Solé Inn and Suites
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Solé Inn and Suites Pensacola Reviews
Affordable place in historic downtown Pensacola, Florida Apr 16, 2011
We decided to attend the Pensacola Wine Festival on 16 April 2011 and since we were going to be drinking we did not want to risk any problems associated with driving so we got a room for the night at Solé Inn and Suites. Even though the Pensacola Wine Fest was lame and they ran out of wine within 2 hours, we ended up needing a room anyway after having more drinks at Hub Stacey's famous local hangout bar (which also had food, live music and dancing) and Elise Coastal Dining Restaurant, with a head chef that was on the show Hell's Kitchen.
Solé Inn and Suites is a recently converted and modernized motor inn with 3 floors of well-decorated rooms. Around $100/night, it was an affordable way to avoid driving home intoxicated and was located just 3 blocks from the wine tasting venue in historic downtown Pensacola, Florida. It was also cheaper than a recommended nearby Bed & Breakfast that was more expensive which had shared bathrooms (we think, due to the pictures on their web site).
The rooms included Wi-Fi, a small TV (which we did not even use during this trip) and a large refrigerator. The desk and chairs were comfortable and the bathroom was a modern art deco—especially the sink. Even the toilet was “modern art” and a very unusual oversize design. The lobby was modern and clean and included an ATM, an internet enabled computer and the breakfast seating area/happy hour bar. There was a basket of snacks for sale and refrigerator filled with cold drinks. The art deco “tic-tac-toe” game in the entrance lobby looked like it was there as a conversation piece. The outdoor fountain was lit at night and had several comfortable lounge chairs if you wanted to get a sun tan. There was plenty of parking, although we got there early enough on a night were the hotel was full to capacity. There was also street parking available nearby.
We were surprised but happy for a couple of newlyweds spending the night at Solé Inn and Suites after they had their wedding reception at a hall across the street.
+ Friendly staff
+ Quiet hours 11 p.m. to 8 a.m.
+ Free breakfast with bagels, cereal, OJ, yogurt, fruit, etc.
+ Free "happy hour" with wine, cheese, crackers and chips/salsa
+ Free parking
+ ATM, snack basket and refirgerator in the lobby
+ Nearby restaurants, parks and shopping within walking distance
+ Internet computer in lobby
+ Modern art deco
+ Outdoor fountain and lounge deck area
+ Large refrigerator and microwave in room
+ Comfy large king bed with tons of pillows
+ Clean-looking lobby, bar, breakfast area, guest rooms, reception area
+ Elevator to third floor
+ Modern art in rooms
- Address did not print out on our reservation confirmation (to be fixed soon on website by webmaster)
- Refrigerator was missing a leg/wobbly and shower soap dish was not cleaned/green
- Bathrooms could use more towel racks/hooks
Overall we will definitely stay at Solé Inn and Suites in Pensacola again the next time we need to crash for the night instead of driving home. We enjoyed our brief overnight stay here and met some great people in the process. This is a modern work of art--friendly and functional.
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Cute and Funky in downtown Pensacola Jul 24, 2010
This is a cute little motel in downtown Pensacola. It's an old 1950's-style, cinder-block motel that has undergone MAJOR renovation.
The room decor is very modern and chic, with designer-style furniture and large rooms. (Seriously, my room has a walk in closet.) The beds are comfortable, and all the rooms come with refrigerators, microwaves, TVs, and high-powered A/C. There is also free wi-fi throughout the motel, and the speed is more than adequate.
Prices are reasonable for the area, and the location is decent, with easy highway access, and a short drive to Pensacola Beach and the Gulf Islands National Seashore. It's on the edge of old-town Pensacola, and within walking distance of some quite tasty restaurants. (I heartily recommend making the 2 block walk to Hopjack's Taproom for their huge selection of top-notch beer and excellent pizza.) The downside is that many of the businesses in the downtown area close rather early in the evening.
All of my interactions with the staff have been excellent, and they're very friendly. There's even a cocktail get-together every evening in the lobby where you can meet the other guests.
There is no pool. The pool area has been paved over and replaced with a water-feature and courtyard that makes a nice locations for evening chats with friends.
I've really enjoyed staying here, and will return in future if I am in Pensacola.