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“Always a Pleasure!”

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The Mermaid & The Alligator
Ranked #4 of 77 Key West B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Maine
1 review
“Always a Pleasure!”
Reviewed April 2, 2010

My partner and I stayed at the Mermaid and Alligator five years ago and were pleased to find the same quality, personal service this time around. We felt like family guests in a big house with lots of charm and amenities. The location is perfect for biking around Old Key West. Dean and Paul and their staff have great suggestions for dinner and other extra curricular activities. Caya and Havanna completed the picture of "home".

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Reviewed March 24, 2010

This was our first visit to Key West and we booked our stay at the Mermaid and Alligator, in large, based on Trip Advisor reviews. This is one case you can believe all of the excellent reviews!! No worries when in the hands of Dean & Paul, Mermaid and Alligator inn keepers, and Geri, their outstanding concierge. From the warm greeting upon arrival to their well wishes on departure, you are treated like a long-time family friend. We stayed in the Caribbean Queen room and enjoyed sitting on the wraparound porch watching the sun come up. Breakfast in the garden was excellent each and every morning. Their 2 dogs were so well behaved and a great addition to the inn. I would highly recommend asking Geri’s advice for dinning and/or water excursions. She booked us on the Dream Chaser one evening, for a sunset dinner cruise, and on the following day on the Java Cat for an eco-kayak tour. Both were excellent and we would do them both again. The only downside was we had to leave!!! Next trip to Key West will definitely include The Mermaid and The Alligator.

Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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new york
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Reviewed March 23, 2010

From the moment you arrive you are greeted by gracious hosts and friendly black flat coated retrievers (Havana & Kaya). Geri is the concierge that can make thinks happen. The house is filled with Carribean flair and very comfortable rooms and porches. Breakfast in the garden is the perfect way to start the day. Geri is a GREAT cook. We also loved eating at The Crepery, Blue Heaven, A&B Seafood, Cafe Sole and sailing on Dream Chaser and Adirondeck II

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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chicago, IL
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Reviewed March 2, 2010

The Mermaid & Alligator (M/A) Inn is a beautiful oasis in the heart of "Old Town" Key West, Florida. The moment you enter the Inn you are engulfed in a serene, beautiful environment. In the morning the sound of bird singing remind you that it is time to go down for breakfast on the garden terrace. When planning your day be sure to consult with the concierge (Geri). She will provide you with information about events, attractions, and will gladly make restaurant reservations. If your going to the beach the inn provides you with a beach bag and towels.

We choose to stay in the Sunshine room which is located on the second floor overlooking the garden. What makes this bright and airy room special is the private sun deck. After an evening on Duvall street the sun deck is the perfect retreat to enjoy a glass of wine and stargaze.

Judee & Fred

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Pennsylvania, USA
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Reviewed February 25, 2010

We spent four nights at the Mermaid & Alligator, based on reviews from Tripadvisor. Everything was great. The gardens were lovely and everyone was so accommodating with suggestions and recommendations for restaurants and things to do. We stayed in the Carribean and Bamboo rooms, and both were just beautiful. Every detail was taken care of. We'd go back in a minute to KW and The M&A!

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Florida
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Reviewed February 24, 2010

During a recent stay (our second) at the M & A, visitors from other nearby hotels and B&B's kept stopping by to check it out because they had heard so many wonderful things about this unique, charming place. Once they had an opportunity to tour the property and speak to the staff, they all expressed envy and regret for not booking their stay here and vowed to do so on their next visit to Key West. Dean and Paul and their staff have a special gift in making you feel at home in their beautiful home. My wife and I will never stay anywhere else when we visit Key West.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed February 19, 2010

We've been staying at The Mermaid and the Alligator for five years now, and couldn't even think of staying anywhere else. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and well-thought out, as is the entire house and LUSH gardens. Breakfast is always excellent, and is served outside on the deck surrounded by a tropical garden. Also, the location (just a few blocks from Duval St.) is nicely removed from the "scene" but close enough that you can easily walk there. By far one of the best places we ever stayed anywhere.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Mermaid & The Alligator
Address: 729 Truman Ave, Key West, FL 33040-6423
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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 77 B&Bs / Inns in Key West
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 9
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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