Ian Schrager's Newest Hotel Opens in Tampa, Fla.

The Tampa Edition is just one element of a massive mixed-use development expansion project. 

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The 172-room Tampa Edition opened on Sept. 20, marking the brand’s 15th property worldwide. The hotel is part of Water Street Tampa, a $3.5 billion urban development that aims to transform the city's downtown. 

Once complete, Water Street Tampa will be a 9 million-square-foot neighborhood focusing on wellness and sustainability, offering residents and visitors green spaces, cultural attractions, dining options, entertainment venues and offices. 

"Not often have I had the opportunity to work on a project that will completely transform the very center and heartbeat of a great city like Tampa, and make it even greater," said Ian Schrager, founder of Edition Hotels. "I call it urban expansion, rather than urban renewal, and it serves as a model for how cities will transform and evolve in the future. The scale of it is mind-boggling and we’re very happy to be right here and a part of it."

The new property also features 38 private residences, a rooftop terrace and pool deck, and nearly 6,000 square feet of event space, comprised of a 250-person ballroom and a series of smaller meeting rooms. The seven food-and-beverage outlets include Lilac from Michelin-starred chef John Fraser, a fine-dining Mediterranean restaurant paying homage to the chef’s Greek heritage. Market, an all-day dining concept with an Italian flair, features a private garden oasis for meals al fresco.

"Recognized as one of the best chefs in the world, [Fraser’s] health and well-being-focused cooking style is appropriate not only for Florida’s climate, but also for Water Street’s wellness principles," Schrager said. "This is a great opportunity to bring a world-class, internationally recognized Michelin-star chef to Tampa."

The hotel is currently in preview, with its full opening scheduled for next month.