Current Hotel is a Timeless Addition to Tampa's Rocky Point
By Andrew Nielsen General Manager, The Current Hotel, Autograph Collection | September 22, 2019
As a Napa Valley native, my hometown and childhood experiences heavily influenced my education and ultimately, my career. The area's world-renowned vineyards, culinary innovation and gourmet restaurants paved the way for a profession in hospitality. I found inspiration around every corner, making it easy for me to develop a passion for the industry and pursue it as a profession.
Growing up in wine country, it's no surprise that my family has a history in grape harvesting and wine production, and because of this, I acquired a pallet of my own, achieving the Advanced Sommelier certification through the Guild of the Court of Master Sommeliers.
Food and beverage, lodging, tourism, recreation – I have a passion for all segments of hospitality. Each specialty of the industry provides the opportunity to work with different people all over the country. In 2002, my career path led me to Florida, where I happily accepted a position to work for Loews Hotels at the historic Don Cesar Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach. Although in 2007 I was transferred to Loews Philadelphia Hotel, I knew I wanted to return to Tampa Bay area, a special place for hospitality, business and tourism. Thankfully, years later, I found myself back in the Sunshine State as general manager of the one-of-a-kind Marriott Autograph Collection hotel, Current, located on Rocky Point in Tampa.
Current, a new Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, Tampa, FL
When Stan Lifsey, part-owner of the hotel and president of Lifsey Real Estate & Holdings, and John Marks, vice president of operations for Pinnacle Hotel Management, first approached me about managing Current, their excitement for the project and all it would mean for Tampa and Rocky Point was palpable. Learning more about the history behind the hotel's ideation, I quickly caught onto their vision. It's no question as to why there was such emotion involved in the planning and execution of this property and the guest experience. The Marriott Autograph Collection promises a hotel exactly like nothing else. Stan and John truly embraced this concept, and Current delivers as an experience unlike any you've had before.
To start, the name "current" wasn't chosen out of thin air, nor was it the result of an hour-long team brainstorming session. It was for us, the only logical choice. The name embodies decades of rich history and community efforts, just like the tangible elements in the physical structure. Current embraces the fluidity of the ocean, its tide flowing in and out. It also takes on the more abstract meaning of what's going on in pop culture, art and society. Everything from the hotel's architecture to the seasonal menu items depicts the meaning of "current."