4.4 out of 5

"I booked this as a weekend getaway for myself and my husband. The resort and staff were wonderful! We checked in on a Friday afternoon. Our room was ... " More

By a verified traveler on Tue 20 Feb 2018

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Hotel Description

A family-friendly stay in Pensacola Beach awaits you at Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach. Within steps you'll find Santa Rosa Island and Portofino Boardwalk within a 10-minute stroll. Highlights at this beachfront hotel include a restaurant, an indoor swimming pool, and free self parking.

Flat-screen TVs with satellite channels are featured in all 206 rooms, and you can enjoy free WiFi, free wired Internet, and iPod docks. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators, microwaves, and room service. Premium bedding and pillow menus welcome you to a good night's rest, and other nice touches include designer toiletries. DVD players, coffee/tea makers, and down comforters are also available.

The restaurant, Riptides Sports Grill, is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At the hotel's own poolside bar or bar/lounge, you can enjoy a drink. Spend the day at the beach where you'll find cabanas, and enjoy the onsite fitness center and lazy river. 7,041 square feet (654 square meters) of event facilities include conference space, and other business amenities include a 24-hour business center. Other amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, and a kids' swimming pool. Each morning buffet breakfast is served between 6 AM and 11 AM. There's also the convenience of extended parking.

Attractions within a 20-minute drive of this 3-star Pensacola Beach hotel include Pensacola Civic Center and Historic Pensacola Village.

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (LEISURE)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$190 per night

Room, 1 King Bed, Balcony (GULF FRONT)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Balcony

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Suite, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible (HEARING)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach ratings based on 37 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.4 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0
5 out of 5

Weekend get away

Pros: The staff were friendly and helpful. The facilities were clean and well maintained.
Cons: The only thing I would change would be the music that played at the pool. A variety of music would have been appreciated instead of just pop music.
I booked this as a weekend getaway for myself and my husband. The resort and staff were wonderful! We checked in on a Friday afternoon. Our room was not ready yet, so we went and sat outside by the pool, had a drink, and enjoyed the view of the water and the fire pit. Once we checked in, the front desk clerk gave us a coupon for 2 days free breakfast at the hotel since we had to wait on our room. The room was lovely with a water view and a balcony. The bed and pillows were so comfortable. The next morning we enjoyed the delicious breakfast buffet and spent the day enjoying the resort activities (the pool, lazy river, beach access, etc) It was a great weekend that came to an end too soon.

Posted by , from Fort Walton Beach, FL on Feb 20, 2018

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Feb 20, 2018 by Hillary

Greetings, Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear you had a fantastic weekend getaway. We would love to see you again soon.

5 out of 5

wonderful family getaway

Fun family setting for kids of all ages. Staff is friendly and very kid orientated. Hotel is near restaurants and activities.

Posted by , from Wisconsin on Dec 27, 2017

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Dec 28, 2017 by Hillary

Greetings Heather, Thank you for your feedback! We would love to see you again soon!:)

5 out of 5

Great place

Pros: The beach, the pool, fire pit, we like it all.
Cons: The breakfast is ok, you need to go to other places and see what their doing. Your missing that extra something.
Location: Great restaurants, good shopping, and the beach sand is great.
Our stay was great. Everyone was very nice. A couple of things happen that has not happen to me before. I made reservations ahead of time. But when I got the bill the rate was cheaper then my reservation. Plus since we were only there two nights we didn't have them clean our room. They took five dollars off the bill because of it. I've stayed at a lot of places and this never happen to us before. We have tried several places at Pensacola Beach. This has moved up to our number one stop. Thank you all.

Posted by , from Altus OK on Dec 1, 2017

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Dec 3, 2017 by Jasmine Hunt

Hello, Gary! Thank you for sharing your pros and cons. We're happy to hear you enjoyed your time here at the beach, pool, and fire pit. We are honored to be moved to your number one spot.

4 out of 5


Pros: The pool area can't be beat.
Location: Peg Leg Pete is a great restaurant for seafood and papas has very good pizza.
It was a very enjoyable stay and it was so good we've going back on the way home.

