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Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
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Dallas, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“AMAZING- location, staff and facility was EXCEPTIONAL!!!”
Reviewed October 14, 2010

This is NOT the Holiday Inn that I grew up staying in! No more dark rooms, shoddy decorations, nasty front desk people and questionable roadside loactions. Let me first say, I always look at Trip Advisor's reviews and wonder if some people are actually hotel staff writing the reviews or possibly guests "bribed" to write great reviews. I assure you, I don't work there and we certainly weren't bribed. I just know that a good HONEST review is helpful in trip planning. So, here goes:

This place is GREAT!!! It's not only location, location, location... Yes, it has an AMAZING location (beach front with ALL the rooms having a gulf beach front balcony), but it was clean, the staff was nice and helpful, and the facility was modern, upkept, and way beyond our expectations for a Holiday Inn.

We checked in at night, so we had NO IDEA how amazing it would be! I actually only booked one night there "just in case". You never know if a hotel will suck despite the reviews. I wanted to make sure we didn't "overcommit" and have to stay in a crappy place. Well, when we got up the next morning, I could get down to the front desk fast enought to book the remaining nights we had planned to stay in Pensacola. The hotel sits right on the beach! Open the back door and you're on a stretch of amazing sugar white sand and clear water!!! EVERY room in the place has a gulf front beach view WITH a balcony! And, if you've never been to Pensacola Beach (we hadn't and really didn't know it exsisted), it is an island just across from Pensacola, FL. It's got powder soft, sugar white beaches with clear, calm water. Clear, like bathtub water!!!

It is an easy drive to Gulf Breeze, FL (the island in between the beach and Pensacola) and Pensacola. We could be in downtown Pensacola in 5 minutes and at the front gate of the Pensacola Naval Air Station in 10 minutes. The area is AMAZING to see. There's LOTS for any member of the family!

So, if you're planning a trip to the area, you should really consider staying on Pensacola Beach. It's actually WAY nicer than Pensacola and Gulf Breeze combined. I actually thought it looked better than Destin. We drove through Destin on our way home and it couldn't compare to what we had just left! We spent the remainder of our trip constantly saying, "I wish we would have just stayed in Pensacola Beach".

When you do stay at the Holiday Inn on Pensacola Beach (I keep saying on Pensacola Beach because there are other Holiday Inns in the area, but only one on Pens. Beach), if you see Marsha, Jessie or Lance tell them hi! They were the amazing staff I was talking about! They went out of their way to help us, tell us where to go/what to see, and we always there to greet us with a smile each time we came through the front door! So, Marsha, Jessie and Lance THANK YOU for making our vacation awesome! You were right, we DID fall in love with it!!!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Moorefield, West Virginia
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Reviewed October 12, 2010

wonderful location right on beach with private balcony/ocean view - hotel very clean and comfortable - staff during all hours was superb, they wanted our visit to be perfect

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Loganville, Georgia
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Reviewed October 8, 2010

If you want less crowds, October is nice. the weather is perfect at 80 degrees, easy location to get around, easy access to beaches, fishing, dining local. All rooms face the Gulf, for the value and quality. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. I felt safe and comfortable. Nice start with breakfast, business center, and workout room--which all areas were very clean and updated. Just over the bridge you can fine other chain stores or restaurants in Gulf Breeze. Easy access to the airport also. The room is spacious, clean and updated look.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled solo
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Xenia, Ohio
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Reviewed October 5, 2010

My wife and I are blessed with a 40year old son with severe/profound developemental disabilities. We try to take one trip each year so where we stay is critical.
We are big fans of Holiday Inn Express hotels. We decided to take a trip to the Florida Panhandle, specifically Pensacola Beach. We had never been to the Panhandle.
The Hotel is super fantastic!! The staff was very professional and accommodating.
All the rooms face the Gulf of Mexico and have balconies. The room exceeded all of our expectations. Marsha at the front desk called around and found us a special wheel chair with balloon tires we could rent so we could walk my son on the beach. She even arranged for maintenance to transport the chair to/from the hotel. We watched dolphins from the balcony every morning. The free breakfast was great. I just can't say enough about the professionalism of the staff and the quality of the facility. We loved our accommodations and would go back in a heartbeat. Well worth the money ! Incidentally I've been in law enforcement or related fields for forty years. This is a safe/secure environment.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
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Reviewed September 30, 2010

This hotel was awesome. From the website, I saw that all rooms faced the beach with balconies, and I was expecting a dive with a view -- but, this hotel was beautiful! The staff was incredible - friendly and smiling every time I saw them. They were quick to offer directions, recommendations and assistance whenever needed, plus they even provide awesome little gifts (like a logo bucket with a shovel for kids to collect seashells). I will totally come back to this hotel again!

Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
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Atlanta, GA
Level 2 Contributor
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

This hotel probably has the best location on Pensacola Beach. Every room overlooks the beach. It's pretty amazing going to sleep to the sound of the ocean right outside your balcony door. The hotel is what you would expect from HIE.

I generally stay at Holiday Inn' s about 40-50 nights a year and can definitely attest to the fact this on is a little above average. The hotel is very friendly and accommodating. Another major point of this hotel is the free breakfast which is a nice touch considering all of the surrounding hotels generally charge for breakfast.

The highlight of my stay here was the proximity to the beach. The hotel is located far enough from the main beach area (around the pier), that it offers the quiet and peaceful setting of a private beach. There are very few people on the beach near the hotel..

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed September 17, 2010

This is a lovely, super clean hotel right on the Gulf of Mexico. Every room has a balcony that faces the water so you go to sleep and wake to the soothing sound of the gulf. All staff members are professional, most helpful, and polite. Breakfast choices are more than adequate and there is a small fridge and coffee maker in the rooms. The hotel is only 2 years old and it's very clean with absolutley no trace of the mold that's usually a part of beach accomodations. A great place for families, solo travelers, military, and everyone else.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled solo
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach
Address: 333 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561-2011
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Location: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Pensacola Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach
#1 Family Hotel in Pensacola Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Pensacola Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Pensacola Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach 2.5*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
EVERY room at the Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach overlooks the Gulf of Mexico. Located away from the crowds(our next door neighbor is a sand dune preserve)but close to everything. Our 100% smoke-free Pensacola Beach hotel offers an outdoor pool and a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. Each beachfront hotel room features a private Gulf front balcony. Whether you are in Pensacola Beach for business or leisure, our hotel provides a premiere serene location with comfortable amenities. The white sands of the Gulf of Mexico are literally in our backyard. Historic and scenic Fort Pickens National Seashore is a few miles from our hotel on Pensacola Beach. Diving, fishing, snorkeling and boating are fun activities nearby, and Quietwater Beach Boardwalk, within walking distance, offers shops and restaurants. Our great island location provides you with endless possibilities. Getting to meetings and conventions is easy as the Pensacola Civic Center is eight miles from our hotel in Pensacola, Florida. The Pensacola State College, Pensacola Christian College and Naval Air Station Pensacola are 15 miles away. Our hotel near Pensacola Regional Airport (PNS) is the perfect place to stay during your business trip. Come Stay Smart with us at the Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach and see that the only thing we overlook is the Gulf of Mexico. ... more   less 
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