This isn’t breaking news or anything like that, but I just realized I’ve never written about it so I think it’s time. Granted, I probably find this more interesting than most as I grew up in Tampa and still go back to visit my family.
Opening of the new EDITION Hotel in Tampa
EDITION Tampa is expected to open in late 2021 and will be the only five-star hotel in Tampa when it opens. For those of you unfamiliar with EDITION, it’s the modern premium brand from Marriott. Think of it as a modern version of the Ritz-Carlton aimed at a younger crowd (while still refusing breakfast from the Bonvoy elite members).
The EDITION Tampa will have 172 rooms and 37 residences. The property will have 26 floors, with the first 10 floors being hotel rooms and the top floors being residences.
Tampa EDITION outside
The construction work has just been completed, so that at least the building is structurally present. Personally, I think an opening date in late 2021 is optimistic, but does anyone really expect the construction for anything to be completed on time?
EDITION Tampa is part of a $ 3.5 billion redevelopment of Water Street in Tampa. I’m curious to see what prices EDITION Tampa can charge. Tampa is not a particularly high-class hotel market, and hotel rates rarely go above $ 200 except for periods of exceptionally high demand.
Will EDITION Tampa be looking for prices in the 300s or …?
The JW Marriott Tampa Water Street has just opened
Interestingly, the Tampa EDITION isn’t the only new Marriott property in Tampa. The JW Marriott Tampa Water Street opened just this week, just one block from the location of the future EDITION.
This 519 room hotel is the 100th JW Marriott hotel in the world. While it looks good enough for a generic conference hotel, it doesn’t seem to have much charm.
JW Marriott Tampa exterior
JW Marriott Tampa Guest room
JW Marriott Tampa lobby bar
JW Marriott Tampa Pool
There is also the 750-room Marriott Water Street, also in the same area.
Between these three hotels there are around 1,500 Marriott family hotel rooms in one block from each other. Even if the three hotels (slightly?) Pursue different markets, they will still ultimately compete with each other. I think they are hoping for convention to get a full return as soon as possible.
I grew up in Tampa and never thought in a million years that the city would see an EDITION. Okay, in fairness the EDITION brand didn’t exist when I was growing up there. 😉
Still, I’m excited that Tampa is finally getting a five-star hotel, and I’m excited to see what prices the hotel is trying to charge. The hotel is not yet bookable, although I’ll be sure to post an update when it is.
What do you think of the new redevelopment of Tampa EDITION and Water Street?