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New Hotels Hope to Ride Rail Session to Full Beds

One of Tallahassee’s newest landmarks is hoping the gathering of lawmakers for the special session that started Thursday will boost its number of filled beds.

Hotel Duval, a couple blocks north of the downtown Tallahassee Capitol complex, is offering “special December legislative session” rates of $89, the hotel’s Website says.

“Hotel Duval is the second Capitol,” the hotel’s website – www.hotelduval.com – said Thursday. “Conduct business from the comfort of your well-appointed guestroom or suite, Shula's 347 Grill or the stunning Level 8 Lounge.”

Hotel Duval General Manager Mark Bauer told the News Service of Florida that the special session afforded the hotel that just opened for business this fall the chance to get on the radar of lawmakers and lobbyists in town to ride the rail bill.

“Obviously, because we opened in October, we haven’t had the opportunity to have the street level traffic with lawmakers, but this helps because now they know we’re here,” Bauer said. “They’re staying with us and now they’ll know that we are THE hotel in Tallahassee when we get to January, February, March and April….”

“So far, so good,” he said. “I don’t know that you can forecast for a special session, because then you’re planning for something that may or may not happen, but what this does is create additional demand. We’d love to see as many special sessions as possible.”

The other new kid on the capital hotel block, The W Hotel’s Aloft Tallahassee, is not advertising a discount for special session, but it’s Website – www.alofthotel – does promote a discount for government employees who present valid IDs.

“Aloft Tallahassee Downtown invites government employees to take advantage of amazing rates when you take a trip to Tallahassee this season,” the hotel’s website says. “We’re in the heart of downtown’s historic streets, a short stroll from the State Capitol complex and centrally located to both Florida State and Florida A&M Universities!”

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