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 Dining4.6

Quiet and Relaxing. Two Thumbs Up!

5 on May 14, 2018

This was the most relaxed I have ever been staying in Key West. The service and atmosphere is absolutely phenomenal. Oh...I did I mention the BEST QUICHE EVER! Food was fabulous and we will defiantly go back.

Quaint B & B

4.8 on April 24, 2018

Very cute B&B with very knowledgeable staff that can tell you places to go and what to see in the area. Great breakfasts. This place is within walking distance of everything.

Great stay in the Garden Room

4.6 on April 22, 2018

We stayed in the garden room for our 10 year anniversary. The staff was great and we loved being able to walk right out our door to the pool, breakfast, and gathering area. We also scheduled a scuba trip, massage, and dinner reservations through the bed-and-breakfast. They exceeded our expectations with all of them. We would definitely come back. Job well done.

Great vacation, great stay.

4.8 on April 19, 2018

First time at a b & b and was not disappointed. We are definitely coming back. Victor was Great! Would highly recommend.

Key West’s Bed and Breakfast!

5 on April 17, 2018

Quite possibly the best kept secret in Key West. This intimate bed-and-breakfast not only met our expectations but exceeded them. We were greeted by Victor who gave us a thorough walk-through of the property rooms and what the bed-and-breakfast had to offer. The breakfast in the morning’s we’re not only filling but we’re also rotating so you never got the same thing twice. There were snacks, bottled water, wine, hot teas and coffee readily available. Gerri and Rebecca took really good care of us as well as the entire house staff. The location of the mermaid and the alligator was definitely close to all of the main attractions but far enough away that you could rest easily and quietly and be refreshed for the next morning to escapades. We definitely will go back and use this as our definitive place to stay when visiting Key West. The gardens, the plunge pool and even a couples massage that we booked on property was out of this world. Thank you M&A Team!!!! Bryan and Steven

Treated like Roalty

5 on April 10, 2018

Our first time in Key West and our stay was awesome! We were able to walk to all we wanted to see and do. The people were very attentive to all our needs and wants. The outdoor gardens and pool area were so private we forgot we were in a very popular tourist town. We are definitely going back!

An oasis of calm

4.6 on April 08, 2018

A green, lush oasis of calm to retreat to. Management and staff set themselves a high bar and make an effort to make the stay memorable with a homey feel. They succeeded in our case. This is not a budget option, but if you think you'll like it you most probably will.

Weekend get-a-way

3.6 on April 08, 2018

We were very happy with our choice of this B&B. The location was good, not too far from all the action but quiet and peaceful. The grounds are charming, the splash pool just enough and the room was beautifully decorated and comfortable. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The breakfast was delicious! Yes we would definitely stay here again!

Exceeded my expectations!

5 on April 05, 2018

This place is amazing, we spent a lot of time enjoying the gardens and relaxing, loved it so much we booked again for next month!!!! I absolutely recommend this place. Thanks again for the GREAT service, ~Carazola’s

Wonderful Experience

5 on March 29, 2018

The grounds are intimate and lush with a spa atmosphere and the room was ingeniously equipped with everything you could think of including make up remover and a computer pad. Wine and cheese every evening at 5 and individually prepared breakfasts each morning alternating sweet and savoury each day-mimosas on Sunday! Most importantly however, Rebecca was amazing arranging dinner reservations and generally offering so much help and good information. She was a fantastic well, a gifted painter! Thank you again Rebecca...such a pleasure to have met you.

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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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