Welcome to the Lee House, a boutique hotel wonderfully located in the heart of the Historic District of downtown Pensacola, Florida.
At the Lee House, elegance, relaxation, hospitality, and history are of the essence, and our guests are welcomed with warm colors, intimate living spaces, historical artifacts from days gone by, and nine beautifully and uniquely appointed guest suites. The wide porches of the Lee House overlook the glistening waters of the Pensacola Bay as well as Pensacola’s charming Seville Square and Fountain Park, all beckoning you to sit and stay a while.
Capturing the charm of the original 1866 home that once stood on its site, the Lee House exudes a historic feel complimented by modern decor and luxurious conveniences. The Lee House’s architecture, interior design, and proximity to Pensacola’s waterways, parks, and vibrant downtown, make the Lee House Pensacola’s foremost accommodations choice and event venue. At the Lee House you are sure to find beauty, comfort, and classic Southern hospitality. Please come join us at the Lee House!
The original Lee House dates back to 1866 and William F. Lee, an Engineering Officer serving in the Confederate Army. A century later in the 1960s, the Lee House was purchased by the Pensacola Historical Society. The house was restored and served as headquarters for the Pensacola Association of Realtors until it was ravaged by a fire in 2001 and further damaged by Hurricane Ivan in 2004. The house was subsequently razed as it was beyond repair.
In 2007 the Lee House land was purchased and the present boutique hotel was built in keeping with the historical values of the area and with charming 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. Some of these items are on display throughout the house.
The owners of the Lee House are local Pensacola, Florida businessmen Tosh Belsinger and the Merrill brothers, Collier, Burney, and Will. Belsinger and Merrills are all extremely active in the Pensacola community and have decades of experience in hospitality, accommodations, food and beverage, and event planning. Their commitment to Pensacola hospitality offers the guests of the Lee House a truly special experience.
Belsinger’s Gulf Blue Group is a synergistic collection of Gulf Coast companies including Bluetique, an elegant and fun coastal clothing and jewelry boutique for women and children located in historic downtown Pensacola; Gulf Blue Development, a real estate development and consulting company; and Sunny Days, a foundation supporting pediatric oncology. Belsinger and his team bring their experience and passion for Gulf Coast tourism, lodging, hospitality, community reach, and customer service to the Lee House.
The Merrills’ Great Southern Restaurants have been a fixture in downtown Pensacola for well over 15 years, and include Fish House, Atlas Oyster House, Jackson’s Steakhouse, the Palafox House, and Great Southern Catering & Events. Great Southern’s combination of distinctively different destinations offers creative cuisine, Southern charm, and hospitality to locals and visitors alike. Over the years, the Great Southern Restaurants have won numerous awards, including the Independent News Best of the Coast and the Pensacola News Journal’s Best Restaurant, Seafood and Steak awards, several of Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon awards and a number of consecutive Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. In addition, Great Southern chefs Irv Miller and Jim Shirley have been invited and participated in three dinners at the prestigious James Beard House in New York. The Merrills and their team bring their extensive food and beverage, as well as catering and event experience to Lee House, offering locals, tourists, brides, and businesses the wonderful event and cuisine experiences that are synonymous with Great Southern Restaurants.