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Portofino Island Resort
Ranked #5 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Navarre, Florida, United States
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63 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Beautiful Views”
Reviewed 28 January 2012

Absolutely gorgeous property with five towers overlooking the National Seashore, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Bay. Water views all around at the end of Pensacola Beach. Lifestyle Center offers a wonderful Spa and pool. Each tower has it's own pool. They only have 2 and 3 bedroom condos. Each is individually decorated by the owner so it is different every time we visit. Not the cheapest place to stay but worth it when you can get 3 nights and 1 night free. I wish they had more dining options such as room service. Beautiful unit as we stayed in Tower 1 in a 3 bedroom Gulf front unit. I don't think you would be disappointed with a Gulf/Bayview. The property is across the road from the beach but there is so little land the road is immediately next the the beach. It didn't bother us as it was just a short little 3 minute walk. You get two beach chairs each day and towels. Nice that we didn't have to rent chairs. Bikes you can rent that do not cost extra. Lots of perks and felt like home! Parking decks have assigned parking so nice that you don't have to find a spot.

Room Tip: Tower 5 is the newest but Towers 1 and 3 are the closest to the entrance and beach walkover. Towers...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

We stayed a week at Portofino Island Resort in June 2011. They really get everything right in the units. The units are very large, you do not feel crowded, or like things are miniature. Granite kitchens and baths, everything you need in the kitchen to cook even an elaborate meal. Attractive and comfortable furniture and living areas, large bedrooms and bathrooms, balcony with grills. Everything very clean.

Pensacola beach is very relaxed, different than the areas along the coast where all the children are dressed in white from head to toe. It is not stuffy, you do not 'dress for dinner' and if this is what you are looking for, this may not be for you. This is an area for those who want to relax and have fun. Flounders and Pegleg Pete's have great food, with Flounders winning for the best Bushwackers (and we tried a LOT of them just to be sure!)

We went deep sea fishing with "Reel Easy Charters" and had a great time! Caught lots of fish, and they cleaned our catch so we could cook it up. Fantastic!

Great pool areas, spa and restaurant. The restaurant menu was somewhat limited, but then we cooked in our unit and ate out a lot, so it didn't matter so much to us.

We had a blast body surfing and playing in the ocean, the beach was exceptionally clean with great service!

If you are looking to kick back, this may be for you.

Room Tip: Ask what view your room has, some have lagoon view towards the North, others have full beach front t...
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
Reviewed 5 January 2012

Portofino Island Resort & Spa was an amazing experience for me and my family! All beach goers must visit Portofino and Pensacola Beach during their lifetimes! There are plenty of activities near the resort and community locals are very friendly and helpful! Portofino is perfect for long visits to the area as well as hosting beach parties and meetings!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Denver, CO
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Reviewed 31 October 2011

Beautiful resort located on a more secluded part of the island. Each tower has a pool and hot tub and there is also three more at the club house. In addition, the restaurant, spa and fitness center are terrific. We've stayed at many places on the island and, by far, recommend Portofino.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Pensacola Beach
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

Wow -- this place is unreal!
We have been to all the major resorts in the country. (Hilton Head, Arizona, Palm Springs and Florida) This is the best kept secret! Without a doubt --the resort has the best amenities! The tennis was a pleasant surprise (Arthur and his staff --were so helpful in getting us playing). Before we had gone to other resorts with our rackets--we did not know tennis was offered.The clay courts were in fabulous shape--with a great view while playing--rackets are available for rental and there is no charge to use the courts. They have a matching service, and both adult and children programs. We will be back for more tennis, the other amenities and course the world class beach.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
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Reviewed 22 September 2011

WOW! This resort has it all. This was my families first time visiting and we were blown away. Everything from the property, accommodations, and amenities were first class. We usually visit Seaside and Destin, but not after this trip. First the resort is on an island so the property is surrounded by water, giving you some of the best coastline views one could imagine. Not only that, it allowed for so many different activities to be offered. You could go out to the Gulf of Mexico and dip your toes in the sand while being pampered by a beach butler, or go to the back of the property where they have all kinds of activities for the adventurous type, Water Park, jet skies, kayaks, stand-up boards, and even miniature boats! The food is excellent; there are two restaurants on property, and then one off property. The staff is extremely nice making sure every dining experience is flawless. On our 3rd day we got the family up and went on the dolphin cruise, what a treat. We were originally not going to go, but the resort gives it you complimentary. We also enjoyed the water shuttle which takes you from the resort to the boardwalk (perfect way to navigate the island). At the boardwalk there is shopping, dining, and entertainment. One afternoon it rained so all the girls went to the spa, manis, pedis, and facials all done to a tee. Workout facility that is world class, recommend Zumba by the main pool deck, great way to start the day. Overall the resort is brilliant offering something for everyone. Recommend making reservations with the on site management company, it's easy, safe, secure, and they offer an abundance of complimentary items. We will back, as this is our new vacation destination. Great job Portofino we really appreciate making our experience memorable.

Room Tip: The on site team has the most selection when it comes to room preferences
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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New Orleans
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2011

This is an easy vacation for families with children. The beach is very pretty & beach set ups are included with the rental. You can also get other rafts etc to play with. They offer a family plan that include rafts & an outdoor water play area in the bay for an additional cost. This was not worth it to me with my older children who wanted to just be at the beach. This is our 3rd trip here. It's an easy drive & the place is at the end of the beach so it's not overcrowded. The rental condo's vary in decor so you're not sure what you will get except for the guaranteed sleeping space. This unit was a bit spartan with too few lights & the outside grill was filthy. Overall, however, I still enjoyed the visit & would recommend the place.

Room Tip: Try for the 4th night free special. The condo's are very pricey.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Portofino Island Resort
Address: 10 Portofino Dr, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561-2465
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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) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach
#6 Business Hotel in Pensacola Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Pensacola Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Portofino Island Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 378
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Also Known As:
Portofino Island Hotel
Portofino Island Pensacola
Portofino Pensacola Fl
Portofino Island Resort Spa
Portofino Is Resort
Pensacola Portofino Condo
Beach Pensacola Portofino
Portofino Island Resort Pensacola Beach, Florida

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