In the course of finding a B&B in Key West during Fantasy Fest, I called the Mermaid and the Alligator several times. Each time I was impressed by their candor and helpfulness. So I decided to book with them and I’m so glad I did.
We were immediately greeted by the owners’ two, black labs and led into the house to meet our concierge, Geri. Geri immediately made us feel welcome and gave us a great overview of Key West and some of restaurants and places they recommended. Now, I’m always a little leery when a business recommends another business. However, every excursion, restaurant and shop that Geri and the other concierges and owners recommended was stellar! Each recommendation was amazing, not just good, amazing. This B&B won’t recommend it unless it’s excellent.
Our room, The Caribbean Queen, was spacious and well-appointed. The large sitting room looked onto an enormous king-size bed with double doors leading to our wrap-around veranda with rattan furniture and our own hammock. We even had our first guest…an iguana who likes to perch on the railing.
Breakfast each morning was served personally out in the gardens. The owners have taken care to create a large, lush, tropical garden divided into several intimate sitting areas. We even booked a couples’ massage in an area of the garden near the fountain. Very relaxing. If you want the massages, go with the B&B’s recommendation on massage therapists. My husband and I both had fantastic massages and we know massage. If you want intense work they will do it. if you just want to be relaxed, they’ll do that.
We never lifted a finger during our stay. Every taxi, every excursion, every reservation was arranged for us by the staff or owners. The location was fantastic, being only a few blocks from Duval Street (the main drag). So were close to the action and far enough away to ignore it if we wanted. One of the Fantasy Fest locals’ parade routes even went by the B&B. So we sat on the front wall of the garden and with our glasses of complimentary wine and watched. Lots of fun!
If you want beautiful surroundings, amazing service and a warm, cozy feel, you will want to stay here. I know we’ll be coming back!
- 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
- Also Known As:
- The Mermaid & The Alligator Hotel Key West
- The Mermaid And The Alligator
- The Mermaid & The Alligator Key West, Florida