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“Not tacky in spite of the name” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Margaritaville Beach Hotel

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Margaritaville Beach Hotel
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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32 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Not tacky in spite of the name”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2013

I was very impressed with this hotel. The rooms are spacious and look fairly new. The beds are comfortable and have nice duvets and great pillows. They stock the bathroom with lots of towels, which is always nice.The views on either side of the hall are water views. The staff is very attentive. The only thing that bothered me was the restaurant. They seemed short staffed at breakfast, and therefore, even though there were many tables available, we had to wait over 15 minutes to be seated. Other than this, I would highly recommend this hotel.

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 25 March 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us during your recent travels and for for taking the time to provide us with such valuable feedback. It is great that you can get a beautiful view from either side of the hotel. I do apologize for the extended wait time for breakfast. We hope to have you as a guest again soon!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Mountain Brook, Alabama
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77 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for the first time over spring break, 2013. Cleanliness, service and vale were very good. We liked that the rooms have tile floors that look like driftwood planks, instead of carpet. This makes it seem much cleaner than typical beach hotels. Nice amenities, including crisp linens, flat screen tv and a Keurig coffee maker in each room. Beds were comfy, despite the loud rustle from the plastic mattress pads. This hotel could do just a few things to make it truly great. First, upgrade the stock of sweeteners and creamer in the room. The one pack of sugar, one pack of sweet and low and one pack of Powdered creamer is sub par. (To their credit, they did not charge me for a cup of milk each morning to take up for our coffee.) Second, having some festive Carribeam-style music playing in the lobby area would make it much more festive. Finally, offer some activities in the lobby similar to what is offered on a cruise, and you could easily appeal to the cruise crowd, too. All in all, I'd readily stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sherrie F
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 25 March 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide such valuable feedback. I do aplogize for the lack of coffee condiments in your room but I'm glad we were able to provide a better option for you. We do have a steel drummer that plays every Friday night and a host of daily activities. With such a seasonal location, the more favorable activities happen in the warmer months. We certainly invite you back to take part in those events. Please visit the Events section of our website as it is updated often with new and exciting family fun. We look forward to your return and will do everything in our power to make sure it is our standard "amazing stay" for you. Please email me directly for your next reservation Krandle@margaritaville.com.
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Newark, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2013

We stayed one night on our way back home from Fort Myers. Beautiful rooms. Good food. Overall a very pleasant experience. Staff was professional and friendly. We are planning to come back and stay longer.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mds899
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 25 March 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide such valuable feedback. It's great to know that you enjoyed your stay with us and are already planning a return visit. We certainly look forward to your return.
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La Porte, Texas
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91 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2013

We stayed at Margaritaville Beach Hotel for one night during a return trip from a Disney vacation. Being a Parrot Head, it seamed to be the right thing to do. When we entered the lobby, I found not a Margaritaville restaurant feel, but the feel of a very relaxed, full service hotel.

The decor is light, airy and comfortable. There is nothing pretentious about the building, but all finishes are high quality. Service is excellent at the small shop, the single restaurant and both bars.

The rooms are wonderful. From the tile floors, high quality bed linens and a wonderful shower, there are no complaints concerning the rooms. We had a Gulf front room, but the bay view rooms provide a view of the bay, the bridge to Pensacola Beach and the hotel zone to the east.

Just a great first visit and we look forward to an extended visit in the coming months.

Room Tip: Gulf view rooms are very good.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LaPorteWillie
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 25 March 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide such valable feedback. The concept of the hotel was "the hammock after the party" and we are pleased that you captured that feel. We look forward to having a return visit from your family again soon!
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Atlantic Beach, Florida
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130 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2013

