BETHESDA, MD—Tribute Portfolio, part of Marriott International, Inc., has made its debut in Tampa, FL with the addition of The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel. Marking the brand’s third hotel in the state, the property is located in the city’s Westshore business district.
“At the brand’s inception in April 2015, our members expressed a strong desire to ‘stay independent’ at more locations in Florida. We’ve listened, and are excited to open our third property in the destination in just over one year,” said Brian Povinelli, SVP and global brand leader, Tribute Portfolio. “With the recently completed renovation, we are confident that The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa will deliver a truly unforgettable independent Floridian travel experience for our guests and locals alike.”
Newly reimagined by Forchielli Glynn LLC, the property has a refreshed look and feel that draws from the history of the city. Native tribes first called the village by the bay “Tanpa,” meaning “sticks of fire;” a stick design motif is explored in the bent wood lighting pendants installed in the reception area, creating patterned shadows on the ceiling.
Likewise, colorful area rugs in the lounge are also derived from the motif of sticks. According to the brand, indie furnishings throughout the property are eclectic and reference a more modern approach to the locale’s beachy vibe, incorporating textured fabrics of deep blue and gray with orange accents against neutral backgrounds.
Previously known as The Paramount, the updated hotel offers an expanded bar area, a refreshed lobby with communal tables, as well as several dining establishments such as the No Name Lounge and Shula’s Steakhouse. The hotel also provides free WiFi and complimentary pick-up and drop-off at Tampa International Airport.