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
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

The Mermaid and the Alligator

4.4 on September 08, 2018

Beautiful place. Fun and very helpful staff. Highly recommend this gorgeous B&B. Great location , you can walk just about anywhere.

Spoiled Rotten

5 on August 23, 2018

My husband and I were treated like royalty the minute we set foot on the property. No detail was missed. Amazing healthy breakfasts, afternoon lemonade and wine. A beautiful venue to relax and recharge.

Lovely Stay at the Mermaid & Alligator

4.6 on August 21, 2018

We really enjoyed our two-night stay at the Mermaid & Alligator. The inn is beautifully decorated and had everything we could need. We stayed in the Caribbean Queen Suite on the second floor. It was very spacious and had beautiful furnishings, with a large bathroom and large, private wrap-around balcony, overlooking Truman, with a hammock, and two seating areas. The patio was gorgeous, with various seating areas, beautiful orchids and tropical plants, and a tables for breakfasts. The staff was also wonderful (Rebecca and Gerri) and everything was kept neat and clean. Some of the special "extras" were lemonade and baked goods at 3 pm. and wine and cheese at 5 pm, as well as a beverage refrigerator stocked with cold drinks as desired.

Sumptuous Garden in Paradise

5 on August 21, 2018

What a wonderful place to stay, enjoy and breathe in the meditative garden. A lovely oasis in the midst of Key West. Our every need was met. Close to everything. and the people running the B & B were very sweet. Thank you. Michael and Bradley


4.8 on August 10, 2018

There was no detail left undone. Excellent customer service, food, and room was beautifull and tasteful. Definitely will be back.

Tranquil B&B.

5 on July 29, 2018

Key West has become a yearly trip. I spotted the Mermaid & the Alligator on my first trip and knew I would book for the following year. I've stayed at this B&B on my last three trips. Each year I pick a different room to stay in and I've not been disappointed yet. The staff are wonderful. Geri was exceptionally helpful to me on one trip when a family emergency occurred. The rooms are beautiful and very clean with comfortable beds for a restful sleep. Breakfast is delicious and the garden out back is the most relaxing place in KW. A few other perks are the complimentary bottles of water and soda, afternoon cookies and lemonade, and evening wine. The Mermaid & the Alligator has become my home away from home.

This is truly Key West

5 on July 12, 2018

I have stayed at several places in Key West over the years and this is definitely my favorite. very charming and super cute, totally Key West feel.

Recommended B&B

5 on July 12, 2018

A wonderful little hideaway in the middle of Key West that is in walking distance of the majority of old Key West.

Alligator and Mermaid rate a 10!

5 on July 10, 2018

Great location, awesome breakfast, outstanding customer service! Love the Alligator and the Mermaid! Staff was superb...especially Victor, couldn’t have asked for better. Great recommendations for things to do and how to get around. Definitely coming back!

A Slice of Paradise

5 on July 10, 2018

I highly recommend this lovely turn-of-the-last century B&B. It is beautifully appointed and has lovely gardens. We stayed in the Bamboo Cottage which is separate from the main house. The garden surrounding the cottage is breathtaking and private. We enjoyed delicious breakfasts garden and plunge poolside, and wine and hors d'oeuvres in the evening. We found the staff to be very friendly and accommodating. It is conveniently located just a couple of blocks from Duval Street, but is quiet and secluded, especially in the garden area. If we come back to Key West, we will definitely stay here again!

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Rooms & Rates

Caribbean Queen Suite

Caribbean Queen Suite - This large elegant room is located on the second floor of the house, has a king size four poster bed, and sitting area. Glass & louvered doors open to a private wraparound veranda. The bath has a large soaking tub and separate marble shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Treetop Suite

Treetop Suite - is nestled away on the third floor and aptly named for its view out across the neighborhood treetops. The splendor of the room is the exposed beam, cathedral, Dade County Pine ceiling highlighting the distinct gabled roof lines. The room features a king size bed in one alcove and a large soaking bathtub open to the room in another. There is a private bath with a shower. A private, romantic hideaway - above it all!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


The Audubon Room is on the ground floor of the house features a king size bed, 10' ceilings, Dade County Pine walls, and french doors that lead out to the pool and garden. The bath has a large open shower and jacuzzi bathtub.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Royal Poinciana

The Royal Poinciana Room is on the second floor of the house with a queen size four poster bed, writer's desk and sitting area . A french door opens out to the private covered veranda. The bath has an oversized marble shower and lots of mirrors.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Garden Room

The Garden Room is on the first floor of the house with queen size metal canopy bed, cathedral ceiling and french doors that lead to the pool and garden area. The bath has a large glass block shower with glass ceiling.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Sun Room

The Sun Room, on the second floor of the house is a very light and airy room with large windows overlooking the pool & gardens. French doors open onto a rooftop deck. The room features a pineapple four poster bed and the bath has a unique, step in glass mosaic shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2


The Bamboo Room is in our conch cottage. Tropically decorated with bamboo accents, the room features a king bed, large sitting area and private bath with shower. The room opens to a private porch area looking out into the lush, tropical gardens.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Key Lime Room

The names say it all! The Key Lime room is decorated with a tropical flair, features a king bed and private bath with shower. Enter by walking through the garden of the main house to the front porch of the conch cottage which it shares with the Papaya room..

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Papaya Room

The names say it all! The Papaya room is decorated with a tropical flair, features a queen bed and private bath with shower. Enter by walking through the garden of the main house to the front porch of the conch cottage which it shares with the Key Lime room.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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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

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, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

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

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

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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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