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Le Meridien Tampa in Tampa, FL

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Rating: 4.22

Address: 601 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33602

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    Comments (23):

    1. Randy K.
    Well, I saw all of the great reviews and decided to make a reservation for our 40th Anniversary. I arranged in advance to have Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries in our room as a gift for my wife. We arrived at 3 pm and the room was not ready and on a positive note, we were given vouchers for a free drink while we waited. The front Desk Clerk told us she would come get us when the room was ready. So we went to the bar. Two hours later, no contact, so we started back to the front Desk and the Clerk met us on the way and asked, "Didn't the Bartender tell you the room has been ready?" Nope. So we went to the room and a very nice Bellman brought our luggage, but there was no sign of our Champagne and strawberries. We called the Front Desk and the clerk apologized and said the would be right up. Nope! An hour later we were called about our stay so far and we mentioned this again and the person on the phone acted like she had no idea there was an issue and again told us it would bee right up. After another hour the food and drink that was supposed to be there on arrival finally came, 5 and a half hours late, and I was so tired after being up for thirty hours having worked the night before in the ER, that I was getting a little cranky. Meantime the room thermostat was set at 60 when we arrived. The room was FREEZING. We looked around and found that only one robe was supplied though our reservation was for two, and we had no do not disturb sign. We decided to call it a night and turned back the comforter to find no top sheet on the bed. Who knows how often the top comforter is cleaned? So things just went from bad to just plain unsanitary. We are still here because it was a prepay, but the service is certainly far from stellar. Worst Starwood stay ever. Stay away if possible.

    04/01/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    2. H C.
    Le Meridien in Tampa is heralded as a 5-star hotel and  it lives up to the rating in many ways - great service, elegant building and a convenient downtown location. The historical federal building turned well-appointed hotel has a small, but beautiful, pool and a french bistro style restaurant.  Save for the lukewarm customer service of Bizou Brasserie (the french in-house eatery) this is a gem of hotel for Tampa.

    05/09/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Jonathan R.
    Southern hospitality is alive and well at the Le Meridien Tampa! The staff, from the valet team and shuttle driver, Dennis, to the folks at the front desk, Julie, Jason and Whinnel, there wasn't a single unfriendly face or interaction. My new bride and I could not have been happier with our stay and look forward to returning to this beautiful hotel.

    25/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. David L.
    Service was amazing.  Room was modern, clean and comfortable.  The building (an old courthouse) is beautiful and interesting (other reviews provide plenty of detail).  Room service is good; the bar is excellent and the Eclair pastry shop is something really special.

    23/02/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Alexandra W.
    Oxford Exchange should watch out...Le Meridien is in town.  I have been here twice to date, and both times have been very relaxing and enjoyable. The first time was for a cup of coffee with a friend. Upscale yet comfortable, the coffee was good as was the ambiance. The second time I went for Happy Hour with friends. The bartender was extremely friendly and gave me advice on what drinks to order. The drinks were expensive, but delicious. It was a fun treat. Not something that could be done on the regular if you are budget concious.

    22/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    6. Pamela G.
    Our rooms weren't ready but we got drink vouchers for Bizou bar. Troy was fabulous and kept all of us informed when rooms became available. The bakery had macaroons French pastries and more. The room was perfect for a single person. Would definitely come back.

    07/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Joe D.
    Another great Starwood experience. The hotel is inside an old court house and it's amazing how they preserved the interior. Probably one of the most stunning hotels I've stayed in from Starwood. Room service is from the restaurant downstairs. Compared to other Starwood properties the food is a bit more pricey than average with portions being much smaller.

    Still a great hotel and I'll be checking in again today!

    11/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    8. Primo L.
    Cool concept to reposition an old courthouse into a new hotel, and I felt like an urban explorer wandering the hallways past the old court reporters room, the 'verdict room' (now a conference room) and the like.

    The developers did a great job keeping historical elements, repurposing items like a judges bench into the hostess table in front of Bizou, the restaurant and bar that was hopping at dinner with more young white collar types than I've ever seen in Tampa.

    The room I was in was on the small side and not particularly memorable, and the bed was surprisingly soft. My window overlooked a brick wall, and later I was told by the staff to request a southern exposure which overlooks a quaint church. The Starwood Preferred 5th floor isn't open yet and I was told that all the rooms in the hotel are of varying size and decor, and none are identical, so staying here in future will always be a unique experience.

