by Lisa A. Grimaldi | December 12, 2017
The 519-room JW Marriott Tampa, which will be built near the Tampa Convention Center and the Amalie Arena, is set to open in 2020. The property will be part of the $3 billion Water Street Tampa downtown neighborhood, currently under development by Strategic Property Partners. The 26-story hotel have will 126,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including a 30,000-square-foot ballroom, said to be the largest hotel ballroom in Tampa Bay, and will offer a lobby-level restaurant. Further amenities include an expansive spa and fitness center, a pool and another restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.
  
"We are incredibly excited to extend our partnership with Marriott International, bring the JW Marriott brand to Water Street Tampa and significantly enhance the hospitality offering in downtown Tampa," said James Nozar, CEO of Strategic Property Partners. "Not only are we bringing a new luxury hotel to the neighborhood, we are also reinvesting in the Marriott Waterside Tampa to create a one-of-a-kind hospitality experience for everyone to enjoy, with dynamic outdoor amenities seamlessly connected to the Tampa Riverwalk and adjacent marina." 
 
"Marriott International is thrilled to be part of SPP's impressive Water Street Tampa project, which will bring more people, new economic activity and cultural amenities into downtown Tampa," said Noah Silverman, chief development officer for North America Full Service Hotels for the hotel company. "It's a perfect setting both for a new JW Marriott and a fully upgraded Marriott."