Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza Opens

12th Aug 2004

Renaissance Hotels & Resorts, an
upscale, full-service brand of Marriott International, today
announced the opening of the Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza.
The hotel is situated next to International Plaza and Bay Street, a
world-class shopping destination. The 293-room, eight-story hotel is owned
by CNL Hotels & Resorts, Inc., the nation’s second largest hotel real
estate investment trust, and managed by Renaissance Hotels & Resorts.
“The Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza truly captures the
essence of Renaissance Hotels. It has a distinct personality, strong sense
of style, attentive and respectful service and a fashionable restaurant,
Pelagia Trattoria, that will tempt guests with the imaginative cuisine of
the Mediterranean,” said Jurgen Giesbert, senior vice president,
Renaissance Hotels & Resorts. “We are excited to partner with CNL Hotels &
Resorts, a leader in the lodging industry, in bringing the Renaissance
brand to Tampa.”

“CNL is pleased to be partnering with Marriott on this premier hotel
property, and are particularly excited to welcome the first Renaissance
brand into our distinctive portfolio of 130 hotels and resorts,” said
Thomas J. Hutchison III, CEO of CNL Hotels & Resorts. “Our development
team worked tirelessly on the unique aspects of this project, which we
believe offers something special to the thriving Tampa market.”

To celebrate the opening of the new hotel, an introductory rate of $155
per night is available for stays through Dec. 30, 2004.* The “Pamper
Yourself” package includes breakfast for two, welcome gift, complimentary
valet parking, an “International Plaza Passport to Savings” discount card
and a $25 dining certificate redeemable at International Plaza and Bay
Street restaurants or at the hotel’s Pelagia Trattoria. (To book, go to or call 1-800-644-2685 and ask for rate code SHO).

The Renaissance Hotels & Resorts brand is designed for quality-tier
travelers who prize individuality and prefer distinctive hotels that
enhance their enjoyment of travel. Guests can expect stylish and
sophisticated design, professional and welcoming service, and warm and
inviting restaurants serving creative food with traditional flavors. Each
hotel is designed with a sense of place that reflects their surroundings.

The Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza incorporates the rich
heritage of Tampa’s Spanish, Cuban and Italian culture and the
Mediterranean- style building is modeled after the spirit and gracious
lifestyle of a Costa del Sol mansion in the Spanish Riviera. A lush,
open-air courtyard serves as a centerpiece and a palate of bright,
welcoming colors, hand glazed tiles, custom ironwork and Italian crystals
are found throughout the hotel. Located in the lobby is a unique
complimentary gourmet Olive Bar, serving various imported olives and olive
oils for guests upon arrival.


The hotel’s restaurant, Pelagia Trattoria, was created by Italian-born,
award-winning Executive Chef Fabrizio Schenardi. Located on the first
floor of the hotel, it features Mediterranean cuisine simply prepared yet
dramatically presented. Menu items include Cinnamon Marinated Quail on a
Lentil salad to Pistachio Crusted Rack of Lamb served with grilled Polenta
and Dry figs in a Merlot reduction. An open kitchen will enable diners to
interact with the Chef and his staff.

Signature dishes, drinks and amenities offered exclusively at the
Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza include the “Tangerini,” a
cocktail concocted from fresh-squeezed tangerine juice—provided by a
Tampa- based citrus grower—citrus-infused vodka and a fresh tangerine

The hotel is located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street, a
world-class shopping destination with nearly 200 specialty stores and
retailers, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, BOSS Hugo Boss, Christian
Dior and Louis Vuitton, as well as 13 restaurants. The hotel is also
convenient to downtown Tampa, the Westshore business district, and Tampa
International Airport, as well as convention facilities, sports venues and
family attractions located throughout the Tampa Bay area.

In addition, the hotel offers 12,500 square feet of meeting space that can
accommodate a variety of events, from small group meetings and functions
to elaborate banquets with seating for 600. The hotel’s La Fuente
Courtyard can be used for outdoor receptions and wedding ceremonies for up
215 people.

For more information or reservations, contact the Renaissance Tampa Hotel
International Plaza directly at 800-644-2685, visit the web site at or call the Marriott Worldwide
Reservations Center at (800) 455-8254. Renaissance Hotels & Resorts
properties participate in the company’s award-winning Marriott Rewards(R)
frequent guest program. Members earn their choice of points toward free
vacations or frequent flyer mileage for dollars spent at more than 2,400
Marriott hotels worldwide.

* Package based on single or double occupancy and subject to availability.
Other restrictions, including blackout dates may apply. Taxes and fees not
included. Not applicable to groups of 10 or more rooms and cannot be
combined with any other offer.


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