Unlike other 24-hour gateway cities, Tampa has always flown very quietly and confidently under the radar. Its understated, simple approach to life results in an authenticity and realism that its residents proudly say sets it apart from all other great cities. But, with a growing reputation as a culinary hotspot, world-class shopping, a collection of great museums, a progressive nightlife scene, and unrivaled sports teams, including recent Stanley Cup and Super Bowl champions, the time has come. moment of Tampa, along with a paradigm: shifting and transformative masterpiece that will change the heartbeat of the city and move its center to a new place.
Cementing the city’s coming of age and its position as a gateway to South Florida is the opening of Water Street Tampa, a staggering $3.5 billion mixed-use urban development expansion project led by Strategic Property Partners, a partnership between Cascade Investment LLC and Tampa Bay Ray’s owner, Jeff Vinik.
A truly pioneering and visionary company that has set a standard for the future of cities around the world, Water Street Tampa has not only revitalized the destination, but has intelligently changed its focal point and transformed the way Tampa lives, works and breathe. The jewel in the crown of Water Street Tampa, the five-star hotel and residences have been designed and created by Ian Schrager, in collaboration with Marriott International.
Reminiscent of Stockholm and other highly livable European and Scandinavian port cities that combine the best of a metropolitan city with living by the sea and being close to the water, when complete, the Water Street Tampa neighborhood will double the footprint of downtown Tampa. Spanning more than 9 million square feet, the neighborhood is built around wellness, connectivity, walkability and sustainability, placing its residents at the heart of a balanced urban experience and offering spectacular waterfront views. sea, public access green spaces, restaurants and first class shops. , cultural attractions, entertainment venues, residences and offices.
At the heart of this transformative project, The Tampa Edition sets a new standard as the city’s first five-star experience, revealing an unparalleled level of sophistication, originality and design coupled with the personal, intimate and individual experience that the Edition brand is. known. by.
Designed and programmed by ISC Design Studio, in association with Morris Adjmi Architects, Nichols Architects, Bonetti Kozerski Architects and Roman and Williams, the hotel remains firmly rooted in the Edition brand’s strong sense of refined simplicity and style. Spread over 26 floors, there are 172 rooms and 38 private residences, a rooftop pool deck, an extensive spa and wellness center, fitness center and seven bars and restaurants including a signature offering from Michelin-starred chef John Fraser. .
Arts Club combines a trio of spaces that come together in a glamorous offering that has elevated Tampa’s entertainment scene. Begin your evening in the Lounge, with a cocktail and a few light bites against a seductive backdrop of ebonized wood, black damask velvet sofas, black leather banquettes and, just for fun, a specially designed black lacquer photo booth with a golden inside.
From there, the Verde Antico marble noir bar, with its luminescent yellow velvet stools in the bar area, is the perfect precursor before a night of entertainment at the finale, Arts Club Cabaret. Featuring an organic undulating ceiling of 350 multi-sized mirror balls and ruby red velvet theatrical drapes, this Radio City Music Hall-inspired space will play host to a roster of performers with spectacular effects.
For the first time in Tampa, and unlike anything the city has seen before, The Rooftop is the place to see and be seen, and it truly has it all. Located on level nine, just below the residences, the area comprises Azure at Edition, a restaurant overseen by chef John Fraser, and a sprawling pool club with day and night cabanas, open only to hotel guests. and residences, and accessible through the restaurant, or your own entrance.
Here, slats of travertine create a neutral backdrop to cut out the lush landscaping, including Japanese blueberry trees and bright pops of purple bougainvillea, that sit above the five poolside cabanas that materialize an alfresco garden. in the sky. With 81 loungers, resident DJs, and a bar, the vibe here is decadent and laid-back—the perfect place to spend a sunny day looking out over the Tampa skyline.
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