Margaritaville Beach Hotel, the Jimmy Buffett-themed destination hotel on Pensacola Beach, will temporarily close for approximately four months beginning on Monday, Nov. 7 for renovations, officials announced Monday.

The hotel’s restaurant, Frank & Lola Love Pensacola Café, will also close during the renovations. The seasonally-open LandShark Landing Beach Bar will close in late November for the winter.

The interior of the 162-room hotel will remain largely the same, with only minor interior modifications expected. However, the exterior of the complex will undergo extensive renovations, as will the poolside decking.

“We want our guests to come here to relax and forget their troubles, and we feel the construction noise level will be too disruptive to our guests to stay open,” said Joe McCay, general manager of the hotel. “We chose to close the hotel during the winter months to help minimize the impact to our guests.”

Some of Margaritaville’s employees will be retained doing various jobs at the hotel, McCay said. Others will be placed at sister properties during the renovation. Opened in 2010, Margaritaville is owned by a subsidiary of Pensacola-based American Fidelity Life Insurance Company, which also owns the Springhill Suites and Holiday Inn Express hotels on Pensacola Beach, along with other hotels in Pensacola, Orange Beach, Ala., and Navarre, Fla.

Hotel officials expect construction to last four months, with an anticipated reopening in March 2017.


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