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'17MAYBarrymore Hotel Opens New In-House Market Concept, "Barry's Market"

DOWNTOWN TAMPA, FL - MAY 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.” READ MORE

'17MAYGainesville Holiday Inn Celebrates Renovated Conference Center Grand Opening"

GAINESVILLE, FL - MAY 25, 2017 — "The Gainesville, FL Holiday Inn located directly across from the University of Florida campus celebrated the grand opening of their newly renovated meeting space and full-service breakfast cafe, both located on the second level of the “gator country” hotel. The Conference Center and Boardroom underwent a complete renovation from top to bottom and is now fashioned with not only modern amenities like eco-friendly NEST thermostats, but also a sleek, contemporary style to go along with the flexible event venue’s new look.” READ MORE

'16DECTampa Hotel Donates Teddy Bears for WFLA's Kindness Day

DOWNTOWN TAMPA, FL - DEC 9, 2016 — "The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk donated a heaping load of teddy bears for the Tampa Bay Rough Riders 'Teddy Bear Round-Up' this holiday season, as part of WFLA News Channel 8's 8th annual Kindness Day charity drive. Multiple Tampa charities participated in the event including Feeding Tampa Bay, OneBlood blood donations and Toys for Tots.” PHOTOS

'16NOVKicking Off the Holiday Season with Giving Tuesday

DOWNTOWN TAMPA & CLEARWATER, FL - NOV 29, 2016 — "With Black Friday and Cyber Monday’s exorbitant consumerism behind us, it’s time to focus on what the holiday season should truly be about – giving. Giving Tuesday is a social media movement meant to foster collaboration and charity within our own communities. However, it’s much more than just a hashtag for two of our Tampa Bay hotels. The Barrymore Hotel in downtown Tampa just received their donation drop-off boxes today to benefit Metropolitan Ministries and Holiday Inn Clearwater has been collecting donations to benefit The Kind Mouse, an organization that combats hunger in the Tampa Bay area, since before Thanksgiving.” READ MORE

'16AUGTampa Hotel Makes Homes Happier with Home Makers of Hope

DOWNTOWN TAMPA, FL - AUG 26, 2016 — "Home Makers of Hope is a 100% volunteer-based organization in Tampa, FL that provides home furnishings and household essentials to families and individuals struggling with poverty. Basic needs like food, water and rent always come first – furniture, other seemingly fundamental home items like bed linens and home decor items – come last. Barrymore Hotel General Manager Larry Collier, Chef Mary Willis and Engineering Director Kenneth Leslie and his team, pulled the strings to make a donation of 50 televisions happen for Home Makers of Hope.” READ MORE

'16MAYBarrymore Hotel Earns Bronze Level Bike-Friendly Business Designation

DOWNTOWN TAMPA, FL - MAY 24, 2016 — "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.” READ MORE

'16APRBarrymore Hotel Among Newest Zipcar Car-Sharing Program Sites in Downtown Tampa

DOWNTOWN TAMPA, FL - April 25, 2016 — "The Barrymore is 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.” READ MORE

View PHOTO ALBUM of ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted on April 27, 2016

'16MARXtermiGator Dragster Demos at Holiday Inn Gainesville, Featured in Gainsville Sun

GAINESVILLE, FL - March 16, 2016 — "As seen in the photo, NHRA driver Terry McMillen, preparing to sit at center, is surrounded by his crew as they show off his Top Fuel dragster, Wednesday in the parking lot at Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza at the Holiday Inn Gainesville-University Center in Gainesville. The event has entertained fans for decades with such notables as the first 260-mph Top Fuel and Funny Car runs in 1984 and the first 270-mph and 300-mph Top Fuel passes, in 1986 and 1992, respectively.” READ MORE

'16JANBarrymore Hotel Ranks on USA Today's 10 Best List for Great Rates in Tampa

TAMPA, FL - January 20, 2016 — "Visitors to Tampa will appreciate the city's hotel rates no matter what their budget. Relative to other large North American cities, Tampa is very affordable...However, for those traveling on a more modest budget, there are many comfortable and convenient options to choose from. To help you out, 10 Best has gathered ten of the top hotel choices that represent the best balance between quality, location and price.” READ MORE

'15DECHoliday Inn Gainesville Gives Back to Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County

GAINESVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 1, 2015 — "As we all know, the holiday season has already arrived; Thanksgiving has come and gone, and there are just over 3 weeks left until Christmas! This year Holiday Inn University wants to kick off our “Holiday Inn Gives Back” program for the upcoming 2016 year. In collaboration with Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, we are proud to announce that we will be a drop-off site for their annual toy drive, benefitting underprivileged children this holiday season!” READ MORE

