The Mermaid & Alligator

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



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

Great place

5 on December 28, 2017

We had a great experience at this beautiful Bed and Breakfast. Our first night was spent in the Garden Room which we soon realized was a tight fit for my husband who is 6ft. 5in. So we requested an upgrade to the Caribbean Room which was more spacious and had a beautiful wrap around porch. Everyone was very accommodating and the food was delicious. We will definitely visit again.

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!

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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

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