Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach
Why We Love This Hotel
- Top-rated on TripAdvisor for Pensacola with balconied rooms overlooking the ocean on Pensacola’s Santa Rosa barrier island
- Take a stroll along the beach to marvel at the unique futuristic architecture of the Dome of a Home house and the Futuro House
- Tour the Civil War-era Fort Pickens and its historic artillery equipment, a 15-minute drive at the far end of the island
- Explore the shops and entertainment around the Pensacola Beach Pier, a 15-minute walk east
Settled snugly in the sand on Pensacola’s scenic barrier island, Santa Rosa, lies the Holiday Inn Express. Santa Rosa’s narrow shape makes the area sleepy by default. There’s only one main road that stretches from here to the west end of the island. You could walk the width of the island in about 10 minutes. This laid-back pace is why folks flock to Pensacola Beach to take in coastline views that aren’t yet overdeveloped and powdery sands fading into turquoise waters.
The hotel’s design emulates that of the shore, with the building softly curving at either end toward the sea. Every room here has a private balcony, all the better to take in the fresh salt air and the sweeping views. The railings of the outdoor space are curved are painted the same greenish blue as the water, so from inside the room it’s like looking out a cruise ship porthole.
Take a stroll to find the locally famous “Dome of a Home” house, a unique structure built to withstand hurricanes and other inclement weather. You may also come across the Futuro House, which looks just like a spaceship.
If you prefer old buildings to new, take a 15-minute drive to the westernmost point of the island to Fort Pickens, where a Civil War-era structure and remains of artillery equipment can keep history buffs occupied for hours.
Later, get dinner at any one of the eateries and seafood shacks clustered around the Pensacola Beach Pier, a 15-minute walk from the hotel.