The Mermaid & Alligator

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

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


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.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Mermaid and Alligator; highlight of our trip

4.8 on July 12, 2017

The Mermaid and Alligator was absolutely beautiful! The home's decor and artwork was a joy to behold. My wife and I stayed in the Garden Room and enjoyed waking up in the morning and looking out onto the lush and well-maintained tropical garden. The room was a bit smaller than I expected, but quite adequate for our use. Have to remember, this house was built in 1904 and individual rooms tended to be on the smaller side. The room looks just like the photos on the B&B's website, as dos the house and gardens. As beautiful as it was, we did not spend that much time in the room. When we returned from a day of touring, we spent our time in the garden. Our go-to spot was a couple of lounge chairs that were by a fountain in the rear part of the garden. Listening to the trickle of the fountain and downing a glass or two of cool water, soda or lemonade was so very relaxing. Geri, Rebecca and Victor were amazing. They each provided excellent tips on places to go and things to do. They know their stuff. We were never disappointed. I also need to give a tip of the hat to the housekeeping staff. They keep the entire place spotless. The afternoon lemonade break and later wine break were well received after a hot day on the town. We thought the breakfasts provided an excellent way to begin the day. Each day, they prepared something different. The breakfasts were simple affairs which is what my wife and I enjoy. While in the old town area, it is a bit of a walk to the Mallory Square area (about a mile) and can be tiring on a hot day. You might want to opt for a bicycle. Having said that, if I ever go to Key West again, which I hope I do, I'll definitely make reservations here.

Best Stay Ever

5 on June 28, 2017

This is the best place to stay if you visit Key West. We stayed in the Garden Room and it was absolutely beautiful. The room was clean, spacious and we loved the glass shower. The staff is wonderful. They tend to your every need. The grounds are beautiful and relaxing. We enjoyed the wonderful breakfast and afternoon snacks. Thank you Geri and Victor for making our stay memorable. Neal and Petrona

time off to relax

4.2 on April 20, 2017

my stay at the mermaid and alligator was one of the best vacations I've had in a long time.the staff was helpful,pleasant and non intrusive. it is a place you can get away to relax,regroup and renew your energy. it has a serenity and quietness that you can absorb. it is like being in an enchanted garden.

My Oasis

4.4 on March 28, 2017

Where to EVEN begin! I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived at the Mermaid & Aligator. I had never stayed in a bed and breakfast before. Well let me tell y'all something, I was in paradise!! The house was just up my alley and Geri was EXCEPTIONAL! From a kayaking to lunch on Sunset Keys, she handled it all. The 3 women who do the cooking and cleaning, and I'm sorry I don't recall their names, they were fabulous. Victor and Rebecca were both delightful. Breakfast every morning was wonderful and blissful sitting outside amongst the other guests. CAYA, the wonderful dog that comes to the house daily, was always a treat to see. Oh I could go on and on about how wonderful my stay there was. I highly recommend staying there.

Restful and relaxing and Guest House

4.4 on March 21, 2017

My husband and I stayed in the Key Lime Cottage for 3 evenings and could not have been happier. It was warm, inviting and a lovely way to end our vacation. Breakfast was really nice and the coffee quite good. We were within walking distance of all old town Key West has to offer, yet our evenings were quiet in the Cottage. Book quickly as they fill up fast. We were lucky to get the Cottage as all other rooms were booked and it turned out to be the best match for us!

Best Place to Stay in Key West

5 on March 13, 2017

This was our first time at the Mermaid & Alligator. My husband and I enjoyed ourselves so much. Everyone is friendly, helpful, and caring. Our room was spotless and in fact the whole place is spotless. The gardens are beautiful and relaxing. The breakfasts are first rate - no need to go elsewhere. In fact we found ourselves talking about what the next day's breakfast was going to be!! Geri and her staff will make any reservations you may want during your stay and will recommend restaurants and sights based upon their experiences. Many of the guests are "repeaters" which tells you something about the place. Yeah - we will be repeaters next year as we have already reserved our room !!

Wonderful Bed and Breakfast, we enjoyed our stay so much

5 on February 27, 2017

Clean, lovely room and out door area. Friendly manager and help. Very pleasant atmosphere. Would love to go back every year and stay at the Mermaid and Aligator. Have reccommended it to friends and family. Kay from MO

A perfect B&B

5 on February 11, 2017

We have been staying at B&B's across the US , Europe and New Zealand since the early 1980's. Our recent stay at the Mermaid and Alligator in old town Key West was one of our exceptional stays. . It was our first time there and has been on " our list". " As we had driven from the western mts of Colorado,, we had our own car which we parked at the Inn when we arrived and never had to drive anywhere the entire 4 day stay. The Inn is located close enough to Downtown as well as the docks , good restaurants, museums etc to,walk everywhere. However, once inside the magic serene, beautiful, gardens, and well appointed gracious house you are instantly transformed into,a lovely retreat of peace and comfort.Geri and her staff were very attentive and the breakfasts were amply yet nicely presented in the garden each morning . We stayed in the SunRoom upstairs .while not spacious , the room was very pretty and had a private sundeck, and each morning we awoke to looking at a full wall of windows into the trees and gardens below . If you are a purist of B&B's I highly recommend the Mermaid and the Alligator.

Awesome Inn

4.8 on January 21, 2017

The house gives you that Key West vibe. Super friendly and helpful staff and the rooms are very comfortable. Located within walking or biking distance from everything. We will make the Mermaid & Alligator our home in Key West!

A wonderful B&B

4.6 on November 08, 2016

We stayed here based upon some reviews and pictures we saw on this website. This was the first time using this site. We originally planned to stay just 1 night but fell in love with The Mermaid and felt so comfortable there that we decided to stay an extra night. Luckily they were able to accommodate us though we had to change rooms. No problem, the second one was even nicer than the first. And the first room on the 2nd floor of the house was beautiful. Location is perfect. Close to Duval street but far enough away that it was very quiet. Rooms were done in typical and tasteful tropical style. Plush towels and bathrobes were provided. Our delicious hot breakfast was served in this beautifully landscaped garden every morning. Wine and snacks were available in the late afternoon. Staff made you feel warm and welcomed. They were also very helpful in making arrangements for sightseeing and restaurants. We loved this place and can't wait to come back!

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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

Nightly Rate: $238 - $258

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
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $268 - $378

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

Nightly Rate: $268 - $378

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

Nightly Rate: $238 - $358

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

Nightly Rate: $238 - $358

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

Nightly Rate: $208 - $328

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

Nightly Rate: $238 - $358

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


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

Nightly Rate: $208 - $328

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Location Type

Island, Small town, Tropical


Key West, FL (EYW) 3 miles

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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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wired internet , 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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  • Check In:: 2:00PM
  • Check Out:: 11:00AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside garden only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No Over 16
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 4 nights high season, 3 low season, some shorter stays available-please inquire
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1 NIGHT PLUS TAX
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Geri LaGotta

Languages spoken

English, Spanish

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

Signature Dish


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Hot Deal

Fall Special

Regular Rate: $168 now $134 (20% Savings:)

Come stay with us and receive 20% off your stay! Please contact the inn directly at +1-800-773-1894 to redeem this deal.

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