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Margaritaville Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561   |  
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Ranked #3 of 10 hotels in Pensacola Beach
Indianapolis, Indiana
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
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“Beautiful Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We just returned from 4 days at this hotel. The hotel is beautifully decorated and clean. The pool is amazing and so relaxing to sunbathe with a view of the gulf and tropical music playing in the background. There is a nice veranda to relax on the back of the hotel. Gift shop was small but nice. We ate at Frank and Lola's twice and had pretty good food although the gumbo was almost non-edible. Drinks were good and definitely not watered down. The entire staff is very friendly and helpful. The rooms were nice and included a fridge, although the beds weren't comfortable. Shower is nice and roomy. I'm so glad we had a gulf view with a balcony to be able to watch the dolphins every morning. Room was clean when we arrived, although everyday we were there the floors had not been swept. Landsharks closes early.

Room Tip: Book in late April or other off season for MUCH cheaper rates. You may want to bring your own beach...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, May 9, 2013
Thank for choosing to stay with us recently and for taking the time to provide such great feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your time with us. I do apologize that our beds were not comfortable to you and that your gumbo was not satisfactory. I invite you to join us again and to let me know when you make your next reservation to give us an opportunity to correct the issues you had during this stay. KRandle@margaritaville.com.
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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
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We booked margaritaville for my birthday weekend afer visiting for a quick drink the year before. The hotel is gorgeous! I was impressed with the simplicity and easy access to beach, rooms and from our home in new orleans. We always go to destin yet after peeking in on this hotel we thought what is better than a short drive to a beautiful hotel and beach. With that said, the moment we arrived we felt like we were in paradise. The staff was amazing! EVERYONE took VERY good care of us... I think the only thing that leaves a bad feeling is the fact I booked the room a month in advance to knowing the lanshark would be closed ALL day saturday and then once arriving we were asked to leave the pool bar at 445 for a wedding....I WISH we would have known that prior as we booked becase of convenience of ammenities and a shorter drive....don't get me wrong i did not complain yet did inquire as to if this is how it always is and the front desk said april and october they have weddings and that I guess "well paying guests" just have to DEAL with weddings and EVERYHING we were looking forward to being THERE were closed. I wish they wuld have offered a discounted return because I would definitly go back! Just dissapointed yet all in all a GREAT place to stay when you want a getaway with easy ammenities and friendly staff. All in all I had a great birthday and will visit again, may not stay but appreciative of the staff and cleaniness of the hotel. Thanks Margaritaville!!

Room Tip: Get the gulfront!!!! I dont have any other experience yet the balcony and windows open even just on...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to provide such valuable feedback. Again, I sincerely apologize for closing of the 2 venues. I can assure you that they will not be closed simultaneously again. Our website does have a great calendar to that posts closings, special events and hours for all outlets on property. We would love to have you as a guest again and urge you to contact me when you are ready to do so KRandle@Margaritaville.com.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

My wife and I recently spent six nights at this wonderful Hotel,we found both the accommodation
and the staff to be of the highest quality.
Margaritaville promotes a casualness among its guests and that combined with great food,wonderful cocktails ,extreme comfort and superb service all adds up to a highly enjoyable stay.
I would note that the menu is limited with the emphasis on casual dining and does become a little repetitive.
Top marks to Nathan in the Tiki Bar and the great girl who was working the pool deck on Friday
12th April both assets to the Hotel.
Many thanks Margaritaville we will return.

David & Linda.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us recently and for taking the time to provide such amazing feedback.We are so glad you two enjoyed your visit with us and will certainly commend Nate and Sylvia on their great guest service. We are always open to suggestions and appreciate the menu note. Many thanks to you and we look forward to your return.
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Vail, Colorado
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

this is a beautiful hotel which truly captures the beach spirit. open, clean spaces, directly on the beach. beachy decor, but not junky. tasteful and classy. would love to stay here as it really is a very pretty place!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you for stopping by and for taking the time to provide feedback. we are pleased you enjoyed your visit and we look forward to having you as a guest one day!
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Overland Park, Kansas
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4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Just finished our second trip to this hotel in about a year - both trips in April - and this trip confirmed the outstanding opinion my wife and I both had. We selected a corner room facing the beach and had a great view from the wraparound balcony. The room was spacious with a large bathroom with both a tub and a large shower. The staff is generally excellent with some outstanding performers. Superb room cleaning by a very pleasant staff.

The location is among the best in Pensacola Beach if you don't want to wander around the central area on foot. That scene is crowded and parking is difficult on weekends so if going to different bars on foot is important, you may want to stay at the Hilton or another choice (but be forewarned, there is a HUGE "observation wheel" - Ferris wheel in that central area that lights up the sky. Not sure I would want a room overlooking that.) If in a car and focusing on spending time at the beach and a nice dinner in Pensacola or at the Grand Marlin (best restaurant in Pensacola Beach), the Margaritaville Beach Hotel is the way to go.

The beach services are provided by a vendor who does a great job (say hi to Lonnie!) You can rent a couple of chaise lounges built of two by fours with a comfortable thick pad and an umbrella - for me, this makes the trip. The pool is nice, but even in April was popular, with a poolside bar. The food in the restaurant had been good but had gone up a notch and it appears the corporate management is seeking to continue the improvement based on an extensive survey my wife received about two weeks before we came on this trip (using her contact info from the first trip.)

Overall, a great experience.

Room Tip: The money for beach side is worth it and you can ask for a higher level room (there are seven floors...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide such amazing feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and that the weather was beautiful. As a young property, we certainly are very appreciative for all feedback as it is essential for growth and development and we are glad that you have noticed that growth. We look forward to having you as a guest again soon!
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013 via mobile

Our second trip here April 10-14. Still a great hotel. The staff is the greatest. They are all friendly, helpful, and if there is a problem, it is addressed immediately. Everyone, from the front desk to the maintenance people says hello, can I help you, do you need anything? They have small fun activities during the day. the bar is very nice and the bartenders are very good. The margaritas are excellent throughout the property. The rooms are big, clean and very comfortable. We stayed in a corner suite and the extra room and view were very nice but the gulf front rooms are still very good. Great large shower, (suites have a large tub) fridge in room, coffee maker, and all of the essentials that you need are provided. Housekeeping does an excellent job. The pool area is very nice and the Tiki Bar puts out some very good drinks and service. "WAY TO GO NATE"! Super bartender. Needed help but ran his butt off to accommodate everybody with drink and food orders. This hotel is just clean, nice and comfortable. Maybe a little more pricey than other hotels at PB but worth it. Recommended and I will be back.

Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and took advantage of the great family activities. Nate is an amazing asset to the team and of course we will let him know what you said! We appreciate the recommendations and look forward to having you as a guest again soon!
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Bergen, Norway
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
42 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

As a fan of many of the Margaritaville bars (especially in the Carribbean), we though it could be cool to check out the Margaritaville hotel. Luckily were were pleasantly surprised from the moment we checked in. Good service, free parking (valet available) and nice rooms. I was especially found of the "ocean walls". Also in the room we had two bottles of free water and two vouchers for free beer in the bar.

The different bars were nice, pool area great, and the food in the restaurant was also good. Only negative I would have about the hotel might be that it is a little bit pricy. If in the area we would stay again however.

Room Tip: Choose ocean view. Well worth it.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide such valuable feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay and the amenities. Early Spring and late Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of some amazing rates! We look forward to having you as a guest again soon.
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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 Business Center with Internet Access 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*
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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