Stay at our hotels in Pensacola, Florida, to explore the first European settlement in the United States, from the powdery beaches that first attracted Spanish sailors to historic forts built to protect the harbor.
Our Pensacola hotels are near the National Air Station, home to the Pensacola Lighthouse and the National Naval Aviation Museum. Climb the 177 steps to the top of the Gulf Coast’s oldest and tallest lighthouse for stunning coastal views. The adjacent museum ranks among the world’s top aviation museums—and admission is free. Here you can test cockpit trainers and thrill to flying demos by the Blue Angels precision flying team. From our hotels in Pensacola it’s easy to head outside and commune with Pensacola’s native landscape. On the dunes of the Gulf Islands National Shoreline, kids learn about sea life on free ranger-led programs. Or explore the coastal ecology of the saltwater marshes in Big Lagoon State Park on a bike, canoe or kayak trip.
Take a stroll downtown, along streets lined with historic homes. Note the Spanish-brick facades and elegant wrought-iron balconies. Visit the Pensacola Historic District for a walking tour of the city’s most historic structures. Then browse downtown’s quaint shops and galleries. Our hotels in Pensacola are close to the Seville Quarter’s pubs and restaurants, where you can sample fresh local seafood or Southern barbecue. After dinner, check out the beachfront nightlife along Quietwater Boardwalk on Santa Rosa Sound where frosty cocktails and live music carry the infectiously festive atmosphere from one door to the next.
Book a room in our Holiday Inn® Pensacola hotels for events and festivals throughout the year, from spring’s Florida SpringFest, a three-day downtown music festival, to the food fairs and parades of the Fiesta of Five Flags during the summer.