The 442-room Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay unveiled a $16 million renovation in October, showcasing newly upgraded rooms, casita-style villas and a new restaurant terrace. The 4-diamond hotel is located three miles from Tampa International Airport on a 35-acre beach preserve.
The villas are accessed from the main hotel through a breezy boardwalk and lush gardens. The accommodations have a surf and sand palate with dark woods, polished chrome accents and sculptural fixtures throughout the bedroom and living room. The villas wrap around a private pool and each have their own balcony showing a one-of-a kind view of Tampa Bay. To create a welcoming, social atmosphere, planners can block off the private beach for 200 pax for a fun night of live music and dining around the pool and firepits.
In the main hotel, Armani’s is a 14th floor fine-dining restaurant serving northern Italian cuisine on a new panoramic terrace, seating about 70 with stunning beach/city views. Indulge in a rich menu of succulent veal, decadent desserts and an unparalleled antipasto bar with fresh salads. Also try the veal scaloppini served in a truffle sauce over mascarpone polenta.
The 40-seat Oystercatchers restaurant is a local treasure hidden 150 yards from the hotel along a 6-acre tidal pond and pretty gardens. The hideaway is famous for Sunday brunch and fresh line-caught fish. Our favorite dish is the lobster macaroni and cheese with stuffed snapper. For group dining, there’s a private room for 50 pax opening out to an expansive deck and fire pit.
The hotel chefs also work with groups outdoors in the two gardens. Create a fun morning event where attendees will learn about all of the fresh ingredients picked daily for the various F&B outlets, from banquets to fine dining.
Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay’s group/leisure mix is 70/30 percent. The 20,000-sf inventory of meeting space includes 19 meeting rooms and a 10,270-sf ballroom. All spaces overlook the swaying sea oates and Tampa’s beautiful bay.