TAMPA, Fla. — The Epicurean Hotel is serving up a $21 million expansion project, giving visitors even more to love in the Hyde Park district of South Tampa, Fla.
Located directly across from the 137-room main hotel, the expansion will include 51 new guest rooms and suites, a private lobby, meeting spaces, and rooftop terrace. With a crisp white exterior, historic façade, and green landscaping, the four-story structure will incorporate two restored historic apartment buildings and add two floors of parking with 91 spaces. The expansion is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2023.
New meeting space will include a 794-square-foot room accommodating up to 50 guests, and a 590-square-foot room ideal for up to 39 guests. The 1,138-square-foot rooftop terrace will also provide a unique option for private events and meetings for up to 130 people, with 44 seated guests.
“Together, Bern’s Steak House, Haven, and Epicurean Hotel have turned South Howard into a true culinary destination, and this new addition will elevate our streetscape to match it,” says Joe Collier, president and founder, Mainsail Lodging & Development. “As a market leader in Tampa, demand for our rooms has consistently outstripped our supply, particularly for suite accommodations. This expansion will add another 11 high-demand suites to our inventory.”
Calling it Epicurean’s “second course,” Collier says the overall look and feel of guest rooms, meeting rooms, and public spaces will be consistent with the main hotel, but the expansion is an opportunity for innovation and refinement.
The 51 new accommodations will consist of 31 standard king rooms, eight deluxe king rooms, three two-room suites, and one junior suite. There will also be eight historical apartments converted into suites with separate dining and living areas, kitchenette, king bed, and sleeper sofa. Improved technology will also enhance the overall guest experience.
Orlando-based L2 Studios is the architect and interior designer for the project. Additional partners include Cooper Johnson Smith Peterson Architects for the exterior concept design and Nelson Construction, the general contractor, both based in Tampa.