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Pensacola’s Lily Hall Debuts Whimsical Luxury Lodging and Dining in Historic Church

A reimagined community gathering place and boutique lodging house, opens in Pensacola, Fla. on Feb. 16. Breathing new life into the bones that once housed the historic Old Mount Olive Baptist Church, Lily Hall offers a coastal repose with spirited design. Fifteen delightfully peculiar rooms with well-considered amenities, an event venue, and a signature restaurant and speakeasy bar fill out the space and offer guests the experience of their choice.

Independently owned and operated by Nashville-based Stahlman Hospitality Group, Lily Hall is a curated experience that encourages discovery and creativity through whimsical, artistic touchpoints in every room.

“Lily Hall brings a new perspective for hospitality to Pensacola,” says Kari Randle, Executive Host of Lily Hall. “The property artfully captures Pensacola’s history and the modern energy of today’s travel experiences through engaging collaborations, inspired spaces and intuitive service.”


Lily Hall features historical touchpoints around every corner, a testimony to its 1928 origins as a church as well as a longstanding position on Pensacola’s Seven to Save list of endangered buildings. Smith Gee Studio and Dalrymple | Sallis Architecture worked in tandem to preserve key design elements, including the building’s superstructure, exposed brick and a distinctive architectural emblem on the façade. Reimagined spaces connect to the community and culture of Pensacola. Boasting exotic patterns, bold textures and exuberant colors, these features are tempered with classic design and modern refinement. Local art and swinging chairs adorn the airy interiors evoking a sense of coastal elegance. Indoor and outdoor gathering spaces include a parlor and a garden terrace ideal for weddings and special events.

Eighteen different letters created by Nashville-based novelist Adam Hill are showcased throughout the property for guests to surreptitiously find and engage with. The letters share apocryphal tales of famous literary and historical figures interacting at Lily Hall, such as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), who invitingly says: “I have two wicker chairs on the veranda, a table and a typewriter, and keys to the hotel bar. Room 12 is waiting for you…”

Guest rooms are equipped with smart technology, nostalgic décor and inspiring amenities, including record players with curated albums, an exclusive fragrance by The Golden Slipper, specialty tea and coffee, access to bike rentals and a 24/7 virtual concierge.