    One issue to note is that valet parking is offsite and takes about ten minutes to retrieve your car, so call ahead and give yourself some extra time if you're in a hurry to catch a plane.

    The service was excellent, and everyone seemed to know my name. I'm in Tampa every third week for work and I can see making Le Meridien my new go-to hotel rather than the Westin.

    25/06/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    9. Phuong N.
    Walking up the steps of this historic federal courthouse, it was captivating to look at the majestic facade of the building. You immediately enter into the attractive bar, cafe & dining area. It was a soft opening night. The wait staff was kindly attentive. Cocktails were refreshing, dinner superb, and dessert perfect. The salted caramel eclair was heavenly. Don't forget to check out the hotel lobby. Eclectic furniture and sophisticated feel throughout.

    19/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Nadia D.
    Excellent service.  Nice modern decor in a restored courthouse building from the early 1900's.

    06/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    11. Gigi S.
    Adore how the original doors to the elevators and rooms were restored. This place just screams shady Tampa history as you walk along the sterile halls, and glistening marble pillars. There's a pool area outside that isn't complete yet, but looks promising. There's a champagne bar and the food looks good. Service at the bar was kind, and adorably virgin. There's a bakery, and plenty of seating. We toured freely and opened doors we probably shouldn't have, but the rooms are decidedlyTampa flavored, ultra modern, and cozy. Really excited about this place. Will be taking the moms to dine here soon. Prices are fair considering they have a prestigious chef, and restored an old Tampa gem and all!

    10/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Douglas F.
    Great hotel with excellent service. It's a beautifully restored 1905 Greek Revival former courthouse and post office en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Un… . Inside is a mixture of original wood and marble with tasteful contemporary decor. We enjoyed a delicious charcuterie platter with cheese at the bar while checking out some of the artisanal cocktails. Every part of the experience from car valets to room service was perfect. Museums, restaurants, the Tampa Theater, and a fantastic rare book store are within easy walking distance. Highly recommended.

    18/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Grecia P.
    We Loved staying here. Beautiful building. Use to be a courthouse which gives it a very unique touch. The decor throughout the hotel is beautiful. The rooms were very nice and comfortable. Staff was friendly and helpful. A lot of places to eat and drink walking distance. Very pretty downtown area. The weather was also perfect. We loved the hotel and when we are back around this part of the state we would to check it out again.

    16/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Jen J.
    So, here is the sad thing...This hotel is absolutely gorgeous.  The nostalgic architecture is amazing and the rooms themselves are lovely.  However, the customer service is seriously lacking and the hotel made some grave errors in charging and did not handle it appropriately, at all.  In essence, they tried to charge myself and my colleagues over 800 dollars for a one night stay.  They were not prepared to handle troubles or a group for meetings and meals.  Utter disappointment.

    05/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    15. Mike F.
    My wife and I just spent a long weekend in Tampa, and were very excited for the opportunity to stay here.  I can't think of a single aspect of my visit that wasn't great.  As most of the reviews have already mentioned, this hotel is in the old Federal courthouse.  They have done an absolutely wonderful job of combining the modern flair of Le Meridien with the historic aspects of the building.  An interesting thing that we were told is that while they were able to add bathrooms and other necessary things, they were not able to make any major structural changes to the building.  Since the rooms are retrofitted into the old offices, etc. this means that no two rooms are exactly alike.  That's pretty cool!  I can't speak for other rooms, but ours had extremely high ceilings which, combined with the floor-to-ceiling windows, was absolutely fantastic.  The hallways and staircases are all the original marble and terrazzo, the 4th floor courtroom has been re-purposed as the ballroom, and the doors throughout the property are the original solid wood.  There are many other original historic pieces that have found new life as well: the witness stand re-purposed as the hostess stand at Bizou (the restaurant), the judge's bench re-purposed as the business center desk, as well as other treasures.  If you are a fan of stuff like this, I highly recommend checking this place out.  They have done an amazing job of preserving the history and look of the building.

    The room was (with the exception of the aforementioned high ceilings) equipped with the standard Le Meridien amenities, chief among them is one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept on.  We also had a large walk-in shower, and USB charging ports on the nightstands (very convenient!).  Parking on site is valet only, but there are some parking facilities within a reasonable walking distance.

    I also cannot say enough about the wonderful staff here.  We are used to the staff at Starwood properties being extremely friendly and attentive, but the people here really kicked it up a notch; particularly Jason and Evanlee at the front desk.  They were both an absolute pleasure to speak to, and were both very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the building and what went into the renovation.

