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


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.

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

Piesanos Stone Fired Pizza Gainesville

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.

Holiday Inn St. Petersburg North-Clearwater Earns 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

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Consistency is key, and the Clearwater Holiday Inn would know a thing or two about that. This May, the Ulmerton Road hotel was notified by Tripadvisor of earning its latest award from the travel website, the 2015 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence. This award is earned by continually receiving great reviews from guests.

With an outstanding amount of “excellent” rated reviews, it comes as no surprise that the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg North-Clearwater has gained this title yet again. The hotel won the same award in 2012, with a 4 (out of 5) star rating, ranking #32 out of 97 hotels in the Clearwater area. However, in 2015, the hotel continues to hold a consistent 4 (out of 5) star rating, but now ranks even higher, at #28 out of 98 hotels in the area.

Travelers rated the hotel’s Location, Service, Cleanliness, Sleep Quality, Rooms, and Value no less than 4 stars (out of 5), with Service and Cleanliness totaling even higher, at 4.5 (out of 5) stars. The hotel’s dedication to exceptional customer service, attention to detail and personable experiences that travelers have so graciously lauded through their reviews on Tripadvisor allow us to look forward to many more remarkable achievements from the extraordinary staff at the Holiday Inn.

Gainesville Holiday Inn Launches New Charity Program


GAINESVILLE, FL Holiday Inn University Center Gainesville has launched a new charity program called “Holiday Inn Gives Back,” in which the hotel will champion a different local charity every month. When a group or organization books room blocks and/or meeting space, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the current month’s selected charity in the organization’s name. Piesanos Pints & and Pies restaurant, located adjacent to the hotel and a Gainesville favorite for Italian food, has also joined in on the opportunity to make an impact by volunteering to donate a portion of their proceeds on select night(s). This program makes the choice a very easy one when choosing a hotel for group needs – the location directly next to University of Florida is one thing, but having the opportunity to give back to the community is another that makes the Gainesville hotel the best choice for groups and meetings.

For the month of April, the Gainesville Holiday Inn has parterned up with LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services. LifeQuest’s mission to save lives relies on individuals’ commitment to organ and tissue donation. The organization encourages everyone to join the Florida Organ Donor Registry at

LifeQuest representative Coral Denton and the Holiday Inn Staff joined in for a group photo outside the hotel in observance of “National Donate Life Blue and Green Day” sporting the colors of the cause.

More about LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services

Holiday Inn Mayaguez and Tropical Casino Win Pretigious Award from IHG


The Holiday Inn Mayaguez Puerto Rico and the Tropical Casino recently received the 2014 Performance Award for the Central America and Caribbean region from Intercontinental Hotels Group for meeting and exceeding seven different metrics including: revenue per available room, service to guests, associates’ recognition, problem management, corporate responsibility and guest reviews.

This is not the only award this hotel has received, including being the first hotel to receive a perfect score for the People’s Notice competition.

Congratulations, Holiday Inn Mayaguez and thank you for your commitment to excellence.

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