In Florida, Tampa's high-end hotel scene is getting a new addition: Starwood Hotels & Resorts has opened Le Méridien Tampa, following a renovation that transformed a century-old federal courthouse into the city’s newest hotel.
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. Cool touch for history buffs: The $26 million renovation preserved the building’s most notable architectural elements, including the marble and terrazzo lobby as well as its oak door frames and window casings.
It's not all old-school, though: Contemporary perks include an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a business center with a historic judge’s bench as the primary work station.
For foodies, Bizou Brasserie serves French cuisine, and has some al fresco dining options. For meetings and events, 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.
The hotel is located 12 minutes from Tampa International Airport and is within walking distance 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 sports venues including Tropicana Field and Tampa Bay Times Forum.
Bonus: Hotel Guests can get complimentary passes to explore the collection of contemporary art as well as Greek and Roman antiques at The Tampa Museum of Art.