Tampa EDITION: City’s First Five Star Hotel (Opening September 2022)

Tampa EDITION: City’s First Five Star Hotel (Opening September 2022)

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The Tampa EDITION, which will be Tampa’s first five star hotel, has just started accepting reservations. Admittedly I’m probably more interested in this than most, given that I grew up in Tampa, and still go back all the time to visit family. Let’s take a look at the details of this exciting new property.

Basics of the new Tampa EDITION

The Tampa EDITION is now accepting reservations for stays as of September 20, 2022, so it will be opening in a few weeks. As is the case with so many hotels nowadays, the opening has been delayed quite a bit, because as of early 2021 the hotel was supposed to open in late 2021 (though obviously that didn’t happen).

For those of you not familiar with EDITION, it’s Marriott’s modern premium brand. Think of it as a modern take on Ritz-Carlton, aimed at a younger crowd (while still offering limited Bonvoy elite benefits, including not offering complimentary breakfast). This property will only be the fifth EDITION property in the United States, after properties in Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.

The Tampa EDITION will feature 172 rooms and 37 residences. The property will have 26 floors, with the first 10 floors consisting of hotel rooms, and the top floors consisting of residences. The Tampa EDITION will also have six food & beverage outlets, including a signature restaurant, rooftop bar, and terrace. There will also be a spa, fitness center, and pool. The hotel is part of a $3.5 billion redevelopment of Tampa’s Water Street.

Even though the hotel is opening in a few weeks, as of now pictures of the property are limited. Below are some renderings. Speaking of that, I don’t really get how hotels can sell rooms without even showing pictures of the rooms, providing room dimensions, etc.

The Tampa EDITION exterior
The Tampa EDITION lobby
The Tampa EDITION bar
The Tampa EDITION pool

Tampa EDITION rates & how to book

I’ve been curious to see what rates would be like at the Tampa EDITION (using both cash and points), given that it’s the city’s first five star hotel. Well, the pricing is steeper than I was anticipating, but I’d bet that rates will drop over time.

When it comes to redeeming points, Marriott Bonvoy has dynamic award pricing nowadays, so pricing varies by night. Points requirements seem to typically be 100,000 points per night, and you get a fifth night free on award redemptions. I value Bonvoy points at 0.7 cents each, so that’s some steep points pricing.

Tampa EDITION points pricing

Cash rates at the Tampa EDITION seem to start at around $500 per night some nights, but more often than not start closer to $700 per night.

Tampa EDITION cash pricing

If you are going to book a cash stay at the Tampa EDITION, I’d highly recommend doing so through the Marriott STARS program, so you can receive complimentary breakfast, a $100 property credit, a room upgrade, early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability), and a welcome amenity. This is only available on cash stays, and you’ll have to pay whatever the regular “flexible” rate is. Ford is happy to help with these requests, and can be reached at [email protected]

On the surface the pricing seems steep to me. Admittedly there’s not much to compare this to, since Tampa doesn’t currently have a five star hotel. Furthermore, during the pandemic we’ve seen some unbelievably high hotel pricing in Florida, so I’ll be watching to see how this evolves.

Bottom line

Having grown up in Tampa, I never in a million years thought the city would see an EDITION. Okay, in fairness, when I was growing up there, the EDITION brand didn’t exist. 😉

So it’s really exciting to see the hotel now accepting reservations for stays as of September 2022. I look forward to checking out this hotel in the not too distant future, I’m just hoping pricing becomes a bit more reasonable.

What do you make of the new Tampa EDITION?

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  1. Alonzo Diamond

    I'm excited, seems like it's going to be a great hotel. Doubt rates will go much less than $500/night even in the long term. Tampa is a hot spot right now and will stay that way for some time.

  2. DCAWABN Guest

    I'd like to know what about Tampa warrants an Edition given how many other BETTER cities (like thousands to choose from) don't have one. I'd like to see what Marriott's decision process is based on. I almost feel like this dilutes the brand.

    1. SamB Gold

      I assume the property developer was willing to pay and Marriott thought there would be enough demand. With the exception of some super premium brands like Aman, Cheval Blanc, Rosewood, etc, I think most brands would be willing to open anywhere if there's a business case.

    2. Jerry Diamond

      Tampa gets a lot of big spenders for sports. People travel to see their team play the Bucs. There's a Super Bowl in Tampa every few years. Gasparilla is usually a pretty big event. There's also a disproportionately high amount of convention traffic. Tampa is basically Orlando for adults.

    3. Alonzo Diamond

      Long term opportunity my friend. I'm sure there was a ton of economic research done before plopping down an Edition in Tampa.

