The Best Hotels in Pensacola Beach, Florida

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach puts you in the center of all the action
Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach puts you in the center of all the action | Courtesy of Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach / Expedia
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11 July 2021

Choose between being in the heart of the action, or on the quieter side of this silky, fun-filled strip of sand in Florida, with this list of the top hotels in Pensacola Beach, bookable on Culture Trip.

When the white-sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico call, you need to answer. Pensacola Beach is a narrow strip of land, dotted with sea oats and sugar sand, allowing expansive Gulf views and access to the water. These hotels, many of which are full resorts with spas and kid-centric activities, take advantage of the geography that surrounds them. Most offer beach and pool towels, umbrella and beach chair rentals, and everything else to make a vacation easy. Some properties may be undergoing renovations or repairs due to September 2020’s Hurricane Sally landfall, and certain amenities may be temporarily closed as a result.

Beach Club Resort Residence and Spa

Hotel, Spa Hotel
4.1/5 (79 Reviews)
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The reason to stay in Pensacola Beach is right there in the name: the beach. This is a condo-style development, where each unit is independently owned. That means they each have kitchens and living rooms and balconies or patios looking out onto the Gulf. It also means that the furnishings and how updated the homes are vary from unit to unit, so some may be in better condition than others. Elevators, the indoor pool and common areas are all kept to a high standard, though, and everything is designed to get you to the beach as quickly as possible.

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Margaritaville Beach Hotel

4.7/5 (982 Reviews)
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The idea behind the Margaritaville brand is that you can relax, inspired by the lyrics of Jimmy Buffett songs. This high-rise hotel on the beach allows you to do just that. Rooms have an island vibe, but the decor doesn’t slide into the cheesy that you sometimes see at other beach resorts. Enjoy cocktails by the bar, a dip in the pool or get out on the water, paddleboarding or kayaking either in the Gulf of Mexico or in the calmer Little Sabine Bay across the street.

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Portofino Island Resort

Hotel, Resort
4.4/5 (463 Reviews)
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Local people, as well as visitors, like to hang out at this condo-style resort because it has access to both the Santa Rosa Sound and the Gulf, and is 4mi (7km) from the louder, more crowded bar and restaurant section of the beach. Decor style can vary from unit to unit, but all of these high-rises have great views of the water and access to the pools, bars, spa, tennis courts and other resort amenities.

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Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach

4.4/5 (925 Reviews)
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If vacation for you is being in the center of all the action, this is a beach hotel to consider. It is within walking distance of Pensacola Beach’s bars and restaurants, while the resort itself features a pool with a lazy river, and every single room in the hotel has a Gulf view. The hotel is exceptionally family-friendly, with kid-themed suites, as well as mermaids and pirates who come out to swim. Outdoor movies are screened often during the summer.

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  • Hilton Pensacola Beach

    4.1/5 (887 Reviews)
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    Crisp white linens and big floor-to-ceiling windows in the room at this 17-story resort show off the white sand and blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The hotel has all the beachfront resort amenities, including swimming pools, bars, restaurants and supervised activities for kids. Several configurations of suites are available, including some rooms with bunk beds. The location is in the center of all the Pensacola Beach action: souvenir shops, restaurants and bars.

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    Best Western Beachside Resort

    Hotel, Resort
    4/5 (1000 Reviews)
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    The jade-and-teal shades of the sea are liberally represented in the bright, jolly rooms of this family-friendly beachside hotel. Let’s be honest though, you didn’t come here for the interior decor. Outside is where it’s at here, with a huge palm tree-fringed pool the kids will have a blast dive-bombing into, a miniature splash park and click-your-fingers proximity to the white-sand beach. The hotel’s breezy Fish Heads restaurant has high-quality casual food and parent-friendly views of whatever the kids are getting up to.

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    Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach

    4.2/5 (1023 Reviews)
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    Choose between standard hotel rooms or suites, both of which are spacious and decorated in bright colors. Then head down to the beach, tiki bar, restaurant and pool. Unlike some of the other nearby hotels in the heart of Pensacola Beach, the Hampton Inn isn’t a resort. But with your room stay, you will get access to the resort amenities at the nearby Hilton Pensacola Beach. Hot breakfast is included with your stay. Not all rooms have a Gulf view, but access to the Gulf is easy.

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    SpringHill Suites Pensacola Beach

    4.4/5 (690 Reviews)
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    Sitting in the middle of the strip of beach restaurants, bars and shops, just a few blocks east of the Hilton and other resorts, this all-suite hotel is a good destination for a family-friendly getaway. Many rooms have water views, bunk beds and desks, which make hanging out in the room more comfortable. When you want to be out on the sand, you can rent umbrellas, beach chairs and the like from a service and charge it to your room. Parking is free, which is an added perk.

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