As Florida’s state capital and home to two universities, Tallahassee mostly attracts political types or students’ families. However, there are plenty of other reasons to visit, not least its eclectic collection of museums. Hotels range from sumptuous to simple, so you’re likely to find a good match for your taste. Here’s our pick of the best.
This stately manor is unsurprisingly a popular wedding venue for couples across Florida. While it certainly makes a pretty picture, you’ll stay in one of five wood-paneled cottages on the grounds. Rooms have a floral-patterned B&B feel, equipped with up to two double beds, a kitchenette and a microwave. Nearby is the SouthWood Golf Club and its Fred Couples-designed 18-hole course – ask the management about stay-and-play packages.
Spread across a converted horse stable, this smart boutique hotel is a popular overnight accommodation for politicians conducting business on surrounding Capitol Hill. Many suites come with a jacuzzi, a fireplace and a four-poster bed, but all include wifi and a continental breakfast buffet. Just two blocks south is the Florida Historic Capitol Museum, filled with political artefacts, photos and interactive exhibits on the state’s history.
Well placed for visits to the Florida A&M and Florida State universities, this Hilton outpost is also moments from the Doak Campbell Stadium and the quirky boutiques of the Railroad Square Art District. Grab a snack from your room’s mini-fridge before heading downstairs for a hot breakfast or to swim a few laps of the enormous outdoor pool. You’ll also have access to a fitness center, a business center and meeting rooms for hosting events.
With Union Flag pillows, tartan throws and china tea sets, this Anglophilic B&B makes a refreshing change from the bland hotel chains found around the northern Tallahassee area. Rooms are individually decorated; you can jump into the four-poster bed in the London Room or enjoy the green furnishings of the Staffordshire Room. Owners Tracey and Thom Cochran cook a mean English breakfast and will provide in-room champagne on request. The Alfred B Maclay Gardens State Park is a short drive away.
This posh boutique hotel delivers everything you’d expect of Marriott’s Autograph Collection: sleek, monochrome decor, a selection of signature room scents and rain showerheads. Grab a pre-dinner aperitif at the rooftop bar, Level 8 Lounge, before heading downstairs for a premium steak at Shula’s 347 Grill. As it sits in Governor’s Walk, you’ll find plenty of upmarket boutiques and Italian restaurants just steps away.
Sporting cool blue decor and crisp white sheets, this Marriott group member delivers on style and location; it’s just off Governor’s Walk, home to the historic Governor’s Mansion. Rooms come with a large flat-screen TV, a plug-and-play station for your devices and swipeable Bliss Spa toiletries. Work out in the fitness room and pool before grabbing a burger and craft beer at w xyz bar.
The DoubleTree sports all the usual Hilton perks: free wifi, a fitness center and an airport shuttle. However, the biggest draw is the huge outdoor pool ringed by loungers. Black-and-white guest rooms have hypoallergenic down pillows, a comfortable desk chair and a coffee maker; upgrade to a suite for a living area, a microwave and a mini-fridge. Enjoy skyline views from the rooftop lounge Eve on Adams before heading to the surrounding grill houses of Capitol Hill.
Sandwiched between the Florida State and Florida A&M campuses, the Hotel Indigo has a youthful, collegiate vibe. Rooms take inspiration from Tallahassee’s railroad town history, with rail map motifs on walls and rugs. Follow a workout in the fitness center with wings and burgers at the R&R Eatery, or check out the breweries in the surrounding area. It’s a pet-friendly hotel, so you can bring your furry friend for an additional fee.
Right in the center of Tallahassee, the Four Points by Sheraton offers easy access to the best of the city’s museums, with the Museum of Florida History, Riley House Museum and Knott House Museum all within a few blocks. Light, bright rooms sport floor-to-ceiling windows, crisp linen and a coffee maker; suites also have a mini-fridge and a microwave. Get in a workout at the on-site gym before gathering by the pool for tapas and cocktails, courtesy of Juicy Blue & AQUA Poolside Bar.
Just off the intersection of Capital Circle and Apalachee Parkway, this three-star hotel is just a 10-minute drive from central Tallahassee and both major universities. Suites come in king or twin queen variations, complete with a microwave, a coffee maker and a trundle bed for one additional guest. It also has a small outdoor pool and a fitness center with machines and free weights. While there’s no on-site restaurant, it’s easy to arrange a delivery from local eateries.