Barrymore Hotel Ranked as a Top Hotel in Tampa Bay Business Journal


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.

About the Tampa Bay Business Journal
“The TBBJ features local people and decision makers who are leaders in their business communities. In print every Friday and online daily, we report on local and national issues that impact subscribers’ businesses and assist them in growing their companies. Each week, the TBBJ features a special report, an in-depth look at a specific industry or topic. Various special publications and recognition programs cover topics such as Best Places to Work, Green Business, Nonprofit of the Year, and Business Woman of the Year. Our newspapers boast an average renewal rate of more than 80 percent, unparalleled in the newspaper industry.”

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Donate or Volunteer at These 5 Great Local Tampa Bay Charities

We compiled a quick list of 5 charities we know and love in the Tampa Bay area. The holiday season is a time of giving and receiving, but we prefer the giving part. Each charity’s volunteer and donation needs vary, so please check with them first to help you get started.

cropped-feedingamerica-tampabay-logo_cmyk_w_tagFeeding America Tampa BayFeeding America Tampa Bay serves the 700,000 hungry people in our region. For every $1 you donate, we can provide 7 meals. The Food Bank also provides food for shelters, residential group homes, and the Kids Cafe after-school programs. The Food Bank is in effect, a distributor and central supply point that procures the food, sorts it, stores it, and efficiently matches it to those in need according to need.

kidsplaceA Kids Place Tampa BayOur purpose at A Kid’s Place is to provide superior residential services to children of all ages who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.  We provide a variety of services which meet the social, educational, medical and psychological needs of the child.

C+A Logo - Outreach InitiativeMetropolitan Ministries  – Metropolitan Ministries cares for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in our community through services that alleviate suffering, promote dignity and instill self-sufficiency. One meal costs $1.76. A night of shelter, $36.55. We’ve used disciplined financial controls and smart decisions about efficiency to ensure that every dollar we receive achieves its maximum potential.

springlogoThe Spring of Tampa Bay  - To prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families, and communities. Our program philosophy is to provide a safe haven for families utilizing an empowerment-based approach. We give victims safe refuge, time to heal, and encouragement and support to move toward a self-determined life. Participants have time to consider options and make an independent choice about how to move toward a peaceful life.

pawlicious_logoPawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue Animals need love and support too! Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue specializes in saving the lives of neglected and abused senior pups, providing rehabilitation, getting them the best veterinary care  and placing them in warm, loving homes. Give the gift of a second chance to a furry soul in need this holiday season. Please contact this charity for information on donation or volunteer opportunities.

The Barrymore Hotel Wins Best Signature Seafood Dish at Tampa Seaboard Seafood Festival


Waterworks’ booth at Curtis Hixon Park

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.

Executive Chef Rusty Evers and her professional team toiled for days and weeks ahead of time planning and preparing for the event. Rusty and her team served three exquisite creations, exclusive to Waterworks Bar and Grill: Gulf Shrimp with Habanero Glaze served atop Coconut Rice topped with Twice-Smoked Bacon; and her signature Clam Andouille Chowder with Fresh Leeks and Louisiana Andouille Sausage. Rusty also presented guests with her signature KoKo Nuts – a spicy, sweet flavor experience to be reckoned with.

Congratulations to The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk and Waterworks Bar and Grill on your hard work and fantastic job on winning BOTH competitions!


Habanero Shrimp

John Lennon Statue Arrives at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk


October 30, 2014: The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk installed a life-size statue of the late John Lennon in front of the downtown Tampa Arts District hotel yesterday. The statue, which depicts Lennon in stride, coat and hair flowing in the wind, stands at the west front end of the hotel, within direct view of the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts. The installment of this work coincides with the arts ambiance The Barrymore Hotel embodies – a passion for culture, creativity and most importantly, art.




Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort to Become Guy Harvey Outpost’s Third Location in Florida


October 22, 2014

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, FL: 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.

The Holiday Isle Oceanfront is a favorite destination for many beach-minded travelers with its prime location and laid-back Florida ambiance. The hotel features 153 guest rooms, including pet-friendly accommodations, and over 4,000 square feet of banquet and event space. The hotels grounds will be completely refreshed and enhanced, along with launching a new “sea and farm” to table style restaurant.

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.

A New Chef for the Tampa Hotel’s Waterworks Bar and Grill

rustyWaterworks Bar and Grill at the newly-named Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk (formerly the Howard Johnson Plaza), are very excited to welcome such superior talent and professionalism into their kitchen. Executive Chef Rusty Evers has extensive experience in the culinary industry, including owning and operating a prestigious catering company known as The Art of the Feast. Her unique, impeccable style has graced the tables at many upscale events over the past 20+ years throughout the states of New York, Louisiana and Florida.

Rusty has completely revised the menu at Waterworks to include never-before-seen items infused with her New Orleans flair and gourmet touch. Waterworks’ menu will now change seasonally, featuring what’s fresh, in-season and local, when possible. Specials are featured on the weekends as well as daily. Each time you visit, you’ll get the opportunity to try something different. Whatever inspires Rusty that day will be on your plate. In other words, “every meal is a celebration.”

Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort to Host 17th Annual Give Kids the World Fundraiser


ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, FL – 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. Live entertainment will be provided and refreshments will be available for purchase.
Sponsorships are available. Contact the Holiday Isle Oceanfront Sales Department for more information: 904-471-2555 ext. 101.

About Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort
Enjoy the benefits of comfortable beachfront hotel accommodations while being only minutes from the charming and historic town of St. Augustine, Florida. Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort offers an ideal beachside location, a friendly and courteous staff, large outdoor swimming pool and free high-speed wireless internet, all at an affordable price.

About Give Kids the World
The Give Kids the World Village is a non-profit resort created to fulfill the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses by treating them to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations. The Village is situated on 70 acres, located near Central Florida’s most popular and loved attractions where these children and their families can experience the magic of wishes come true.