Navarre Beach has been without a hotel for nearly 13 years, but that drought came to an end Thursday as the new Springhill Suites by Marriott opened its doors.

The new 161-room hotel is located at 8375 Gulf Boulevard, on the same site occupied for many years by a Holiday Inn until its destruction in 2004 at the hands of Hurricane Ivan. The hotel also features Beach House Bar & Grill, a full-service restaurant that’s open to the general public.

The hotel’s amenities include both a lazy river-style outdoor pool as well as an indoor pool and hot tub. Rooms feature free Wi-Fi and DirectTV, along with Netflix access. Guests can also enjoy a free hot breakfast buffet and access to a 24-hour market along with fitness and business centers.

A grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, featuring live music and tours of the hotel.


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