8 Great Reasons You Should Stay at Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida

Epicurean Hotel Tampa focuses on curating connoisseur experiences, reflected in their tagline of Awaken Appetites Unknown. The property is inspired by the founder of Bern’s Steakhouse (across the street) which houses one of the world’s largest wine collections (over a half million bottles).

We recently stayed at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida and loved the relaxed luxury vibe. Continuing a McCool Travel tradition, we choose to stay at a fabulous relaxed Florida luxury hotel on Super Bowl Sunday. Last year we stayed at Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort.

While we were hosted guests of Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida, this content is carefully crafted with the McCool Travel audience in mind.

8 Great Reasons to Stay at Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida

1. Epicurean Hotel Tampa: Location

Located in Soho Tampa, one block from Bayshore Boulevard (the world’s longest continuous sidewalk) and two blocks from Hyde Park (Tampa’s historic neighborhood with some prestigious older homes), Epicurean Hotel is in a great location. It is away from the bustle of downtown Tampa but within a short stroll of some of the best Tampa restaurants. Bern’s Steakhouse is right across the street.

>> See the McCool Travel article: 5 Fun Ways to See Tampa Florida

2. Epicurean Hotel Tampa: The Rooms

All Epicurean Hotel rooms are super comfortable with luxurious robes and bathroom amenities, have cool sliding farm style wooden bathroom doors, marble showers with rainfall shower heads, coffee maker, microwave, and mini refrigerator. Oh, that reminds me, I left our leftovers in the fridge. Hope someone enjoyed them!

On our first visit to Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, last year, we stayed in a glorious corner junior suite. It had a separate living room area with a sectional sofa.

On our recent second stay, our room opened onto the second floor terrace. Please also see our video tour of the Epicurean Hotel room.

Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida: second floor terrace. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel
Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida: second floor terrace

McCool Travel Tip: Check out the Epicurean Hotel Tampa offers for Florida resident, Steak-cation, and celebration rates.

3. Epicurean Hotel Tampa: Élevage Restaurant

Élevage at Epicurean Hotel Tampa is the centerpiece of the property’s celebration of life’s finest culinary pleasures. Led by James Beard semi-finalist (USA South) executive chef Chad Johnson, the Élevage kitchen creates memorable dishes (aka experiences) with the freshest possible local ingredients.

While my wife had a magnificent filet mignon, I opted for an amazing piece of Florida grouper.

Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel
grouper entree at Elevage, Epicurean Hotel Tampa

See also our 10 Best Tampa Restaurants to Eat and Drink Local in Florida

4. Epicurean Hotel Tampa: EDGE Rooftop Bar

Spend a pleasant evening at the EDGE rooftop bar sipping a craft cocktail or a local microbrew.

EDGE Rooftop Bar at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida.
EDGE Rooftop Bar at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida. Photo credit: FuninFairfaxVA.com

5. Epicurean Hotel Tampa: Epicurean Theatre

This is the only hotel I have been to with its own Cooking Theater—featuring culinary demonstrations, seminars, and competitions. It served as a nice “conference room” during my stay when I hosted the #FunTravelChat Twitter chat.

Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida: second floor terrace
Epicurean Theatre at Epicurean Hotel Tampa

6. Epicurean Hotel Tampa: Spa Evangeline

Walking into Spa Evangeline at the Epicurean Hotel Tampa, you are first greeted by a “living wall” of floral botanicals. Depending on your selected treatment, the living wall provides ingredients to refresh, rejuvenate, and relax you.

Spa Evangeline at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida
Bourbon pedicure at Spa Evangeline, Epicurean Hotel Tampa

7. Epicurean Hotel Tampa: Shopping

Chocolate Pi is a scratch bakery and chef Kim Yelvington prepares everything without preservatives or artificial flavorings. Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits is located in the Epicurean Hotel lobby. Chocolate and wine together, what else do you need?

8. Epicurean Hotel Tampa: Bicycles

With the chocolate shop and wine store in the lobby and all of the amazing restaurants nearby (Bern Steakhouse, Haven, and more), a bike ride is a welcome solution. Ride through adjacent Hyde Park neighborhood to check out the majestic houses and along Bayshore Boulevard for fresh salt air.

free loaner bicycles at Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida
Epicurean Hotel, Tampa, Florida. Sweet and fun bicycles

BONUS: Epicurean Hotel pool

The pool area at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida is a relaxing place to spend some time or have a brainstorming session—preferably over some rum drinks.

pool at Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida
pool at Epicurean Hotel in Tampa Florida

McCool Travel Tip: Epicurean Hotel Tampa is an Autograph Hotel, part of the Marriott Bonvoy family. Earn Bonvoy points for your stays here and redeem points for free nights. Ask to add your Bern’s bill to your room charge for more Bonvoy points!

Check here for the lowest rates at Epicurean Hotel. See also Romantic Hotels in North America: Places to Stay in Canada, Caribbean, and USA

Epicurean Hotel Tampa focuses on curating connoisseur experiences, reflected in their tagline of Awaken Appetites Unknown. The property is inspired by the founder of Bern’s Steakhouse (across the street) which houses one of the world’s largest wine collections (over a half million bottles).

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23 thoughts on “8 Great Reasons You Should Stay at Epicurean Hotel Tampa Florida”

  1. Okay, this looks amazing! I was ready to start packing when I saw the spa but that culinary theater sounds fascinating and the rooms are gorgeous. Next time I visit my cousins in Tampa, this is where I’m staying!

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  2. Looks like you had a great stay and even a little work was fun. The Epicurean is certainly well-named and I love the spa treatments and cooking theater. They’re ahead of their time with that — almost makes me wonder why we haven’t seen this more often!

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  3. This place looks amazing. We need to plan a Florida escape that includes a stay at the Epicurean Hotel. Thanks for sharing. It looks like you truly enjoyed your stay.

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  4. Those are 8 awesome reasons to stay at the Epicurean. I only needed 4-5 of them. I wish I could get my husband to get a pedicure. He’s just not into it. But a Bourbon pedicure might be the thing to change his mind.

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  5. I am a Balcony person (basically I am claustrophobic and I need fresh air), so the openness of the hotel already get my vote!
    Thanks for sharing with us about your experience, and I will keep that in mind next time I am visiting Florida ~ 🙂 @ knycx.journeying

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  6. The Epicurean Hotel, Tampa seems unique in many respects. First of all its location is strategic to say the least. The terrace too looks inviting, nothing like lounging on one of the comfortable chairs there. The Cooking theatre is definitely something that I have not seen in any hotel and sounds really interesting. Finally a bike ride in the vicinity is something that would be a value added experience.

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