Seville Square sits at the center of Pensacola’s historic district, the site of Spain’s first permanent settlement in Florida in 1559, beating St. Augustine by six years, according to Fodor’s. Visitors to Pensacola who would like to stay in or near the quaint shops and brick-paved streets of the district find a handful of hotels that fit the bill. Accommodations range from intimate boutique hotels to high-rise towers that offer guests striking views of the nearby bay.
Courtyard Pensacola Downtown
Built around a lushly landscaped courtyard that features a swimming pool, fire pit and fountain, this five-story, 120-unit hotel lies within easy walking distance of the city’s Seville historic district. Business travelers appreciate the large desk/work areas available in all rooms and suites, as well as the off-lobby business center, which provides copy, fax and print capabilities. Recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center. On-site dining options include the Courtyard Cafe, which serves breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. daily, and the Market, offering sandwiches and snacks 24 hours a day. Nearby restaurants are McGuire’s Irish Pub, Outback Steakhouse and Zea’s Rotisserie Grill.
Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand Hotel
Another lesson in Pensacola history, this 15-story, 210-unit hotel incorporates a painstakingly restored Louisville & Nashville rail depot into its overall complex. The former depot, which dates back to 1912, houses the hotel’s lobby, lounges, meeting rooms and shops. In addition to its standard-size hotel rooms, the Crowne Plaza offers a handful of bi-level penthouse suites with whirlpool baths. Hotel services and facilities include business and fitness centers, a heated swimming pool, library, and high-speed Internet in all rooms and common areas. The 1912 restaurant offers fine dining in a casual setting.
New World Inn
Not particularly notable from the outside, this cozy boutique hotel has a warm and inviting lobby with a grand staircase that leads to its 16 individually decorated guest rooms. The inn is also closer to the Seville historic district than any other Pensacola hotel. Part of a banquet/conference facility known as New World Landing, the hotel serves guests a complimentary breakfast each morning and has a wine and martini bar called 600 South. Nearby restaurants include Jackson’s, Pensacola Fish House and Portabella Market Cafe.
Residence Inn Pensacola Downtown
Less than a mile from the Seville historic district, this all-suites hotel is a smart choice for families and travelers who are planning an extended stay in the Pensacola area. Each of the hotel’s 78 studio, one- and two-bedroom suites comes with a fully equipped kitchen, spacious desk/work area and high-speed Internet. Some of the units near the rear of the hotel have good views of nearby Pensacola Bay, according to Fodor’s. The hotels serves a complimentary hot breakfast every morning, and hosts social hours with free snacks and drinks Monday through Thursday evenings. Other dining options include room-service delivery from the nearby Outback Steakhouse and a grocery shopping service for a small additional fee.