THE Tampa EDITION opens its doors

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The Tampa EDITION was launched as part of the $3.5 billion mixed-use Water Street Tampa development. The new luxury hotel is the 15th international property under the Marriott brand, as well as Tampa’s first-ever 5-star hotel.

Designed like Scandinavian port cities like Stockholm, Water Street Tampa will double the city’s footprint while continuing to roll out new amenities for the public. This chic yet simple European aesthetic is complemented by Tampa EDITION’s singular design, envisioned by an elite team including ISC Design Studio, Morris Adjmi Architects, Nichols Architects, Bonetti Kozerski Architects, Roman and Williams, and EDITION’s Creative Director Ian Schrager.

“We wanted to do something really sophisticated, really new and simple, and something that would have really universal appeal for people of all ages and backgrounds,” Schrager said. “We also wanted to capture the spirit of Tampa as one of the most livable cities in the country and a new gateway to South Florida as one of the fastest growing states. fast in the country. So it was about being true to ourselves, being true to Tampa, adding a sense of theater and creating something really special and magical that could only be in Tampa.

Industrial details, Art Deco-inspired lines, and lush greenery found throughout the hotel accentuate the organic, feel-good focus of the Water Street Tampa neighborhood. The 26-story property is also distinguished by a tower that houses 38 high-end private residences on its upper levels and 172 rooms on its lower nine levels as well as public spaces.

A gently curved canopy covered in bougainvillea punctuates the arrival experience, as guests enter a lobby with 20-foot high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the interiors with natural light. Open-pore travertine, walnut wood, and vibrant greenery enliven the lobby bar, which is outfitted with modern seating and a large-scale stainless steel artwork by British-Indian sculptor Anish Kapoor. The scalloped walnut bar and cognac-coloured leather stools blend harmoniously into the Lilacthe hotel’s convivial Mediterranean restaurant adorned with walnut floors, warm globe pendant lights and an open kitchen.

Crowning the ninth floor of the property is Azure to EDITION, a chic rooftop restaurant lined with a neutral backdrop of travertine, Japanese blueberries and purple bougainvillea. Five poolside cabanas and more than 80 lounge chairs also populate Azure, inviting guests to maximize the South Florida climate. All day sunny concept Market and the glamor Punching room complement the F&B options, distinguished by natural materials like white oak and Calcutta marble and warm, understated jewel tones inspired by Old Hollywood, respectively.

The Tampa EDITION’s wellness facility, located on the second floor and featuring six treatment rooms, echoes the natural palette with curved white oak, marble surfaces, and gold leaf accents. A private event space for 250 people as well as two studios and a conference room are also included on the second floor and on the mezzanine, balancing materiality with technological fixtures.

The rooms serve as stylish retreats with beautiful natural materials, custom furnishings inspired by Jean-Michel Frank, and photography by Rodney Smith. Five bedrooms with garden terraces and the one-bedroom penthouse are the highlights of the range, the latter featuring a media room, open plan living and dining room, pantry, walk-in closet and expansive bathroom. baths.

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