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“wouldn't change a thing...” 5 of 5 stars
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The Mermaid & The Alligator
729 Truman Avenue, Key West, FL 33040   |  
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Free parking
Ranked #4 of 98 Key West B&B and Inns
miami
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“wouldn't change a thing...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2007

Literally I would not change a thing ... except having to leave.

My boyfriend and I went down from Miami for Labor Day weekend.
It was the most relaxing place that I have stayed in years.
Unlike busy hotels/resorts-there was absolutely no hassle or drama. The place is decorated and arranged so that you feel very welcome ... and peaceful. I think we had one of the smaller rooms, The Audobon, and it was still perfect. Nice jaccuzzi tub, king size bed, even a port for our IPOD.

Everyone who stays there ... is there for the same reason as you-to relax and to have fun. It's a class act, with a nice hot breakfast outside and wine at 5.

We only had two nights there because it was fully booked for the rest of the long weekend. After looking at other properties for a third night, we decided to go home early.
The M&A spoiled us-that's the memory we wanted to leave with.

  • Liked — the peaceful surroundings
  • Disliked — that we couldn't stay longer
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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New Jersey
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2007

We just returned home from an amazing vacation at the Mermaid and Alligator. My husband and I stayed in the Bamboo Room. It was like having our own cottage with a private porch for reading. Rebecca and Geri suggested awesome restaurants like Seven Fish and Latitudes (over on Sunset Key). They order a couples massage for us given in a private tent by the fountain! The breakfasts were amazing and the backyard was an oaisis. We biked the whole island many times over and saw other B&B's. The M & A was by far the most peaceful and beautiful. The guests were also so very friendly. We'll be back. Thanks

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Hollywood, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2007

We stayed for two wonderful nights in this beautiful home. Everyone was so friendly and helpful and made us feel right at home. We stayed in the Tree tops suite which was so romantic. The breakfast was relaxing by the pool and tasted great. The hosts gave us recommendations for dinner and we truly enjoyed that as well. We can't wait to go back and stay soon.....

  • Liked — loved the house and accomodations
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2007

My husband and I just got back from Key West and can't stop talking about how nice the Mermaid and the Alligator was. Everyone was so friendly and very accomodating. Every restaurant reccommendation was excellent and off the beaten path. They made all of our dinner and excursion reservations for us so we just had to show up. They provided beach towels, coolers, beach bags, complimentary drinks from the fridge and a delicious breakfast every morning. The rooms were very clean and tastefully decorated. We first stayed in the Bamboo Room which was it's own little private cabana off of the main house. The rest of the time we stayed in the Garden room which had a nice little back porch with easy access to the pool and breakfast. The only bad part were the mosquitos which seemed to eat us alive, but they even provided bug spray to help ward them off . We will definetly be back again another time.

  • Liked — The location and the staff
  • Disliked — The beds were a little hard for my liking
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Clearwater, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2007

We stayed at the M&A from July 27 thru July 31. It was our first time at a B&B and we have been won over. This home is beautiful and the the staff are so friendly and helpful. Everyone makes you feel so comfortable. Having a different breakfst selection each morning was very nice (Belgian Waffles, Quiche and French Toast-all delicious). The home is immaculately clean and so well taken care of. The very spacious garden/pool/patios area is wonderful. You can sit in several different areas and relax. I would and have recommened this B&B to everyone. When we return to Key West we would not hesitate to stay here again. You will not be disappointed if you stay here!

  • Liked — location/cleanliness/staff
  • Disliked — parking (overall Key West problem)
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Port St. Lucie, FL
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2007

We stayed at the M/A for three nights in late July and we were in the Sun Room. It was beautiful!! A tad smaller than we thought, according to the picture on the website, but it was really very nice. The breakfasts were wonderful, and we loved Havana and the hosts. They were very helpful and knowledgeable and recommended great places to eat, as well as a snorkeling trip that we really enjoyed.

This is our 2nd trip to KW and we would definitely return to the M/A, it is truly a vacation!! You will not be disappointed!!!

  • Liked — the hosts
  • Disliked — small pool
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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New Iberia, Louisiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2007

We rented a house on a previous stay and came across the
M&A on one of our walks and kept it in mind for our next trip.
I don't think we could have picked a better property. Stayed in the Caribbean Queen room. Everything was better than we imagined (okay, with the exception of the small cramped shower). Huge, nicely furnished room with private wrap-around balcony, tastefully decorated interiors, lush yard, fine breakfast, and a pleasant and helpful staff. Havana is a bonus. Highly recommended. Will stay here again when we return.

  • Liked — All aspects the home were "tastefully" done
  • Disliked — Small shower
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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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