Le Méridien Tampa, The Courthouse Emerges from Extensive Renovation
The Downtown Tampa Hotel Unveiled Its Renovation on September 22
Le Méridien Tampa, The Courthouse, a cherished registered historic building originally built in 1902, announces it unveiled an extensive renovation on September 22. The extensive redesign was led by Saguez & Dash, and they strategically preserved the hotel's historical charm while infusing it with a fresh identity and a bright, modern aesthetic.
"This renovation has truly been a remarkable journey," said Andrew Spicknall, General Manager at Le Méridien Tampa, The Courthouse. "I'm filled with excitement and pride as I witness Le Méridien Tampa emerge from this meticulous process, and I eagerly anticipate the hotel's continued success."
The renovation has completely transformed all 130 guest rooms with Tampa-influence, infusing them with a vibrant and contemporary ambiance. The boutique hotel has introduced fresh carpets, elegant drapery, plush mattresses, stylish paint and wallpaper, and 55-inch flat-screen televisions for an enhanced stay experience. The lobby area now boasts a modern feel with updated paint and furnishings, creating an inviting atmosphere. Additionally, the 24-hour fitness center is newly equipped with state-of-the-art Peloton bikes and fitness equipment for guests' convenience.
For event planners, the 2,201-square-foot Courthouse Ballroom has undergone a tasteful transformation. New carpeting, refreshed paint, sophisticated drapes, and the preservation of the original hand painted ceilings make it ideal for weddings or special occasions. Furthermore, all meeting spaces have been revitalized with new carpeting and paint, ensuring a current and stylish environment.
Le Méridien Tampa, The Courthouse will also emerge with redesigned onsite dining options, including Sal Rosa Island Kitchen + Bar, a Latin-Caribbean restaurant. Taking the place of Bizou Brasserie and located on the second floor, the island-inspired restaurant presents a harmonious blend of style and color with updated flooring, seating, and paint schemes, as well as an expanded lounge space and stunning bar. Guests can enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, and craft-Caribbean themed cocktails, and Sal Rosa will also have capabilities for private gatherings and events. Combining the forces of Saguez & Dash and Streetsense Hospitality Consulting, both firms played a vital role in bringing the concept to life through thoughtful interior design, creative food and beverage concept/identity building, and strategic market research. On the second floor, alongside Sal Rosa, the renovation introduced Cafe + Scoops-an enticing grab-and-go market featuring freshly brewed specialty coffees and house-made gelato, pastries, and desserts.
Saguez & Dash's design inspiration evolved from the history of the Le Méridien brand, which was created by Air France in the mid-20th century with a strong connection to the French Riviera. The property narrative was built off of the brand's roots and evolved into a local story which the design firm's team termed "The Tampa Riviera." By merging the French "Art de Vivre" with local color and textures, Saguez & Dash was able to bring their story to life.
"We wanted to infuse Tampa's lively aesthetic with the essence of the Le Méridien brand into the renovation of the hotel and restaurant." said David Ashen, the President of Saguez & Dash. "The building is such a landmark in the city, it was a somewhat daunting challenge, but ended up being an incredibly enjoyable process. It was a pleasure working with the Le Méridien Tampa, The Courthouse team, and we look forward to the unveiling of the team's hard work."
With an extraordinary history spanning 121 years, the building that now houses Le Méridien Tampa has undergone a fascinating transformation over the years. Prior to its rebirth as a hotel in 2014, this iconic structure served various roles, including that of a United States post office, a courthouse, and a customs house. The hotel has carefully preserved some of its original fixtures and assets, bearing witness to the passage of time and the evolution of the city. Historical and preserved pieces guests will enjoy seeing include the golden elevator, the judge bench and jury bench, witness stand, original crown molding, a cashier window, and golden eagle fixture. Artistic nods to the hotel's history include original architecture drawings converted to wallpaper in the lobby.
As a part of the vibrant downtown Tampa neighborhood, Le Méridien Tampa, The Courthouse is a perfect destination choice for locals and hotel guests alike, as it boasts a convenient location to nearby attractions, dining, and nightlife. Whether guests are in town for business or leisure, or locals are hanging out for a day in the city, the property's renovation will ensure it is a visually memorable and enticing experience.
Le Méridien Tampa, The Courthouse is located at 601 N Florida Avenue in Tampa.
Le Méridien Tampa, The Courthouse is managed by Evolution Hospitality, the lifestyle division of Aimbridge Hospitality.
For more information, please visit the hotel website or call the hotel at 813-221-9555.