Portofino Island Resort & Spa

10 Portofino Dr, Pensacola, Florida, 32561, United States
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Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 3 reviews
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Luxury near wilderness

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 3, 2012

I'm normally not a big fan of towers, but we had three couples that wanted to vacation together, be near a wild beach -- and whose (mostly the wives') idea of roughing it is staying in a two-star hotel. Portofino Island is 4-star, if not five. We each had our own bedroom with deluxe bath (extra showerheads), and shared a living room with flat screen, and a very good kitchen. We even grilled outside on the balcony. It's not one of those ledges with a railing you sometimes get. It was very pleasant lounging on the balcony after a day kayaking, listening to the gentle surf in the warm evenings.

The walk from the tower (after the elevator ride) to the beach was longer than I'd like, but the complex really does a good job of managing every one. It wasn't as crowded as I feared, I think partly because quite a few units are owned, and the owners aren't there all the time.

The really outstanding part was the proximity to the Gulf Islands National Seashore. There are only a handful of Natl Seashores and this one is definitely national in quality. We never did make it all the way to the end of the 8 miles of beach, but we got plenty of nature and exercise in the rental kayaks.

As a group, we either cooked in (or outside on the balcony) or went into the funky town of Pensacola Beach, rather than eat in the resort's restaurants, so I can't comment on them.

Unique Quality: Great views
Proximity to Gulf Islands National Seashore
Luxuriously equipped suites big enough for 6 or 8.

Directions: On the island (Gulf Breeze)

Don't stay here

Terrible (1.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 5, 2007

We have been coming here since Portofino was built.I've sent friends and employees down for years.Our room wasn't ready until 5pm.I was told thats the new time.A good time to tell us that is when we are planning our trip so we don't have to kill two hours.I paid for a 3 bedroom and got a 2 1/2 (a daybed),I paid for a king size bed and got a double or queen,I asked to have the safe fixed and the guy left saying it worked but it still doesn't,the private beach is a joke.Now there are 3 rows of chairs,parties and loud music so enjoying the beach was out.The pool is so full they made my 11 year old son remove a small float to make room for people (same float he used here last year).This used to be a 5 star resort that my family could relax in.If something doesn't change it will be a 2.It seems to be overbuilt.The service around the pool is very slow and they just do not seem to want to be working here.When we leave tuesday morning we will not be back.Everything at Portofino has changed.Its a shame.We looked so foward to this each summer.

Unique Quality: Views are amazing,rooms are very nice,staff was rude,pool and beach were very crowded,and service was very bad.

Directions: Pensacola Beach Florida


Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 13, 2006

The beaches in Pensacola are beautiful with white sugary sand and clear emerald green water. The Portofino was absolutely fantastic, elegantly decorated and fully furnished with everything you need, even a washer and dryer. There are seven different swimming pools that are heavenly. They keep the water temperature regulated in these pools and don’t use chlorine so no matter what time of day you swim, the water is perfect and your skin feels great when you get out. The Portofino has an unlimited amount of activities to do while you are there; tennis, kayaks, sail boats, a water trampoline, sea cycles, races, games, crafts, etc. and you get daily complimentary beach chairs and an umbrella on beach or bay side, your choice. We prefer the Gulf side of course because of the beautiful water! The day we went kayaking in the Gulf, there were wild dolphins swimming within 5 feet of us! The Portofino also offers a complimentary catamaran shuttle to the Boardwalk, which has some shops and places to eat. Our stay at Pensacola Beach and the Portofino went above and beyond any great expectations that we had before our arrival. Also, if you are visiting during the week, plan a trip to watch the Blue Angels practice at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, you can check out their website for their practice schedule. It is definitely something you won't want to miss! All in all the resort was beautiful and completely accommodating. If you are a newcomer to Pensacola Beach as we were, don’t let the travel through town disappoint you. There is still a lot of debris and construction going on from the hurricanes so even though the town is still pretty tore up by the time you get to the Portofino at the end of the beach, it's a whole different world. Take the trip and stay at the Portofino, it's definitely worth it!

Directions: The Portofino is at the end of the beach on the far East end. Once you get past the construction through town, it's a whole new world at the Portofino.

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Address: 10 Portofino Dr, Pensacola, Florida, 32561, United States

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Amenities at Portofino Island Resort & Spa

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fitness Center
  • Free Parking
  • Business Services
  • Kids Activities
  • Kitchenette
  • Suites
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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