Hotel rooms

Few hotel rooms left as reunion nears – The Famuan

The relatively new Hyatt House on Railroad Avenue is a stone’s throw from the FAMU campus. Photo credit: www.hospitalitynet.org

College reunions are a must and important time for students, alumni, friends and family to enjoy a plethora of events. Universities, restaurants, and nightclubs rely on homecomings because they sometimes generate a lot of revenue. One business that benefits more than most is the hospitality industry. They start to fill up long before reunion week approaches.

It’s essential that visitors coming home from out of town book their rooms well in advance so they don’t see prices skyrocket the same week. Current students assume the responsibility of notifying relatives and friends of return dates as far in advance as possible.

“Yes, my parents managed to secure their rooms three months ago, I think it’s critical to do this early,” said Florida A&M freshman Jordan Mongo.

Depending on what event is happening locally in Tallahassee, whether on the FAMU campus, FSU or elsewhere, hotel rates will fluctuate to match the demands made by so many out-of-towners. Currently, FSU’s comeback wraps up this weekend, but nothing grabs more attention than FAMU’s comeback with events from today through next Sunday.

“Honestly, it depends on the weekend,” said Taylor Watson, front desk supervisor at the Hampton Inn & Suites Tallahassee Capitol-University. “This weekend, the prices have gone down, I noticed. The demand for rooms when FAMU returns home is much higher than that of FSU. »

There is a noticeable difference in room availability at a nearby hotel, between the FSU and FAMU campuses. According to hyatt.com, room availability was still open this weekend, with the lowest listed price set at $249 a night for non-members. However, most of the rooms for next weekend are fully booked.

Soon, new luxury hotel developments may be underway. According to the Democrat of Tallahassee, a Houston-based company, Valencia Development Corp., plans to build two hotels in the downtown area. The two hotels combined could feature up to 580 rooms, an intimate bar, wine cafe and rooftop restaurant and bar. In a 3-2 vote, the Tallahassee City Commission approved the sale of the Chevron and Johns parcels bounded by Gaines Street, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Duval Street for $8 million.

It’s not entirely clear how long the construction process will take or when the hotels will be finished and ready to welcome guests. The two new hotels, twinned with other hotels that have opened in recent years, will make it easier for foreigners to visit each school year.