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Holiday Inn Express Pensacola Beach

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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.

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  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Outdoor pool
  • 100% smoke-free


  • Concierge service
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Safe in reception (fees apply)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer


  • Complimentary parking


Check-in: Standard Time is 4pm.

Checkout: Standard Time is 11am.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: Pets not allowed.

You must present a photo ID when checking in. Your credit card is charged at the time you book. Bed type and smoking preferences are not guaranteed. Your reservation is prepaid and is guaranteed for late arrival. The total charge includes all room charges and taxes, as well as fees for access and booking. Any incidental charges such as parking, phone calls, and room service will be handled directly between you and the property.

Know Before You Go

  • This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.
  • Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.
  • The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.


The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 30.00 per night
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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