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Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection
Ranked #7 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
“Modern hotel - with outstanding levels of service”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Most hotels in Florida are similar in what they offer. What impressed me with the Epicurean is how they offer it......the staff are well trained, enthusiastic and professional. When you want help they provide it, nothing is too much trouble and they create a very welcoming, friendly atmosphere. I really enjoyed the week here and would definitely return - it appeals to a broad customer base - young and old, families and business travelers. The facilities are as you would expect in a 4 star hotel - reasonable pool, spacious communal areas, decent modern gym, and a couple of nice bar areas. The restaurant is very good - my only negative is the overly pretentious menu (the food is faultless - but they use unnecessary phrases to describe basic foods!).

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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EpicureanHotel, General Manager at Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 2 June 2014
I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed your week with us! Our entire team strives to make each and every one of our guests feel at home. We want travelers and locals alike to be able to stay and feel at home. I hope you come back again soon! The menus in both Élevage and EDGE: Social Drinkery are always changing and always intriguing!

Tom Haines
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Hotel is Boutiquey...Rooms are clean and new.....Service is better than average...now the bad,Room view of the Dumpster and the highway was poor...and the Pool w/no Service on Memorial Day weekend and No Towels and cars racing by at 65 miles an hour a big dissapointment.Just dont go to relax by the pool or sleep later than 8am w/the traffic noise and you will enjoy..Chocolate shop was very good

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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EpicureanHotel, General Manager at Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
We are so glad you had an opportunity to stay with us! With our hotel being located in the heart of South Tampa, there are some challenges to providing a completely relaxing atmosphere. We strive to provide our guests everything they would expect from a standard hotel plus the added amenities only an Epicurean Hotel can provide. The location of our hotel has special significance as it relates directly to our legacy. The Epicurean Hotel was a vision of the Bern’s Steak House family, and our site directly across the street from this iconic culinary destination represents the culmination of a dream. We hope you will stay again and experience all of the culinary delights we have to offer!

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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

I live in the neighborhood where this hotel is. I go for drinks every two weeks to the Edge on the roof. Very nice. Not so pricey and great views. I hope for additional wine by the glass selections but the bartenders are friendly and suggestive.

I had a chance to look at the new spa area the other night during a private tour and there are two couples rooms. The corner room is just so sexy with a huge tub in it. What a GREAT birthday, Valentine, Anniversary, Mother's or Father's Day gift! The staff leaves you alone for 20 minutes I am told!

The Bakery and coffee shop has wonderful macaroons in every flavor. The turtle-like chocolates (I do not know what they are called) were even more amazing. I did not try the coffee but I am going back with the girls soon! The bakery is very welcoming and there are places to sit and enjoy the surroundings.

The wine shop has not gotten much of my money yet due to the fact I have too much wine at the moment. But I did go to two recent tastings. There are some nice values here and wines you will not find locally. The staff is ALWAYS ready to help and they are always willing to teach and share.

Parking is free for the wine shop and the bakery.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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EpicureanHotel, General Manager at Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
Evangeline is a spa that is perfect for any occasion! I am so glad you had a fantastic time during our Epic Treasures event. We wanted to invite our neighbors to see we are more than a hotel and that you all are welcome any time you would like to come visit! Keep an eye out for our Splash Sundays by the pool, coming soon!
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Reviewed 24 May 2014 via mobile

I stayed here when visiting for a conference at the TCC. The hotel is outside of the city centre on South Howard, which seems to be an upcoming area full of diverse restaurants and bars.

The Epicurean is a boutique Hotel from a large chain (Marriott) and like all such places it can be a bit quirky in places, for instance finding the rooftop bar from inside the hotel isn't easy, and the backdrop to the hotel is a high rise car park. But I have to say that any faults that I found were small when compared to the good things that this hotel has to offer.

My room was set out intelligently with all of the important things that I need on a business trip like a good shower, lots of power points, an iron that works, efficient lighting, comfortable bed etc.

