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.
Nice and friendly staff. Conveniently located and helpful valet parking team.
The hotel has a nice theme however, the darker surfaces and are high maintenance and due to the lack of cleanliness is easier for these to quickly deteriorate. The room's bathroom was dark also. Specifically the shower was also in dark tones. It was unclear if the shower floor was clean or not. Lighting in the room was also insufficient as well as the number of power outlets. Hotel is in need of a refresh.
When I travel for work it’s nice to do a points play, ie a Marriott affiliate, Had some weird stuff happen with my check in where they sent me to a room with people already in it but besides that it was a great experience. The rooms were nice. Not a ton going on in Tallahassee anyway so important to have a solid hotel!
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.
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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.