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Congratulations to Belkis Ramos, New Director of Sales for The Barrymore Hotel

undefinedTAMPA FL, JULY 14, 2017: The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk would like to congratulate Belkis Ramos on her recent promotion to Director of Sales. Belkis joined the Barrymore team in May 2016 as Sales Manager and has previously held similar roles throughout her 18 year career in the hospitality industry, including roles at our sister hotels. 

"Her impact on our corporate and association segments has been unsurpassed and new relationships formed to positively impact our hotel for years to come. In this role, her primary focus will be to ensure that we are maximizing all hotel revenues as well as reestablishing our place as a market leader. Please join me in congratulating Belkis as her commitment and passion for excellence will enable her to be successful," said Odyssey Leach, General Manager.

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk boasts a focus on local arts and culture with a prime location in downtown Tampa's Arts District. With an art gallery feel featuring works from local artists including metal sculptures to canvas art, The Barrymore offers affordable accommodations with a personal touch for the business and leisure traveler looking to discover Tampa's unique personality.

 

Introducing Barry's Market, in-house "grab-and-go" makes a fresh debut at The Barrymore Hotel

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TAMPA, FL 5/31/2017: The downtown Tampa Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk has long been known for convenience - a convenient location in downtown near many businesses and attractions, a complimentary shuttle within 2 miles and now, to Tampa International Airport, plus all-around top-notch guest service. The addition of the Barry's Market concept is already receiving heavy patronage from the hotel's guests and surrounding office workers. 

As the Barrymore's Creative Marketing Manager Kim Moore, creator of the Barry's Market logo, was taking a quick tour of the newly opened space, a customer enters. They briefly exchange conversation about the opening and current selections - Kim assures him the veggie wrap is a good one. As they continue to chat, he mentions he is actually not a hotel guest but rather an employee of the Times Building across the street looking for a close by, affordable and healthy lunch option. Barry's Market hits all those points with ease.

Downtown workers and hotel guests alike are already becoming quite fond of the fresh-made selections. The Barrymore Hotel's chef and culinary team make all items fresh daily including hot and cold sandwiches, breakfast items, crisp salads, housemade scones, cinnamon buns and muffins, fresh fruit, hot coffee also brewed fresh - yes, you can even make a latte. The market also includes a selection of frozen meals, ice cream, protein bars, sweet treats, bottled teas, sodas, juices and water. 

Visit Barry's Market, located inside The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk located at 111 West Fortune Street, Tampa FL 33602. 

 

Gasparilla and Barrymore hotel featured in Roanoke Times

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Photo: Dr. Bill Carson courtesy of VisitTampaBay.com

January isn't only the beginning of a new year, but it's also the month one of Tampa's biggest festivals takes place - but only if you're willing to dress and talk like a pirate. The Gasparilla Pirate Festival on January 28th celebrates the legendary pirate Jose Gaspar and his invasion of Tampa, complete with a reenactment of the siege - it's basically Tampa's answer to Mardi Gras, but with pirates and yes, beads. 

The event is family-friendly, with a parade through the streets of South Tampa after the mayor "surrenders" the key to the city when the Gasparilla, Tampa's replica pirate ship with functioning cannons, docks at the Tampa Convention Center. Local bars and nightlife also partake in all the swashbuckling fun for landlubbers and seafarers alike. 

The Roanoke Times recently published an article about the Gasparilla Festival, featuring the Barrymore Hotel, which is located along the Riverwalk and near much of the Gasparilla action in Tampa. 

Enjoy the full article on the Roanoke Times website.

Tampa Ranks in Top 10 Best Oktoberfest Cities, Barrymore Hotel Official Oktoberfest Sponsor

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Fall is in the air - well, almost. In Florida, that means a slight decrease in humidity and less rain, but it also means Tampa's Oktoberfest celebration is right around the corner. According to a recent article by WalletHub, Tampa ranks #7 on the list of the best cities to celebrate liederhosen while drinking a German beer. The list compared the 100 largest cities in the US and based the determination on certain criteria, including price of festival tickets, which Tampa also ranked well. Ranking 7th out of 100 is not to shabby!

