While Miami has always been famous for its glamorous and exciting nightlife, Tampa has generally flown under the radar — until now. With the opening of the massive $3.5 billion Water Street Tampa project, the city is now home to a new mixed-use, wellness-focused community complete with stores, restaurants, nightlife, office space and, at the center of the action, the Tampa EDITION. The five-star destination, created by pioneering hotelier Ian Schrager in collaboration with Marriott International, features 172 rooms and 38 private residences.
Nearly any amenity imaginable is available at the property, including a rooftop terrace with a pool, a spa and wellness center featuring Biologique Recherche products, a state-of-the-art gym and seven bars and restaurants, including one from Michelin-starred chef John Fraser. Arts Club is a trio of spaces that includes the Verde Antico bar, the Lounge for cocktails and light bites, and Arts Club Cabaret, which will play host to live music and a rotating roster of entertainment acts.
Schrager, the visionary pioneer of the boutique hotel concept, calls the scale of Water Street Tampa “mind-boggling.” “Not often have I 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 greater,” he explains. “I call it urban expansion, rather than urban renewal, and it serves as a model for how cities will transform and evolve the future.”
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