We still have one more night here but couldn't wait to write this review to let everyone know how special this place is. Especially due to the fact that we were disappointed with the quality of restaurants in Apalachicola and the shops in town and surrounding areas not meeting the expectations that are set when you read the tourism brochures. Also, the weather turned quite cold unexpectedly during our stay which ruled out outdoor activities. So we made our suite here our little hang out haven and just relaxed, watched TV, read, etc.
We stayed in the Attache Suite, which is one of only two, one bedroom suites. This suite is HUGE, has a very comfortable king bed, adequate sized bathroom, LARGE living room / kitchen / breakfast bar area, plus an expansive porch with a lovely view of the courtyard below.
While we were not in any of the three other suites, here's a few hints based on what we learned and observed. The Port Captain, the other one bedroom, is much smaller than the Attache. Maybe if you had never been in the Attache, you would love the Port Captain, however, we love our space. Also, note.....the Port Captain is just a Queen Bed and its balcony overlooks the parking lot but you may have some view of the river to the right. The other two suites, 2 bedroom, appear to be both large and have very nice balcony views.
Here are a few things that you might not read or miss on their web site. All four suites have central A/C and heat and washer / dryer. Daily housekeeping is NOT provided. However, we ended up liking the fact that we didn't need to worry about putting things away or vacating the room while housekeeping comes in. Plus, they provide everything necessary should you need to do any minor housekeeping yourself: broom, mop, soap, extra garbage bags, etc. WiFi is provided but the signal was VERY weak at least in the Attache suite. However, if you have your own wireless connection you shouldn't have any problems. We use AT&T and the signal was always strong.
While the rooms were established in 1998, the place looks fresh, clean and practically brand new; a lot better than some Marriott and Hilton rooms that we have stayed at that were not as old. A lot is due to the quality of the furnishings and supplies. I happened to notice they installed top of line Kraft Maid kitchen cabinets and use high end Sferra linens. All the little amenities (soaps, lotion, cleaning supplies, welcome snacks, etc.) are high end, eco friendly / natural foods.
They did an excellent job renovating the Grady building. While the suites have a fresh, clean and modern amenity feel, they blended the new in with the old such as the raw wood support and ceiling beams and the brick walls and grand crown moldings. Has the feel of old style New Orleans or Savannah architecture.
The kitchen is FULLY stocked. Examples: grater, ice cream scoop, shrimp deveiner, Kitchen Aid cutlery. More than you would ever find at major chain hotel suites with kitchens such as Residence Inns, TownPlace Suites or Homewood Suites.
Lastly, we always dealt with Shari regarding our reservation and during our stay. She was ALWAYS extremely friendly and helpful especially when we had to leave early during our stay due to a family emergency.
The staff and accommodations are great. If you are in the Apalachicola area, you must try the Consulate Suites. You won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 4 beautiful suites located on the Apalachicola River. Each suite offers full kitchen, laundry room, flat screen TV's, Blu-Ray player, personal wifi, and balconies with great views. Many restaurants are within walking distance of the Consulate. During your stay we do not offer daily housekeeping but if you find you need something or have any maintenance concerns you may contact us bye phone or the Grady Market is open from 10:00 to 5:30; someone there can contact the appropriate person to take care of your request or concerns. We look forward to having you as our guest. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Consulate Hotel Apalachicola