Posted by , from Altus OK on Nov 17, 2017

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Nov 22, 2017 by Jasmine Hunt

Hi, Gary! Thank you for sharing your enjoyable stay with us. We love hearing that you had fun at our pool deck and got some yummy eats while you were here. We can't wait to see you on the way back!

5 out of 5

Beautiful views and direct access to beach

I went for a quick 2 day getaway and I'm already planning my next trip!

Posted by , from MN on Mar 29, 2017

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Apr 2, 2017 by Jasmine Hunt - Assistant General Manager

Elisha, we love to hear you are already planning your next trip! We can't wait!

3 out of 5

Just Ok

Pros: We like that the hotel was on the beach.
Cons: Better cleaning service.
Location: There was nice restaurants nearby to eat.
We like that the hotel was on the beach. The front desk was nice and was responsive to our needs. However, we had left our room multiple times but no one came in to clean our room. We had to contact the front desk to get fresh towels.

Posted by , from New Orleans,la on Mar 2, 2017

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Mar 5, 2017 by Jasmine Hunt - Assistant General Manager

Hi Rocko, I am saddened that your experience at our resort was just okay. We really aim to blow it out of the water and clearly we fell short during your time. I want to apologize about our housekeeping department lacking but am so happy the front desk was able to recover for you. I hope you can give us another chance so we can show you why we are the best on the beach.

5 out of 5

Excelled in spite of Matthew

Pros: Absolutely beautiful view of emerald green waters of the Gulf. The hotel is spotless with a beautiful pool.
Location: Bicycling was great in the Gulf Shores National Park
It is said that you can tell a lot about a person or organization under difficult circumstances. Well the Holiday Inn excelled with service and hospitality with the mass influx of evacuees from Hurricane Matthew. We got there late in the afternoon with a lot of other people some of whom were cranky after the evacuation commute. The staff very accommodating and went out of their way to make us comfortable during the check in and settling into our room

Posted by , from Amelia Island FL on Oct 13, 2016

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Oct 18, 2016 by Jasmine Hunt - Assistant General Manager

Hi Ed, what a touching review of our resort. Thank you so much! It's so nice to hear that despite of the hurricane you were able to enjoy your self. We hope to see you again soon!

5 out of 5

Memorial Day weekend at the last minute!

Pros: The perfect access to the beach is the EXACT perfect distance from the public beach access area. Crowding is not an issue like it is near the pier.
Cons: My wife and I sleep to the TV when we're not in our own bed, the one in the room was.. lacking.. Seriously the only thing I could think of to put.
Location: 1st off Casino Beach bar and grill is NOT a casino... we were sad, however the food was fantastic. The Crab Shack is another delicious food spot.
We originally planned on going somewhere local but, after a few issues with that plan arose, we decided to spend the 3 days in Florida. <48 hours before we needed to be there we were set. Reservation was made and I was able to call the hotel and request an ocean side room instead of a street side one. We were blown away with how beautiful the hotel is. Easily visible from the moment you come down the toll bridge onto Santa Rosa Island(Yes it's a $1.00 toll to get to the hotel.) We literally spent Sunday from 7 AM to 10 PM camped out on the beach. There are benches and umbrellas provided but we instead opted to bring our own gear. I slept, I read, I swam, and I loved it. One of the most relaxing experiences in recent memory. Breakfast each morning was amazing at Riptides. We went with the breakfast vouchers and I cannot say enough how good the food was. I did a California Omelette the first morning and the breakfast bar the second morning. If you're in a rush go with the breakfast bar. The food is great but you're definitely waiting a bit longer then you'd like for anything you order. After the long day at the ocean we spent Monday recuperating in the hotel's lazy river and pool. Fantastic temps and clean water followed by a relaxing last few hours lounging in the hammock by the water. This is definitely a repeat trip for us. We're bringing the kids next time and more sunscreen! Thanks for an over the top weekend #HIRpensacolabeach!

