3 hotels open in Florida

The 95-suite Residence Inn by Marriott St. Petersburg Tierra Verde (Fla.) features a rooftop bar and restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and 1,100 square feet of event space. Photo credit: Marriott International

A Fairfield by Marriott, a Residence Inn by Marriott and a Hampton Inn have opened in Florida since mid-December. The three debuts together added 275 rooms across the Sunshine State.

Boca Raton, Fla.-based Pebb Capital and real estate investment firm LeaseFlorida opened the 100-key Hampton Inn Miami Beach – Mid Beach. The firms acquired the asset in 2016 and have since conducted a $25 million rehabilitation to align it with the Hampton by Hilton brand. Originally designed in the 1940s as the Continental Hotel, the five-story hotel includes a renovated pool, a fitness center and a business center. The hotel plans on opening a ground-floor restaurant in November 2020. Additional plans call for an adjacent parking lot to be developed into a parking garage with ground-floor retail. Driftwood Hospitality Management operates the hotel.

The 95-suite Residence Inn by Marriott St. Petersburg Tierra Verde opened late last month. Located 9 miles from downtown St. Petersburg, the hotel provides easy access to Fort DeSoto Park, St. Pete Beach, the Dali Museum and Eckerd College. Public spaces include a rooftop bar and restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, 1,100 square feet of event space, a 24-hour food-and-beverage market and a guest laundry. Prime Hospitality Group owns the hotel and Shaner Hotel Group operates it.

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The 80-room Fairfield by Marriott Inn & Suites Vero Beach opened Dec. 18. Owned and managed by Jasmin Hospitality Management of Orlando, the property features an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a guest laundry and electric vehicle charging stations.

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Marriott International said that it was too early to estimate how coronavirus would affect openings this year.

The 216-room hotel will follow the citizenM Seattle South Lake Union, which is slated to open this April.

Though Marriott said the virus could lower fee revenue by $25 million a month, President/CEO Arne Sorensen called the estimate “probably a bit light.”