SAN FRANCISCO — Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants has announced it will manage a new luxury-lifestyle boutique hotel in Tampa, Florida, that will incorporate a restaurant from Michelin-starred Tuscan chef Silvia Baracchi. The property, which is slated to open in early 2018, further expands Kimpton’s footprint on the Gulf Coast of the Sunshine State and will be its seventh hotel in Florida, joining recently added Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach.
The hotel will be located at the intersection of O’Brien and Laurel streets in the heart of Tampa’s Westshore neighborhood. The new-construction property will be part of a community gathering place built as a modern interpretation of an Italian piazza, essentially creating an intimate town square in an otherwise commercial area.
The luxury-lifestyle hotel will be designed by award-winning architect Albert Alfonso, who has earned a reputation for highlighting the community activities that occur within his spaces. The property will feature 150 rooms and suites spanning five stories, a rooftop bar that highlights the spectacular sunsets and a separate rooftop event space for weddings and special gatherings. The property will also feature more than 4,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space, dedicated venues for musical performances, a lobby bar, a pool and a fitness center.
The new hotel will also house the first U.S. outpost for Baracchi, who gained international acclaim at Il Falconiere, a Michelin-starred restaurant and retreat in Cortona, Tuscany. The intimate fine-dining restaurant will be supplied by a new off-site, state-of-the-art hydroponic farm named Red Barn Farm, which will devote nearly eight acres of climate-controlled growing capacity exclusively to the property; but guests can still catch a glimpse of the growing techniques thanks to a showpiece vertical garden.
“We are thrilled at the opportunity to bring this caliber of heartfelt hospitality and dining to Tampa, especially since it allows us to continue growing along Florida’s Gulf Coast,” said Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants CEO Mike DeFrino. “The combination of stunning architecture, a Michelin-starred chef, a fantastic rooftop and Kimpton’s authentic, unscripted guest service make this a special project for us.”