I'm not sure what happened with the very lengthy review I posted about this hotel earlier, so I will try again and save it just in case.
Have been here twice in summer 2013: once to hang out at the bar and check out the place and once as a motel guest.
This is an older motel on the BAY side with a small strip of white sand beach where you can sit in a chair with your dog, look over the edge into the water and listen to the music from the bandstand while enjoying a cold beverage.
The good: narrow strip of white sand beach borders the bay and there is a dock close by. You can rent kayaks here or bring your own and launch into the bay. Dog-friendly sandy strip and dog-friendly rooms. Room was clean and brightly decorated with beachy themed prints and colors. Non-smoking rooms. Great live music bandstand and lots of picnic tables where you can listen to the music. Decent beach bar where many locals hang out. Restaurant with average bar fare. You can get it to go and sit in the sand or take it to your room. After reporting a problem with noise, a Hotel staff member talked to guests in adjoining room after 3 nights of NO sleep, we think, because it got better and this staff member was a very nice man who resembled Santa Claus. Firework noise not all that bad. Band noise not bad at all from the pool rooms facing the highway. (rooms facing the bar and band area frequently have noise complaints if you read other reviews). Having a refrigerator and microwave was great. Tile floor is great to keep you cool. Bring old towels as we did so you have a place to wipe off sandy/wet paws and feet at the door. Next time we would bring a broom to sweep up sand.
The bad: Many who were not guests of the motel parked in the parking lot and came to party and listen to the band. 4th July weekend was very crowded and noisy. Many of the hotel guests were up partying by 9am with doors open as if it were spring break and they ranged in age from 20 somethings to 50-60's. (if you have ever heard the joke about the FL panhandle being the redneck Riviera, then this was a PRIME example.) Many smokers outside their rooms with their doors open. When it rained cigarette smoke filters into the room. People (group of about 4 young adults) in adjoining room partied loudly (yelling, screaming, blenders, banging, laughing, dropping stuff, loud bangs, swearing) until after 3 a.m. and began again early in the morning. This was awful for our two dogs to deal with as well as us. We had to play background ocean soundtrack to get any peace and sleep at all. After a couple of nights with no sleep we reported it although we feared retaliation as we were both end rooms. One drunk guest fell down stairs and there was blood on the stairs and sidewalk that we had to direct our dogs around to leave our end of the 2nd story. Another guest let their dog run without a leash (their room door was open) and it attacked one of our small dogs and drew blood from her ear out near the pool as we were taking them on walk. The bar has signs stating no dogs allowed and the bartenders told us in advance no dogs at the picnic tables either, however we saw people at the tables on both sides of the bar with their dogs (this went on all 4 days) and someone else tied their dog up in the sand in the picnic table area and left it there alone amid guests. Either have rules about the dogs or don't but don't enforce them for some and not for others. There are visible signs saying "no dogs". Some people were letting their dogs do a deuce in the sand strip (its not only dog-friendly, there are picnic tables and places to play) and did not pick up after them. Lazy pet owners! If you are too good to pick up after your dog, you aren't good enough to have a dog. Also, because it was the 4th of July holiday, guests were shooting fireworks off in the parking lot right there with guest parking. There was a lot of fireworks trash near our pickup truck, especially near the stand alone units where people did a lot of outside partying. The last odd thing which was not a big deal for us but could be for some, there is no sink in the bathroom...the sink is out in the main room and is one of those small camper style sinks. We do not use room service and we did not use the pool.
Final verdict: great potential and thank God dog-friendly, but we would not stay here again on a big partying weekend like 4th of July. Too many out of control guests with no consideration of others and too much of a "spring break" atmosphere. We saw other grousing "families" who did not expect this kind of atmosphere around their children for that kind of nightly rate. I'm not sure how some of those partiers afforded the rates, but they must have pooled their money together.
Would we stay here again during an off-time or during the week with our pups? Absolutely.
We just had an awful experience.
P.S. Dog owners be sure you research where the "dog-friendly beaches" are ahead of time. As of summer 2013 they were only open for dogs in the early morning.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Paradise Inn is a quaint, classic style motel located on Pensacola Beach, a barrier island in northwest Florida. The waterfront motel sits on the Santa Rosa Sound side of the island. Just across the street are the emerald blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico and its world famous sugar white beaches. While staying with us, guests can enjoy our outdoor pool, private beach, continental breakfast, and high speed internet. Our private pier is available for boating, fishing, paddle boarding, or swimming. Try some of the best food on the island at our waterfront Bar and Grill while enjoying live entertainment by some of the most talented bands playing on the Gulf Coast. Our motel provides you with attractive rooms at an affordable rate which makes our accommodations one of the best values on the Emerald Coast. We invite you to Paradise, a place with beautiful sunsets and classic island charm. ... more less
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