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Water Avenue Tampa’s Version lodge, eating places opening subsequent week

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Tampa’s splashiest lodge in current reminiscence is just days away.

The Tampa Version lodge, a property that’s getting down to stake its declare because the area’s first five-star lodge, could have a comfortable opening subsequent week, builders introduced Tuesday. A grand opening will happen in October, however friends will have the ability to reserve rooms and restaurant tables beginning Sept. 20.

The 26-story, 172-room Marriott lodge, created in partnership with New York hospitality veteran Ian Schrager, sits at 500 Channelside Drive in Water Avenue Tampa, the $3.5 billion downtown improvement from Lightning proprietor Jeff Vinik and Invoice Gates’ Cascade Funding.

“Not typically have I had the chance to work on a undertaking that can fully remodel the very middle and heartbeat of an amazing metropolis like Tampa, and make it even larger,” Schrager, a cofounder of New York’s legendary Studio 54, stated in a press release. “I name it city growth, reasonably than city renewal, and it serves as a mannequin for a way cities will remodel and evolve the longer term. The dimensions of it’s mind-boggling and we’re very pleased to be proper right here and part of it.”

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Schrager’s workforce additionally unveiled particulars about its culinary program, led by Michelin-starred chef John Fraser. The New York chef will lead 5 eating places on the Tampa Version: Lilac, a Greek-Mediterranean restaurant; Market at Version, an indoor-outdoor Italian trattoria; Azure at Version, a ninth-floor Mediterranean eatery; and two foyer and poolside bars. There’s additionally an upscale second-floor cocktail bar known as Punch Room and an area known as Arts Membership that can provide drinks, small bites and a small efficiency house.

This rendering shows Lilac, a restaurant from Michelin-starred chef John Fraser, that will open at the Tampa Edition hotel on Sept. 20.
This rendering reveals Lilac, a restaurant from Michelin-starred chef John Fraser, that can open on the Tampa Version lodge on Sept. 20. [ Courtesy of the Tampa Edition ]

“By way of nice hospitality, structure, and design, we attempt for our friends to really feel as if they’ve arrived at a sanctuary the place they by no means have to depart,” Fraser stated in a press release.

Different facilities embody a health middle, spa, occasion house, assembly rooms and rooftop pool. The constructing additionally has 38 luxurious residences whose residents can use the amenities.

Whereas Tampa has resorts within the four-star class — together with the JW Marriott on the opposite facet of Amalie Area — the Version guarantees a distinct degree of luxurious. Tuesday’s announcement touted such options as a “dramatic white marble sculptural staircase” within the foyer and, within the Arts Membership, “an natural undulating ceiling of 350 mirrored balls of assorted sizes and theatrical ruby crimson velvet material.”

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“The design is easy and pure,” Schrager stated. “There isn’t something superfluous or gratuitous, nor a wasted gesture.”

Whereas the lodge’s first few nights are bought out, Marriott’s web site on Tuesday confirmed rooms accessible that weekend beginning at greater than $600 and working to greater than $5,000 per night time.

The comfortable opening Sept. 20 will give Schrager’s workforce a month or so to work out no matter kinks come up. Some facilities and companies might initially be restricted; for instance, room service will function on a modified morning schedule.