We normally travel to Tallahassee for business but this trip was for fun so we decided to "splurge" and stay at a nicer place than our usual "no frills" Aloft hotel. Seeing that this was right down the street and the autograph level of the Marriott chain we assumed a certain level of accommodation. We were certainly mistaken.
The rooms are tiny, smaller than Aloft. The bathroom, which is not a room but facilities that have been installed inside the room and given sliding glass doors to close it off is minute. the shower does have a river rock floor as one reviewer notes, but it is maybe 24 inches wide. There is a modern vessel sink but no vanity so nowhere to put any toiletries or makeup, toothpaste, etc.
I guess the bed is a queen size but it seemed small. My husband is a frequent Marriott traveler and his profile has a king size preference on file so that is always what he gets at their properties unless for some reason they can't accommodate that and they tell him at check in.
The building is old (ergo small rooms) and the AC is still provided by window units. The whole place smells like mildew covered up by fancy air freshener. The condenser on the AC cuts on and off to regulate the temperature so it's cold when the condenser is running and hot and muggy when it's off. The way it used to be for us native Floridians old enough to remember pre-central AC.
The final straw after the disappointing stay was when we checked out we were charged a for Valet parking. There is no option other than to Valet and the charge had not been disclosed on the reservation (made on line) or when we checked in. My husband brought this to the attention of the person working at the desk when he checked out and was told we should have been told when we checked in and he asked did we know who checked us in? My husband said "I know we should have been told and we weren't, that's why I'm telling you now. I don't know who it was but she was here at 5:30 yesterday afternoon." The clerk looked up who checked us in and said he would speak to her about it but that was the extent of his concern.
Needless to say, we will go back to the Aloft, where they have free parking with a much more concerned and accommodating staff!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Duval, Tallahassee's first boutique hotel experience, is a diamond tucked into the charming heart of North Florida. We offer everything you need for a perfect stay: sensational accommodations, exquisite food and drinks, thrilling entertainment and gorgeous event spaces. Hotel Duval is a contemporary reminder of Tallahassee's rich history. Once the prominent place to meet and shape Florida's future, this renovated boutique hotel boasts upscale accommodations, a rooftop bar, and a Shula's 347 Grill. Hotel Duval is proud to be a member of the Marriott Autograph Collection, an exclusive portfolio of innovative and stylish boutique hotels. Marriott Rewards members can earn and redeem benefits at Hotel Duval. Come to the Hotel Duval for business or pleasure. Dine here. Drink here. Host a wedding or meeting. It's the hotel for all seasons, all guests, and all moods. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tallahassee Park Plaza