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A Former Courthouse is Now Back in Session, This Time as Le Méridien Tampa

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  Site Where: 601 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33602
July 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM | by | ()

Le Meridien Tampa gets serious about courting its guests, debuting in this massive former courthouse. But rest assured, those unpaid parking tickets will not be added to your bill.

Climbing the monumental steps of a courthouse can make anyone a bit queasy. However, when those same steps lead to the grand entrance of a hotel, unease turns into excitement. And that's now what we're experiencing looking at these new photos of the just opened Le Méridien Tampa, inside a former Federal courthouse in downtown.

We’re seeing a rise in Federal buildings becoming adopted and adapted into a hotel (example: Trump Hotels has overtaken a post office in Washington DC, and Drury Hotels is converting a Federal Reserve building in Pittsburgh.) Courthouses have many opportunities, and challenges, for re-use as hotels. Here's how Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture made the transformation from landmark 1905 courthouse to hotel at the Le Méridien Tampa.

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Mitt Romney's Unofficial Headquarters in Tampa is the Marriott Waterside Hotel

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  Site Where: 700 South Florida Ave [map], Tampa, FL, United States, 33602
August 29, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

Last night was a big night for Mitt Romney as he officially accepted the GOP's nomination for president. So how did he celebrate? Well, we don't know the specifics but it probably went down at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa which according to the NY Times is now "Camp Romney."

Mitt and his wife, Ann, are staying in a suite at the 719-room hotel as are their siblings. Word is they are strolling the halls spontaneously hugging people who sports "friends and family" Marriott tags.

Much like when we found out Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, stayed at a Fairfield Inn before his announcement, we're not surprised that Mitt and co. are in a Marriott. After all, he served on the board. (We have a feeling we'll be saying that a lot in the upcoming months.)

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Tampa Hyatt Doubles as a College Dorm

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  Site Where: 211 North Tampa Street [map], Tampa, fl, United States, 33602
August 23, 2006 at 4:45 PM | by | ()

If you're booking a vacation to Tampa, you may want to steer clear of the Hyatt Regency there.

That's because 250 University of Tampa students have taken three floors of the hotel as their dorm rooms, since on-campus housing is full.

The students are staying two each in standard, double rooms. They can use their own bedding but can't hang anything on the walls. Like all guests, they have access to the rooftop deck, hot tub and fitness center. The Hyatt is less than a mile from campus, and a shuttle connects the two.

There are also Resident Assistants staying in the hotel to make sure that the students abide by both university and hotel rules and respect other paying hotel guests.

Seems like the students got the sweet end of the deal here as they get free cable, housekeeping twice a week and they are spared the experience of walking down a long hallway to the bathroom in their towels and flipflops and carrying a shower bucket.

But if I were a guest, I would be careful when laying out by the pool as the "dorm" windows overlook this area. Just because they are in a hotel, doesn't mean they aren't still college kids.

Related Stories:
· Dorm Depressed to Hotel Happy [Tampa Tribune]
· Hyatt Regency Tampa reviews [TripAdvisor]