Tampa Bay Hotel - Tampa FL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member kJfishman
N 27° 56.800 W 082° 27.848
17R E 355963 N 3092157
Quick Description: The former Tampa Bay Hotel built in 1888 and had over 500 rooms. It is a short distance from the Tampa Cruise port if you visiting the area for a cruise.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 7/25/2014 8:24:32 AM
Waymark Code: WMM5GF
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member manchanegra
Views: 4

Long Description:
The former Tampa Bay Hotel built in 1888 and had over 500 rooms. It is a short distance from the Tampa Cruise port if you visiting the area for a cruise. Now it houses the Robert B. Plant Museum and is on the Campus of University of Tampa.

"South wing of Plant Hall at the University of Tampa, home of the Henry B. Plant Museum

The Tampa Bay Hotel was built by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant in 1888. The construction cost over 3 million dollars.[5] It was considered the premier hotel of the eight that Mr. Plant built to anchor his rail line. The hotel itself covers 6 acres (24,000 m2) and is a quarter-mile long. It was equipped with the first elevator ever installed in Florida. The elevator is still working today, making it one of the oldest continually operational elevators in the nation. The 511 rooms and suites were the first in Florida to have electric lights and telephones. Most rooms also included private bathrooms, complete with a full-size tub. The price for a room ranged from $5.00 to $15.00 a night at a time when the average hotel in Tampa charged $1.25 to $2.00. The poured-concrete, steel-reinforced structure of the building was advertised as fireproof.

The grounds of the hotel spanned 150 acres (0.61 km2) and included a golf course, bowling alley, racetrack, casino and an indoor heated swimming pool. In all, 21 buildings could be found on the hotel's campus. The Moorish Revival architectural theme was selected by Mr. Plant because of its exotic appeal to the widely traveled Victorians who would be his primary customers. The hotel has six minarets, four cupolas, and three domes. In the early 90's, all were restored to their original stainless steel state.
Hotel rotunda and sitting room in c. 1905

During its operating period from 1891 to 1930, the hotel housed thousands of guests, including hundreds of celebrities. When the Spanish-American War broke out, Plant convinced the United States military to use his hotel as a base of operations. Generals and high-ranking officers stayed in its rooms to plan invasion strategies, while enlisted men encamped on the hotel’s acreage. Colonel Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders also were at the hotel during this time. Roosevelt retained a suite, and during the day led his men in battle exercises on the property. Other visitors of note during the hotel’s heyday were Sarah Bernhardt, Clara Barton, Stephen Crane, the Prince of Wales. Babe Ruth was also a guest of the hotel during its latter days, and signed his first baseball contract in the Grand Dining Room. In 1919, Ruth hit his longest home run (and possibly the longest ever hit in official competition) during a spring training game at Plant Field, adjacent to the hotel. (visit link)
Name of the Hotel: Tampa Bay Hotel

401 West Kennedy Boulevard Miami FL

Number of Rooms: 500

Hotel since: 1/1/1888

Date Building was built: 1/1/1888

Historic Hotel (Historic Building, National Monument or similar): yes

Mountains Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): no

Beachs Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): yes

Height in floors: Not listed

Hotel Rating: Not listed

First use of building: Not listed

Urban Hotel (located in a village or town): Not Listed

Historic Place nearby (Unesco or National monument/site less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil): Not Listed

Major Pilgrimage Place Nearby (less than 25 Kms / 15 Mil. Consider any religion).: Not Listed

Hotel website (if available): Not listed

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