New level taking DoubleTree to next level

Courtesy of Urban Tallahassee, Proposed 17thfloor addition

The landmark downtown hotel DoubleTree by Hilton is adding a 17thfloor that will overlook Tallahassee.

Renovations to the fourth tallest building in Tallahassee will include a restaurant, rooftop bar with a limited menu, a patio and a nice lounge area for guests and locals.

“I am excited about a 17thfloor, with a top-shelf bar,” said Mark Borell, a DoubleTree guest.

 He wasn’t the only patron to voice excitement about the ambitious upgrade, especially seeing that it is set to be completed before the legislative session gets underway next March. 

The original structure of the hotel was created in 1972. The remodeling of the current building was not completed until 2015. 

“We’re the construction kings, building up great things on these beams, we are building dreams, making downtown Tallahassee a place to make memories, up and away,” general manager John Kelly said. 

The talk of adding a new floor surfaced a few years ago, but it took longer to begin work due to permits that were needed and the correct size cranes. Now, the work is finally being put into action and should be completed by December of this year.

“We are ecstatic about the addition of the rooftop bar and the view will be spectacular. The 17thfloor will not only be a great place for guests of the hotel but also for locals to come enjoy the view and unwind. We hope to complete the addition by December,” partial owner Darren Phillips said.

This project has forced the closure of Adams Street between Park and College avenues, as of early March. It is open for one-way traffic during the daytime and it is closed completely during the night for construction. Roads will continue to be this way until the additional floor is completed.

Last week, the entire street was shut down for a week due to the placement of the crane.

This construction will also be taking place right in front of Jacobs on the Plaza, the hotel’s fine dining restaurant.  Contractors will repair the sidewalks and seating arrangements for the outside of the hotel after the 17thfloor is complete.