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“A great place on the beach” 5 of 5 stars
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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
Riverside, California
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6 hotel reviews
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“A great place on the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We have stayed in several hotels in Pensacola and on Pensacola Beach. This hotel is by far the best. The rooms and furnishings are great and the ambiance both laid back but also professional. Pick a gulf front room, if possible. Folks who work here are great and we like the restaurant too! This hotel is very kid-friendly but also is a great getaway for adults.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us recently and for taking the time to provide us with feedback. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to hosting your family's getaway again!
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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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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Just got back from a great two day vacation break at the beach. The off season rates and timing meant a great value and not overly crowded. Hotel is clean and bright. Pool design and view of the beach are postcard quality and great little pool bar with reasonable drinks. Room was bayside and had a view of the intercoastal. Room was clean, spacious with great bathroom and refrigerator.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, November 15, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us recently and for taking the time to provide us with great feedback. "Postcard quality" Love it! So glad you had such an enjoyable stay and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This was our second time staying at JB's Margaritaville Hotel on Pensacola Beach (PB). Six days of pure bliss directly on the beach. Threat of tropical storm Karen only blew away the clouds to be replaced by sunny days, romantic nights, and a warm breeze. Once again Ft. Pickens was closed due to govt. shutdown, but the beach and pool was fantastic. Great service, rooms, view, and bottled water and beer coupons in your room daily. Will return soon for the 3rd verse.

Room Tip: Personally I dont think there is a bad room in this place, just some are better than others. If your...
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  • Stayed October 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, November 15, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for providing us with great feedback. We are thrilled that you enjoyed such great service twice! Not a bad room in house, we definitely agree! Hope to see you again soon.
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Jekyll Island, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I did not know that there was a Magaritaville Hotel. I pulled the motorcycle over in Gulf Breeze and told Siri to find a motel near me. What a surprise to find that there was a Margaritaville Hotel about 3 miles from me. my room was great, I got a bay view instead of the ocean view. The price was good for a beach side hotel and the room I had with a balcony was outstanding, well worth the cost. The poolside bartender, Nathan, was very nice and pleasant to talk to.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, November 15, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide us with feedback. Thank you, Siri!!! We will be sure to commend Nathan on his great service and we look forward to your next stay!
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Panama City, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I'm writing this right when we get home from our stay at this hotel to document one issue. When we checked in Friday, we found two cigarette butts (different brands ) in opposite corners of our balcony. There is a note to guests in the room advising of a $250 charge if you smoke in the room or on the balcony. Assuming they were from a prior guest, and not wanting Housekeeping to think it was us, we disposed of the butts. Then after a long day out Saturday, we found a new butt in a corner of the balcony, so it's Housekeeping or someone else with general room access smoking out there. So, not wanting the next room guest to report us, we got rid of that butt, but they probably found one anyway after the room was cleaned today. I didn't go to the Front Desk with this, as I didn't want to get anyone in trouble.

Other than that issue, the room was bright and immaculate. Bathroom was a good size. Plenty of counter space, large tubes of toiletries (with extras), big glassed-in shower. Internet was fast. We never heard a sound from the adjoining rooms. The only drawback in the room was that all the lighting was along the bed wall, leaving the other side with the dresser and luggage area too dim. Oh, and no decaf with the in-room coffee maker.

We had planned to dine last night at the Landshark Landing pavilion but got over there and found it was closed for a private event; would have been nice to have some notice of that when we checked in. So we ate at the bar in the main building; service was great and the food good. Service was great again at breakfast and the food excellent.

Parking garage had bigger spaces than many we've seen in hotel garages.

The hotel is not overly Jimmy Buffett-themed, in fact the dining room was pretty bland.

The only other comment is the in-room hotel info book misses the mark. It lists times you can get room service, but not when the dining room, bar, etc are open. It doesn't say that coffee is available in the lobby. There were a couple other things that I forgot.

Room Tip: Rooms on the west end would be quieter when there is live music at Landshark Landing.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, November 15, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide us with such great feedback. I do apologize for the marks we missed for your experience.We appreciate the opportunity to serve our guests better and if at anytime during your stay we can do so, please do not hesitate to inform us. We certainly look forward to having you as guests again soon!
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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

I'd wanted to visit the hotel since it first opened a few years ago. But my wife is not a huge fan of Buffett and I knew if it was cheesy or touristy I would never hear the end of it. Well, at the end of 4 days all I've heard is when can we go back? Few places do everything well but this is about as close as I've seen. Facilities are excellent, the staff is exceptional the restaurant and bars are top notch. The location on the beach is perfect in short give it a try you will not be disappointed!





Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide feedback. Well, when can you come back? We are glad you both enjoyed your stay and we certainly look forward to your return!
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Denham Springs, Louisiana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This place was so nice and easy to stay at! The staff was alway nice and very helpful. The food was great. We had no reason to leave. Ample parking and beautiful views.This is our first time to Pensacola and Margaritaville made it our future beach destination.

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  • Stayed October 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, November 15, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide us with such great feedback. It is great that you enjoyed your stay and your first visit to Pensacola Beach! It is a very unique location and we certainly look forward to seeing you 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*
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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