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Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Pensacola Beach
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

Lovely, clean hotel right on the Gulf (all rooms have balcony and gulf view!) Family enjoyed a great 5 day stay here. Staff were friendly and helpful. Variety of food at breakfast (pancakes, bacon or sausage, cereals, yogurts, oatmeal, fruit, juices), cookies provided in the afternoon and popcorn available at night! Pool is not giant, but large enough for kids to play in and easy to keep an eye on them. Pool water is heated, so that's another bonus. Beach is just steps away, and like others have posted, no need to bring towels or beach buckets from home as hotel provides them. Loved sleeping with patio door open and listening to the waves. Would definitely stay here again if in the area.

Room Tip: Higher up is probably better for the view
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

While not the most upscale, this place is clean as they come. Aside from not having an in-room microwave, there really isn't a single thing to complain about.
First the location - it is literally right on the beach. With each room facing the clear gulf ocean you can't go wrong with any of the rooms you rent. A short wooden bridge leads you to the soft white sands of Pensacola Beach and of you happen to forget an umbrella or a chair they already have plenty set out for rent. Plus, the hotel provides beach towels galore for your taking.
Next, the cleanliness. While the modeling is slightly outdated it is clean clean clean clean. And the toilet has a very strong flush. Nothing like knowing everything went down the first time around.
Last, the breakfast. You have your pancake machine and juice and milk with four different cereals, a banana, and sausages, eggs, and ham. Include coffee and bread, you can't beat this free breakfast.

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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Don't bring beach towels- the hotel provides them. Don't bring any beach chairs or blankets etc- just rent them out on the beach for the day ($25 for the entire day for 2 chairs and a umbrella. No need to stop by Wal-Mart on the way in for sand pails- the hotel has them for you. (btw they also provided aloe when we spent a little too much time in the sun) This was our first beach vacation (me and kids 7 and 9). I wish I knew these things before- saved a checked bag fee..

Like everyone said... hotel was awesome. great views. great service. breakfast for the kids in the morning.

Will stay here every time we come to PCB!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank janelje
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Beverly54, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2012

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a complimentary review of our hotel. Yours is a very helpful review for our future guests. Next time you know you can pack light- bathing suit, sun glasses, sunscreen and a favorite "beach read" book would be my recommendation. TIP for others reading this- you also don't need a travel iron, a hair dryer, a night light, or even a bottle opener. All are in the rooms. (There is even a retractable clothes line in the shower for wet bathing suits). I am most happy to know you will be back and hope that it is soon.
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

Booked this last minute and it was fantastic. I have stayed at this property multiple times when visiting Pensacola Beach and I love it. All rooms have a Gulf View with a Balcony. There are 4 suites situated on the 8th floor and I happened to get one of those. The two at the ends have a private patio while the two in the middle have double balconies. The rooms have are a single King Suite with living room (couch has a pull-out bed) and the king room itself has a two person whirlpool bath. I will be booking this again!

Room Tip: They are all good rooms, all face the Gulf!
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Derek B
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

Great customer service, location, and breakfast. Right on the beach (this is the only hotel where every room has a balcony/ gulf view) and a heated pool. The breakfast was amazing with something for everyone to enjoy! A+ customer service, way to go: Tyler, Laura, and Nikki. This is the perfect place to stay. Book this hotel and you won't be disappointed! C. Joffrion

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Reviewed 1 April 2012

Our room was well maintained as was the hotel. The staff was very nice. The front desk staff was very helpful giving us some local perspective in places to eat and visit. We were very pleased with our stay. The beach and water color was magnificient. The only thing we wished the rooms had was screens on the porch so the doors could be left open at night.

Room Tip: The upper floors give you a nice view of the beach. We stayed on the 4th floor.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

I chose this hotel after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, and was DELIGHTED with the results. All the praise is true and the staff at this hotel are working hard to keep it true. The facility itself is great, with large rooms with usable balconies, right on the beach with sugar pure white sand, a nice pool, convenient parking, fairly good wifi and a roomy and attractive lobby and patio with plenty of room to relax. The place looks pretty new and was very clean and fresh. The staff in the hotel were very friendly and helpful and we would certainly go back there. We were there on Spring Break, but are a family and appreciated that it was not overly wild or crowded. We had a great time!

Now we did have one small encounter which soured our experience on the beach. The hotel has sold a license to an outside company to set up and rent chairs and umbrellas on the beach. This group has set up a large number of chairs with umbrellas spaced in clusters of 4 or 6 chairs about 15-20 feet apart. These are of course at the exact perfect distance from the ocean; not so close you have to move with the tide or have people stepping over you, but not so far back you are bothered by the lifeguard vehicles running up and down the beaches. The first day there we only planned to spend about two hours on the beach, so we took our own chairs and blankets out and set up in one of the spaces between two clusters of chair. We were one of the very few people on the beach, and we had a great time playing in the sand and relaxing in OUR chairs. The shade from a rental umbrella partially shaded me, but we did not touch their stuff and there were plenty of unoccupied chairs all along the beach. After an hour or so, I was approached by a rental guy who said I needed to rent the chairs or move; that we couldn't use the beach there (right in front of our hotel!) without renting chairs. Of course we had every right to be there, and we were not causing any loss of income for them, but they were bored and rude and so they argued with me. When I said I would go in and complain to the hotel and find out whether we really could not lounge on the beach without paying them, they changed their claims and said we could only set up in front or behind them but not in between. One guy then backed and told me not to bother going in and asking, we were fine unless someone wanted the chairs near us. We tried to go back to having a great time, but we were repeatedly interrupted and harassed by the other guy, then he would get back up from the guy who kept claiming they were being polite, friendly and reasonable....Lies like that. This was so annoying and upset my kids so much that I told them to leave us completely alone or I would get the hotel staff involved. The one guy came back and apologized and offered to help set up our tent for us if we came the next day and begged me to just forget the whole thing. I planned to do that, but as we were leaving the beach the other jerk stopped me to harass me and my family a bit more! We were LEAVING and he was still inserting himself into our vacation and hassling us! They were way over the line and so upset my kids that we complained at the hotel desk. I never heard if they addressed the problem but I asked them to. These guys insisted they owned the major part of the beach and we could not be there without renting chairs; if so the hotel needs to warn guests of this deal. If not, the hotel needs to rein these guys in and protect their guests' experience.

Room Tip: Ask for the higher floors for the best view, but even the second floor was great!
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach

Address: 333 Fort Pickens Road, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561-2011
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Region: United States > Florida > Florida Panhandle > Pensacola Beach
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Pensacola Beach
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach
#1 Romantic Hotel in Pensacola Beach
#4 Business Hotel in Pensacola Beach
Price Range: £115 - £285 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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