The Mermaid and the Alligator Bed and Breakfast

Mermaid and the Alligator

Modern Private Bathroom Poinciana Suite with Queen Bed Garden Canopy With French Doors Luxury Garden View Room Conch Cottage Guestroom Queen Caribbean BnB with Wood Flooring Warm Audubon Suite
Catering to guests over the age of 16 for luxurious, romantic getaways. This circa 1904 Victorian Home is located in the heart of Old Town Key West. Offering the warm hospitality of a traditional bed & breakfast while providing our guests a place to relax, enjoy the ambiance, and shut out the rest of the world. Casual elegance and style of a more relaxed age. One of the most luxurious properties in Key West. With complimentary wine in the evening among a lovely tropical garden setting. Join us and feel at home.


We have stayed at the Mermaid & Alligator more times than I can remember! We couldn't imagine staying anywhere else. We will continue to return every year at least once a year for the foreseeable future. It isn't all that far for us to travel from Boca Raton, Florida. We need our mini vacations together. A while back we decided we were going to buy a vacation home in Key West. We booked a room at the Mermaid and the Alligator. After spending a week searching for the perfect home and cost we found that the guesthouse we were staying in had everything we would ever want and more in a vacation home. So we decided to come down as often as we would have if we had purchased something. Long story short, you cant get a better vacation accommodation than this miraculous Inn! The innkeepers have become much more than hosts to us, they are friends. They such wonderful people and run a top rate, gorgeous establishment.

This accommodation is undoubtedly one of the best B&B inns I have ever had the privilege to stay in. There's only one other place to stay if you can get a room is the LaMer and Dewey House which is right around the corner on south beach. They are actually voted by a lot of top travel companies and magazines one of the top 5 in the country. I think they are one of the only bed and breakfast inn style hotels located right on a beach. The Mermaid and the Alligator is a delight in every aspect of the word. It just doesn't have the ocean views or pinosh of the La Mer and Dewey House. The owners make you feel at home and immediately and go far out of their way to make sure you have as much of an enjoyable stay as possible. I honestly just can not think of a single complaint about my entire stay at The Mermaid & The Alligator. Oh, I changed my mind, I had to leave!

My husband and I have been married for twenty three years. It is around this point that you might find yourself dreading wrapping Christmas gifts. I have the solution. Take a trip instead. The kids are all gone, the tree is a hassle, and the two of you buy whatever you want at any given time anyway. So this year we put my theory to the test and gifted each other a 5 night stay at The Mermaid and The Alligator. We had a ball discovering it on the Internet. Taking the time to do all of the research together was a present all in itself. It was so much fun talking about what was important to each of us on the trip and getting to know one another all over again. Trusting the internet photos was a little scary but we went on a reputable site, and had at it. We believe that if you are on the first page for any given key word you are bound to be a reliable source. We flew into Miami and rented a car for the lovely sunny drive to Key West, we were pretty tired, but excited, and hoped that we had made the right choice in B & B. Dean, is one of the nicest owners, had called us on the road as we drove, to confirm that we had not gotten lost and were on our way. He spent the time to explain how to check ourselves in at 10pm. When we arrived at the mansion no words can describe the relief we felt as we entered threw the back door. We walked into paradise on earth! The entire property oozed with tropical stupendous grandeur, it was an oasis! Dean, as we later learned, was one of the acclaimed horticulturist on the island, and and saw no reason why his property should not be a tropical garden! The other owner, Paul, was every bit as wonderful as Dean, had definitely done a great amount of research on exactly how to make their guests feel so comfortable. Think of an amenity you would want at our fingertips, and they had it!

The complimentary wine each afternoon was not only a shocker, but more special than anything else we thought we might want The delicious frittatas and homemade quiches were outstanding! Even humdrum muffins, fruit, and beverages were a special event served each morning outside in the delectable garden. We also thought that meeting and getting to know the other guests was going to be a bore and a nuscence. Boy were we wrong! It was a delightful experience to hear such happy accolades regarding the quests. Gather together about the same time each morning was not a requirement, but evidently just wanted to be catered to by the staff! The tri-level bed and breakfast was converted into the most amazing and relaxing lovely homes. The owners even had wonderfully soothing and relaxing music playing throughout the home at all times, accept for the night. We found candles burning for a sweet scent and romantic lighting, free internet access, all kinds of reading material available for the borrowing, even beach towels, mats, and back packs use for a day at one of the Key West beaches! One of our most very favorite staff members at the B&B was Dana, who took care of all our excursion needs! She quickly set us on the right path any tourist would want to see, where to eat, and what to do. After many fantastic miles of walking every day, it was spectacular to crawl into the heated hot tub or the small pool to work out those aching joints! The Guests were as interesting s the island itself, they ranged from newly-weds to a host of retirees. We have never had such a great vacation. Not only are we going to gift each other the gift that beats all gifts but we are going to always give the same thing! Can you guess what it could possibly be? The Mermaid and the Alligator gave us something we were lacking for many years. The experience was reminiscent of our honeymoon so many years ago, except we have a lot more money and experiences to talk about now. We will however fly straight to Key West rather than rent a car for such a long trip. That way we will get even more time to devote to our favorite Christmas gift!

My husband and I just got home from our twelve night stay at the Mermaid & The Alligator. The experience was one for the record books! We cannot tell you enough about the immaculate treatment we received from the owners, the Innkeepers, and from the delightful Maggie, the concierge. These outstanding people that work there took us into their beautiful home and treated us like honored guests instead of paying customers. We have stayed in Bed & Breakfasts all over the place, and had some apprehensions when we chose a more expensive one, but it was clear the minute we checked in and they took us to our intensely beautiful room that this place was worth every penny and many dollars more! The decor and ambiance found throughout the property is wonderful, and the full hot breakfasts served in the magnificent lush tropical garden setting are delicious! We would not only recommend this inn to everyone looking for the most relaxed, pampered tropical experience in Paradise but we will come back again next year!

We recently to Key West and stayed at the Mermaid and Alligator that sits prettily on Truman St. The Inn is as true a piece of heaven you could ever find on earth. We stayed at the Inn in March and had a marvelous time there. Our deluxe bedroom was like a tree house. The room was fun, light and breezy with lovely views of the majestic gardens at the back of the property. We loved the Catholic Church located across the street. The Mermaid and the Alligator was quiet, the room was serine and hospitable, and the breakfast we got there was wonderful, a beautiful and nutritious way to start each day. I cannot explain enough about just how terrific our time at the Mermaid was, check out their website, it really does do justice, the Inn is just as pretty as the pictures show.

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Off Season:
April-September: $148 - $198

December - April: $198 - $298

Sholder Season:
May - July / Oct & Nov: $168 - $228

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    729 Truman Ave
    Key West, Fl 33040


    • Breakfast Daily
    • High Speed WiFi
    • Complimentary Wine in the Evening
    • Garden Setting
    • Iron & Ironing Board
    • Hair Dryers
    • Adults Only



  • Distance = (Walking)

  • Duval St
    .3 mi (5 min)
  • Sandy's Cafe
    .4 mi (8 min)
  • Bayview Park
    .5 mi (10 min)
  • City Marina
    .8 mi (16 min)
  • Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters Museum
    .4 mi (7 Min)
  • Truman Medical Center
    .2 mi (4 min)
  • Angela St
    .5 mi (10 min)
  • Starbucks
    .7 mi (14 min)
  • Captain Tony's Saloon
    .9 mi (17 min)