by @Anne Dimon
Tampa Bay, known for its cigar history and sporting events as well as its attractions such as the historic Latin Quarter, will soon welcome three new hotels:
The 137-room culinary-centric Epicurean is scheduled to open this December at Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa.
The food-focused hotel will feature a large, state-of-the-art culinary classroom, a couture comfort food restaurant, wine shop, patisserie, rooftop lounge and a full-service spa. Special experiences such as evening wine samplings and signature organic bath products are part of the plan.
The Epicurean is being developed in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and will be part of the annual Bern’s WineFest.
(Related post: Hotel Devoted to Culinary Experiences Opening in Tampa)
Le Meridien Tampa
The iconic Old Federal Courthouse in downtown Tampa is being converted into an upscale, boutique hotel called Le Meridien Tampa. The courthouse closed in 1998 and in 2012 city officials chose Tampa Hotel Partners, led by Development Services Group of Memphis for the project.
The $25 million renovation will transform the building (with its 18 foot ceilings and terrazzo floors) into a 130-room hotel with a full-service restaurant, lounge, lap pool, exercise room, business center and 4,800 square feet of meeting space.
The hotel is set to open in the spring of 2014
Aloft Tampa Downtown
Also debuting in 2014, Aloft Tampa Downtown situation along the Tampa Riverwalk will occupy the former Mercantile Bank office building. The hotel will offer 130 loft-like rooms plus the brand’s signature technology features and social atmosphere.
Other features include a waterfront pool, 24-hour fitness center and a 4,000-sq.-ft. rooftop terrace.
Located in the financial district, the hotel will also be within walking distance of the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Center for the Performing Arts and Tampa History Museum. It will be the fifth Aloft in Florida.