This hotel is absolutely beautiful. There are both vintage and new elements, but all are in keeping with the ornate style of the best hotels of the last hundred years - marble tiled bathrooms, solid wood furniture, comfortable linens (even the bathmat was soft), upscale toiletries, complimentary bottled water and an in room safe. The common areas were also lovely, sparkling chandeliers, gold and black wrought ironwork, marble floors and elegant settees and chairs. There is a open bar area a few steps above the lobby serving great drinks and food - I recommend the flaming saganaki, prepared tableside - as well as a separate restaurant on site. The location is just a short walk to the (equally beautiful) Tampa Theatre, and a 10 minute walk (3 1/2 blocks) to the Straz Performing Arts Center. Another big plus is the free parking - yes FREE - in a downtown location. The only negative we found was the lack of a coffee maker in our room, although coffee was available in the lobby (the reason I gave "Rooms" a 4, not a 5).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the legendary Floridan, located in the heart of Tampa. Built in 1926, this nineteen story hotel has been brought back to its original grandeur.Indulge yourself in old world charm, met with the modern comforts of today. With an eye for detail and a dash of flair, flawless service and luxury awaits you at every turn. The opening ceremony and ribbon cutting of this iconic landmark took place on July 28, 2012, making the Floridan Palace, once more the “crown jewel” of the city of Tampa. With historical expertise, and detailed craftsmanship, the hotel’s beauty and stature of its original state has been recaptured. The Floridan is one of the few hotels in the Tampa Bay area that is on the National Register of Historic Places. ... more less
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