Another week, another new Water Street Tampa development.
The Downtown District’s newest hotel, The Tampa EDITION, will launch five different dining and beverage concepts from Michelin-starred chef and California native John Fraser. Guests will be able to reserve rooms and tables and its various bars and restaurants starting Tuesday, Sept. 20, according to the Tampa Bay Business Journal.
The soon-to-open hotel at 500 Channelside Dr., which aims to be “Tampa’s first 5-star hotel,” will offer 172 rooms and 38 private residences, as well as numerous food and beverage concepts, including a signature restaurant , rooftop bar and terrace.
Fraser’s five different concepts include the hotel’s Lilac Restaurant, an Eastern Mediterranean-inspired restaurant with an emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients, Market at EDITION, a casual Italian restaurant with plenty of alfresco dining, and another Mediterranean location called Azure at EDITION, which will reside on the ninth floor of the hotel. Fraser’s other two concepts are the cocktail-focused and self-explanatory Pool Bar and Lobby Bar, which will continue its Mediterranean theme with its diverse cocktail and small plate offerings.
Fraser was one of America’s first fine-dining chefs to focus on vegetables and earned eight consecutive Michelin stars at New York’s Dovetail restaurant, which he left in 2018. He curates the menu for other luxury hotels across the United States, including Times Square EDITION in New York and West Hollywood EDITION in Los Angeles. Fraser also operates his New York-based hotel group JF Restaurants.
Other dining destinations at The Tampa EDITION (which are not associated with Chef Fraser) include a second-floor cocktail bar called Punch Room and a small performance space called Arts Club, which will also feature premium drinks and light snacks.
Room prices at its neighboring four-star Marriott hotel average around $450 a night, but The Tampa EDITION room rates start at around $600 and can climb up to $5,000 a night. . Other amenities include a state-of-the-art spa, fitness center, event space, pool deck, and large meeting spaces, in addition to its new bars, lounges, and restaurants.
According to TBBJ, all The Tampa EDITION condos had already sold out by April 2022, with prices ranging from 2 to $7.9 million. The King of Water Street Tampa himself, Flash owner Jeff Vinik, purchased the new hotel’s penthouse.
There are a whole host of hotel renderings that can be viewed on marriott.com, giving guests a glimpse of its luscious lobby, rooms, restaurants, and bars. The 26-story hotel is the result of a partnership between Marriott and the hospitality legend Ian Schrager, who is best known for co-founding New York’s iconic Studio 54 in the late 1970s. Schrager has worked with a few architectural firms and design groups for Tampa Edition, including New York-based Morris Adjmi, Roman & Williams and Florida-based Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates.
Although The Tampa EDITION app opens next week, customers can expect a grand opening event in October.
Tampa EDITION’s diverse culinary and cocktail destinations join the ranks of other highly anticipated Water Street Tampa concepts, such as Italian Restaurant Ash and Mediterranean Restaurant Predalina.