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The Best 4 Luxury Hotels in Tampa

By Stacy Francois

Tampa's Renaissance: From Shadow to Spotlight

Key Takeaways
  • Tampa's Transformation: Witness Tampa's evolution from being overshadowed by Miami to becoming a premier vacation destination with a vibrant arts scene and stunning waterfront attractions.
  • Luxury Hotel Scene: Explore the burgeoning luxury hotel scene in Tampa, characterized by upscale accommodations, fine dining options, and Michelin-starred restaurants.
  • The Tampa Edition: Discover the epitome of luxury at the Tampa Edition, a five-star oasis boasting modern design, lush interiors, and panoramic views of the city.

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The Best Luxury Hotels: Nestled along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Tampa has become a sought-after destination, eclipsing Miami as a sparkling treasure in its own right. Tampa provides an unmatched vacation experience with its exquisite waterfront, gorgeous beaches, and thriving arts scene.

The Best Luxury Hotels

The city has undergone an incredible metamorphosis in recent years, with a rise in fine eating options, museums, and high-end lodging. Remarkably, Tampa received its first Michelin stars in 2023, demonstrating its culinary excellence, which is best exemplified by Chef John Fraser’s restaurant, Lilac, located in the recently opened Edition hotel.

Here, we provide a thoughtfully chosen collection of Tampa’s best luxury hotels, which range from modern skyscrapers to tranquil waterfront hideaways.

  1. The Tampa Version: An All-Star Haven
The jungle-themed lobby greets guests with an explosion of greenery / Ā©Tampa Edition

Travelers have been enthralled with the Tampa Edition’s opulent features ever since its grand premiere in 2022. Headquartered by Ian Schrager, the creative force behind the Edition brand, this luxurious hotel rises to a modern 26-story skyscraper in the rapidly developing Water Street Tampa neighborhood.

Enter the foyer, which is decorated with lush vegetation and a mesmerizing jungle motif, and you’ll be taken to a peaceful haven. With 172 well thought-out guest rooms and suites, all with floor to ceiling windows providing panoramic views of Tampa, the hotel is an architectural marvel. A welcoming atmosphere will be created by details like billowing draperies, woven rugs, and faux fur blankets. Expect rooms that radiate subtle grandeur.

The Tampa Edition offers a variety of gastronomic treats, making dining there an experience in and of itself. Enjoy fine dining at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Lilac restaurant, which is run by the renowned Chef John Fraser. Head to Azure, the rooftop restaurant offering delicious Greek food, for a romantic meal with breathtaking views. The hotel also has a number of distinctive bars, such as the opulent Arts Club and the chic Punch Room, where guests may enjoy cocktails with influences from the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

Top Suite: The Ultimate Penthouse

Look no farther than the Penthouse Suite for the height of luxury. This spacious home has a separate living room, kitchen, and beautiful marble bathroom with a walk-in rainforest shower and deep soaking tub. For those looking for unmatched luxury and sophistication in the center of Tampa, this is the ideal hideaway.

Those in search of peace and renewal will find the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, set in a vast 35-acre nature reserve on the calm upper beaches of Tampa Bay, an ideal place to stay. Surrounded by beautiful waterfront scenery, the hotel has a tranquil boardwalk ideal for enjoying leisurely walks and observing birds. In addition, visitors can enjoy the spectacular sunsets by strolling along the picturesque 9.5-mile bayside route.

2. Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

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With decor in calming white and marine blue tones that honor the local waterways, the rooms of the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay radiate an air of understated elegance. The ‘Bay View’ apartments, in particular, provide breathtaking perspectives of the bay and verdant forest canopy, and many accommodations do so.

Savor the delectable raw bar treats and fresh seafood at Oystercatchers, the hotel’s informal restaurant. In addition, to get your day started right, 1823 Kitchen & Bar has a delicious selection of breakfast foods and nutritious snacks.

The Bay View Presidential Suite is an unrivaled option, with its spacious rooms and breathtaking views of the bay. This opulent apartment can be linked to a bay view room for larger groups or families.

3. Epicurean Hotel

The Epicurean Hotel is a gourmet sanctuary in the middle of Tampa’s lively Soho neighborhood; the rooms are decorated with food and wine themes. Indulge in charred Wagyu flat iron steak, roasted Chilean seabass, and a variety of mouth-watering desserts at Elevage, a restaurant known for its varied and exciting menu.

Guests may enjoy a variety of activities, from bourbon tastings to wine pairing dinners, at the hotel’s rooftop bar, which boasts a hip atmosphere perfect for sipping cocktails and small plates. Relax in the spa, take a dip in the pool, or use the free bikes to go around town.

In the heart of downtown Tampa, in a restored courthouse, you’ll find the five-star Le Meridien Tampa, The Courthouse. The Tampa Museum of Art and other adjacent attractions will transport you to a world of luxury.

4. Le Meridien Tampa, The Courthouse

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The hotel’s main restaurant, Sal Rosa, takes Caribbean-Latin cuisine to a whole new level, and guests may relax in the hotel’s outdoor heated pool or work out at the 24-hour fitness facility. The Studio Suite King is an enticing choice for both work and pleasure thanks to its large living room and windows that go all the way to the ceiling.

Along the picturesque waterfront, you’ll find the 727 contemporary guestrooms and suites at the Tampa Marriott Water Street. After indulging in some delicious food at Lona or Anchor and Brine, take some time to relax at the Spa by JW.

In Tampa, Florida, you may find the best hotels, where you can rest, indulge, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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