Tampa has no shortage of luxury lodging, but there are few who boast the quality and recognition that the soon-to-open Epicurean Hotel does. As can be inferred by the name, the Epicurean is a boutique hotel whose main focus is on the enjoyment of fine cuisine and wine. Mainsail Lodging & Development announced that the hotel will open November 2013 in the trendy area of Hyde Park.
Mainsail Lodging & Development is working in collaboration with Bern’s Steakhouse, a restaurant known for their vast wine selection and are recognized for their art in steaks. The Epicurean will be the first Tampa hotel to join the prominent international luxury hotel list, the Marriott Autograph collection. Urban Studio Architects are overseeing the design of the building itself, and Getty’s Hospitality & Development promise to design the interior in an “enriching” way.
The hotel will include 137 rooms dedicated to “extraordinary culinary experiences.” Not only will there be a rooftop lounge, high-end bistro, and wine shop, the hotel will also house an innovative culinary classroom, the Bern Laxer School of Food & Wine, so that you can not only eat impressive food, but also understand and learn how to cook it. There will also be a full-service spa, probably included to make sure you feel at peace with your gluttonous behavior.
I probably wouldn’t recommend the hotel for the calorie counter, unless you’ve earned a weekend to indulge, in which case, this may be the place for you. Set to open November 2013, it is sure to attract foodies from all over the world.