October 2013

Tampa Transformation for Downtown Meetings Hotel

TAMPA, Fla.

Driftwood Hospitality Management has announced the completion of a nearly year-long renovation program at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.

The 520-room Hilton Tampa Downtown, formerly a Hyatt, was purchased by Driftwood in late 2012, with plans for a complete hotel transformation. The company invested $13M to redesign the property, from guest rooms to public spaces and the addition of an array of new amenities.

The new Hilton Tampa Downtown offers modern accommodations in a contemporary setting with modern technology. The guest lobby experience has been redesigned to include a new Technology Lounge with Mac computers and comfortable, executive-style chairs.

More than 30,000 square feet of flexible function space is available to business or social groups, conveniently located all on one floor.

All 500-plus guestrooms at the Hilton Tampa Downtown have been refreshed, now offering a calming atmosphere with new furnishings and a more modern color scheme. Guest rooms now feature the Hilton Serenity Bed by Serta, which is available to travelers as part of the Hilton to Home Collection. Bathrooms have been restyled using granite and marble.

In addition, all guestrooms now feature a spacious work area with Wi-Fi and an iHome stereo with an iPod docking station. New amenities in all rooms include mini-refrigerators and coffee makers. All-new Tampa Hotel Suites are also available, with upgraded accommodations, contemporary kitchenettes, spa tubs and pool views.

Driftwood also revamped the hotel's food and beverage program. The hotel now features one of the largest full-service Starbucks in Tampa, and the hip 211 Lounge (a nod to the hotel's location at 211 North Tampa Street) provides an open-air feel with plasma screen TVs as a backdrop, featuring premium wines and liquors at a spacious bar. The 211 Restaurant serves up locally inspired fusion cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with indoor and outdoor seating options. The Den – an extension of 211 Lounge – is ideal for simply relaxing with a drink or hosting a private event.

The Hilton Tampa Downtown boasts an unrivaled city location next to the Tampa Convention Center and just minutes from the Florida Aquarium and Busch Gardens Tampa. The hotel features a rooftop sundeck, outdoor whirlpool, heated outdoor pool, complimentary 24-hour fitness center and 24-hour business center.

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