Hillsborough County's largest hotel has a new look. The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina unveils $2.5 million worth of improvements to the lobby, restaurants and outdoor patio today. The 719-room hotel updated its lobby with new furniture and seating, but kept the towering palm trees and Florida feel. The full-service Starbucks has new communal booths and Wi-Fi-connected workstations, while Champions Bar and Grill has new sports memorabilia, decor and flat-screen TVs. Outdoors on the waterfront patio, the hotel added flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and fire pits for guests on vacation or traveling for work. Other improvements were made to the Lobby Bar and Cafe Waterside. The hotel at 700 S Florida Ave. has been credited for attracting new business to the Tampa Convention Center and sparking interest in downtown. It opened in 2000 at a cost of $110 million.
Tampa Marriott Waterside upgrades lobby, restaurants, patio area
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