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Margaritaville Beach Hotel
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 16, 2013

I made reservations for June1-3 for a short getaway with my wife. After I made the reservations I decided to read some review's, boy was that a mistake. I almost cancelled my reservation because of some of the negative reviews.

Here's the truth. It's a great place to RELAX and enjoy the beach. It is a beach hotel and in the style of the Caribbean/Jimmy Buffett it's laid back. Don't expect servers at your side constantly.

Everyone who worked there was polite and professional.

The Hotel is clean, beautiful and well maintained.

The rooms are large, the beds remind me of the Heavenly beds used at Westin Resorts.

Unlike other guest, I enjoyed the view from the bay side. At night the reflection of the lights off the bay are beautiful.

Yes, it's kinda expensive but you get what you pay for. Oh, you are only a short walk from the shop and bar area which is nice.

I will return again.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

What a title!! Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with feedback and for choosing to stay with us. We are pleased that you enjoyed our property and amenities. Looking forward to your return!

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

When you're planning a road trip from Austin, TX to Florida (June 30-July 5) with a 5 and a 3yr old... you want to make sure you make an educated choice for a great and relaxing (but fun) place to stay. I read ALL of the reviews for multiple hotels in Pensacola Beach, and kept coming back to Margaritaville. The hotel is beautiful! Great location on the gulf AND the bay. Stunning lobby that is tastefully done with subtle beach colors and decor; but, what stood out the most after a long car ride... the people. Practically everyone that works there looks like they are HAPPY to work there, and make you feel WELCOME immediately. From the valet/door guys when you drive up, to the front desk, to the maids and room service group... Excellent service and attitude.The rooms are spacious, clean, comfy bed (although ours squeaked a bit), fantastic shower (trust me), and if you can get a gulf view room... it is WORTH it! There are little things that become BIG. Like a covered parking garage with access to the beach AND to the rooms, so you don't have to walk through the lobby in your swim gear with sand going everywhere. Beach is beautiful with direct hotel access to the clean white sand. Only complaint... Why do you charge by the hour to have a chair and umbrella? I can understand if you are visiting the beach; but, should be included for people actually staying at Margaritaville (just a thought). We spent EVERY day at Landing Shark (on the property) where we could watch the kids play. That was nice when you don't want to go over to the boardwalk. Also, the free trolley (from 4pm) right outside the hotel was awesome. Nevertheless, we made the right choice!

Room Tip: Don't even question it. Get a gulf side view room if they have one available. The view speaks fo...
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with such great feedback. Choosing to stay with us after much deliberation, is a great honor! Beach service is an optional service and is why we do not include it in the cost of the room. We certainly are looking forward to having your family here again!

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Reviewed July 13, 2013

Everything was great!! Loved everthing about this hotel. Rooms had awesome views, large over sized showers, and loved the beach feel of the decor. Pool was neat for kids, enter at either end w/5ft in middle of pool. I think my son had the most fun at the pool! Pool area had a bar w/ covered seating w/tables and a view of beach. Great rooms, pool, food, drinks, service, and helpful front desk. We will stay here again....

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with feedback and for choosing to stay with us. We designed the pool with everyone in mind and I'm glad it worked for your family. We look forward to your next visit! And hopefully soon!

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We stayed here June 17 thru 20th. FIrst time for us. It was very easy to find. Our room was ready as we arrived a little early. We were on the 6th floor, oceanside.
The rooms are beautiful & very, very, clean. Anything that you would need is either in your room or you can ask for it.
Parking in the basement garage was very easy and secure.
The lobby is a comfortable place to sit and relax.
Wonderful gift shop.
Frank & Lolas Cafe had great food.
The pool area is nice, clean, its very pretty.
Tiki bar at the pool was also nice to have around.
Plus who can not say that the beach & the ocean were also beautiful.
All of the staff goes out of their way to make you feel important.
Only problem we had was one evening we walked over to the Landshark Bar & we sat for
20 minutes with no one waiting on us. We walked out and as we did, I stopped a waitress and ask her how you got waited on in here. She said just sit down & we will wait on you. I told her that we HAD been sitting for 20 minutes. After this we went to Frank & Lolas to eat & I told
the chef about it, as he was bringing us our meal. He was concerned that we had such bad service, or should I say, no service. He wanted us to have free dessert to take to our rooms.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with such great feedback! I'm terribly sorry about your wait at LandShark but I am glad you accepted our token of apology and informing us about the issue. We certainly look forward to your next visit.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We stayed at this gorgeous hotel July 3rd leaving July 4th and everything was fantastic from arrival to departure. Everything was impeccably clean and the shower was the best. Lovely personal products. Keurig coffee machine in the room which also brews tea. Fridge was hidden. We had a very good nights sleep on incredibly comfortable beds with duvet linens. They thought of everything even down to sand material covering the floor of the balconies. The drinks and servers at the bar were fantastic and the dining room experience was just as nice. The view was spectacular and we were quite entertained by the surfers in the distance. Can't wait to return for a romantic weekend!!

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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with such great feedback and for choosing to stay with us! We appreciate the kind words! We are very proud of our unique location and views. When booking your romantic weekend, be sure to ask your Guest Service Rep about our Frank and Lola's second honeymoon package! It's the perfect treat for such an occasion. We look forward to your next visit!

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

For people from New Orleans who want a quick weekend beach vacation this hotel is super easy. The rooms are spacious-we got a junior suite, reasonable and it is on the beach. They make it convenient for you to spend time on the beach -beach chairs/umbrellas for rent by the day and at the pool which has a great bar. They also have a restaurant in the hotel-good for breakfast and a nice casual place next door -Landshark with nice outdoor hammocks and fire pit. The only reason we did not go there more than once is because the menu is the same at the pool bar and Landshark which can get boring very quickly especially if you ate the same menu for lunch at the pool. The food is very good and chef was mindful of allergy issues. The bartenders at the bar are the most efficient I have ever seen! The hotel is nice, friendly and a good spot for a quick vacation especially with kids. They can really take it one step further by serving on the beach!!!

Room Tip: The junior suites facing the ocean are really nice but they do not have a sofa bed but the hotel wil...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2013

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide us with such great feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

We stayed three nights and loved every minute. The Rooms where awesome. We had lots of room and a great view from the 5th floor. The Gulf view is worth the extra money. We can't wait to go back. I would recommend this Hotel to all of my friends. You are also only a 10 minute walk to shopping and other attractions in Pensacola Beach.

Room Tip: Get a room on the Gulf side and on the upper floors for a great view.
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded July 4, 2013

Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide us with such great feedback. It's great that you enjoyed your stay and we certainly can't wait to have you as a guest again!

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Address: 165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561-2007
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 #2 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
Price Range: $191 - $326 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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