Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Beach Hotel Opens

Today marked the opening of the Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach, Florida. The 162-room resort offers vacationers an island escape right on the Gulf.

“Having grown up in Mobile, Pensacola Beach was the first Florida I ever knew, long before I headed to Key West” says Jimmy Buffett. “I am a child of the Gulf Coast, and it is great to be coming home and making a commitment to Pensacola and the Gulf Coast, especially at this time. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we have a great bunch of people to do it. Fins Up Pensacola, here we come.”

Changes in Attitude: Guests are in for changes in attitude when arriving at the new hotel. When walking through the doors of this Florida Beach Vernacular-styled hotel, guests are greeted by a panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico and served fresh Florida orange juice. The island-inspired surroundings feature spectacular art, teak and reclaimed oak furnishings, ceiling fans and breathtaking views. The hotel’s surroundings complement its beach setting both in design and décor with soft tans, sea greens and blues throughout. The guest rooms overlook the bay or the gulf and have been inspired by the lyrics and lifestyle of Jimmy Buffett.

Island Style: As expected in Margaritaville, music, activities, relaxation and dining are the headliners here in the overall atmosphere of the hotel. Whether guests are lounging on the pool deck with a signature cocktail, hanging out at the beach pavilion, appropriately named Land Shark Landing, or dining at the restaurant, music will set the stage for a good time.  The hotel’s restaurant, Frank and Lola Love Pensacola, was named after Buffett’s 1982 song about a couple, Frank & Lola, on their second honeymoon in Pensacola. The coastal-influenced menu offers Apalachicola oysters, local fresh seafood and great steaks. With its massive windows overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the restaurant will be appealing to both hotel guests and local residents.

For guests who want to keep the party going, the Land Shark Landing offers a “no shirt, no shoes, no problem” policy in an open air setting that sits right on the Gulf of Mexico. The pavilion, outfitted for fun with beach ping pong tables, will be the place to go for live music, ice cold beer and margaritas, burgers and hot dogs, and perfect sunsets.

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Photos courtesy Margaritaville Beach Hotel

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