The Margaritaville Beach Hotel is open after a weekend of showing off for the developer’s family and friends.
Construction on the hotel at 165 Fort Pickens Road, former site of the Holiday Inn, started two years ago.
“It’s been a challenge, but anything can be done,” said Joe McCay, general manager.
The hotel is owned by Little Sabine Inc., whose chairwoman, Marilyn Hess, signed a franchise agreement with Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville two months ago.
The seven-story hotel has 162 rooms, some with Gulf-front views, plus two levels of underground parking. Rates are seasonal, ranging from $200 to $400 a night.
The Frank and Lola Loves Pensacola Café seats about 60 people inside and another 60 people on the veranda. Construction on an outdoor pavilion is scheduled to start next week and construction of a less-formal eatery, Margaritaville Café, is scheduled to begin in September.