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“Home away from home” 5 of 5 stars
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The Mermaid & The Alligator
729 Truman Avenue, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Ranked #4 of 98 Key West B&B and Inns
Stockholm, Sweden
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
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“Home away from home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This place is a wonderful haven. Our little group had a very relaxing three days in the end of October. The B&B was so nice and cosy, we didn't want to leave. We stayed in the Key Lime room and the Papaya room. The rooms were kind of small by american standard but having a sound machine (who doesn't want to snooze to ocean waves?!) and your own porch complete with a rocking chair made up for that. Having access to the tv room in the main house with its tropical gardens was also a big plus. Breakfast was really good and and we especially enjoyed the 3 o'clock lemonade and 5 o'clock wine. 2 nights we ordered take-out and dined in, never has chinese food and pizza tasted so good. The garden has, besides the breakfast area, several seating areas where one can hang out and eat, drink, talk, sunbathe or read a book. Really, you don't have to leave if you don't want to. Last but not least I'd like to mention the great staff. Dean made us feel very welcome immediately and was very helpful when needed. The dogs were great company and we had a lot of fun playing with them. I would definitely go back and stay at The Mermaid and Alligator.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012 via mobile

Beautiful and clean accommodations. Lusciously decorated for the holidays. The grounds are a tropical paradise and it is in a prime location for old town Key West. The Garden Room was just exquisite. Dean, Paul, Rebecca and Geri were great hosts, provided wondeful breakfasts and held an awesome Christmas Parade party.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We are lucky to have just returned from a wonderful 10 night stay at this magical historic inn - sadly though as we could quite happily have stayed much longer, it felt like home.
As everyone has said, the inn and gardens are beautiful, in fact we chose to be married there, by Geri who was superb, and with thanks to Dean and Paul for allowing us to, we had a very special quiet ceremony just for 2. A special day.
We stayed in Royal Poinciana which was perfect....loved the decor and the footstep up to bed I will miss! The large covered balcony was great for chilling before going back out after a busy hot day in Key West, and had a lovely breeze most days. Because we were there awhile, we spotted a few of the other rooms, all looked lovely.
It was a privilege to watch as Dean and Paul added wonderful new christmas decorations around the inn and grounds day by day in preparation for the holidays. Attention to detail, little touches and an eye for beautiful artwork - totally relaxing, beautiful, homely inn, unpretentious, unintrusive yet always on hand to help, friendly - with a team of wonderful staff - I could go on.
We loved relaxing in the downstairs rooms with Caya and Havana sat nearby - bliss!!
The breakfasts were great each morning, and as others have said the little extras such as snacks, wine, beach towels etc etc etc.
We walked quite a bit during our stay and the inn is an easy 10-15 mins stroll to many great restaurants, and of course Duval etc. The Mermaid and Alligator was a wonderful retreat at the end of a busy day.
So, after much planning, and expectation, we couldnt have asked for more from our stay here and we will definitely be returning.
Thank you again to Dean & Paul, Geri, Rebecca and the whole team! Pics to post soon.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Sat nav took us right to The Mermaid & Alligator which was absolutely beautiful........
Main house was cool & dark with interesting artifacts, opening into a lovely kitchen area with guest fridge full of sodas n water & then to a shady rear patio were the happy hour wine & savoury cake were laid out.
Our Bamboo Rm with it's own terrace & beautiful interior was a few steps into the tropical garden with hammock , loungers, water feature, tented seating area etc. Bed was very cofortable & the attention to detail is exceptional .... right down to the 'sound effects' box which had us sleeping to the sound of reaig waves each night!
The small but deep pool was lovely, with spa jets beneath the sculpture which gives the house it's name.
Dean & Paul are gracious hosts and Geri & Rebecca took very good care of us. Enjoyed breakfast by the pool each morning. Plenty of recommendations for local restaurants - Cafe Sole with it's famous Hog Snapper was our favourite!

Room Tip: Bamboo room in the beautiful gardens, was spacious with large sitting area inside and private terrac...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in the Caribbean room and loved it. Once you go into the backyard and experience the garden and sounds of the birds, you'll never want to leave and explore Key West. You will be very well taken care of while you are there and no request is a bother for them. The two 4 legged girls will also make sure you keep active throwing their head-less toys for them (squeekers long removed). Very close to the action yet far enough away to enjoy the properties quiet pool and sitting areas.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are great.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Redding, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

We had a wonderful stay at this B&B. The staff, house, grounds and location are fantastic. The staff went out of their way to make our stay comfortable. We loved the location and had a lot of fun trying the local restaurants and biking around town. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Furnes Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This was our first trip to Florida and Key West, and what a pleasant surprise to find this wonderful place nicelly located in the centre of Key West. Dean and his staff was so friendly and helpful regarding every need we had, and the calm and quiet atmosphere in the beautiful garden was very relaxing. The rooms are beautifully decorated and spacious, and the breakfast was delicious - and varied from day to day.
The only thing we wold like to change- if possible, was to spend a few more days at The Mermaid & The Alligator!

Room Tip: We think the room faceing the garden is quiter.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 729 Truman Avenue, Key West, FL 33040
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Key West
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 98 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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