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Water Street Tampa’s Edition Hotel, restaurants opening next week

Tampa’s flashiest hotel in recent memory is just days away.

The Tampa Edition Hotel, a property poised to claim its position as the area’s first five-star hotel, will have a soft-opening next week, developers announced Tuesday. A grand opening will take place in October, but guests will be able to reserve rooms and restaurant tables from September 20.

The 26-story, 172-room Marriott hotel, created in partnership with New York hotel veteran Ian Schrager, sits at 500 Channelside Drive at Water Street Tampa, the $3.5 billion downtown development. dollars from Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment.

“I haven’t often had the opportunity to work on a project that will completely transform the very center and heartbeat of a great city like Tampa, and make it even bigger,” said Schrager, co-founder of the legendary Studio. 54 of New York, in a statement. “I call this urban expansion, rather than urban renewal, and it serves as a model for how cities will transform and evolve in the future. The scale is breathtaking and we are very happy to be here and to be part of it.

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Schrager’s team also unveiled details of its culinary program, led by Michelin-starred chef John Fraser. The New York chef will run five restaurants at the Tampa Edition: Lilac, a Greco-Mediterranean restaurant; Market at Edition, an indoor-outdoor Italian trattoria; Azure at Edition, a Mediterranean restaurant on the ninth floor; and two bars in the lobby and by the pool. There’s also a high-end cocktail bar on the second floor called Punch Room and a space called Arts Club that will offer drinks, small bites, and a small performance space.

This rendering shows Lilac, a restaurant by star chef John Fraser, which will open at the Tampa Edition Hotel on September 20. [ Courtesy of the Tampa Edition ]

“Through exceptional hospitality, architecture and design, we strive to make our guests feel like they’ve arrived at a sanctuary they never have to leave,” Fraser said in a statement.

Other facilities include a fitness center, spa, event space, meeting rooms, and rooftop pool. The building also has 38 luxury residences whose residents can use the facilities.

While Tampa has hotels in the four-star class — including the JW Marriott across the Amalie Arena — the edition promises a different level of luxury. Tuesday’s announcement touted features such as a “dramatic white marble sculptural staircase” in the lobby and, in the Arts Club, “an organic undulating ceiling of 350 mirrored balls of varying sizes and theatrical red velvet drapery. ruby”.

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“The design is simple and pure,” Schrager said. “There is nothing superfluous or gratuitous, or useless gesture.”

With the hotel’s first few nights sold out, Marriott’s website Tuesday showed rooms available this weekend starting at over $600 and going up to over $5,000 per night.

The soft opening on September 20 will give Schrager’s team about a month to resolve any issues that arise. Some equipment and services may initially be limited; for example, room service will operate on a modified schedule in the morning.