What a beutiful hotel run by smiling faces.
My and my lovely wife were fortunate enough to spend our second honeymoon there recently (Sep 29-Oct 2).
We were greeted by smiling valet parkers (but you can self park in the parking garage under the hotel for free!). We arrived very early in the morning and the front desk staff insisted we check in and begin enjoying the property, no need to wait for "check in" time since our room was available.
Our room, a double queen bay view (they didn't have the king gulf view available since we did arrive a day earlier than our original reservation but we were fine with that), was much larger than I expected and the first thing I noticed, other than the size, was the very nice relaxing mural near the entrance to the bathroom and also the breathtaking view from the balcony. Once you enter the bathroom you'll notice it has an extremely large shower (for a hotel room).
On our second night we had issues with the air conditioner and the front desk upgraded us to the corner king executive gulf front room. That room is even larger to include a separate sitting area, the addition of a huge deep tub and an even larger stand up shower. Your balcony is now a wrap around so you have views of up or down the beach in addition to the gulf. (to be honest we never used the extra space so if it were up to me I wouldn't spring for the larger room.)
Fank and Lola's is a great place to "nibble on some sponge cake" or any other delight.
Once you step onto the beach they've got 25 pairs of padded lounge chairs with umbrellas for rent if you'd like to "watch the sun bake" and "those tourists covered with oil."
No worries if you "blow out your flip-flop" since the beach is at your doorstep, and besides, they have a small gift shop in the lobby with plenty of Buffett stuff to include flip-flops.
If you are looking for "booze in a blender which will soon render that frozen concoction that helps you hang on" try the tiki bar at the pool.
You can pretend you are on your "front porch swing" sitting on your balcony enjoying the beautiful green gulf.
I'm certain if I didn't have to get back to work this would be "the reason I'd stay there all season."
Modern new facility very well decorated and relaxing
Perfect location on the beach
Free covered parking
reasonable price (for the king/queen bay view)
tasty food at "frank and lola cafe"
nice pool and bar
daily events such as arts and crafts in lobby
well apointed Buffett references and artwork in the rooms and throughout hotel
if you want a "party" hotel this is not it
Of note during off season:
Landshark Landing (bar) is only open until November 1st although you can still get adult beverages at frank and lola's
Landshark landing will not open if it's raining
The Pensacola Beach free shuttle does not run so you must drive if you want to explore the rest of Pensacola beach or eat off property
Overall review: Even for those that are not sure who Jimmy Buffett is this hotel is a must stay if in the area (unless you are a "spring breaker" type then you may want to move along to another location).
We'll be moving to Pensacola in the near future and will probably visit the hotel from time to time.
If you don't enjoy Margartiaville Beach Hotel on Pensacola Beach there isn't "a woman to blame, IT'S YOUR OWN DAMN FAULT."
- 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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