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Le Meridien Tampa Debuts in Century-Old Courthouse

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. debuts Le Méridien Tampa, following an adaptive re-use project that has transformed a century-old federal courthouse into the city’s newest hotel.

le-meridien-tampaLe Méridien Tampa offers 130 contemporary guestrooms, a modern restaurant and state-of-the-art meeting and event space all set against the backdrop of the building’s stunning architecture and location in the heart of the city’s downtown arts and entertainment district.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the former courthouse occupies an entire city block of North Florida Avenue between Zack and Twig Streets and was previously a customs house and post office. The $26 million renovation of Le Méridien Tampa preserved the building’s most notable architectural elements, including the marble and terrazzo lobby as well as its oak door frames and window casings. Contemporary facilities include an outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center and ultramodern business center that features a historic judge’s bench as the primary work station. Guests and locals can indulge in Bizou Brasserie’s French cuisine with the option to dine al fresco, or enjoy sparkling cocktails with friends and colleagues at Longitude Bar. An ideal choice for meetings and weddings, Le Méridien Tampa offers more than 4,000 square feet of contemporary meeting and event space, including a grand ballroom for up to 150 guests.

Le Méridien Tampa also features the signature Le Méridien Hub™, which re-interprets the traditional lobby into a social gathering place, and further builds on the brand’s award-winning arrival experience and coffee culture. Le Méridien arrival consists of four elements: large-scale artwork in high impact areas; a sensory experience, illustrated through Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light; UNLOCK ART™ programme, featuring artist designed key card collections that offer access to Le Méridien affiliated contemporary cultural centers in the city; and a 24-hour curated soundtrack by French Bossa Nova band Nouvelle Vague. The Hub features the signature Master Barista, a recently launched initiative to meet the growing demands of coffee lovers at every Le Méridien hotel worldwide. Master Baristas lead coffee-related initiatives at each hotel, serve as a coffee cultural ambassador, and maintain knowledge of current coffee trends within the destination.

Just 12 minutes from Tampa International Airport (TPA), Le Méridien Tampa is in the heart of downtown Tampa and within a few minutes’ walk to the Tampa Convention Center, Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the Tampa Museum of Art, The Tampa Children’s Museum, The Tampa Theatre, and the Henry B. Plant Museum. Also nearby are the Port of Tampa, the University of Tampa campus, the shops and restaurants along Tampa Riverwalk, and leading sports venues including Tropicana Field and Tampa Bay Times Forum. Hotel Guests are provided with complimentary passes to explore the impressive collection of contemporary art as well as Greek and Roman antiques at The Tampa Museum of Art, Le Méridien Tampa’s official UNLOCK Art partner.

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