The History of the New World Building

The historic building that is home to Skopelos at New World and New World Inn is located at 600 South Palafox Street. Situated in the heart of one of “Americas Great Places,” the building is part of Pensacola’s rich historical tapestry.

Originally constructed as a box factory serving the busy harbor and city center of Pensacola, the New World complex on South Palafox Street is just one of the many historical buildings that can be found in Downtown Pensacola. Many of the façades and wrought iron balconies that line Palafox are remnants of this long-gone era.

Remodeling Begins

Restored in 1983 by Arden and Kay Anderson, the building was remodeled to include 16 boutique hotel rooms, as well as large banquet facilities and spacious event spaces. In late 2006, Jim Homyak and Julie Lawson formed the 600 South of Pensacola partnership and purchased the building from Jim Bachus. The partnership continued the renovation of the building in 2007 by adding 600 South, an upscale wine and martini bar. The New Orleans-inspired courtyard was updated in 2008, adding a beautiful and functional space for open air dining and festive celebrations. In 2016, Jim Homyak joined forces with Executive Chef Gus Silivos to bring the renowned Skopelos restaurant to its location. Sadly due to kitchen damage from Hurricane Sally in 2020, the restaurant/bar and large banquet area was forced to close its doors. Thankfully the Inn portion was only mildly impacted and quickly repaired, allowing for guests to continue enjoying the rich history of New World Inn, and for people to host gatherings and events in some of the main areas and beautiful outside courtyard.

Embracing the Past, Present and Future of Pensacola

We invite you to come see the artful blending of old and new at New World Inn. With our 16 rooms nestled within 2 floors,  guests can find 8 rooms on the ground floor and 8 rooms on the second level. Due to the history of the building, New World Inn is built with a grand staircase but does not have an elevator. Please make sure to request a ground floor room if you are unable to use stairs.

We can’t wait to welcome you to Pensacola! Call us today for more information, or use the Reserve a Room button to book your next stay in Pensacola. Interested in hosting an event with us? Please email

We’ll see you on Palafox!