I have never written a review on Trip Advisor before but I have read them countless times to help with my decisions as to where to stay when I'm on the road. As a consultant, I travel 60% of the year and have stayed in numerous hotel chains and independent operations across the country and have had more than my share of crappy lodging. I started a project in Tallahassee in January, and at the recommendation of my client, stayed at Hotel Duval. Prior to staying there I read comments on this board to help give me an idea of what to expect. After staying there several times over the past two months, I feel compelled to counter some of the recent negative reviews I just read today.
Unlike some of my fellow travelers commenting on this hotel, I found it to be an absolutely wonderful experience. I rarely encounter a hotel where every staff member I come across is nothing but courteous, professional, and bends over backwards to make my stay more enjoyable. I found the rooms to be very clean, comfortable, and possessing all of the ameneties I need (and then some) as a business traveler. The two restaurants in the hotel (leroc cafe and Shula's steakhouse) are both fantasic places to eat and each of them has top flight staff. Their rooftop lounge (Level 8), I found, was the ideal place to sit with my clients and talk business while enjoying a cocktail & cigar (the sunsets there are amazing!) The room rates are comparable to the other higher end hotels I have stayed at throughout the country, and have actually been lower for me at Hotel Duval in most cases.
To my fellow travelers that have posted negative comments regarding the size of the rooms, the frosted glass bathroom doors, and smaller closet/dresser space (the rooms do have dressers) I encourage you to look up other "Boutique Hotels" both in the U.S. and in Europe and browse the pictures of those operations. You will see that Hotel Duval is not only appropriately designed for its class category, it is also quite exceptional in many ways, and is a true compliment to the Marriott Autograph Hotels.
I can honestly say that every time I return to Tallahassee, I will only stay at the Hotel Duval!
- 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