The Barrymore Hotel – Making Homes Happier

14040107_1250763164947294_2510027956041904208_n (1)Furnishing a home is expensive for everyone, but what if you didn’t have the money to buy the basics like a bed frame, end tables, or even afford to hang a picture on the wall? Living in a properly furnished home is something many of us take for granted, whether we want to realize it or not. Not everyone can afford this luxury.

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.

14100449_1250763204947290_5175987828553879408_nThis week, 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. “Our families will be so happy,” captioned one the photos posted on the nonprofit’s Facebook page.

You can bring hope to someone’s home by donating your time to help with pickup and delivery, or to set up homes. Find out how.

Photos credit: Home Makers of Hope

About Home Makers of Hope
Home Makers of Hope is a 100% volunteer faith based ministry that has been creating homes for families since 2008. Gently used furniture and household items are donated from our parishes and communities and are provided at no cost to families in crisis.

Families are referred to us by case workers from various social service agencies. Our volunteers then meet with these families to identify their specific needs and wish lists. Beds, furnishings and household items are then delivered and set up by our volunteers … and homes are made as we make the beds, hang pictures, and decorate their homes.

Riding High: The 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 Zipcar’s new Downtown Tampa hubs

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Photo credit: http://www.zipcar.com

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.

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“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.”

zipcar logoZipcar 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.


 

About The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk: Located along the banks of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa’s Arts District, the Barrymore is more than just a place to stay but rather a glimpse into Tampa’s unique local arts and culture scene. The 14-story hotel’s prime location on the north end of downtown provides easy access to Tampa attractions as well as the nearby Gulf Beaches.

About Zipcar: Zipcar provides “wheels when you want them,” creating a smarter way to get around the city. Members can drive cars by the hour or by the day, with fuel and insurance included. 

Barrymore Hotel Named Official Hospitality Partner of Oktoberfest Tampa

The Barrymore Hotel Official Hospitality Partner of Oktoberfest Tampa

The month of Oktober is here, also known as the time to don your dirndls, and for many a beer-loving patron, the time to imbibe that frothy, bubbly elixir at festivals centered all around the almighty Bier. Conveniently enough, Tampa happens to be home to the #5 ranked Oktoberfest in the country, Oktoberfest Tampa.

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. If beer lovers prefer, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle as well.

The Barrymore took to social media to increase awareness of their affiliation with the event through two different contests, one on the increasingly popular Instagram and one on Facebook. The Instagram contest featured a giveaway for two sets of two one-day general admission passes and the Facebook contest featured a free one-night stay for one lucky winner that liked the page and shared their post about Oktoberfest.

Waterworks Bar and Grill, the Gulf Coast Southern-Style restaurant located adjacent to The Barrymore, is even hopping in on the Oktoberfest wagon. They’ll be setting up in the VIP booth on Saturday October 10, giving patrons a chance to mingle with Executive Chef Rusty Evers and Sous Chef Victor Alvarez whilst munching on fresh housemade pretzels and gooey, creamy beer cheese.

If you have some lederhosen hiding in the back of your wardrobe, or not…we invite our readers to head out this weekend and enjoy responsibly. Cheers to The Barrymore and Oktoberfest Tampa 2015.

Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort Announces 18th Annual Give Kids the World Village Fundraiser Date

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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. Kids can enjoy Sparky the Clown with his creative balloon animals, and everyone can sit back and relax to the live music and entertainment from MC Roger Ramsey, the St. John’s County Men’s Singing Group and the St. Augustine Girl’s dance troupe. The hotel will even have a photo booth set up so guests can chronicle their visit with a fun picture. All proceeds will benefit the children’s charity. Guests can also purchase refreshments at the poolside Crabbie’s Tiki Bar and hot-off-the-grill burgers and hot dogs.

We at H.I. Development are looking forward to this event already and hope many people pay the St. Augustine hotel a visit to benefit this wonderful charity. It’s always a pleasure to attend and we hope to see you there, too.

About Give Kids the World Village
Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.
www.gktw.org

Clearwater Hotel Commended by the Department of the Army

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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.

The certificate of appreciation states:

“Department of the Army
Certificate of Appreciation
This is to certify that HOLIDAY INN CLEARWATER
For exceptional service and support to the 345th CSH FOB Beach Mission held from 1 June 2015 to 14 June 2015, St. Petersburg, Florida. Your contributions serve as a sterling example for all and are in keeping with the finest military traditions. Your distinctive accomplishments reflect great credit upon your organization, bravo company, 345th CSH, and the United States Army”

Kimberly Cason, General Manager of the Holiday Inn was proud to give equal commendation to her team. ” The Service Culture we live by is by far outstanding to all of our guests and our service scores and recognition is a reflection of that. Team, your departments have exceeded my expectations and has made me proud to work along side such an amazing team! THANK YOU.”

Gainesville Hotel’s Restaurant Featured in Gainesville Sun

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Holiday Inn Gainesville University Center is known for not only its extremely convenient location directly next to the University of Florida campus, making it without debate the best choice for college sports fans and visiting families alike, but the Gainesville hotel is also known for being home to the third location of one of Gainesville’s most popular pizza and Italian spot, Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza.

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.

The Gainesville Sun paid a visit to the famous pizza-maker and wrote a rave review about the top-notch service, location and of course, the stromboli.

Get hungry and read the full article on the Gainesville Sun’s Website.