Meet the 2017 MIA Employee of the Year, Jose Consuegra – HI Development employee, MIA hotel desk clerk and miracle worker. In May of 2017, Jose was on duty and received a call at the front desk from a frantic mother whose baby girl had stopped breathing. The mother rushed down to the hotel lobby with her baby and Jose jumped into action providing CPR. By the time the paramedics arrived, the baby was breathing on her own. As the ambulance was leaving the airport, Jose learned that incredibly the baby’s name was Mia. Watch the touching video of Jose and Mia, reunited at last.
We would like to commend our downtown Tampa hotel, The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, for turning their once-monthly Art Meets Jazz into a special event to benefit Puerto Rico. Last night’s event will benefit the families and neighbors of the families at our at two of our properties in Ponce and Mayaguez. One hundred percent of net proceeds from the dinner will be used to purchase provisions which will be personally delivered to the island by members of the Barrymore’s staff.
Attendees of the event included H.I. Development‘s senior leadership and owners, University of Tampa administrators, and leadership from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts next door, among other local dignitaries.
We would like to graciously thank everyone who came to the event and enjoyed the live art demo by local Tampa artist, Francine J. Bauer. Francine auctioned off two pieces of art of which 50% of the proceeds will benefit this cause.
Waterworks Bar and Grill, located adjacent to the Barrymore Hotel, provided a full buffet of traditional Puerto Rican cuisine featuring arroz con gandules, tostones, fried sweet plantains, roast pork and chicken, and brandy cake.
A relaxing atmosphere filled the room courtesy of a smooth jazz saxophone performance by Johnny Magnuson, also know as Johnny Mag Sax, and talented vocalist Carmen Harrell. Johnny is a professional saxophone musician hailing from Orlando, Florida and has opened for many high profile acts, including Kenny G.
The Barrymore Hotel hosts “Art Meets Jazz” once a month from 6:00-9:00PM and features a full buffet plus drink specials. Guests enjoy a “chill” break from the hectic work week while listening to live music as someone else does the cooking (and cleaning!). The hotel is located in downtown Tampa along the scenic Riverwalk, features an art-gallery atmosphere and comfortable accommodations suitable for any traveler.
Waterworks Bar and Grill features a casual dining experience with American cuisine favorites. Guests enjoy a daily happy hour, plus a Late Night menu, also served daily. The restaurant keeps a rotating a variety of local craft beers on tap including Motorworks Brewing, Tampa Bay Brewing, Cigar City and many more for an experience that shows off Tampa Bay’s noteworthy microbrewery scene.
Our thoughts and prayers have been with everyone affected by Hurricane Irma. Our hotels fared well through the storm. Things are still getting back to normal as we operate with limited staff and resources.
If you still need a place to stay after the storm, the following of our properties are OPEN, have power and are accepting guests: The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk in Tampa FL, Holiday Inn St. Petersburg North / Clearwater in Clearwater FL and Holiday Inn Gainesville – University Centerin Gainesville FL. The Holiday Isle Oceanfront Resort is still currently without power and is currently closed, but luckily withstood very minimal damage.
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.
The inaugural celebration in the new meeting space last Wednesday featured a playful luau theme and catering by the Holiday Inn’s resident restaurant, Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza Pints and Pies. Wearing colorful leis and letting loose in the mobile photo booth made it easy for the Sales Team and business partners in attendance to connect with each other. It was the perfect opportunity to network and showcase what the new meeting space could provide as a modern event venue in the Gainesville FL area.
The Conference Center features over 4,100 square feet of flexible space that can be resized for any event, with a maximum capacity of 340 individuals. Use the entire venue for a large event, or flex it down to a smaller “room” for a size that meets your needs. The Boardroom is just as spacious, featuring an over-sized conference desk and plush seating.
The new Breakfast Cafe, also located on the second level, is a much-anticipated amenity for hotel guests. The cafe offers everything a hungry early-riser could want – hot, fresh, made-to-order meals that even come with a guarantee. If breakfast isn’t served in 15 minutes, it’s free.
The menu consists of a variety of morning favorites like omelettes, a veggie skillet, biscuits and gravy, and much more. Piping hot coffee at your fingertips? It’s all yours. The cafe is open daily, Monday-Friday 6:00AM-10:00AM and Saturday & Sunday from 7:00AM-11:00AM.
To schedule a tour of the Gainesville Florida Holiday Inn’s brand new Conference Center and Boardroom, please contact Sales today at (352) 376-1661 ext 182. You may also visit the Meetings and Events page to learn more or request information. You will also find a meeting room diagram and capacities sheet for download.
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.
The Barrymore is looking motivate guests and anyone in the Tampa Bay community to drop by with their non-perishable food items for Metro Min with a giveaway. The hotel is offering a chance to win a one-room one-night stay when you bring at least 3 non-perishable food items to the bins. But here’s the catch (and it’s a good one): The more you donate, the more chances you have to win – just fill out an entry form for every 3 items you bring and leave it with the Front Desk. Learn more about how the giveaway works. Donations/entries accepted 11/29/16 through 12/13/16.
Clearwater’s Holiday Inn located in the business district is once again a drop-off location for the Kind Mouse food drive. This charity does some incredible things within the Tampa Bay area to combat hunger. The organization provides programs to help those in need year round, not just during the holiday season. Their Family Assistance program is a 90 day program that offers food, housewares, pet food and career coaching to displaced career individuals while they get back on their feet. The “Mouse Nibbles” program feeds the “hungriest of hungry” children in Tampa Bay, delivering non-perishable food items to schools each week for children to bring home on the weekends. This program even provides school supplies twice a year to students. Donations accepted 11/21/16 through 12/12/16.
The Barrymore Hotel is located at 111 West Fortune St, Tampa FL 33602 and is situated directly across the street from the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Tampa. If you’re in Pinellas County near St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport, drop your donations at Holiday Inn Clearwater, located at 3535 Ulmerton Road, near the Gold & Diamond Source.
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.
This 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.
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.