Le Méridien Tampa unveils new interiors

Le Méridien Tampa, The Courthouse, a registered historic building originally built in 1902, has unveiled an extensive renovation. The redesign was led by Saguez & Dash, and they strategically preserved the hotel's historical charm while infusing it with a fresh identity and a bright, modern aesthetic.

The renovation has transformed all 130 guest rooms with Tampa influence, infusing them with a vibrant and contemporary ambiance. The boutique hotel has introduced fresh carpets, elegant drapery, plush mattresses, stylish paint and wallpaper, and 55-inch flat-screen televisions for an enhanced stay experience. The lobby area now boasts a modern feel with updated paint and furnishings.

The 2,201-square-foot Courthouse Ballroom has undergone a transformation. The space now has new carpeting, refreshed paint, sophisticated drapes and the original hand painted ceilings have been preserved.

Le Méridien Tampa, The Courthouse will also emerge with redesigned onsite dining options, including Sal Rosa Island Kitchen + Bar, a Latin-Caribbean restaurant. On the second floor, alongside Sal Rosa, the renovation introduced grab-and-go Cafe + Scoops.

Saguez & Dash's design inspiration evolved from the history of the Le Méridien brand, which was created by Air France in the mid-20th century with a strong connection to the French Riviera. The property narrative was built off the brand’s roots and evolved into a local story which the design firm’s team termed “The Tampa Riviera.” By merging the French “Art de Vivre” with local color and textures, Saguez & Dash was able to bring their story to life.

With a history spanning 121 years, the building that now houses Le Méridien Tampa has undergone a transformation over the years. Prior to its rebirth as a hotel in 2014, the structure served various roles, including that of a United States post office, a courthouse and a customs house. The hotel has carefully preserved some of its original fixtures and assets, bearing witness to the passage of time and the evolution of the city. Historical and preserved pieces guests will enjoy seeing include the golden elevator, the judge bench and jury bench, witness stand, original crown molding, a cashier window and a golden eagle fixture. Artistic nods to the hotel’s history include original architecture drawings converted to wallpaper in the lobby.