Posted by , from Nashville, TN on Jun 1, 2016

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Jun 12, 2016 by ron

Thank you very much for your review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to enjoye Pensacola Beach. Was there anything in particular you did not like about the TV? We value our guests feedback and use it often to improve. Please come back and stay with us again soon!

4 out of 5

A Lovely Little Retreat

My husband and I wanted to go for a quick getaway being that Pensacola Beach is an hour away. This hotel definitely delivered. There was no reason to leave the hotel in the 24 hours there. There is a restaurant on site and the amenities were awesome. The weather was gorgeous for December so we spent a lot of time in the outdoor heated pool and lazy river. The view just can't be beat and the staff was super nice.

Posted by on Jan 10, 2016

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Jan 13, 2016 by ron

Thank you very much for your review! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed our hotel and that our staff made your stay! Please come back again very soon!

5 out of 5

Just an overnight. Nice view. Beautiful beach

Pros: comfortable and pleasant
Cons: Inside jacuzzi
Location: Good restaurants and the beach is right there
Relaxing. Used the Jacuzzi. Comfortable bed. Where we wanted to be.

Posted by , from Lillian, AL on Dec 23, 2015

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Jan 6, 2016 by Ron

Thank you for your review! Come back soon. Warm regards, Ron Wilson, CHA General Manager

About the Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach

Location 14 Via De Luna Drive, Pensacola Beach, FL 32561

Property Features

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach offers its guests an indoor pool, a seasonal outdoor pool, a lazy river, and a fitness center. Along with a restaurant, there's a coffee shop/café on site. You can enjoy a drink at one of the bars, which include a poolside bar and a bar/lounge. WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. There's an onsite 24-hour business center. Event space at this hotel measures 7,041 square feet (654 square meters) and includes conference space. A children's pool, tour/ticket assistance, and an arcade/game room are also featured at the family-friendly Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach. Self parking is free. For a fee, the property may offer extended parking privileges after check-out. This Art Deco Pensacola Beach hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 206 guestrooms or units
  • 11 levels
  • 7,041 sq ft of conference space
  • 654 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 2011
  • Dining venue
  • Bar by the pool
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Cabanas on the beach (surcharge)
  • Towels for the beach
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference space
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Wedding services available
  • Game room or arcade
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Gift shop
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Free WiFi
  • Indoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Lazy river
  • Laundry facilities
  • Arcade/game room
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • DVD player


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Free self parking , RV, bus, truck parking


  • Airport: Pensacola, FL (PNS-Pensacola Intl.) (21.1 km / 13.1 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach offers 206 air-conditioned accommodations with iPod docking stations and DVD players. Beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. A pillow menu is available. 32-inch flat-screen televisions come with premium satellite channels and pay movies. Guests can make use of the in-room refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee/tea makers. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, designer toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and complimentary weekday newspapers, as well as phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include laptop-compatible safes and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • IPod dock
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • Movies for purchase
  • DVD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Pillow options
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs available
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Weekday newspapers (free)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Laptop safe
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy buffet breakfast daily from 6 AM to 11 AM.

Riptides Sports Grill - This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

An indoor pool, a children's pool, and a seasonal outdoor pool are on site. Other recreational amenities include a lazy river and a fitness center. The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Water skiing nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Skydiving nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Rafting nearby
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby


If you need to make special requests for accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when booking your stay.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 4 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is 21


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 12 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are available.


  • No pets allowed


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed. Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 21 years old.

  • Minimum guest age is


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 14 and USD 50 for adults, USD 00 and USD 00 for children (approximately)
  • Rollaway beds are available for an additional fee

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Holiday Inn Gulf Front
  • Holiday Inn Pensacola Beach Gulf Front
  • Holiday Inn Resort Gulf Front
  • Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach
  • Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Front
  • Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf
  • Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach Gulf Front
  • Pensacola Beach Front
  • Pensacola Beach Gulf Front
  • Pensacola Beach Holiday Inn Resort
  • Holiday Inn Pensacola Beach

You should know

  • Children 12 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.