The plus? Chelsea, Crystal, Nathan.... Top associates at the hotel. The misses? Inconsistent service.... 3 of the 6 days our housekeeping service was excellent... The other half.... Poor. No toiletries, no coffee replacement, trash left behind, wood floor not vacuumed... Bar? Pete made good drinks, Nathan however actually worked the pool area.... And was always helpful. So 1 of 6 days we had pool food and beverage service. The 3rd bartender poured a kettle and tonic vs the kettle and club... Yuck. Newspapers? Left by our door 1 of 6 days. Breakfast? Avoid the omelette... Small and dry. Slow service 50% of the time...and they were never really busy. Food...Wings .... Very good. Burgers...blah. Room service is a great deal at only 18% gratuity added. The room decor is bland and there was not one comfortable chair in our room. Make sure, if you pay for a balcony room to stay on the 4th floor up.... They tried to place us on the second floor but to look at a parking lot and listen to the roar of car engines all night for 6 days..... Not exactly the gulf view balcony room we paid extra for... Thank goodness Chelsea moved us to a higher floor. I'm pretty sure we won't stay there again... Overpriced and in need of retraining their staff... They should consider Chelsea, Crystal and Nathan as the 'bar' to be reached by all associates. You know... I don't think I ever saw a manager on site during our entire stay. Mr Jimmy Buffet.... Check out your namesake!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 25 March 2013
Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and for providing such valuable feedback. I'm sorry to learn that you did not fully enjoy your stay as your experience is not what we intend for any of our guests. Please rest assured that there is always a manager on duty and every member of the team, management or not, is willing to assist with any matter that is brought to our attention. If you would like to discuss your stay any further, please feel free to contact me via email or phone KRandle@margaritaville.com or 850-916-9755.
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Verona
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

We stayed at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel on Pensacola Beach from March 7-14 and were very impressed with the resort accommodations. Upon stepping into the lobby area you immediately see the beautiful Gulf of Mexico through a wall of glass windows. The Hotel is decorated in soft beachy tones-- adding to the relaxing feel. Our check-in was very easy and the front desk people were always pleasant and helpful in answering any questions we had during our stay. In fact, we never encountered anyone on the staff that wasn't helpful and pleasant. The check-out was equally easy, with one call to the front desk for express check-out. We booked a Gulf front room and would definitely do that again. When they say Gulf front, they mean it; it was right there in front of us. The view and sound of the surf really added to the relaxation factor. Pensacola Beach is absolutely beautiful. This was our first time here and were were blown away. The sand is pure white, very soft and extremely clean and the water was gorgeous. We took many walks on the beach and down to the pier. The Hotel offers free WiFi and many comfortable chairs and sofas in the lobby area for reading and relaxing. There is an abundance of parking on the property, both surface parking and two floors of covered parking, with many handicapped stalls, and we never had trouble finding a place to park. Housekeeping was excellent with the exception of one day, which was mediocre. We ate dinner at Frank & Lola's on the main floor and found it to be average and somewhat overpriced, but it worked for us that night. We love the area and would definitely return to this resort.

Room Tip: Rooms are either Gulf front or Bay view. Definitely go for the Gulf front; it is unbelievable.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 25 March 2013
Thank you very much for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide such valuable feedback. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us. Pensacola Beach is a very unique place and the combination of elements makes for one of the most amazing beaches. We love and enjoy it and are glad you were able to also!! We look forward to your next visit!
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2013

What an incredible hotel in a superb lotion. We were upgraded to a direct ocean front room and WOW what a view!!!! The rooms were definitely done "Key West" style with cool plantation shutters and an ocean wall mural on one wall. The beds were incredibly comfortable and we had extra pillows on our beds when we arrived. In fact, the pillows were so awesome, we checked for the name so we could purchase some of our own. I personally did not want to get out of bed the next morning! The furniture was elegant and the flooring was the most unique we had ever seen in a hotel. We loved the Kerig coffee maker and had numerous choices to choose between. My brother also said he had never seen such a large shower!! We ate at the restaurant in the hotel and had a most gracious server, Cassie, who was wonderful. She was very attentive to our needs and we even enjoyed a sweet conversation with her. Everything was clean and very well maintained. Hands down, this is the BEST place to stay on Pensecola Beach!! You have to give it a try and ocean front is the way to go! Thank you, Margaritaville!!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Amy G
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Kari R, Front Office Manager at Margaritaville Beach Hotel, responded to this review, 15 March 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and for taking the time to provide us with such great feedback! Our location is truly unique and we are glad you enjoyed the views and witnessed the caliber of service we are so proud of. We look forward to having you as a guest again soon.
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Additional Information about Margaritaville Beach Hotel

Property: Margaritaville Beach Hotel
Address: 165 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561-2007
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Pensacola Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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:
#2 Business Hotel in Pensacola Beach
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach
#2 Family Hotel in Pensacola Beach
#3 Romantic Hotel in Pensacola Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
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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