JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts to Bring New Tampa Hotel Set to Open in 2020

Jan. 22, 2018 – Strategic Property Partners, LLC (“SPP”) today announced that it will bring Marriott International’s JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts luxury brand for the first time to Tampa, within the Water Street Tampa neighborhood. The 519-room, 26-story hotel will rise steps from the Tampa Convention Center and Amalie Arena, where the National Hockey League’s Tampa Bay Lightning play. Construction on the hotel will start in early 2018.

SPP, which is developing downtown’s $3 billion Water Street Tampa neighborhood, announced renovations are underway at the adjacent 727-room Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina.  The renovations of the Marriott Waterside Hotel began in the Fall of 2017 and will continue through 2018.   Combined, the two hotels will create the largest collection of hotel rooms and meeting space in Tampa Bay, with 1,246 rooms and 150,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

“We are incredibly excited to extend our partnership with Marriott International, bring the JW Marriott brand to Water Street Tampa and significantly enhance the hospitality offerings in downtown Tampa,” said SPP CEO, James Nozar. “Not only are we bringing a new luxury hotel to the neighborhood, we are also reinvesting in the Marriott Waterside Tampa to create a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience for everyone to enjoy, with dynamic outdoor amenities seamlessly connected to the Tampa Riverwalk and adjacent marina.”

The hotels will play a key role in the Water Street Tampa neighborhood, a multi-phased urban development project that includes more than 9 million square feet of commercial, residential, hospitality, educational, entertainment, cultural, and retail space, with the first new buildings breaking ground this year.  Named for the historic street on which both hotels are located, the Water Street neighborhood is an ambitious vision that will create one of the largest coordinated urban mixed-use real-estate developments in the United States.

“Marriott International is thrilled to be part of SPP’s impressive Water Street Tampa project, which will bring more people, new economic activity and cultural amenities into downtown Tampa,” said Noah Silverman, Chief Development Officer, North America Full Service Hotels, Marriott International. “It’s a perfect setting both for a new JW Marriott and a fully upgraded Marriott.”

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