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JW Marriott marks its 100th property with JW Marriott Tampa Water Street

by Samantha Davis-Friedman

Located in the heart of Tampa’s dynamic Water Street neighborhood, the milestone JW Marriott hotel aims to redefine luxury hospitality in the Florida city with a combination of exceptional service and a holistic approach to well-being. A formal grand opening celebration is expected to take place in April 2021.

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street
Photos courtesy of JW Marriott

With JW Marriott Tampa Water Street’s opening, the brand demonstrates its commitment to the city by boosting the development of its luxury market and supporting the destination’s ability to host larger groups and events in addition to leisure travelers.

“We couldn’t be more proud to introduce JW Marriott’s 100th hotel in a city that has emerged as one of Florida’s most exciting destinations in recent years,” said Bruce Rohr, global brand leader of JW Marriott. “With its seamless integration into the vibrant Water Street neighborhood, modern design, and luxurious amenities inspired by the principles of mindfulness, JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is a shining example of our brand’s continued excellence and our legacy of exceptional service.”

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street rooftop

The 519-room property incorporates Tampa’s Water Street neighborhood’s rich history of arcades, porches, and awnings that create an interesting layered streetscape. To highlight the connection between the hotel and the surrounding waterfront district, guests are welcomed with an architectural “wow moment:” a four-story atrium lobby lounge featuring hanging art and a floating conference room dubbed “Skybox.”

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street guest room

The hotel’s spacious guest rooms feature custom furnishings and a water-inspired design with natural color palettes and materials inspired by the surrounding waterfront. Several room categories also boast spectacular views from floor to ceiling windows. In addition, the 1,190-square-foot JW Suites offers 270-degree city views of Tampa’s vibrant Water Street neighborhood, and the property’s 2,230-square-foot Presidential Suite has a private terrace with sweeping city views. The Stay Well Premier Rooms located on the 16th floor are ideal for wellbeing-seeking guests with features like a Vitamin C-infused shower, circadian lighting, and an air-purification system.

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street pool

JW Marriott hotels around the world encourage guests to find a sense of balance through travel experiences, and the Tampa Water Street property is no exception. Every aspect of the hotel is designed with guests’ well-being in mind, from locally-inspired dishes to holistic wellness amenities that include a 6th-floor resort-style pool overlooking the area waterways and the brand’s signature Spa by JW that provides treatments designed to calm, invigorate, indulge, and renew.

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street continues the brand’s legacy of authentic dining experiences with fresh takes on local favorites. The hotel features two restaurants overseen by Executive Chef Joseph Pankrath, including Driftlight on the main floor (named for by the pathways of light cast by the illuminated bridges in Water Street) and the aptly-named Six located six floors up. The menu at Driftlight includes regional farm- and ocean-to-table cuisine, and diners at Six can experience a local twist on traditional Bistro fare with flavors celebrating Florida’s roots and rich culinary diversity. The grab-and-go Turntable serves a new food and drink menu every season to showcase Tampa’s evolving food scene.

“The first JW Marriott opened in Washington DC in 1984 and was a tribute to my father […] and a celebration of his love of service and hospitality,” explains Bill Marriott, executive chairman of the board at Marriott International. “That tribute has now evolved into a global hotel brand, an incredible testament to the spirit of that first hotel being embraced worldwide. Our family is incredibly proud that my father’s name now welcomes guests in over 100 desirable destinations across the globe, and now including Tampa.”

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, JW Marriott Tampa Water Street has implemented elevated protocols and practices that include enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures, mandatory face coverings in all indoor public spaces, socially distanced lobby and restaurant seating, and limited capacities.

Click here for more information about the new JW Marriott Tampa Water Street.

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