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TAMPA — Hotel Alba, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, has opened its doors as the first Tapestry Collection hotel in Florida.
Joining Tampa’s growing Westshore business district, Hotel Alba Tampa combines modern accommodation with contemporary meeting and event spaces.
“We are excited to introduce Hotel Alba to the Tampa lodging market,” said Andrew Sims, Chief Executive Officer at Sotherly Hotels. “As the latest addition to Sotherly Hotels’ collection of boutique properties, we believe Hotel Alba will bring our guests the best of both worlds – upscale amenities and authentic local experiences.”
As the first property in Florida to join the Tapestry Collection by Hilton portfolio, Hotel Alba provides guests with a uniquely local experience in the Westshore business district, adds Sims. Each of the 222 guest rooms, described as residential-style, has been fully renovated.
Poolside cabanas and suites surround an outdoor swimming pool with new landscaping and outside bar access. Hotel Alba’s signature restaurant, The Spaniard, features open-air dining and dishes drawing inspiration from Florida’s culinary traditions and coastal flavors.
“Tampa is a hip, cultural hub for amazing food and authentic culture, and we’re thrilled to bring the Hotel Alba concept into that mix,” said Donovan Stephens, General Manager of Hotel Alba. “What we have here is truly one of a kind. We’re marking a new era in Tampa Bay development, and it starts with Hotel Alba.”
The hotel is located at 5303 West Kennedy Blvd., minutes away from the Tampa International Airport, downtown Tampa and Ybor City. An official grand opening will be held in September.
Last week came news that Hilton has announced that it has signed a deal to open a new 168-room hotel in the heart of Kingston. ROK Hotel, Kingston, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, scheduled to open in 2020, will mark the brand’s debut in the Caribbean and sit in a multi-purpose complex complete with retail, on-site entertainment and commercial office spaces.