Video and Photos of the Margaritaville Beach Hotel

A video of the recently opened Margaritaville Beach Hotel is available at

In the midst of the devastating oil spill, there is some good news. A $50 million hotel is open on Pensacola Beach. Margaritaville Beach Hotel opens at time many places are considering closing down.

They have beach volleyball and a bar that will have live music every night. A new restaurant inside is open to the public. They hope that helps the numbers. It opened with only about 35 percent of the rooms full, but business is expected to pick up for the Fourth of July and Blue Angel weekend. They’re doing whatever they can to make sure summer profits won’t go like the lyrics: wastin’ away.

“We just want be part of whatever clean-up is going to be, we’ll be part of the recovery,” added Baldanza.

The hotel will likely be airing Buffett’s concert live, so for all of you who didn’t get tickets, that may be an option.

Some photos of the Margaritaville Beach Hotel area available at

Margaritaville Hotel opens in Pensacola

From the Pensacola Business Journal: “Margaritaville Hotel opens on beach“. View photos from the opening here.

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.

Margaritaville Beach Hotel to open July 1st, Myrtle Beach is next

The first Margaritaville Beach Hotel is set to open on July 1st, 2010. The second Margaritaville Beach Hotel will open in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the third is planned for Hollywood in South Florida.

From Pensacola Business Journal: “Beach hotel projected to open July 1

The much-anticipated opening of Jimmy Buffett’s first Margaritaville Beach Hotel is set for the first of July, said Jim Wiseman, the singer-songwriter’s development partner.

The Pensacola Beach Gulf-front hotel, developed by Marilyn Hess’ Little Sabine Inc., plans to start taking reservations June 17.

“July 1 looks good for an opening,” Wiseman said. “We want to make sure we’re open for July 4 weekend.”

The $50 million, 162-room hotel is the first of three planned for the franchise, Wiseman said.

Wiseman is working on development of a second Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the third planned for Hollywood in South Florida.

Buffett’s original plans were to open the first hotel in Hollywood, but changed his mind after a rapid-fire round of negotiations with Hess this spring.

The deal with Buffett was struck after Hess fell out with Indigo, a boutique brand developed by IMG, parent company of Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and Intercontinental franchises.

For more information on the Margaritaville Beach Hotel or to request a reservation go to: www.margaritaville

Margaritaville Beach Hotel Reservations & Job Fair

The Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Pensacola Beach, FL is now taking reservations.

PLEASE NOTE: Tentative opening late June or early July.
$299-$399 (through 9/11/10)
$219-$319 (9/12/10-11/27/10)
$179-$279 (11/28/10-1/1/11)
$219-$319 (1/2/11-5/22/11)

A Job Fair will take place June 3rd to June 6th at the Margaritaville Beach Hotel from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for all Hotel, Food and Beverage hourly positions.

More info on the Margaritaville Beach Hotel

The Gulf Breeze News has an article with more details on the Margaritaville Beach Hotel that will is scheduled to open in Pensacola Beach in June: “Buffett, hotel deal rock Hess’ world

Marilyn Hess feels as if she won the lottery. As head of Little Sabine, Inc., she was finalizing the details to open a Gulf-front hotel on Pensacola Beach, replacing the Holiday Inn that Hurricane Ivan washed away in 2004 …

But now the real work begins. To meet the target opening in mid to late June for the Margaritaville Beach Hotel, workers are retrofitting the kitchen to accommodate “Frank and Lola’s” restaurant inside the hotel so it can serve signature Margaritaville Café dishes such as the “cheeseburger in paradise.” A pool bar is being constructed as well as an outdoor bar and entertainment area tentatively named “Land Shark Landing.” The Margaritaville Café is scheduled to open on a parcel adjacent to the hotel in Spring of 2011.

“Frank and Lola’s” is a reference to the 1982 Buffett song about a couple on their second honeymoon in Pensacola, a reference most fans will recognize.

Room rates will range from $195 to $450 per night depending on the season and accommodations. Margaritaville Beach Hotel will offer meeting space, a board room and a spectacular view of the Gulf of Mexico through massive glass windows.

“It will have the most beautiful bar area you can imagine,” Hess said.

Reservations will be taken at within a few days, and it is expected to be a hit, especially with the national press the venture is getting.

Margaritaville Hotel coming to Pensacola Beach FL

The first Margaritaville Beach Hotel will open in Pensacola Beach, FL according to an article in The Northwest Florida Daily News.

Jimmy Buffett’s mythical Margaritaville is about to become a reality on Pensacola Beach.

The legendary singer-songwriter has reached an agreement with Pensacola developer Marilyn Woodbury-Hess to launch the first Margaritaville Beach Hotel in a $50 million, 162-room Gulf-front hotel expected to open in late May or early June.

Buffett’s Orlando-based development partner, Jim Wiseman, announced the deal during the Santa Rosa Island Authority’s regular board meeting Wednesday evening.

Wiseman said the decision to launch the hotel brand in Pensacola was the result of three weeks of rapid-fire meetings he and Buffett held with Woodbury-Hess’ Little Sabine Inc., developers of the property owned by American Fidelity Life Insurance Co.

“Up until three weeks ago, our plans were to locate the first Margaritaville Beach Hotel in Hollywood, Fla.,” Wiseman told Island Authority members. “It’s really providential how this all came about. It was meant to be at Pensacola Beach.”

Wiseman noted that Buffett, a Mobile native, “grew up on Pensacola Beach” and his strong affinity for the area factored heavily into the decision to locate the first hotel there.

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