'15NOVGuy Harvey Outpost taps Coral Gables designer for new Florida hotel

ST AUGUSTINE BEACH FL, NOVEMBER 19, 2015 — "Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts has tapped resort and hospitality designer Malcolm Berg of Coral Gables to create the interior design for its third hotel in Florida, set to open in the spring. The hotel branding company, based in Fort Lauderdale, is renovating the former 152-room Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort near St. Augustine to convert it into the Guy Harvey Outpost Beach Resort, St. Augustine Beach.” READ MORE

'15OCTTampa Hotel Named Official Hospitality Partner of Oktoberfest Tampa

TAMPA FL, OCTOBER 7, 2015 — "The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk diligently worked to partner with the high profile event and will be the Official Hospitality Partner of Oktoberfest Tampa for 2015 and 2016. This is extremely convenient for festival attendees, as the Barrymore is located a mere 0.4 miles from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, a very short walk to and from all the action.” READ MORE

'15AUGClearwater Holiday Inn's Themed Costume Days Raise Additional Funds for GKTW Fundraiser

CLEARWATER, FL, AUGUST 17, 2015 — "Holiday Inn Clearwater put the “fun” in fundraising. The sister hotel in St. Augustine Beach FL, the Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort, is preparing to host their 18th Annual Give Kids the World Village Fundraiser on August 29th, 2015 and the Clearwater hotel joined in on the support wagon with their Give Kids the World Week. The staff at the hotel and adjoining restaurant, Aviators Sports Pub, teamed up with themed costume days. Each employee wishing to participate made a $5 donation, resulting in an additional $250+ to benefit the charity. And they got to wear some crazy outfits at the same time!” SEE PHOTOS

'15JULYHoliday Isle Announces Date for 18th Annual Give Kids the World Fundraiser

ST AUGUSTINE BEACH, FL, JULY 7, 2015 — "For the 18th year in a row, the St. Augustine beachfront hotel, the Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort plans to host their Give Kids the World Village Fundraiser on August 29, 2015. The festivities will commence poolside at 11:00AM and last until 4:00PM. The hotel hopes to make this one of the biggest fundraisers for the charity organization yet. The event is open to the general public, and sponsorships are available. The family-friendly event will offer raffle prizes, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, and a live auction, all to benefit the charity.” READ MORE

'15JUNEClearwater Hotel Commended by Department of the Army

CLEARWATER, FL, JUNE 26, 2015 — "It should come as no surprise that the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg North-Clearwater has received accolades yet again for their outstanding customer service and dedication to the guest experience. The staff was praised with a standing ovation, personal recognition and a certificate of appreciation for their service and support this June by the 345th CSH.” READ MORE

'15JUNEGainesville Hotel's Restaurant Featured in Gainesville Sun

GAINESVILLE, FL, JUNE 2, 2015 — "The Gainesville Sun paid a visit to Gainesville's favorite pizza-maker and wrote a rave review about the top-notch service, location and of course, the stromboli. The restaurant at the Gainesville hotel is a variation on the original Piesanos model, rightly named Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza Pints and Pies, to reflect the first obvious difference - the massive array of beers on tap. The restaurant features the same menu, but offers 40 brews (local and national), all the while staying a family-friendly environment.” READ MORE

'15JUNEClearwater Holiday Inn Earns 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

CLEARWATER, FL, JUNE 2, 2015 — " Consistency is key, and the Clearwater Holiday Inn would know a thing or two about that. At the end of May, the Ulmerton Road hotel was notified by Tripadvisor of earning its latest award from the travel website, the 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence. This award is earned by continually receiving great reviews from guests. With an outstanding amount of 'excellent' rated reviews, it comes as no surprise that the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg North-Clearwater has gained this title yet again” VIEW FULL ARTICLE

'15APRGainesville Hotel Launches New Charity Program

GAINESVILLE, FL, April 17, 2015 — "Giving back to the community has always been an important part of corporate responsibility. Holiday Inn University Center Gainesville has launched a new charity program called “Holiday Inn Gives Back,” in which the hotel will champion a different local charity every month. When a group or organization books room blocks and/or meeting space, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the current month’s selected charity in the organization’s name.” VIEW FULL ARTICLE

'15MARHoliday Inn Mayaguez Earns Prestigious Award from IHG

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, March 31, 2015 — "The Holiday Inn Mayaguez Puerto Rico and the Tropical Casino recently received this high level of recognition from Intercontinental Hotels Group for meeting and exceeding seven different metrics including: revenue per available room, service to guests, associates’ recognition, problem management, corporate responsibility and guest reviews.” VIEW FULL ARTICLE

'15MARTampa Hotel Receives Honor of Scull Christening at Mayor's Cup Regatta

TAMPA FL, March 23, 2015 — "This past weekend at the prestigious Tampa Mayor’s Cup Rowing Regatta, The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk received the honor of having a rowing scull christened in their honor, displaying the hotel’s logo. The Barrymore Hotel is a host hotel for many rowing teams across the country and is a proud sponsor and supporter of The Stewards Foundation/Row Tampa.” READ MORE

