Debut of JW Marriott Tampa Water Street.
JW Marriott announce that its 100th property, JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is now open, bringing a new level of luxury to the Tampa Bay area. Located in the heart of the dynamic Water Street neighborhood, the new property invites discerning guests to take time for themselves, relax, and rediscover a balance in mind and body. A formal grand opening celebration is expected to take place in April 2021.
"The first JW Marriott opened in Washington DC in 1984 and was a tribute to my father, J.W., and a celebration of his love of service and hospitality," explains Bill Marriott, Executive Chairman of the Board at Marriott International. "That tribute has now evolved into a global hotel brand, an incredible testament to the spirit of that first hotel being embraced worldwide. Our family is incredibly proud that my father's name now welcomes guests in over 100 desirable destinations across the globe now, including Tampa."
With the opening of JW Marriott Tampa Water Street, JW Marriott demonstrates its commitment to Tampa, boosting development of its luxury market and supporting the destination’s ability to host larger groups and events, as well as leisure travelers.
“We couldn’t be more proud to introduce JW Marriott’s 100th hotel in a city that has emerged as one of Florida’s most exciting destinations in recent years – Tampa,” said Bruce Rohr, Global Brand Leader of JW Marriott. “With its seamless integration into the vibrant Water Street neighborhood, modern design and luxurious amenities inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is a shining example of our brand’s continued excellence and our legacy of exceptional service.”
From locally-inspired dishes to holistic wellness amenities, every aspect of JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is designed with guests’ well-being in mind. This begins with its breathtaking and calming aesthetic, designed by Nicholas Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, with interiors by Champalimaud Design. Blending modern luxury with the sophisticated energy of Tampa’s Water Street neighborhood, the expansive 519-room property welcomes guests with a moment of architectural awe: a four-story atrium lobby lounge featuring hanging art and a floating conference room dubbed “Skybox,” providing guests with the perfect location to be in the moment and take in the energy of the neighborhood. The downtown Tampa waterfront district has a rich history of arcades, porches and awnings which help create a layered and detailed streetscape. These elements invite physical connections between interior spaces to exterior landscapes.
With custom furnishings and water-inspired design, guest rooms are open and spacious, featuring soft natural color palettes and materials inspired by the surrounding waterfront. Several room categories boast spectacular views from floor to ceiling windows as well as spacious bathrooms with natural light. The property’s expansive 2,230-sq.-ft. Presidential Suite has its own terrace with a wet bar where guests can take in sweeping city views. The 1,190-sq.-ft. JW Suites offers 270-degree city views of Tampa’s vibrant Water Street neighborhood. Spacious and sophisticated, the King Guest Rooms feature elevated amenities and over 400 sq. ft. of comfort including abundant natural light, separate working desks and sliding doors which open to a luxurious bathroom featuring marble vanities and standalone rain showers.
Revitalize the Spirit
JW Marriott hotels around the world encourage guests to take time for themselves, find a sense of balance through travel experiences that are inspiring, rejuvenating them and allowing them to focus on the things in life that matter most. JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is no exception with many locations around the hotel acting as havens for the body and mind. A restorative experience begins with a Vitamin C-infused shower, circadian lighting and air-purification system in the Stay Well™ Premier Rooms located on the 16th floor, ideal for wellbeing-seeking guests. Amenities include a resort-style pool with cabanas on the 6th floor overlooking the area waterways, as well as the brand’s signature Spa by JW® complete with a spa lounge, 10 treatment suites, plunge pool and retail boutique. Providing a holistic approach to wellbeing, treatments are designed to calm, invigorate, indulge and renew, and include an Energy Boost Lift Me Up Massage, Calming Waves Signature Facial and Alluring Bay Manicures and Pedicures.
Meaningful Meetings & Events
Located next door to both the Tampa Convention Center and Amalie Arena (home to the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning), the hotel features 100,000 sq. ft of meeting and event space, including the largest hotel ballroom in Tampa Bay at approximately 30,000 sq. ft. In combination with its sister property, Tampa Marriott Water Street, the complex boasts over 40,000 sq. ft. of additional total event space, with both properties connected by a glass sky bridge located on the third floor. JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is well appointed to become a popular wedding venue in Tampa, offering ultra-modern architecture and expert wedding planners. The luxurious amenities, stunning indoor and outdoor spaces, and breathtaking views underneath the stars will inspire awe among all guests.
Nourish the Body
JW Marriott Tampa Water Street continues the brand’s legacy of authentic dining experiences that are gratifying and refined, always offering fresh takes on beloved, familiar and local favorites. This, combined with intuitive service and reimagined flavors, means JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is poised to become a culinary destination for guest and locals alike. The hotel features two outstanding restaurants, as well as superb dining options available next door at Tampa Marriott Water Street – all overseen by Executive Chef Joseph Pankrath. Located on the main floor of the new hotel, DRIFTLIGHT (a name inspired by the pathways of light cast by the illuminated bridges in Water Street Tampa and connecting people across the region through the shared experience of dining) offers regional farm-and ocean-to-table cuisine served in upscale, yet approachable atmosphere. At SIX (located six floors up), diners can choose from indoor and outdoor dining overlooking the resort pool or bayfront while enjoying a local twist on the traditional Bistro with flavors celebrating Florida’s roots and rich culinary diversity. There is also a grab-and-go concept – TURNTABLE – serving a refreshed food and drink menu every season from our street window, with an ever-shifting showcase of Tampa’s evolving food scene. Guests at both hotels are invited to visit and enjoy the many dining options and amenities across the complex. Additional offerings at the adjacent Tampa Marriott Water Street include the newly re-concepted sports bar Garrison Tavern, as well as the more upscale waterfront restaurant Anchor and Brine.
Enhanced Safety and Cleaning Protocols
In response to current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, JW Marriott Tampa Water Street has implemented a variety of elevated protocols and practices in keeping with the hotel’s high standards of cleanliness and luxury service. Enhanced property standards include:
- Every guest room is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to guests’ arrival.
- Face coverings are required for all guests in all indoor public spaces.
- Socially distanced lobby and restaurant seating is in compliance with local mandates.
- Plexiglas shields are used at Reception.
- Signage throughout the hotel reminds guests to maintain social distancing and limit capacities.
- Staff have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection, particularly in areas with high traffic including restrooms, elevators, and escalators as well as provided more hand sanitizing stations.
- Staff members will wear PPE (e.g., face coverings, gloves, etc.) based on the activities they are performing and based on direction by the local authorities.
- Disinfectant wipes are available in the room for every arriving guest as well as upon request.
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