I stayed at Sole Inn for 6 nights and found the experience thoroughly enjoyable. The rooms are new, clean and furnished well.
Staff at the hotel are great and provide the "happiest hour" I've seen in any hotel.
The Sole Inn and Suites is newly renovated. The rooms are clean, welcoming, well equipped and stylish. The building allows parking outside your door. The patio area is large and comfortable, with a tinkling fountain and cool big band and swing music playing in the background. The Lobby is clean and welcoming in a deco style. The Happy Hour is a brilliant way to meet other guests and the staff. The staff and management are friendly and interested in each of their guests. The location is brilliant, within 5 minutes walk of the heart of Downtown; and the bars, restaurants and museums. In short the Sole Inn and Suites was the find of our holiday, and is highly recommended. In fact, the only thing to be careful of is the fact that TripAdvisor seem to mix it up with a Ramada hotel?! BE CAREFUL, make sure you go to the right place - don't miss out!
This hotel isn't very well publicized. Most people who go to Pensacola generally go for the beach. Well here's the deal, hotels on the beach start at $200 a night, and hotels off the beach (but still close by) are generally in the $100-$150 range. I really don't understand why Pensacola hotels are so expensive, when they're not right on the beach. Well either way, we decided to stay here. The drive to the beach isn't too bad. And the public beach was nice. But this review isn't about the beach, it's about the Sole Inn.
The website seemed pretty nice, but I had a great fear that whenever we'd arrive at the Sole we'd be disappointed, but no, the website does the hotel justice. The beds are very springy (perhaps bad if you prefer firm mattresses). The styling was very nice, and you can tell that the place had been revamped recently. The only thing in the room that showed age was the shower. The bathroom was totally redone, and there were modern bath fixtures e.g. black toilet, a faucet that looks more like a fountain (in a good way). But the shower really wasn't a big deal. The wifi was alright, but a little weak on my laptop, despite being smack dab in the middle of the hotel. All in all, the room was great. They use wall a/c units, but I doubt that will affect your stay.
As for the hotel's amenities, the lobby is quaint, but hip. Every afternoon, they do Happy Hour from 5-7, which is nice to come home to after a day at the beach. Unfortunately, I hope you're not expecting nice cocktails or even good beer or anything. They had carafes of what I believed to be boxwine, and as for beer, they had cans of Natural "Natty" Light out for consumption. Not exactly classy. For breakfast, the selection was very limited; continental breakfast of cereal, pastries, and fruit. Pretty standard. It should also be noted that there is no pool. There is a fountain, but I'm not sure if we were supposed to have been able to play in it.
Now, while my feelings on the hotel are mixed, let me say that the location cannot be beat. Like I said, the beach is not too far away. Generally a 10-15 minute drive when there's no traffic. In terms of nightlife, Palafox is like the main street of Pensacola. We were able to walk to the bars, pretty safely, meaning that we didn't even need to cab it home after a night out. There are all kinds of bars for different ranges of people. If you're a girl, get ready to get hit on, this town is full of sailors from the navy.
On saturdays, there's a pleasant surprise. The saturday we went, there was an art market right across the street. This place is great, I'd definitely recommend it.
Thank you for your honest and good review. I am taking your comments to heart and upgrading our beer and wine selection and will jazz up breakfast some. I am limited to the shower size due to the building I had to work with, but we are going to put better shower heads in and some robe hooks. Thanks again for staying with us! Alan Williams
I had checked into a cheap chain hotel in downtown Pensacola.. First the toilet broke, then the fridge stopped working, the bed caved in and the place really smelled. While going for dinner in Downtown Pensacola, I spotted a cool hotel on Palafox. It was an old 50's hotel that had had a makeover. I stopped to enquire about the price,thinking it would certainly be out of my budget.. I was surprised to find it the same price as the dump that I was staying, so I moved hotels. Suddenly, I had a great bed with Egyptian cotton sheets, a quiet new aircon.. A very hip bathroom , with a sleek black glass counter and Knoll fixtures, and a black toilet. Cool furniture and art graced the hotel room. The room came with a microwave, coffee maker, fridge as well. It was spotlessly clean and even still smelled new. A continental breakfast and evening cocktail hour was also included in the price.. You can walk to all the great restraunts and bars in downtown Pensacola and your about a 12 minute ride to the beaches.. Personally, after this hotel, I would never spend twice the money to stay at the beach, and nothing at the beach would resemble a boutiqe hotel with a Queer Eye flare. Dont miss this place if your going to Pensacola!