Epicurean also recognized by Condé Nast Traveler as top hotel in Florida
TAMPA, Fla. (November 12, 2014) – The Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida was recently named Marriott International’s “Opening of the Year” of 2013. The accolade is based on a set of criteria and guiding principles, including adherence to the opening team plan, opening on time, communication with the Marriott team and incorporating Marriott culture into the hotel’s concept. The announcement was made during Marriott International’s North America Full Service Ownership Meeting in Tucson, Arizona earlier this month.
“The Epicurean serves as a shining example of how to successfully plan and execute a new build Autograph Collection hotel, by designing a one-of-a-kind destination for connoisseurs of food and wine,” said Kip Vreeland, chief officer of full service franchising for Marriott International.
“We are ecstatic and humbled by this tremendous honor and are thrilled to be part of the prestigious Autograph Collection family,” said Joe Collier, president of Mainsail Lodging & Development, which developed the Epicurean Hotel in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House. “We have assembled an amazing team at the Epicurean and this award definitely goes out to them.”
The Epicurean also secured the #3 spot in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards for “Best Hotels in Florida.” Selections were determined via questionnaire from a variety of categories, including rooms, service, location, food/dining, design, activities/facilities and value. Candidates must receive a required minimum number of responses to be eligible and are then judged by criteria relevant to their category and based on a five-point scale ranging from excellent to poor. The mean average of these ratings determines the final score published.
“It’s very gratifying to see how our guests have embraced our mission of being a world class culinary attraction, but the comments we hear most often are about how extraordinarily warm and personable our staff is,” said Tom Haines, general manager of the Epicurean Hotel. “Their passion and personality truly set us apart.”
Located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa, Fla., the food-focused Epicurean Hotel features a state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre; Élevage, a restaurant where classic recipes are re-imagined; EDGE rooftop bar; Chocolate Pi pâtisserie; Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop; Evangeline full-service spa; and 5,200-square feet of flexible event space. The Epicurean Hotel was developed in collaboration with Mainsail Lodging & Development and the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed hotel property in the United States to join the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR).
For information or reservations for the Epicurean, please call (855) U-AWAKEN (829-2536) or visit www.EpicureanHotel.com.
About Mainsail Lodging and Development Group
Mainsail Lodging and Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel and marina on Anna Maria Island, Florida; Mainsail Tampa Extended Stay and Mainsail Conference & Event Center (MainsailTampa.com) in Tampa, Florida; Mainsail South, a 328-unit apartment and corporate housing complex in South Tampa; and Mainsail Apartment Homes, a 360-unit apartment community in Tampa’s Westshore district. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® (ExecuStay.com) and Oakwood® (Oakwood.com) brands, while also operating ExecuStay (ExecuStay.com) in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Opened in December 2013 in Tampa, Florida, the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) was created in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House and is the first newly constructed property in the United States to join the Autograph Collection®.
About Autograph Collection Hotels
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information and reservations please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit.