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“Nice hotel, But yes...Lazy housekeepers!” 4 of 5 stars
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Margaritaville Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Fort Worth, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Nice hotel, But yes...Lazy housekeepers!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2011

My family and I stayed on floor 4 and stayed in a room facing the bay. It was a cheaper room at only $209 a night, but the room was still very impressive and comfortable! The beds sleep like a dream! We wouldn't have missed the ocean view to say the least. The staff is very friendly and professional. However, The housekeepers were not very detail oriented (as another reviewer had stated). I'm also doubting the sheets are changed between guests. After sleeping in our bed all night...we woke up to find another person's dirty underwear was shoved up at the head of the bed!!! They were the same color as the sheets and I guess we were so tired from our first day on the beach we hadn't even noticed them there til the morning! You think had they changed the sheets they would have caught this. I called the front desk and was told it would be a few hours before housekeeping could get to me. I drove all the way from Dallas Texas and was not about to let a pair of dirty underwear ruin my vacation. Housekeeping took care of the bed (2 hours after my call...Sigh). We stayed 3 nights and our room was never cleaned very well...Always sand left in the showers or the bed looked like it was made up in a hurry. In any event, We never stayed in our room long enough to care I guess. I highly recommend the Frank and Lola Cafe downstairs. EXCELLENT steak sandwich and smoked fish dip. Do yourself a favor skip the Land Shark Landing, the very few things they do have on their menu are terrible and overpriced. $10 for a plate of nachos that will remind you of a high school football concession stand. and the service was awful too. Overall it was a good 3 nights here, but I think management needs to keep a closer eye on their housekeepers!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2011

Stayed for only one night following business meeting and dinner at the hotel. The hotel is beautiful, the rooms are wonderful, the bed is extremely comfortable and the staff is professional, polite and responsive.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Louisiana
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78 reviews 78 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

Stayed here for the first time and was very happily surprised at how beautiful this place is. We stayed in 701 which is a Bay/Gulf Executive room. Thought the price was high when we booked but didnt think so after our stay. Possibly the largest and most luxurious bathroom on the Gulf Coast. Views of the Bay and Gulf were spectacular.
Walking to the Land Shark adjacent to the hotel to listen to a 70;s rock cover band was fun. Breakfast was large and proced well but dont buy coffe at $3.95 per cup. You can get it for free in the lobby! Room was $319 pkus, plus per night. Worth it!

Room Tip: go for the Bay view Executive
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Antonio, Texas
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2011

We had an amazing stay over July 4th weekend. The hotel staff were very friendly. The room was a Gulf view with a Balcony and it was well worth the expense. The room was clean and bed was very comfortable. I loved the bathroom it was large, clean, and had tons of hooks to put towels, etc on. I will definitely be going back! The pool area was small, but very nicely done and the wait staff at the Tiki Bar were very friendly and helpful. Access to the beach was perfect and they already had chairs and umbrellas set up for rental. Landshark Landing was fun. During the day I would consider it kid friendly, but at night more adult friendly.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Albany, NY
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3 hotel reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2011

We got into bed the first night to find both beds full of someone else's sand and what looked like chicken wing sauce on the sheets!!! Gross. Housekeeping had to come and make the beds at 10:30 pm while we all stood there in our pajamas. The woman on the evening housekeeping shift was even grossed out. We have never experienced a hotel that did not change sheets betweeen guests. Clearly, they have housekeeping issues. I promptly checked out the next morning, refusing to stay the duration of the 4 day reservation. I was told the remaining days would be cancelled. They were not. I just received a bill for the remaining days for over $1200.
Not only do they have housekeeping issues, but they also have billing issues. If you stay there, do so at your own risk.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

From the moment we walked through the doors we felt the ambiance of a fine hotel. There are so many wonderful things about this place, where to start... first the staff are extraordinary at all levels from the front desk to the restaurant staff to the valet service. Efficient and courteous always. The rooms are lovely and have a tropical feel, they are clean and modern and with a Gulf view you have nothing left to want. We love the laid back feel and the Buffet music going all the time. Live entertainment at the pool was a added bonus too. These people stepped up at every opportunity to make our stay as pleasant as possible considering we had little or no sun ( unfortunately not something they could fix or they probably would have:) We would definitely stay again!!

Room Tip: Get the Gulf view if possible. We were on the seventh floor with a stunning view and huge balcony...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jasper, Alabama
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2011

This is a beautiful place to stay! It wasn't cheap but it was definitely worth the extra$ for the comfort. We stayed somewhere else the night before for a cheaper rate and I'm pretty sure my family and I got ate up by something. (Days Inn) not to name any names lol! Everyone was very nice and helpful. The only complaint I have is there was no breakfast that was provided. They have a nice full breakfast bar, but you have to pay for that as well. Just be prepared for that. Have a Great time! It's worth it!!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Margaritaville Beach Hotel

Address: 165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561
Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Pensacola Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Margaritaville Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 162
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett, the hotel’s sense of place and attention to detail make it the perfect setting for guests who want to escape the everyday, engage their senses and make lasting memories. Anyone who has ever dreamed of escaping to a tropical island and sipping a margarita will enjoy being immersed in the Margaritaville experience at this hotel.The Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach sits on over 800 feet of gulf-front property. An additional 800 feet overlooks the bay. ... more   less 
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