Buffeted by Hurricane Sally, Pensacola’s Margaritaville Beach Hotel to reopen

Pensacola’s Jimmy Buffett-inspired Margaritaville Beach Hotel has confirmed that it will reopen in time for Thanksgiving following a two-month shutdown caused by Hurricane Sally.

Margaritaville Beach is hardly the only area hospitality institution that found it difficult to reason with the active 2020 hurricane season: For example, The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in Point Clear reopened on Nov. 4 after a shutdown caused by Hurricane Zeta. The Grand offered a full slate of holiday activities, though construction work still lay ahead on its heavily damaged pier and portions of its boardwalk.

However, the Pensacola hotel is probably the only one inspired by a guy who has sung about wanting to go surfing in a hurricane. It’s also significant for being the world’s first Margaritaville Beach Hotel. It opened in 2010 on the former site of a Holiday Inn destroyed by Hurricane Ivan and is now part of an international hotel and resort empire including 23 properties.

It’ll reopen for guests on Monday, Nov. 23, more than two months after Sally’s Sept. 16 landfall near Gulf Shores.

“We are thrilled to be able to open our doors again, especially in time for Thanksgiving,” said Summer Smith, director of marketing for Margaritaville Beach Hotel. “We look forward to welcoming guests back to our beautiful waterfront hotel for some much-needed relaxation, great food and beautiful sunsets.”

The hotels are known for a “barefoot elegance” concept loosely inspired by the easygoing milieu of Buffett’s songs, rather than for heavy-handed personal branding. However, overtly Buffett-themed amenities at the Pensacola property do include the Frank and Lola Love Pensacola Café and the LandShark Landing open-air beach bar.

For more information, visit www.margaritavillehotel.com.

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