With over 450 years of rich history, Pensacola doesn't disappoint on lodging options that take you back in time. Read below on the best places to bunk while visiting America's first settlement.
Lee House & The Cottages of Historic Pensacola
Located in the heart of the historic district of downtown Pensacola, the Lee House offers a beautiful waterfront view of Pensacola Bay. The original Lee House dates back to 1866 when an engineering officer serving in the Confederate Army, William F. Lee, occupied the house. The house was purchased a century later by the Pensacola Historical Society. In 2001 the house was ravaged by a fire and later damaged beyond repair following Hurricane Ivan in 2004.
In 2007, the land was purchased and the present boutique hotel was built. While designing, specific historical values and charming architectural references were incorporated into the building to keep the feel of the original 1866 home. The hotel offers nine deluxe suites, off-property cottages and a large event space perfect for weddings and parties. The rooms are all designed after historical figures in Pensacola so expect to see names like DeLuna, Wentworth and Bonifay when you’re searching around. If you’re looking for something a little cozier, I’d suggest the cottages; they are cute, cute, cute! and great for families who’d like a little more privacy. Don’t worry about breakfast though; you still have access to all the amenities over at the Lee House!
Noble Manor Bed and Breakfast
Located in Pensacola’s North Hill Historic District, Noble Manor Bed & Breakfast is a Tudor Revival style inn designed by Charlie Hill Turner. Evidence of the timber boom is present in the home from the restored heart pine floors to the staircase. The inn has three upstairs bedrooms each with a private bathroom, or if you’re looking for something more private there’s a carriage house in the back. A fun feature of the inn is the swimming pool and hot tub; both are open year-round due to the sunny Florida weather.
Originally constructed as a box factory serving the busy harbor of Pensacola, New World isn’t just an inn, it triples into an event space and a fine dining experience. The building was restored in 1983 by Arden and Kay Anderson. Throughout the 2000’s other renovations took place including an upscale wine and martini bar and a New Orleans-inspired courtyard.
The boutique hotel features 15 rooms overflowing with historical references and an antique ambiance. Celebrity Chef Gus Silivos always has something delightful cooking in the kitchen down at Skopelos. Silivos hails from the Greek Island, Skopelos (hence the name of the restaurant), bringing all the local flavors of his hometown to the Gulf Coast. New World offers several event spaces perfect for weddings, formals and business receptions. Whether you’re in need of a one-stop-shop or a quiet weekend away, this is the place.
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The Pensacola Grand Hotel
The Pensacola Grand Hotel is located on the historic site of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad depot. Constructed in 1912, the depot replaced the 1882 vintage L&N Union Stations that served the Pensacola rail industry for 58 years. Beginning in 1971, the building would sit vacant for 10 years until developers saw its potential. Following the purchase, an extensive and daunting revitalization would take place and a 15-story glass tower would be added.
Located in the original building, you can find the lobby, a fantastic restaurant and bar and several meeting spaces. The 15-story tower is home to 200 guest rooms and 10 suites, including two two-story suites that have spiral staircases in them! This is truly a unique venue offering full amenities with a pristine historic atmosphere.
Sole Inn and Suites
Positioned smack dab in the middle of downtown, Sole Inn and Suites holds a retro feel at an affordable fare. While ownership of the Inn has changed hands over the years, the novel building has kept its shape. The original Inn “Travel Lodge” opened its doors in 1958. It lasted through the early 80’s before closing and reopening as the Harbor Inn. After suffering severe damage from Hurricane Ivan, the Inn again closed its doors and went through a significant renovation and restoration. On October 31, 2008, the Inn officially opened to what is today’s Sole Inn and Suites.
Sole means “Sun” in Italian, fitting, right? When I first drove up, I swear I was in a scene from Mad Men. The lobby has an evocative feel, complete with original Sputnik lamps found during the renovations and retro tile. Relax in one of the 45 available rooms or the fabulous courtyard by the fountain. The courtyard to me is what truly completes this Inn, large loungers and tables are sprinkled throughout offering guests an ample place to soak up the sun. Even better, you can enjoy free drinks from their complimentary evening happy hour out in the gazebo from 5 – 7 p.m. every day!
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