Let me caution the reader at the onset of this review -- I write this at 1:00 AM because the noise from a weekly event - "Black Dress Wednesdays" - on the floor above penetrates the walls and floors of sleeping rooms below, awakening both of us from a sound sleep. My wife has gone to the excellent hotel exercise room to run her daily 4 miles because she can't sleep. She reports it is very quiet down there. The music sound is just like that emitted by cars fitted with outsize sound systems. Extraordinarily disruptive if it isn't your sound system.
Along with the music the event appears to have attracted a rowdy crowd. Partygoers are shouting at someone in the street below and another group is in the public room next door shouting. Two calls to the front desk have not yet quieted the group next door down. They have offered me another room but the thought of packing everything up at 1 AM and trundling through the halls in my pajamas is too unattractive to contemplate.
I'm astonished at my experience with this hotel. I expect this kind of rowdiness at a cheap Interstate exit hotel. But not at a Marriott "Autograph" hotel. I've been a business traveler for more than 30 years but have run across this kind of disruption only on a weekend night in the New Orleans French Quarter and when the drunks were released from a bar next to my hotel in Steamboat Springs.
This is an "Autograph" hotel of the Marriott chain and saw the distinctive hotel style this group prides itself in. The lobby and rooms are decorated in a very modern, minimalist style. Lots of black furniture, stylish bathroom fixtures, flat screen TV on the wall. Very nice. The rooms are fairly small, smaller than I would expect in a Tallahassee hotel.
The bed is what one expects at nicer hotels and is queen-sized rather than king. I suppose the bed size is scaled to the room size. But comfortable.
I've noticed, since I'm awake, that there is a gap between the air conditioning unit and the wall. The gap lets in fresh air, which is good, but also lets in a lot of street noise. Even without the music and rowdy guests the room is not particularly quiet. My room faces the street and even at this time of night is pretty active and noisy.
In a city with few really nice hotels I booked here because it WAS distinctive and a change from the usual economy-oriented business hotels. It is distinctive and quite stylish but I don't recommend staying here on a Wednesday night.
This is the only hotel I've reviewed on TripAdvisor I don't recommend. At least on "Black Dress Wednesday" nights.
- 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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- Tallahassee Park Plaza