by Lisa A. Grimaldi | February 14, 2020

A revitalization is underway in this bayside town, where a diverse roster of upcoming hotels and a convention center revamp will add to the meetings offerings. The sparkling waterfront and urban cityscape are just waiting to be explored. 

Recent Additions

The Westin Harbour Island has completed an $18 million transformation into the 309-room Westin Tampa Waterside. Among the amenities are a new waterfront restaurant, Blue Harbour, and 18,032 square feet of meeting space.

Coming Soon

The Tampa Convention Center is rolling out a series of upgrades. Debuting this May will be 18 new meeting rooms totaling 16,000 square feet overlooking the Hillsborough River. The facility's existing meeting rooms are getting a paint job, new carpets and upgraded lighting; the project should finish by February 2021. Other planned improvements include new and modernized dining outlets, as well as infrastructure upgrades to improve the sustainability of the center. All work is expected to be completed by 2022.

A 17-story, dual-branded Hyatt property will open this fall across from Tampa City Hall and near the convention center. The 230-room Hyatt Place and 115-room Hyatt House will offer a combined 4,000 square feet of meeting space and 3,200 square feet of retail space.

Coming this spring is the Hotel Haya, a $52 million property in Tampa's Ybor City neigh­borhood. The property will offer 180 guest rooms, a 152-seat restaurant and a 42-seat café. An interior courtyard will house a pool and lounge. The hotel's name pays homage to Ignacio Haya, a founding father of the area who built the first cigar factory on the neighborhood's 1500 block in the late 1880s.

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