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Mermaids Landing
Reviewed June 19, 2014

I recently spent a week at Mermaids Landing. They are a series of 9 cottages with water frontage overlooking the tidal flats. Several of the cottages have water views and one is right on the water. The cottages are simple with basic amenities like fridge and stoves and air conditioning for the hot summer weather in Florida. Some are small for single or couple and several are multi room affairs that give a feeling of a small home with outdoor patios or decks. They are very well priced in the high 50 to mid 70 range which is quite remarkable for what they offer. I have stayed in several other places in Cedar Key ( because it is such a charming out of the way place) and most are 90 to 100 plus per night. The cottages are about 1/3 of a mile from the little village of Cedar Key so you can walk it and the Blue Desert Cafe is a block away for a great meal and funky atmosphere. There is a pizza burger joint right across the street and 2 blocks toward town is the gas station which has an open air veggie market that also sells fresh seafood. Annie' s Cafe And Kona Joe's are 3 blocks away and great for breakfast and lunch.
The owner Kathy is very friendly and tries to make you stay as pleasant as possible. She has a few bikes and the rooms have TVs and DVD players and she has a ton of movies available along with books she has collected over the years. I think her place warrants a visit and Cedar Key is a different taste of Florida. It ain't Daytona or Fort Lauderdale. It's a funky small town tucked away from everywhere on the Gulf Coast where you can fish, bird watch, kayak, hike and talk to the local clammers (where clams are grown right here in great abundance - 9 bucks for 24 at Pelican Railroad) or to the town residents who fell in love with the place many years ago and never left....

Room Tip: Cottages 3 4 5 have water views with 4 being right on the water for close to 70 bucks. It has a huge...
  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled solo
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6  Thank Marathonman13
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Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Mermaids Landing was perfect for our relaxed romantic weekend away from work and kids! Nine different cabins to choose from, very quiet, and low key. Within easy walking distance to shops and restaurants. We'll definitely be returning again and again.

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
3  Thank Jessica V
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Reviewed April 6, 2014

One reviewer wrote that it seemed like staying here was like being in Florida in the 1940s...that's the point! If you want 2014 style accommodations please don't stay here; if you want quaint, rustic, unique, cozy, etc. then this is your place! Cottage #4 is right on the bay with a deck and unbelievable views! Cottage #9 has the best kitchen for cooking and huge screened porch. You won't need your car as just about everything is within walking or biking distance...get some exercise and take in Cedar Key like it's meant to be: slowly...enjoy!

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank kpf1965
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

Mermaid's Landing is right off the keys and a lovely little nesting of rustic cottages. Cathy is super nice and we had a fantastic time. This is not the Four Seasons; it's a quiet, relaxing escape from the day to day grind. The price is half what you'd pay at Fenimore Mill. It is a 5 minute drive to the Cedar Key waterfront/beach area. Had a blast!

Room Tip: We stayed in cottage 5. All cottages are close to the water.
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank KatrinaOrson
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Reviewed October 8, 2013

Very outdated. You would think you are in FL in the 1940's. Electrical wires just hanging on the outside of cottage. Extremely small bathroom. Noisy wall air conditioning that barely kept up with cooling. Made it difficult to sleep.

Room Tip: Rooms on the street side are noisy.
  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank clark3264
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

This is a wonderful quaint little place that suites the area well. We stayed in #9 with a big back porch screened in, right iff the kitchen. Got some local seafood and just enjoyed the atmosphere, good weather and peace and quite.

I would recommend the Mermaids Landing to anyone wanting to get away from the hussle and bussle. Very clean, make you feel like your stepping back in time. Will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: #4 is right on the water, but #9 has a big screened in porch. All the rooms look great though
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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5  Thank letsgetaway56
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We came into town on Friday September 20th for a business conference, so we basically needed a place to lay our heads for the night and through to the next evening. Mermaids Landing fit our budget and we got more than we expected. The owner was very nice and accommodating when we arrived later than we planned. The cottage had a full kitchen and a large screened patio. It's a shame we didn't get to stay longer and really enjoy the place...we were on business, but we will definitely be back for fun and a chance to explore Cedar Key a little more.

Room Tip: Like others have said, cottage 9 is great if you want to cook a meal or buy groceries to keep for th...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank Mrsrrmck
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Address: 12685 State Road 24, Cedar Key, FL 32625-4793
Location: United States > Florida > Cedar Key
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Ranked #12 of 12 Specialty Lodging in Cedar Key
Number of rooms: 9

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