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Epicurean Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1207 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606   |  
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Ranked #23 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Great place to stay when visiting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We picked this hotel because the location seemed ideal--it borders on Soho and Hyde Park, two young residential areas of Tampa and near the bay. We didn't need the convention center or downtown. We wanted to explore Tampa's residential parts, drive to local beaches and attractions, and be close to some local restaurants for dinner. Our room was a good size, quiet, with a super-comfortable bed and great TV. Loved the shower. Very nice staff, who were helpful and accommodating. The parking does cost money, but Wifi is free--more than a fair tradeoff. Their rooftop bar is really nice, and a great place for a group. We walked to several restaurants that were on the same street, which was great after driving everywhere during the day. Would recommend this for couples who want a Tampa vacation.

Room Tip: Perhaps request to be away from the rooftop bar. Being not he same floor is fine, but asked to be on...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EpicureanHotel, General Manager at Epicurean Hotel, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Thank you for your complimentary review of our hotel! We are very happy to be located in such a great neighborhood. I love hearing of couples leisurely enjoying themselves as they take in all this area has to offer. I hope you come back and enjoy our restaurant and culinary classroom!
Tom Haines
General Manager
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Jupiter, Florida
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

From the moment of my first stay at the Epicurean in Tampa, through checking out after my second stay, I enjoyed every moment at the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa. The staff is young and friendly, the bartenders fun and knowledgeable, and the food was delicious! The rooms are large and very comfortable with too many amenities to mention. Oh, and the roof top bar is a lot of fun. I highly recommend a stay at the epicurean in Tampa, Florida.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EpicureanHotel, General Manager at Epicurean Hotel, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
I am so happy to hear you enjoyed every moment of your stay here at the Epicurean Hotel. Our ultimate goal here is for each of our guests to walk away with the same feeling you just described. I hope you do not stay away too long. Come back and visit us soon!
Tom Haines
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Forest, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Really nice hotel and great rooms. Very organized from checking in and checking
Out. They used an iPad system for efficient check in which made the process faster
And answered questions about the room. This is the third Autograph Marriott
I have stayed in and never disappointed. Great customer service from everyone!
Wish I had had time to check out a cooking class but I was there for work.
Only downsides I would say is they charged for bottled water which was free for the
Room temp one but one in mini bar costs $3 weird. And it you had kids there was
No tub. For adults great choice.... rooftop bar amazing excellent bar tenders. Everyone is knowledgeable and cares about their job. Also truly enjoyed the experience at Bern's Restaurant across the street who shares in ownership of Epicurean wonderful
Dinner. Spa looked incredibly too but no time. Would go back to relax.

Room Tip: Don't get a room on 4th flr people walking through hallways to Get to rooftop bar.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EpicureanHotel, General Manager at Epicurean Hotel, responded to this review, June 16, 2014
We are all so thrilled you enjoyed yourself while you were here! Our team is constantly working toward providing our guests with the most uniquely curated experience. I hope you will book a leisure trip with us soon!

Tom Haines

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Greenville, South Carolina
Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

From the moment I walked into the lobby of the Epicurean Hotel, I knew this was going to be something very different. The style is very captivating and fresh! Centered around wine and culinary arts, this hotel takes you to a new oasis without even stepping foot outside the door. The staff greets you with a smile and offers superb service. The rooms are modern, spacious, and boutique'. The food served by the property is amazing (I was there for a meeting and banquets catered). Within walking distance to amazing restaurants and bars also.I could go on and on... but if you are in Tampa and want a place to stay... this is the hotel to experience. Very convenient to major interstates and destinations.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EpicureanHotel, General Manager at Epicurean Hotel, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
Wow! I am floored by your review! I am so very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at the Epicurean Hotel so much! If you enjoy the culinary theme of the hotel, you should definitely book yourself a seat in a class in the Epicurean Theatre on your next visit! We all hope to see you soon!


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USA
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The Epicurean was so long in being built and so over hyped in its opening that the timing and followup on details was inconsistent during the early days. Attention to detail is what this hotel and the shops and restaurants should be about and they are getting better. Elevage, the restaurant inside the hotel has the best chef in town and still one of the weirdest menus, BUT, the food is very good. What I would hope for is that people would not have to walk across the street to Bern's Steak House, when the potential for the best food in town is right there in house. The activities around the hotel are worth the time to check out the schedule before arriving to fit your time at the Epicurean around the featured events being staged in the theater, wine shop, and restaurant. You are so close to Hyde Park and Bayshore venues that you can also plan many other things to do in Tampa, so come and enjoy! We live here and drive thru many hours of traffic from Wesley Chapel to take advantage of this great facility.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EpicureanHotel, General Manager at Epicurean Hotel, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
It is so great to hear that you travel so far just to enjoy our hotel! I am so pleased that you visited so early on and have been returning since! It’s locals like you who make the Epicurean what it is. Make sure you check out our Sunday pool parties starting June 22nd!
Tom Haines
General Manager
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We met friends from Bradenton here for a foodie weekend. The check-in was unique in that young ladies with iPads meet the car, check you in, and take you to your room. Everyone employed by the hotel is super nice! The hotel housekeeping staff needs some work. We went two days without our room being made up! But the classes they offered were fun and I learned a lot about wine in the wine tasting class! The restaurant serves unique food as well, which was really delish! With a few additions and changes, this hotel could be a winner.

Room Tip: None of the rooms we saw had great views. The area itself is being gentrified.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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EpicureanHotel, General Manager at Epicurean Hotel, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
A foodie weekend sounds like a blast! I am so happy to hear you had the chance to attend a wine class in the Epicurean Theatre. Our class offerings are always updating and changing so make sure you book a class along with your next trip! We hope to see you again soon!
Tom Haines
General Manager
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Orlando, Florida, USA
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

Upon pulling into the entrance, the valets were "hurried' but hustling and nice. We were greeted at the car to check-in via smart tablet and directly escorted to the room. Skipped the front desk routine which was very nice. The property is brand new, nice design, uncluttered , fresh and modern. The room was very nice, 2nd floor has a patio outside your room. You do look at a garage structure so not a warm welcoming view. The room was full of first class furnishings, great shower but no tub. Roomy for a standard king room, nice TV, Keurig style coffee maker. Location in South Tampa is adjacent to many good restaurants including Bern's directly across the street. I will stay there again. I used hotels.com and had a rate of $180. Hope this is helpful .

Room Tip: Second floor has chairs and couches outside your room...not a private patio but nice. I would ask fo...
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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EpicureanHotel, General Manager at Epicurean Hotel, responded to this review, June 2, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay! I always enjoy hearing the feedback from our guests! Our approach to the check-in process is a bit unconventional but we do not wish to be your “standard” hotel. It’s fantastic to hear that you will be staying with us again. I hope during your return visit you take the time to enjoy one of South Tampa’s great restaurants, Élevage. Don’t be a stranger!

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Additional Information about Epicurean Hotel

Address: 1207 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Epicurean Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explore life's many flavors at the Epicurean, where your stay will be filled from beginning to end with experiences that activate all your senses. Relax in the urban chic comfort of our luxurious guest rooms and suites. Signature restaurant, rooftop bar, full service spa, wine shop and culinary classroom with a robust calendar of events. Awaken Appetites Unknown! ... more   less 
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