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    JW Marriott celebrates opening of 100th property worldwide

    The milestone hotel, which becomes the 100th property in the JW Marriott portfolio, is expected to ‘redefine luxury hospitality’ in Tampa with stunning design, sheltering a ‘holistic approach to wellbeing’…

    Spa at JW Marriott hotel in Tampa

    Following the Marriott International’s recent announcement to open almost 100 hotels in Asia Pacific this year, JW Marriott’s 100th property, JW Marriott Tampa Water Street, is now open, bringing a new level of luxury to the Tampa Bay area. Located in the heart of the dynamic Water Street neighbourhood, the 519-key property invites discerning guests to take time for themselves, relax, and rediscover a balance in mind and body.

    exterior of hotel

    Image credit: Jeff Herron

    The opening stands as a significant moment in the brand’s history. “The first JW Marriott opened in Washington DC in 1984 and was a tribute to my father, J.W., 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 now, including Tampa.”

    With the opening of JW Marriott Tampa Water Street, JW Marriott demonstrates its commitment to Tampa, boosting development of its luxury market and supporting the destination’s ability to host larger groups and events, as well as leisure travellers.

    “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 – Tampa,” added Bruce Rohr, Global Brand Leader of JW Marriott. “With its seamless integration into the vibrant Water Street neighbourhood, 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.”

    Image of modern JW Marriott guestroom

    Image credit: JW Marriott

    From locally-inspired dishes to holistic wellness amenities, every aspect of JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is designed with guests’ well-being in mind. This begins with its breathtaking and calming aesthetic, designed by Nicholas Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, with interiors by Champalimaud Design.

    Blending modern luxury with the sophisticated energy of Tampa’s Water Street neighbourhood, the hotel welcomes guests with a moment of architectural awe: a four-story atrium lobby lounge featuring hanging art and a floating conference room dubbed “Skybox,” providing guests with the perfect location to be in the moment and take in the energy of the neighbourhood. The downtown Tampa waterfront district has a rich history of arcades, porches and awnings which help create a layered and detailed streetscape. These elements invite physical connections between interior spaces to exterior landscapes.

    With custom furnishings and water-inspired design, guestrooms are open and spacious, featuring soft natural colour palettes and materials inspired by the surrounding waterfront. Several room categories boast spectacular views from floor to ceiling windows as well as spacious bathrooms with natural light. The property’s Presidential Suite has its own terrace with a wet bar where guests can take in sweeping city views.

    Meanwhile, the JW Suites offers 270-degree city views of Tampa’s vibrant Water Street neighbourhood. Spacious and sophisticated, the king Guestrooms feature elevated amenities and an abundant natural light, separate working desks and sliding doors which open to a luxurious bathroom featuring marble vanities and standalone rain showers.

    JW Marriott hotels around the world encourage guests to take time for themselves – and JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is no exception with many locations around the hotel acting as havens for the body and mind. A restorative experience begins with a Vitamin C-infused shower, circadian lighting and air-purification system in the Stay Well™ Premier Rooms located on the 16th floor, ideal for wellbeing-seeking guests.

    Image of pool at JW Marriott Hotel

    Image credit: JW Marriott

    In response to current circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, JW Marriott Tampa Water Street has implemented a variety of elevated protocols and practices in keeping with the hotel’s high standards of cleanliness and luxury service. Enhanced property standards include:

    • Every guest room is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to guests’ arrival.
    • Face coverings are required for all guests in all indoor public spaces.
    • Socially distanced lobby and restaurant seating is in compliance with local mandates.
    • Plexiglas shields are used at Reception.
    • Signage throughout the hotel reminds guests to maintain social distancing and limit capacities.
    • Staff have increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfection, particularly in areas with high traffic including restrooms, elevators, and escalators as well as provided more hand sanitising stations.
    • Staff members will wear PPE (e.g., face coverings, gloves, etc.) based on the activities they are performing and based on direction by the local authorities.
    • Disinfectant wipes are available in the room for every arriving guest as well as upon request.

    Main image credit: JW Marriott

    Hamish Kilburn / 10.02.2021

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