Many families opt to rent vacation homes in Pensacola Beach, Florida, but if you”re looking for a beachfront hotel with comfortable accommodations and convenient amenities, these properties — most of which are reliable chain names — will enhance your family vacation. These are our hotel recommendations, chosen by our staff of experts and with family reviews in mind.
Written by Amanda Geronikos
Hilton Pensacola Beach
There"s a room with a view no matter where you stay at the Hilton Pensacola Beach -- guestrooms face the Gulf of Mexico or Santa Rosa Sound. The hotel"s pool deck -- which features two pools and a children"s water play area -- leads right to the beach, where guests enjoy water sports. Other perks include three onsite restaurants (plus in-room dining), laundry services, children"s activities, and free parking.
Portofino Island Resort and Spa
If you"re traveling with a large group, consider a stay at Portofino Island Resort and Spa. The beachfront resort features apartment-style accommodations with two or three bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, washers and dryers, and balconies with views of the Gulf or Santa Rose Sound. While you can cook meals in your room, there"s also the option to dine at a restaurant onsite. Of course, the hotel also has swimming pools and a spa, plus sports rentals.
Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach
The Hampton Inn Pensacola Beach offers beachfront views with balconies from which to watch the sun set, plus mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also offers complimentary breakfast, in-room dining (H20 Cajun Asian Grill), a tiki bar, laundry facility, and two swimming pools to enjoy when it"s time for a break from the sand and surf. Free parking is also provided.
Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach
Each guestroom overlooks the Gulf of Mexico at Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach -- and you can take in the views (and upload them to Instagram) from a private balcony. Many of the hotel"s services and amenities take advantage of the beachfront location, too, including the library, swimming pool, fitness center and breakfast room, where complimentary breakfast is served daily. The hotel also offers water sports rentals.
Margaritaville Beach Hotel
Don"t let the name deter you -- Margaritaville Beach Hotel is every bit as family-friendly as it is adult-friendly. Families enjoy organized games, such as kickball and trivia on the beach, as well as an onsite restaurant, swimming pool and live entertainment. Guestrooms feature balconies, and a free trolley transports families around the island.
Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach
The Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach features Family Suites with bunk beds, and Kids" Suites with both bunk beds and gaming systems. All of the hotel"s guestrooms have kitchenettes, balconies and free Wi-Fi. The hotel"s pool is one of the best features, with a lazy river and waterfall, and kids" activities and entertainment -- including dive-in movies and pirate and mermaid shows -- adds to the fun. Kids ages 12 and under eat free at the onsite restaurant, Riptides Sports Grill and Beachfront Tiki Bar.
SpringHill Suites Pensacola Beach
Everything is beachfront at SpringHill Suites Pensacola Beach, which features two oceanfront swimming pools, including one just for children, as well as a beachfront sandwich shop and bar. Many of the guestrooms are also oceanfront, with private balconies from which to enjoy the views. Guestrooms have kitchenettes and free Wi-Fi, and complimentary breakfast is served each morning.
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