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The Mermaid & The Alligator 4.0

Key West, Florida Keys, Florida

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  • Historic home with unique design elements and loads of charm
  • Lush tropical gardens with hammock and small plunge pool
  • Located within walking distance to Duval Street shopping and dining
  • Small, intimate property with free wine hour each evening
  • Free breakfast with homemade muffins and a featured hot entree of the day
  • Guests have access to beach chairs, towels, coolers, and umbrellas
  • Bicycle rental available
  • Free Wi-Fi and free self-parking


  • No on-site restaurants that serve lunch and dinner
  • No children under 16 years of age
  • Strict cancellation policy

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The Mermaid and The Alligator is a nine-room upscale bed and breakfast housed inside a historic Victorian estate. The owners have taken great care to renovate the home with bold and vibrant decor and updated furnishings. Located on Truman Street, three blocks from popular Duval Street, the home is a quiet and peaceful area that is steps from the heart of the entertainment district. There is a lush interior garden with hammock, lounge chairs, and plunge pool, but there are no on-site restaurants for lunch and dinner and the cancellation policy is strict.

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An intimate bed and breakfast

The former home that now houses this bed and breakfast was built in 1904 and has been completely renovated. Spacious verandas, hanging hammocks, a white picket fence, and lush garden landscaping all contribute to the relaxing vibe of the property. Inside the front double doors, there is a restored wooden staircase and vibrant artwork. The lobby is set up in true living room-style fashion, with a main gathering area featuring a set of comfortable red sofas (this room is a favorite hang-out spot for the owner's friendly dogs). The house is filled with personal touches and bold artwork, feeling more like a private home than a hotel.


Close to the shopping and dining district in historic Key West

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The Mermaid and The Alligator is located on Truman Street in a historic neighborhood in the heart of downtown Key West. Duval Street, a popular tourist area with shopping, dining, and nightlife attractions, is just three blocks from the hotel. Many restaurants are located within easy walking distance. Nearby, Sup Key West and Surf Key West offer water sport rentals and excursions. Across the street from the hotel, there is a lovely double-steeple church called The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea.


Nine unique rooms with vibrant design elements

All of the nine rooms at The Mermaid and The Alligator are unique in size, shape, and decor. The Caribbean Queen has a four-poster king-size bed decorated in bold red pillows and white linens. Red drapes frame the windows and the bed faces a red wall with a collection of tropical-inspired artwork. More like a guest room in a home, than a hotel room, expect unique lamps and decor -- there’s a sitting area with a zebra print chair and white love seat. The bathroom has a large Roman soaking tub and granite countertops. The room has a large outdoor verandah with a plush seating area and hanging hammock.


Tropical interior garden and tiny plunge pool

Free breakfast with homemade muffins and a hot entree of the day is served on the garden patio by a tiny plunge pool. There's also a free wine hour each evening in the outdoor pavilion, a tropical space surrounded by lush landscaping. Wi-Fi throughout the property is free and the hotel offers guests free use of beach towels, sunscreen, beach chairs, coolers, and umbrellas. Staff can arrange for bike rentals or a visit from licensed massage therapist.

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729 Truman Avenue, Florida 33040, United States

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