This was our second stay at Margaritaville and both times we were very pleased with the hotel. From the moment you enter, the floor to ceiling windows in the lobby make it seem like the Gulf is right at your feet. The entire hotel has that same fabulous Florida feel everywhere you look. Oversized Adirondack chairs overlook the beach on the outside patio. The rooms have one curved wall that is covered in a mural print of the Gulf at sunset. A tin bucket greets you in your room with complimentary waters and coupons for free beers. This is Jimmy Buffett's Florida.
I love all the thoughtful details that went into the making of this hotel, from the brightly covered lanyard you receive to keep your room card key handy to the tile floors in the hotel room.
We stayed in a gulf front room and the view of Pensacola's white powdery sand beaches was incredible. The beds are ultra plush with very high quality sheets and several plumpy pillows. The room had a great little balcony to sit out and enjoy the sound of the waves. The bathroom has an extra large, glassed in shower, aqua blue countertops, a cute modern sink and plenty of room for our teenage daughters to all do their hair and makeup at the same time, a very crucial thing in our world.
There was plenty of countertop space all over the room, from the expansive table in the entryway to the big dresser, desk and nightstand tables, another detail I loved about this place.
There were a few downsides to this hotel, but the positives certainly outweigh the very few negatives.
As mentioned before, the lack of a sound barrier between rooms is surprising for such a modern hotel. We were awoken our first morning to the sounds of a young family next door. It sounded like they were in our hotel room. Luckily, they were leaving, so we didn't have a problem after that.
Also the pool is rather small for such a luxury hotel. It's unusual, long and thin, which is not that practical for a large crowd. I was trying to just cool off with a glass of wine in the pool, but I ended up getting soaked by a rowdy group of guests who were trying to outdo each other in cannonballs. It wasn't their fault, it was the layout of the pool.
And the other downside was the staff. The front desk was incredible, but the housekeeping service was rather lackadaisical. Our rooms were adequately cleaned, although there were a few spots in the bathroom that could have been cleaner. I will admit though, that I like a pristine bathroom when it comes to my hotels. Towels and toiletries were sometimes stocked back up, sometimes not. There were a few times we had to request things that weren't restocked, but they were always quick and friendly with our requests.
Also too the valet staff could use some training. When we arrived, they did unpack our car and our bellman escorted us to our room, very helpful and cordial, but after that, we were on our own. Having paid for valet, we expect a certain service. When we would call down for our car, every single time, my husband would have to walk up to the valet stand to get our key, instead of them opening our doors and having our car ready. And it wasn't like they were busy, no one else was around. When we left, the valet staff watched us pack our car as they stood there at their stand without ever offering help. Between tips and paying for daily valet service, I expected much more out of the staff.
But even with those few downsides, we will come back to Margaritaville. We have family in the area, so we visit a few times a year. There are only a few luxury hotels in Pensacola and Margaritaville is one of the best.
- 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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