  3. Grace bowman Guest

    I think the greatest question is there! Very caring, helpful-room very clean-breakfast wonderful, thankyou

  4. tipsyinmadras Diamond

    Preferred lodging for guests of the Royal Tampa Academy of Dramatic Tricks

  5. Eskimo Guest

    A little off topic but the title really made me wondering.

    "Tampa doesn’t currently have a five star hotel."
    For a blog that loves to poke at Skytrax, what is OMAAT definition of "five star hotel".

    If EDITION is the first 5 star.
    JW Tampa a 4 star?
    The Epicurean 3 star?
    So Marriott or Westin 2 or 3 star?
    Sheraton is obviously below that so 1 star?
    Courtyard...

    A little off topic but the title really made me wondering.

    "Tampa doesn’t currently have a five star hotel."
    For a blog that loves to poke at Skytrax, what is OMAAT definition of "five star hotel".

    If EDITION is the first 5 star.
    JW Tampa a 4 star?
    The Epicurean 3 star?
    So Marriott or Westin 2 or 3 star?
    Sheraton is obviously below that so 1 star?
    Courtyard 0 star?

    WOW: ran out of hotel stars.
    Ouch: we didn't even have any Choice hotels yet. So Econologe is a -3 star?
    OMG: WA PH StR in Asia should be 6 stars. Aman 7 stars? Burj Al Arab 10 stars?

    1. DiogenesTheCynic New Member

      I think this is a great question, though I think like you I probably agree with Ben's assessment here. I feel like the JW is undoubtedly a 4 star -- not going to be above.

      The Burj, for what it's worth, for a long time billed itself as the world's only 7 star hotel -- don't know how they come up with that! (And not sure they really can claim to be head and shoulders above any other hotel worldwide today?)

    2. Elijah Guest

      Hotel stars aren't really a measure of quality. They're a measure of "luxury" and amenities (and an inconsistent one at that). You can have really terrible 5* hotels and really amazing 2* hotels. There's lots to quibble with about hotel star rankings, but it's not like this is Ben's personal rating scale

    3. Anthony Diamond

      Edition, St Regis, Park Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Walforf Astoria, etc are "luxury" or "5 star"

      Marriott / Westin / Hyatt Regency / Hilton / etc are "upper upscale" or "4 star"

      Courtyard, Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Place, etc are "upscale" or "3 star"

      Etc

    4. DCAWABN Guest

      Is there some sort of international committee that decides this that we're somehow all unaware of? There's no recognized multinational body that assigns stars. Michellin sort of does for restaurants, but basically hotels can call themselves whatever they want. I wouldn't say Editions are even 5 stars. They have nice furnishings and SOME have great amenities, yes, but otherwise they're just expensive. I've been in Editions in multiple countries and they have little local flair...

      Is there some sort of international committee that decides this that we're somehow all unaware of? There's no recognized multinational body that assigns stars. Michellin sort of does for restaurants, but basically hotels can call themselves whatever they want. I wouldn't say Editions are even 5 stars. They have nice furnishings and SOME have great amenities, yes, but otherwise they're just expensive. I've been in Editions in multiple countries and they have little local flair and are basically fairly cookie cutter. I'd liken them to a REALLY nice Courtyard insomuch as you know what you're going to get: lots of beige West Elm-esque furniture and "signature" Le Labo toiletries. And a pool where you'll grossly overpay for F&B. Woohoo...

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Jerry Diamond

Tampa gets a lot of big spenders for sports. People travel to see their team play the Bucs. There's a Super Bowl in Tampa every few years. Gasparilla is usually a pretty big event. There's also a disproportionately high amount of convention traffic. Tampa is basically Orlando for adults.

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DCAWABN Guest

Is there some sort of international committee that decides this that we're somehow all unaware of? There's no recognized multinational body that assigns stars. Michellin sort of does for restaurants, but basically hotels can call themselves whatever they want. I wouldn't say Editions are even 5 stars. They have nice furnishings and SOME have great amenities, yes, but otherwise they're just expensive. I've been in Editions in multiple countries and they have little local flair and are basically fairly cookie cutter. I'd liken them to a REALLY nice Courtyard insomuch as you know what you're going to get: lots of beige West Elm-esque furniture and "signature" Le Labo toiletries. And a pool where you'll grossly overpay for F&B. Woohoo...

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Elijah Guest

Hotel stars aren't really a measure of quality. They're a measure of "luxury" and amenities (and an inconsistent one at that). You can have really terrible 5* hotels and really amazing 2* hotels. There's lots to quibble with about hotel star rankings, but it's not like this is Ben's personal rating scale

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