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In America’s First Settlement, a small hotel with big aspirations.

It’s no secret that Pensacola once played host to the earliest settlement in America. Nearly five centuries ago, Spanish conquistadors sailed into Pensacola and came upon the shoreline bluffs to establish the first permanent settlement in what is now the United States.

In the wake of the Spanish, four other nations and empires would lay claim to what was called the “finest harbour in America.” Today, the thriving port city is still a place of discovery for millions who experience Pensacola’s world-class beaches and unmatched history.

In the heart of downtown, in the middle of one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods, the Lee House offers visitors a unique experience for those looking beyond the beach to discover a truly authentic and rich boutique hotel experience in Pensacola.

The Lee House isn’t just any hotel. The boutique hotel has a different take on the lodging that downtown Pensacola is used to by blending modern amenities with historic architecture and the one-of-a-kind story of Pensacola.

The original Lee House, built in 1866. (UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

The original Lee House, built in 1866. (UWF Archives/Special to The Pulse)

The Lee House, located at 400 Bayfront Parkway in downtown Pensacola, is the modern rebirth of the original home that stood on the site.

The original Lee House dates back to 1866 and was built by William F. Lee, an officer who served in the Confederate Army while stationed in Pensacola during the Civil War. A century later in the 1960s, the home was restored, but after a fire in 2001 and subsequent damage by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, the original home was razed.

In 2007, the Lee House property was purchased and the present boutique hotel was built in keeping with the historical values of the area and with architectural references to the original 1866 historical home. Prior to construction, the archeology department at the University of West Florida conducted an excavation of the property and discovered many items from early settlers. Many of these items are on display throughout the hotel.

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One of the suites within the Lee House. Each room is styled after a historic Pensacola figure, like the DeLune Suite shown here. (Drew Buchanan/The Pulse)

The multi-million dollar renovation resulted in the most modern and only boutique hotel in downtown Pensacola, with a large event space and wrap-around balcony and porch that provides unparalleled views of Pensacola Bay

Arguably, its most distinctive and appealing feature is the historically-themed rooms in the Lee House. Each of the nine spacious rooms is named after a historic Pensacola figure. Their walls are adorned with different pieces of characters, such as President Andrew Jackson, who once commanded troops in Pensacola, and Tristan de Luna, the Spanish Conquistador who first settled Pensacola.

The entire hotel has a modern take on historic architectural design. Contemporary and historical styles fuse together to make up the aesthetic nature of the hotel and rooms, with pieces of Pensacola history dotted throughout the property. Nearly every suite includes french doors and windows that overlook beautiful Seville Square and Lee House’s Alcaniz Courtyard. The bathrooms are spa-inspired with a spacious walk-in shower and jetted garden tub.

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In addition to its nine boutique hotel suites, the Lee House recently began offering private cottages for visitors in Pensacola’s Historic District. The cottages provide another wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in Pensacola’s charming historic district for a weekend, weeklong, or business stay.

Location

Perched on the edge of the historic port and just a few blocks from Pensacola’s acclaimed Palafox Street, the Lee House is centrally located. Most tourist attractions — from the historic Pensacola village and the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum to the Pensacola Bay Center and Blue Wahoos Stadium— are between five and 20 minutes away on foot, much less by bicycle or taxi.

Rates

Rates for rooms usually run from around $120-$235 a night, depending on which suite is preferred.

Bottom Line

A boutique hotel that is clean, modern and luxurious, while still holding its old world charm, in the heart of historic Pensacola.

For more information on rates and availability, visit leehousepensacola.com or call (850)-912-8770

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