by Amanda Geronikos
Looking for luxury in Tallahassee, Florida? Book a few nights at the Hotel Duval, part of the esteemed Autograph Collection. While the hotel isn’t the most luxurious we’ve visited, it’s certainly the most upscale option around.
The historic hotel — which made its debut in 1951 — has been completely revamped to offer updated, chic public spaces, guestrooms and restaurants. The hotel continues to host everyone from state representatives to families, just as it did when it opened more than 70 years ago.
The only disadvantage for families is the bathrooms, as they aren’t really private from the bedrooms. Read more under Rooms/Accommodations.
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All of Hotel Duval's rooms and suites have been updated to offer modern furnishings, dÃƒÆ'Ã‚Â©cor and amenities. Most rooms have one bed only, however. Another disadvantage for families is the bathrooms, as they have showers only and are enclosed by somewhat transparent doors that don't provide complete privacy.
All rooms come with mini-fridges and free Wi-Fi. Cribs and rollaway beds are available for a fee.
The suites are okay for families, with a king bed in each, plus the option to add a rollaway bed or crib. All have Blu-Ray players and microwaves, in addition to mini-fridges. The Diamond Suite has a kitchenette, as well as a Nintendo Wii console.
Most of the guestrooms have one queen bed, but some have two doubles.
Just stayed at the Hotel Duval in Tallahassee. Yes, it's conveniently located to FSU and the capitol, but oh my!! This hotel is in desperate need of a remodel. Grout in shower was broken and moldy; paint was rubbed off the walls; fixtures in bathroom were rusty; carpet was frayed; bathroom door wouldn't close; and closet wasn't deep enough to accommodate a hanger, so doors would not close. Seemed VERY run down. Not what you'd expect for a Marriott property or a hotel that runs $200-$350+/night. Staff was very friendly and accommodating.
About two months ago, my wife and I made plans to stay at the Hotel Duval in Tallahassee, Florida. She checked in the day before I did. As she typically does whenever we’re not together, she ordered her breakfast the night before, and hung the tag on her door for overnight pick-up such that her breakfast would be timely delivered the next morning. The next morning, someone used the in-house phone indicating she was from the front desk and called our room referencing my wife by her last name, and indicated that breakfast was on its way up, but they were having a problem with the credit card. The caller then asked if my wife would confirm the card number. Thinking nothing suspicious, my wife gave the caller the credit card number. A few minutes later, the “front desk” called my wife again and indicated they were having problems with the card, and to give another card number. Again, thinking nothing suspicious, my wife gave the number for another credit card. About five minutes later, American Express called my wife on her cell to inquire whether she had just made purchases in Tallahassee for over $1,400. My wife explained to AMEX she had not made any purchases, and explained what had taken place minutes earlier. At that point, AMEX placed a stop on both cards. We contacted the hotel to advised them of the fraud. They kept told us they would look into it. Three days later, a representative from the hotel called to advise us that a similar situation had occurred at other Tallahassee-area hotels, but they could/would not provide additional information. Finally, after persisting, they advised us that the General Manager would need to talk to us. We stated that we would await the GM’s call. It’s been over two months, and still, not a GM is sight. They’re hoping we’ve forgotten. We have not. We told the hotel staff we believe the fraudulent activity was an inside job. We’ve turned the matter over to AMEX’s fraud division. We will never stay at that hotel again.
While the hotel doesn't offer a pool or specific kids' programming, it is located near plenty of things to do in Tallahassee.
Breakfast is available at Shula's 347 Grill each morning; breakfast is not served by or associated with the restaurant.
Shula's 347 Grill
Shula's may be a chain steakhouse, but it's one of the top-rated restaurants in Tallahassee- and it's family-friendly, too! Highchairs and children's options are available. Dinner is served daily; hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 5 to 11 on Friday and Saturday and 4 to 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Head to Leroc Bistro for light fare for breakfast and lunch. It's great for food on the go, though plenty of seating is also provided. Hours are 6:30 to 11 a.m. on weekdays, with extended hours until 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Level 8 Lounge
This is one of the city's top spots for cocktails -- especially in the summer, when you can sit outside and take in the city views. It's a prime spot to be on Tallahassee parade days, too! Level 8 opens at 4 p.m. daily and in addition to cocktails, serves light bites.
Planning & Tips
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Wi-Fi is free throughout the property.
The hotel has a small fitness center that's open 24-hours. Key cards are required for access.
Check-in time is 3 p.m.; check-out is 11 a.m.
The Art of Smart Timing
The hotel is busiest during legislative session, which takes place each spring. You'll find the cheapest rates in the summertime, though it's very hot during that time. The fall or late-winter is a nice time to visit with the kids.
The closest airport is Tallahassee Municipal Airport, about 20 minutes from the hotel. Shuttle service to and from the airport is included in rates.
You'll want a car to get around the area. Valet parking is available for a daily fee.
For Mom and Dad
Traveling with extended family? Let them watch the kids while you treat yourselves to cocktails and small plates at the Level 8 Lounge.