With Spring Break just around the corner, hotels in the Tampa Bay area are getting ready to host an influx of tourists, including four hotels now under construction and/or undergoing renovation projects designed to meet increasing demand from tourists and other visitors.
Loews Don CeSar
Located near St. Petersburg Beach, Loews Don CeSar
is the historic pink palace built in 1928. In addition to two pools, an 11,000-square-foot spa and an award-winning seafood restaurant, the hotel is adding a new bar to the list of amenities.
The Rowe Bar, which opened earlier this month at the Don CeSar, represents a $1.8 million investment by Loews.
“This is a brand new space that seats 200,” says Jeff Abbaticchio, Director of Public Relations for the hotel. “The new bar includes an interior space as well as an outdoor area featuring three fire pits and an outdoor fireplace.”
In addition to the Rowe Bar, Loews has been working on another project within the Don CeSar family of hotels.
Beach House Suites by Loews Don CeSar
A few blocks north of the Don CeSar, Loews 30-year-old Beach House Suites
recently completed an $8 million renovation to its 70 suites, which offer guests one-bedroom lodging complete with kitchen space and a washer and dryer.
”All 70 suites were renovated to offer more spacious and contemporary space for our guests,” Abbaticchio says. “Beach House Suites is the perfect lodging solution for guests coming to the area from overseas or staying for an extended vacation because it has all the amenities you need, like a kitchen and washer and dryer. Plus we offer a complimentary shuttle service between Beach House Suites and the Don CeSar so guests can enjoy all that the Don CeSar has to offer.”
Opal Sands Resort
Drive down Gulfview Boulevard in Clearwater Beach to find the crescent-shaped building that is Opal Sands Resort, the latest hotel to open on the world-famous beach.
The shape of the building guarantees every visitor a view of the Gulf, according to Opal Sands
General Manager Jeff Castner.
This luxury resort, which had a soft opening in early March, is 15-stories, features 230 rooms and cost $50 million to build.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa
Situated at 5223 Orient Road in Tampa, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is visible from Interstate 4 and adjacent to the MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
. The hotel features a spa, salon, restaurants, stores and of course a casino.
As large as the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
already is there are plans in the works for it to get even bigger. Last week, the Seminole Tribe of Florida met with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and unveiled its plans for a $1.8 billion expansion for its Hollywood and Tampa hotel locations.
For the Tampa hotel, plans include a second tower with 500 new rooms, a helipad, five retail stores, a new lobby bar as well as new dinning and meeting spaces.
A construction start date for this project has not been set.