by Terry Ward
The Home2 Suites by Hilton Tallahassee State Capitol is an eco-friendly, all-suite hotel located near downtown Tallahassee, minutes from the Tallahassee state capitol complex and within walking distance of Governors Square Mall and a Regal Cinemas. Families appreciate the large outdoor swimming pool here, open year-round, and there’s an onsite fitness center, too. The complimentary hot breakfast buffet is more than ample, with such family favorites as oatmeal, waffles, cereals and yogurts. And while there is no onsite restaurant, nearby fast food options include Blaze Pizza, McDonald’s and Smash Burger.
The hotel’s spacious and contemporary suites have fully equipped kitchens complete with a coffeemaker, dishwasher, toaster, refrigerator and microwave. And blackout curtains and luxurious bedding make it that much easier to extend your shuteye when you’re traveling with the gang.
Our Editor Loves
- Fully equipped kitchens
- Free hot breakfast buffet
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
We were in town because our dog had to have surgery & this hotel was close by. The rate on line was $126.00. When we checked in we were told that rate was not available. With government discount we were told $160.55. We thought that was the total. Came to find out the next day when we checked out the total was $180.62....this room was not worth $126.00 let alone $180.63. The room was large. Nice kitchen area, sitting area, table & 2 queen beds. We had issues with several lights not working. The bathroom sink & shower both had hair in them. The worst part was the carpet was filthy. My new white socks were BLACK. Hubby’s feet were black too. We had loud neighbors that kept us up most of the night & a dog barking. ( Guessing at people in the hall walking by ) ...It was so bad we almost checked out at midnight to drive home. After a sleepless night we checked out at 10am. I would not recommend this hotel at all. I wish I had taken the time to talk to a manager about our room but I was just too exhausted.
I’m saddened to have to write this review as I truly did enjoy the facility itself. The rooms were spacious and the beds were quite comfortable. There was a saltwater pool and unique workout/laundry space. We did not have breakfast but it looked like a well-done spread. I would’ve made this hotel our go-to for trips to Tallahassee which are often.
But they are actively committing fraud. And leaving a solo-parent of four with a negative bank account balance because of these fraudulent practices.
My mother paid for the hotel IN FULL several weeks prior to our stay. I was checked in by an associate who asked for a card for incidentals, so I gave them my debit card but asked that they please not use it; we were there for one night, less than 12 hours technically. Upon our departure from Tallahassee on Saturday afternoon, I checked my bank account balance to see how much money I had left. That’s when I saw they had charged my debit card the FULL AMOUNT for the stay, $187.02. I immediately contacted the hotel and they said it was a mistake, they’d refund me. The following Monday was a holiday so I assumed it wouldn’t appear then; likely Tuesday as the manager claimed Hilton had reversed it/taken off the hold (we were told MULTIPLE explanations as to why my debit card was charged from Expedia made a mistake to it was a hold for something entirely different). I woke up Wednesday to get my children ready for school and checked to see if the money had been refunded.
THEY HAD CHARGED MY DEBIT CARD AGAIN. I have proof of all of this as well, so in their response if they say this charge did not exist, I have documentation from my bank showing they indeed charged my debit card again on 10/16/19. It was a pending charge but Chase removes pending transactions from your account. I called and the front desk manager hung up on me, and while I did use a curse word, it was not AT her; it was simply an adjective in the sentence and not directed at her. I went to my bank as soon as it opened, mind you we had tried in earnest to contact the manager of this hotel on MULTIPLE occasions to no avail. His phone went to voicemail and he did NOT return calls from me OR Chase bank. My bank was able to dispute the charges and they said they’d put the money in my account temporarily but ONLY for the charge that was no longer pending (the first charge that this manager INSISTED he reversed was INDEED taken out of my account, it was never on hold and they never reversed). In the meantime, my mother had called corporate Hilton offices and managed to speak with an executive assistant to the president of Hilton International who was FANTASTIC. She filed a case against the manager and sent an email from the corporate office or some kind of memo stating that if he did not reverse the charge, there would be dire consequences. Mind you, this is the same manager we’d tried to contact for TWO DAYS. And lo and behold, after we spoke with the wonderful woman at Hilton corporate? The first charge was IMMEDIATELY reversed and in my account. So not only was i defrauded but the management LIED initially about not being able to credit my account immediately. They said it would be 3-5 business days AND THEY NEVER DID REVERSE IT! It ended up CLEARING MY ACCOUNT! The second charge is still pending but a case has been opened via Chase disputing that so I’m praying it doesn’t clear as well.
If not for the kind and helpful people at Hilton Corporate and my bank, the management here or the desk staff would likely still trying to charge my card. This was truly an instance of fraud, plain and simple. I may still have to close my debit card if the charges continue. But I find it interesting that a manager WE couldn’t get ahold of-including staff at Chase-and that could not reverse the charge immediately OR give me a confirmation number for the reversal (he said “we don’t do that”) was able to reverse the charge INSTANTLY when corporate found out and contacted him. Seems like someone realized the jig was up and they couldn’t defraud people this way anymore. If there is anyone else out there that’s had this occur, contact corporate. No one in management here will do anything unless their job is on the line or they’re being threatened with a fine.