Barrymore Hotel Hosts Jazz Night to Benefit Puerto Rico


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.


Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa Receives Property of Year Award

Tampa, FL — 5/21/12  *PRESS RELEASE*

During the Howard Johnson General Session at the Wyndham Hotel Group Global Conference, several properties were recognized for their achievements as recipients of the 2011 Heroes of Hospitality and 2012 Brand Conference Awards.


For the first year, the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa received the “Property of the Year” Award for 2011. Achieving excellence in the hospitality business is not easy. To perform at an award-winning level, Howard Johnson hoteliers must demonstrate extraordinary professionalism and work together as a team to deliver consistently high quality guest experiences.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa was hotel management team, H.I. Development, President Andre Callen (left) and General Manager Larry E. Collier, Jr., (center).

“Life presents us with numerous opportunities to make a difference in the eyes of our customers,” said Senior Vice President Rui Barros. “The best of the best always leap at the chance to create Happiness for guests at their hotel. They take pride in everything they do, from their attitude and professional appearance to the inviting aroma and cleanliness of their rooms.”

“These properties and their teams are shining examples of what can be accomplished when ‘excellence’ becomes a standard operating procedure,” said Vice President Phil Harvey (right). “These awards are a reflection of their dedication towards making each guest experience the best that it can be.”

The Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa is conveniently located in the heart of downtown along the banks of the Arts District RiverWalk entrance and Hillsborough River. The 13-level hotel is operated and managed by H.I. Development, a hotel management team founded by Robinson Callen in 1959.