.8 on July 14, 2014

This was our third stay at the Mermaid & Alligator, and it was better than ever. The hosts are welcoming, the house is beautiful, our room was perfect! The gardens are stunning, and eating breakfast in the gardens is truly one of life's best pleasures. This is one of the most comfortable and elegant places I have ever stayed.


A cozy tropical retreat

4.6 on July 02, 2014

My wife and I had a memorable stay at the Mermaid and Alligator. The home is beautifully decorated, warm and has everything you could possibly need. The staff goes out of its way to please and helped us with all things Key West. Our room, the Caribbean Queen, was absolutely beautiful. The best feature was the wraparound porch with comfortable furniture and hammock that overlooked the street. It was a great place to relax with a book or watch a storm come through. It was also great to come home to Havana and Caya, the resident canine hosts that could always be found taking a nap or wandering the grounds. Needless to say, we will be back.


Don't Miss Out on this amazing place!

4.8 on June 11, 2014

One of the best, if not THE best experience of my life. From the comfortable rooms, to the great breakfast, to the incredible staff who is will to help you with anything! Can't wait to make another trip to key West and stay at the B & B! Me and my partner loved every part of this trip thanks to The Mermaid and the Alligator


Amazing Stay

5 on May 27, 2014

We are not normally B&B people, but we were given this stay from our kids as an anniversary gift. What we discovered is that The Mermaid & The Alligator is so much more, from the moment we walked through their door we felt at home. Dean and the staff were more than helpful setting up all our reservations, and giving us guidance on what and where to go in the area. The grounds are filled with beautiful tropical gardens with little sitting areas where you can be alone or mingle with other guest over a nice glass of wine they provide every evening. The building is located just off Duval Street a short walk to everything you might want to do. We had a great stay, I can't say enough. Bob & Jeanne


Mermaid & Alligator: Lovely place to stay.

5 on May 02, 2014

We visited the Keys for the 1st time with another couple in March 2014. We picked the Inn based on the reviews we had seen. Wow! We were surprised to find out the Inn was everything we had read about and much more. The innkeepers and their staff could not have been more accommodating. Our only disappointment was we could not stay longer. We look forward to visiting Key West again and staying at M & A. Our thanks to Dean, Paul, Geri, Rebecca and the special residents Havana and Caya.


Great Place and People

5 on April 27, 2014

We cannot say enough good things about our stay at The Mermaid and The Alligator in April 2014. The house and the setting is beautiful. There were four of us and we stayed in the very quaint and comfortable Papaya and key Lime rooms. While the doors face the back street, it was still quiet and provided us our own private veranda, however, the settings throughout the garden are so beautiful, we did not spend much time on our 'own' porch. Dean and Paul are terrific hosts and Geri and Rebecca were so attentive to our every need. They took care of so many details, ensured we had reservations for dinners, a sunset cruise (The crew of the Hindu are wonderful and the boat so lovingly restored) and other activities. The breakfasts were delicious and varied. So many little touches, from the complimentary water and sodas and, of course, the daily wine bar. We all agreed that we would return to Key West for the sole purpose of being pampered by the wonderful people at The Mermaid and The Alligator.


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!


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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

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

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