Marriott Names Tampa’s Epicurean Hotel as Hotel of the Year 2015 – Autograph Collection – East

Posted by Epicurean, April 2016

TAMPA, Fla. (April 21, 2016) – As part of Marriott’s Full Service Franchise Awards, the Epicurean Hotel in Tampa was recently named 2015 Hotel of the Year – Autograph Collection – East. The accolade is based on a set of specific criteria and guiding principles, including revenue and room nights, as well as the hotel’s execution of brand strategy, staff teamwork and cultivating the Marriott culture. One of 99 properties worldwide in Marriott’s Autograph Collection, the Epicurean Hotel was honored by Marriott International in 2013 as the “Opening of the Year.”

“The entire Epicurean team strives to give our guests the ultimate Autograph Collection experience, going above and beyond every day,” said Joe Collier, president of Mainsail Lodging & Development, which developed the Epicurean Hotel in collaboration with the legendary Bern’s Steak House. “Being honored by Marriott as Hotel of the Year is well-deserved recognition for all their hard work and unwavering commitment to a truly outstanding product.”

“Not only did we have a record-breaking year with wonderful financial results, we really stretched the boundaries this year with some milestone programs,” said Tom Haines, general manager of the Epicurean Hotel. “With events ranging from the Friends of James Beard Dinner to the Epic Chef Showdown in collaboration with Feeding Tampa Bay, we were really able to showcase the heart and soul of the hotel.”

Located in the trendy Hyde Park historic district of South Tampa, Florida, the food-focused Epicurean Hotel features a state-of-the-art culinary classroom known as the Epicurean Theatre; Élevage, a restaurant where classic recipes are re-imagined; EDGE rooftop bar; Chocolate Pi pâtisserie; Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits wine shop; Evangeline full-service spa; and 5,200-square feet of flexible event space.

For information or reservations for the Epicurean, please call (855) U-AWAKEN (829-2536) or visit