'15MARGoing the Extra Mile at the MIA Hotel

MIAMI FL, March 20, 2015 — "Howard was my lifeline,” explained the child's mother. a child, aged 10, was traveling through the Miami International Airport on his way to St. Croix to visit family. The child missed his flight from Miami to St. Croix, leaving him essentially “stranded.” The child’s mother learned he was at the Miami airport and contacted the hotel immediately, reaching Howard Rosenheck. Last week, Harve Rosenthal, General Manager of the Miami International Airport Hotel was proud to present Howard Rosenheck, Executive Housekeeper, with the “R & R” Award (Reward and Recognition Program) for outstanding customer service.” READ MORE

'15MARGainesville Holiday Inn Hosts Terry McMillen and 10,000 Horsepower InstiGator Dragster

GAINESVILLE FL, March 16, 2015 — "VIDEO: Last week the Hoilday Inn Gainesville University Center and Piesanos Pints & Pies, adjacent to the hotel, was the site of some pretty powerful stuff – the insanely powerful and fast engine of the InstiGator Dragster, all for the NHRA Gatornationals last week. Terry McMillen and his team put on quite the display, with the highlight of the day – firing up the engine on that beast of a racecar.” VIEW VIDEO

'15MARBarrymore Hotel Featured in Article by TBO for John Lennon Sculpture

TAMPA FL, March 8, 2015 — "“Once it catches people’s eyes they are absolutely surprised when they see it there,” said Larry Collier Jr., general manager and director of hotel operations for H.I. Development, the Barrymore’s development and management company. “We’ve seen numerous people stop and take pictures with it. We’ve seen cars drive by, stop and turn around.’’
The statue’s trip to Tampa began about a year ago, when Robinson Callen, the founder of H.I. Development, saw that the statue was being sold at auction. He sent Collier a photo of the statue and asked for his thoughts.
“I responded back, ‘I love John Lennon,’” Collier said.” READ MORE on TBO.com

'15JANBarrymore Hotel Earns Spot on TBBJ's List of Top Hotels

TAMPA FL, January 29, 2015 — "In a letter from the Governor, The Barrymore Hotel was commended for recently being included in the Tampa Bay Business Journal‘s list of top hotels. “Floridians like you are helping make your state the best place in the world to raise a family, have a great career and welcome visitors from around the world,” stated the letter. As a company that strives for only the highest standards, we are pleased to have earned a spot on this list.” READ MORE

'14NOVThe Barrymore Hotel Wins Best Signature Seafood Dish at Tampa Seaboard Seafood Festival

TAMPA FL, November 22, 2014 — "Crowds gathered in Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park this past Saturday and Sunday to sample some of Tampa’s best local restaurants and their seafood specialties at Ken Walters‘ Seaboard Seafood Festival. Each restaurant was eyeing the top spot, but Waterworks Bar and Grill at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk took home not only the award for Best Signature Seafood Dish, as determined by a panel of local celebrities judges, but they also won the People’s Choice Award.” READ MORE

'14OCTHoliday Isle Oceanfront to Become Guy Harvey Outpost's Third Property in the State of Florida

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH FL, October 22, 2014 — "PRESS RELEASE: The Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort and its management company, H.I. Development Corp. have announced the hotel located on the shores of the nation’s oldest city will be transitioning to a Guy Harvey Outpost property, set to be completed by the end of Summer 2015, with everything ready to go in Fall of 2015. Guy Harvey Outposts embody the iconic Florida atmosphere with a focus on the beach, boating, fishing and diving while inspiring travelers to experience unique destinations and support sustainable tourism. Guy Harvey also has properties in Islamorada and St. Pete Beach FL.” READ MORE

'14OCTHoliday Isle Oceanfront to 17th Annual Host Give Kids the World Charity Event

GAINESVILLE, October 2, 2014 — "PRESS RELEASE: The Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort announced today that it will be hosting their 17th annual fundraiser to benefit the Give Kids the World charity organization on November 8, 2014 from 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The hotel will host a variety of poolside activities for the event including exciting live auctions, silent auctions for hotel stays across the state of Florida and beyond, plus raffle drawings. ” READ MORE

'14SeptBroadcasting LIVE from the Holiday Inn Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, September 2, 2014 — "PHOTO: Our hotel staff captured a photo of Gators Coach Will Muschamp hosting his Thursday radio show live from the brand new Piesanos Pints and Pies restaurant located adjacent to the Holiday Inn University Center. The Coach will host his show from this location each Thursday.” READ MORE

'14JulyGainesville Restaurant Prepares for Grand Opening at the University Hotel

GAINESVILLE, July 16, 2014 — "VIDEO: The Gainesville Holiday nIn is getting ready for some big changes and guests better bring their big appetites. The University Hotel is preparing for the launch of the popular Gainesville restaurant to open it's third location inside the hotel. Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza - Pints and Pies is to open in August of 2014. Here, we take a look at some of the progress in a quick video.” READ MORE

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