    Highly recommended!

    02/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Bret B.
    It's 5 star because it's a great hotel in Tampa. In Chicago or NYC, likely 4 star level but I'm not aware of a nicer property in the area. Historical, beautiful, great service, very good food and reasonable. Bedding (5th floor)  was top notch. One final interesting point - all the rooms are unique, so different experience every time.

    20/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Will C.
    I'm mainly rating for decor, and feel.  I haven't stayed in their rooms but came here to go to Bizou Brasserie on the second floor.  The fact that they turned an old court house into a hotel was pretty neat.  The contemporary decor at the lobby was all I had to see for me to like it!  The entrance with the tall tall columns makes this place even better.  The bar at the end of the lobby was small but good enough to order a few drinks while you wait for friends to arrive.
    The valet its only $12 and if you eat the the Bizou they stamp it and you only pay $5.00.
    I wish the downtown area of Tampa was a little more busy, more alive.  Well I guess they are working on it and hopefully in a few years it will get better.  More places like this are needed in order to bring in the crowd.

    17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    18. Vinny T.
    I can see the historic federal courthouse that has been redeveloped as Le Meridien from my apartment have been waiting for the building to come back to life since the plans were announced.

    I stopped in today for coffee and to get some work done since it was the very first day they have been open to public. The place is beautiful for one thing - even though they are still putting some finishing touches up. The marble and heavy wood furnishings give the place a certain solidness.

    Enjoyed my coffee at a large long wooden table in the lobby of the restaurant area which is a the top of the front steps. The hotel entrance is on the north side of the building. They provided free Wi-Fi and the service was very attentive. The bar and restaurant area are very cool and downstairs there is a second bar by the hotel lobby.

    I am sure they will have kinks to work out but expectations are high and they seem to be planning to meet them. I am looking forward to going back often and giving an updated review.

    16/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. Amara G.
    Can a curse turn into a blessing? Definitely. As I was driving to the grocery store, I heard the distinct "Something Stupid" ring tone of my phone. I let the machine pick it up and then forgot to listen to the message altogether. Parked my car in front of the building to unload the grocery bags, as the front desk man (one of the kindest men I had ever JUST met) walked toward me with apprehensive eyes. "Ms. I tried calling you to warn you. The electric company just left and you have no electricity in your place anymore." When had I become a celebrity to be pranked? Where were the cameras hiding? Was I having a great hair day? There were too many questions parading through the catwalk of my brain. This just could not be. I dropped all bags on the lobby's floor and lost all of my classiness along the way. Can I go from chic to hysterical in five seconds? Yes. Yes, I can. The elevator had transformed into the Twilight Zone one. When had the board of directors approved of such changes? Walked into a very warm (and I don't mean cozy) apartment. No air conditioning. No light on the fridge. No hours displayed on the cable box. No cute noises coming from the ice-maker. No ring tone. It was four o'clock. My cell phone mocked. Called the company. And kindly was assured, amidst my wrathful ranting, that it was not my fault, they had confused my new address with the old one and disconnected the electricity of the wrong apartment. They would have it fixed by three o'clock the very next day. Yes. Yes, you read correctly. The next day. What was I to do? Should I call any of my friends and invite myself over? Should I use this terrible mistake as a perfectly good excuse to finally stay at Le Méridien? If I were to tell them I had no electricity... it could be misconstrued as a "she forgot to pay her electric bill" or a "she is homeless because she rarely cooks and eats out all the time." I refused to worry my friends to death with such nonsense and called Le Méridien. I was still hyperventilating a bit when I called, yet the front desk guy completely understood my dilemma and immediately booked me a room. I did not even have to give him my credit card number! Just the name and ...Voilá! Packed a suitcase for my one night staycation and drove five minutes in traffic. Turns out I had become quite the celebrity as the three front desk staff seemed to already know my story. They appeared to be giggling a little, but I took it as a sign of star struck nervousness. By the time I walked into my beautiful room I had forgotten why I was there. Forget colorful. Who needs colors? Give me a world of gray and white any time and any day. How simplistically sophisticated. Le Méridien made me forget my lack of electricity.  My needs were beyond met and my worries became other. When will the electric company cut my electricity again? If I stole one of the chairs, would they notice?

