I was told this was the "best hotel in Tallahassee", which no offense to Tallahassee, isn't saying much. My preferred home in Tally Town is the Governor's Inn, but it has no exercise room, restaurant, or room service, so my husband decided to try this "boutique" hotel for a recent visit. While prepared to be disappointed, I was actually pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable our stay here was. Valet Parking is the only option if you drive, at $12 a night. Check in was easy and painless. Rooms here were $150 a night (plus taxes), about $20 more than staying with the Governor. Our room, #227, was at the end of the hall, facing the street and very quiet. The room was quite large, decorated nicely, with a desk area, mini fridge, coffee maker and blow dryer. Our queen bed was large enough and comfortable, with a comforter (not a cheap polyester bedspread) and not too fat pillows. The bathroom has a sliding frosted door to the toilet and shower. The glass sink, while cool-looking, left little room for our stuff; a shelf hanging nearbyhelped with storage of toiletries and make-up. The shower had a rain-style showerhead, with black rocks on the shower floor providing a mini massage for the feet. The rooms were cleaned promptly and an ice and soda machine were nearby. On our first night, we had drinks at Level 8, a club/bar on the roof which offers a lovely view of Tallahassee and a DJ spinning tunes. The front desk staff and valets were all very friendly and helpful. There is a place to get breakfast and lunch (Le Roc) in the lobby, with Starbucks coffee and $3 Bloody Mary's. Don Shula's 347 restaurant, where we ate our last night, is here as well. We had a nice dinner there. The exercise room, according to hubby was small, with two treadmills, an elliptical machine and free weights. It did have water and towels. Perhaps the nicest part of Hotel Duval, conveniently located near downtown and FSU's campus, is the lobby area, which offers all kinds of seating. Decorated in a chic, contemporary style with gilt, metallics, orchids and art, it feels tres chic in this southern town, where magnolias and Southern Living decorating, usually rules. A water dispenser, flavored with strawberries and mint, gives the reception area a spa-like feel. I would definitely return here on my next stay.
- Also Known As:
- Tallahassee Park Plaza
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Duval is Tallahassee's first and only upscale, boutique hotel. Make your reservations now as your hospitality oasis awaits! Following a multi-million dollar renovation, our landmark boutique hotel provides everything you need for a perfect stay in Tallahassee; sensational accommodations with a great new vibe, over 7,500 square feet of function space, AND the best places for dining and entertaining in downtown Tallahassee; Shula’s 347 Grill, LeRoc, and Level 8 lounge. A true urban "oasis," Hotel Duval embraces the opportunity to enhance the quality of life for future generations through environmentally sensitive initiatives. In recognition of our ongoing commitment to implement sustainable practices, Hotel Duval has achieved the coveted "Green Lodging" designation from the Florida Green Lodging Program. ... more less
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