The staff were all friendly, helpful and efficient. And more than that, when I needed laundry done at the weekend and their normal supplier was closed, they went out to find a laundry that would do it and a staff member took and returned the clothes too.

There is a fine wine store (with tastings) just off the reception, a teaching kitchen in the lobby area and a chocolatier across the driveway. The gym is small but well set out with good equipment and if you can find the bar it's well worth a visit, it has knowledgeable bar staff and unusual drinks brands, and if you are there towards the weekend it's a busy place to be.

Finally the restaurant, as you would expect they try to put chefy twists on the food that they produce which is a good thing btw. I had a 100 day aged steak here that was better than the one that I had at Bern's a couple of days later.

So, all in all pretty good...

Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
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EpicureanHotel, General Manager at Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection, responded to this review, 10 June 2014
We have no problem being called a little “quirky”! I’m happy you found our staff to be helpful, they are always looking to go the “extra mile” for our guests. We hope on your next visit, you will sign up for a class in the Epicurean Theatre, then you will really get a sense of all the great things we have to offer here!

Tom Haines
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2014

The staff here was awesome and in a city with questionable customer service, that was a plus. Be aware though, the staff does not wear name tags or uniforms, so you have to keep that in mind. The property is nice and the location is perfect for a visit to Tampa, but the rooms were standard size and decor, especially for the hype. There is no Club level or lounge, but certs are provided for a delightful cook-to-order breakfast, if you are Marriott Elite. The normal rooms though are by no means luxurious, but in a town with no Ritz Carlton or JW this is as good as Marriott gets. That said, the rooms are trendy, clean and well appointed. The hallway leading up to your room is cooking themed and so is the property. The amenities are nice (pool, roof bar, lobby, patio), as the property is very tightly fit along the highway, just across the road from Tampa's famed Burn's Steakhouse in South Tampa's hip "soho" district. Although there are dinner options on premise, I would probably dine at the World Famous Steakhouse across the street (VERY NICE) or the other two dozen fine establishments nearby. If you like sweets, "pie" onsite was creative and fun. This area of Tampa is great for walking (especially down bay shore) and bikes are available for guest. Now for the reasons it's not a 5. Valet was slow and no self parking was available, we drove the wife's car, but if I had taken my toy, the option would had been nice. There is free street parking everywhere, I believe this is why the parking is less than 20. Lastly, the roof bar is annoying, if you get a top floor room, be prepared for lots of loud and annoying "beautiful" people in the hall, who are NOT hotel guest. The security tries real hard to contain them, but it was a distraction. Plus, if you think guest will get guaranteed access to either Burn's (partly owed) or the bar in the hotel, ha think again and there is NO concierge staff. Even the hottest hotel bar in America (The Standard Bar in Hollywood, CA) recognizes guest should get in there own bar, hope they figure this out, because this property has potential and I hope it succeeds!

Room Tip: Stay off the top floor, and the layout of the property can mean a hike to your room.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

Being from South Tampa I can say the one thing the area has always lacked was a nice hotel. The Epicurean now meets that need. The entire property is beautiful from the lobby, bar, and rooms. Everything I ordered from the restaurant was fantastic. Defiantly a must stay if you're in Tampa.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2014

Stayed here for two nights and attended meetings. The entire process from check in to check out was really great. The property is beautiful with unique touches everywhere. Food was very good as well. Rooms are nicely done with a great bathroom. Loved the mini bar presentation and sunken ice tub as well as the bar stool desk. The check in process was a little unnerving because it was so unexpected. Staff is really friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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Property: Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection
Address: 1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606-3101
Region: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Tampa
#2 Luxury Hotel in Tampa
#12 Green Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection 4*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explore life's many flavors at the Epicurean, where your stay will be filled from beginning to end with experiences that activate all your senses. Relax in the urban chic comfort of our luxurious guest rooms and suites. Signature restaurant, rooftop bar, full service spa, wine shop and culinary classroom with a robust calendar of events. Awaken Appetites Unknown! ... more   less 
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