    12/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    20. Mark H.
    The fanciest courthouse ever, or just another swanky hotel?  You have to go for yourself to decide, I suppose, but what I can tell you is that this nearly $27,000,000,000 restoration project saved a historic Tampa building's life!  The city was shelling out $100,000 a year to keep this place air-conditioned in a fight against mold, and I think they were giving up all hope that someone would buy the thing and do something useful with it.  Props to Starwood Hotels up in Connecticut for heading up this desperately-needed rescue operation.  I mean, I would have done it, but I was about $26,999,990,000 short.  Oh well.

    Now, I can't give a 5-star because I haven't stayed a night here, but I plan on it.  Rooms start at around $170 (off season) and can cost as much as $300.  What La Chica and I did do, however, was walk around until people started looking at us like we didn't belong.  The place is really nice.  It's definitely still a courthouse, lots of marble, golden elevators that still smell of a time when smoking indoor was permitted and you just can't miss the Corinthian column pillars out front.

    They have a huge grand opening party on the 28th of this month, and I think anyone who cares about Tampa history should be there!

    21/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. Natalie M.
    Mu husband and I decided to celebrate our anniversary with a staycation.  When we first heard about the restoration of the old federal courthouse into the cool Le Meridien hotel, we were excited and decided to spend the night there.

    Let's start off with those numbers on the sign. What's does it mean? The position of the hotel on earth.
    There are two entrances to the hotel, one on the lower level side entrance of the hotel where the lobby is and to check in (also where the Longitude Lounge is) and the front of the hotel going up the steps where Bizou Brasserie is located. The front desk staff and valet were friendly and helpful.

    Once we checked in and received our room key, we headed up the elevators. The hallways have a cool bright feeling to them. Upon entering our room, we didn't have to slide our card to get in; just an easy wave of the card in front of the keypad on the door. We had a great view of the church next door. The room was a good size and had a very modern feel. The bathroom had glass enclosed shower. My husband had called ahead to the hotel and had them spread rose petals on the floor and bed, and an arrangement on the side table. Also, we had chilled champagne and macarons (from the pastry store downstairs) in our room. The comfortable bed was nice and soft, as well as the mattress itself (a little too soft for our backs). We decided to change into our bathing suits to check out the rest of the hotel and pool area.

    It was a little confusing at first trying to figure out how to get to the pool since we had to take the service elevator down. The pool was downstairs in the back of the hotel and was one long pool. Plenty of lounge chairs. The pool was cold and not heated but the area itself was really cool and relaxing.

    We decided to check out the rest of the hotel and found the ballroom. The ballroom was one of the courtrooms converted into the ballroom. It was very open with lots of light coming through the many windows. The ballroom is  down the hall from some of the guest rooms so noise level with weddings and etc might be a concern if you are staying on the same floor.

    We got to the second floor where the restaurant, bar, and pastry area are. It was around 5 pm and crowded already.  (review on restaurant to come soon). We decided to order a cheese plate and some drinks to bring up to our room to snack on while we got ready.

    The room was very quiet and overall relaxing.

    The whole experience was excellent. The staff were friendly and helpful and I definitely will be back and will recommend it to my friends and family to stay there.

    03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    22. Bobby K.
    This hotel is simply amazing. Our room was very clean and relaxing. Modern artwork was hung up in there which added to the cool aesthetics. The floor to ceiling vintage windows are so cool too! The bed was one of the most comfortable hotel mattresses we had ever slept on! It was perfect. The bathroom was very spacious and beautifully renovated. Closet size is very large with lots of built in storage. There is a desk as well as a mini fridge in the room which is so convenient.

    These were our only issues with the hotel:
    -valet parking is the only option for parking your vehicle being that it is downtown and real estate is limited
    -WiFi was not free, but that's just how it is at some places

    Overall though, our stay was fantastic and we will definitely be back. You are so close to everything in downtown Tampa when staying at this hotel! It's pretty cool that they give you free passes to go to the Tampa Museum of Art as well. Great experience!

    06/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    23. Arthur G.
    I promise to write more about this hotel after my stay is complete. But I have to say, that this is absolutely the most interesting hotel I've ever stayed in.

    The building is an old courthouse. Most of the rooms look to be the offices and judges chambers for when it was actually used as a courthouse. The decor in the rooms is very contemporary and extremely comfortable. What I find most interesting about this property is how they have next to the old and the new so artfully and tastefully.

    More to follow.

    20/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0