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Comment by Jill H 1 hour ago I'm staying at the Marriott (Residence Inn) in April. We had such good luck at PIR with them that we thought we'd give them another try. Always nice to have kitchen facilities while away for 9 days! Sue S, when are going to be there? We'll be there the week after Easter.
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Comment by Susan R 15 hours ago The ashton inn suites and quality inn are the 2 closest, as they are right on chief way (the main road into corry), the navy lodge is on NAS. The hubby stayed at the quality as it was close, but he has said only about 10 min west of the base on rt 90 are more hotels that looked to be as good but were posting rates about 1/2 what he paid. He was down there last week to bring Doug for a 2 week leave.
Comment by Dona Jones Div# 184 Ship 12 on April 29, 2008 at 5:18pm True above. I was born and raised in Pensacola for 38 years. I can tell you anything you want to know. I will tell you that the hotels at the beach during July 3 will be very expensive and have a min 3 night stay. The hotels on Perdido and Corry (which is Navy Blvd) are the closest to the base but not the beach. However, keep in mind that the Navy Base is not located in the best part of Pensacola so be careful. The airport is actually in the best part of town as well as both malls. Your best bet for the holiday weekend would be the Navy Lodge. It is on the base and right on the Gulf. Pensacola Beach is approx 30 min cause you have to drive around the bay to get to the bridge to cross over even though you can see it from your Hotel. The hotels around the airport are reasonable but will be about 25 min from base and the beach but is the nicest area. The best thing to see is the beaches they are the whitest I have ever seen and I have traveled all over. If you get a chance drive down Hwy 98 (beach road) to Ft Walton Beach/Destin, FL. You will see water that looks like the Islands. It is a beautiful green/blue and clear. There are 2 bars that are very popular and tourist are always fascinated. 1 is Seville Quarter in downtown Pensacola, just ask anyone how to get to "Seville" and they will direct you. It is 8 bars in one great place and lots of great restaurants. Also close to there is a place called Trader Johns. He has Navy memorabilia from the 1920. All the Blue angles hang there only locals and some Navy know about it. It is a whole in the wall. The Navy stuff he has on the walls will amaze you. He has been published in a few books. He was also on 60 mins a longtime ago during a salute to the Navy. It is a bar but you will think you are in a museum. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
Comment by Cindy on April 28, 2008 at 11:29am I went in February and stayed at the Hampton in Pensacola Beach. It was gorgeous with a beautiful CLEAN beach. My daughter Chelsey and her A-school buds loved it also. Lots of nearby restaurants and bars with outdoor decks and live music.
Inn and Suites on NAS. Your sailor will have to reserve it. Nice, friendly and very clean and $39.00 a night!!! Kitchen facilities...NO WAY!! LOL It was nice to get away from all that, besides I miss good southern food. Go to Eds Seafood Shed in Mobile, great eats and a really fun atmosphere...try the Yo Mama platter!
OK, here's my thoughts about the Ashton Inn & Suites. There are actually 4 buildings. One, about two blocks away from the main gate at Corry. That one is currently closed for major renovations. The other three buildings are located on N. Navy Blvd. They look nice from the outside and the lobby and halls are beautiful. The room was a little bit of a disappointment though. The kitchen and bathroom were nice and clean but the bed area was in desperate need of new furniture and carpeting. On the upside, the bedding was clean but the beds and pillows weren't exactly posh. Oh well, lesson learned for next time. But, again it served our purpose just fine.
I stayed at the Hampton Inn at Pensacola Beach and it was very nice and only about 20 minutes from the base but if I had to do it again I would probably stay at the Navy lodge. It looked very nice from the road and is right on the beach. Otherwise over by the Cordova mall didn't seem like a bad area. There is a Hampton Inn and a Marriott there.
Just got back from Memorial Day weekend in Pensacola. Spent the first night at the Ashton Suites near Corry. Rooms/rates were nice, and I almost did not move over to Navy Lodge where I had reservations for Sat and Sun nights. Boy, am I glad I did! It was so lovely, and peaceful....almost like a resort! And for such a low price...I will never stay anywhere else when I go there now!
We spent the entire Memorial Day weekend at TownePlace Suites by Marriott. The hotel is located at 481 Creighton Road in Pensacola and is about 9 miles from base (a perfect amount distance). The hotel is emaculate, the staff was very friendly, helpful and accommodating. They have an outdoor pool (good size) with a nice size gas grill for guests use. If you plan to have your Sailor stay with you during your visit overnight, go with the 2 bedroom suite. Worth every penny, as it has a FULL kitchen (dishwasher, stove/oven, microwave, dishes, pots/pans, silver, glasses, coffee maker, etc). The fridge is large enough to fill with all the food you would need for your visit. I stumbled upon this jewel and am so glad I did. I will definitely stay there each and everytime we go down for a visit with out Son.