The Mermaid & The Alligator

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by jaybroek on June 12, 2003

This place is to die for. I may have limited experience of quality accommodation, but for less than the Pegasus International, we got to stay in an incredible, Victorian-period Key West home.

The garden is organised around the deck and small pool, shadowed by fine tropical plants. Songbirds in cages add to the ambience created by Dean, one of the joint-owners and an experienced garden designer. A relaxed breakfast is served here from 8:30 until 10am with a different, home cooked hot dish served every day alongside yoghurt, muffins, fruit and coffee. Also in the garden there is a covered porch where lemonade is served in the afternoon and wine available for guests in the early evening. These guys look after you!!

Hidden at the back of the garden are two (or three? I couldn't tell, they were hidden!) cottage rooms with their own verandahs. There are another four or five rooms in the main house, each decorated with interesting local antiques. We stayed in the Sun Room - essentially one big bay window, forming half an octagon - with sun deck, bathroom and walk in closet - light, beautifully furnished and decorated.

Dean and Paul are marvellous hosts - aside from the breakfast and wine, we were loaned beach towels and equipment and given excellent recommendations for restaurants and activities - particularly the Seven Fish restaurant, not 50 yards from the front door. The guesthouse is also in the lucky position of having parking for eight cars - not to be sniffed at in Key West!

If the other guesthouses on Truman are on the same level as this, you need go no further than a couple of blocks to find the perfect spot.

Mermaid & The Alligator
729 Truman Avenue
Key West, Florida, 33040
(800) 773-1894

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