Tampa's Oktoberfest celebration on its own ranks #5 on SheKnows.com's list of best Oktoberfests across the country. This year's event features an enhanced VIP experience which will include a Concierge where guests can charge their cell phones, leave message post-it's for other VIP friends on the Missed Connections board, coordinate a last-minute hotel stay downtown, or submit any other requests. Plus, VIP offers free Stein refills and no lines. Everyone is invited to kick off the event with the inaugural keg tapping on Friday October 7th, with the whole event running through Sunday October 9th. 

undefinedThe Barrymore Hotel is the official hospitality partner of Oktoberfest Tampa for the second year in a row. The hotel's close proximity to the event in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (less than 0.5 miles), makes it an economical and logical choice for festivalgoers seeking to indulge responsibly. Walk the short distance or, The Barrymore offers free shuttle service within 2 miles from 7AM until 11PM daily.

 

 

Buy Oktoberfest Tampa Event tickets at www.oktoberfesttampa.com

Prost and cheers!

 

Pedal the Pavement: Barrymore Hotel Earns Bronze Level Bike-Friendly Business Designation

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During National Bike to Work Week The Barrymore Hotel coasted right along into a Bronze Level designation as a League of American Bicyclists Bike-Friendly Business (BFB℠), joining the ranks with 14 others who also earned Bronze Level. Tampa is now the largest Bicycle Friendly Business city in the state of Florida, with 1 Gold and 8 Silver Level businesses on the roster as well, making that a total of 24 BFB's.

To be a bike-friendly business, certain attributes must be present. For example, BFB's have incentive programs encouraging employees to bike to work, or they host organized staff rides and encourage employees to participate in other social rides.

Bike-Friendly Businesses also provide secure and ample parking for bicycles, or participate in a bike sharing program, such as locally operated Coast Bike Share. The Barrymore Hotel is slated to be a future hub for the program. The sky blue bikes will be parked out in front of the hotel, directly next to the new Zipcar car-sharing parking spots. Getting around Tampa from The Barrymore has never been easier for guests.

As a BFB, The Barrymore Hotel is looking forward to becoming a Coast Bike Share hub. With a location right along Tampa's Riverwalk, gaining the hub will allow guests to not only get around town faster and easier, but also without a carbon footprint. Plus, having the bicycles readily available encourages guests to enjoy the city, experience the scenic Tampa Riverwalk, and even get a little exercise.

 

See the list of all current Bike Friendly Businesses here.  


About the League of American Bicyclists The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change. www.bikeleague.org

Barrymore Hotel to be One of New Downtown Tampa Zipcar Hubs

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TAMPA FL: The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk announced today that they will be home to one of downtown Tampa’s newest Zipcar locations, with two Zipcars on-site. Now, when you stay at The Barrymore in downtown Tampa, renting a car only for a few hours or for the entire duration of your stay just got a lot easier.

undefined“We are extremely excited to be one of this innovative company’s first downtown locations, bringing more transportation options to the city center and beyond with ease,” stated Larry E. Collier, Jr., General Manager of The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk. “We know our guests want the most convenient and hassle-free way to enjoy their visit and we believe Zipcar’s product offers just that.

As an environmentally-conscious business, we appreciate that car-sharing programs can reduce the amount of personally owned vehicles on the road, the demand for gasoline and pollution in the air we breathe.”

undefinedZipcar can be described as a “micro rental,” service, but with maximal flexibility. If you need a car for only an hour, rent it for an hour and return it to the same pickup location. If you need it for 5 days, rent it for 5 days. Each rental includes the cost of gas, insurance, and up to 180 miles per day.

According to Zipcar’s website, 10% of the population is expected to participate in car-sharing in the future instead of owning their own vehicles. Car-sharing can not only reduce humankind’s carbon footprint, but it also opens up the potential for more green space instead of parking space – less concrete jungle and more actual jungle.

The other downtown hubs will be located at the Tampa Convention Center and Skyhouse Channelside (with two Zipcars each). On Wednesday April 27th from 9:15-9:45am at the Tampa Convention Center’s parking lot (on the south side of the center), there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of Zipcar’s new downtown locations. All are welcome to attend.

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