We spent two nights recently at the Homewood Suites near Pensacola Airport with two elementary age children. It was beyond my expectations. It started with a very attractively furnished, one bedroom suite. While small, the room was one of the cleanest hotel rooms I've ever stayed in, and the housekeeper was just down the hall when I arrived. As we passed, seeing that we had kids with us, she made sure to give us a few extra packs of popcorn and some granola bars to keep the kiddos happy. The kitchenette, though small, was more than adequate. We were able to store snacks and drinks in the full sized refrigerator, which was a nice change from the dorm size you usually get in hotels (and for an additional charge).
Next was the hospitality hours in the evenings. From complimentary wine and beer to what ended up being dinner (things like salisbury steak with green beans, chicken parm, etc.), everything was terrific. The hostesses made sure we all had everything we needed, and we left the hearth room feeling very satisfied.
The kids enjoyed the pool. An employee came out and gave them all kinds of things to play with in the pool, so they were beyond happy. It was also a nice touch to have the basketball area; we even found time to shoot some hoops.
The hearth room off the lobby reopens for breakfast. (You can get coffee there at any hour.) It was a full breakfast with all kinds of options. Each day, you could expect some kind of scrambled eggs, potatoes such as hash browns or tots, meat such as bacon or sausage, grits, yogurts, fruits, cereals, pastries, and the make-it-yourself waffles with toppings. All included!
The only constructive criticism I would offer this hotel is to move the smoking area. (And again, I stress that this is constructive, not complaining!) The smoking area is just outside the hearth room and you must travel through it to get to the pool area. We aren't used to smoking at all, and it practically choked us, even in the 1/2 second it took us to dash through the area to reach the pool. One morning, we had to take our breakfast outside when the inside room was full. We were alone for about five minutes, and suddenly were surrounded by people who all needed their smoke break right then. It would be better for everyone to move it off the main path a bit. Perhaps put some picnic tables over under the trees on the airport side of the pool and keep it separate? We also noticed that the area is where employees took their smoke breaks, which as a marketing executive, I find very unprofessional.
Overall, a GREAT hotel though, and we look forward to returning!
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