Centrally located in Feather Sound between Clearwater, St. Pete and Tampa, sits the new Karol Hotel, owned and self-named by Florida residents Fred and Karol Bullard of The Bullard Group. Karol Bullard is a former Miss Florida.
The boutique-style property features 123 guest rooms and suites in 6 different configurations to suit your needs. Each is decorated in a typically Florida-friendly colour palette of white and beige to reflect the beach and azure blue carpet and accents to reflect the sky and ocean.
Rooms are comfortable, clean and spacious and feature a few upscale extras such as luxury bedding, bathrobes, a gourmet tea and coffee maker, an artisan pantry, and a lighted make-up mirror to name a few.
Guests have two on-property dining options including the richly-decorated Vantage Rooftop Bar overlooking The Bay, offering fresh and creative cuisine.
There is also the hotel’s signature K Club Bar & Bistro, decorated in rich, brown leather and geared more toward hone-style, dinner-time meals.
Situated off the coast of The Bay, The Karol Hotel is an approximate 15-minute drive from Tampa International Airport and Tampa’s Westshore Business District, making it the perfect destination for both business travellers and vacationers alike.
Additional amenities include an outdoor pool with a beautiful bay view, a modern and well-equipped fitness center, and 7,300 square feet of event space, with a ballroom and conference rooms.
The exterior of the hotel might be a tad misleading because although it is pleasant in appearance, it is of an older style and doesn’t match the modern clean lines of the interior.
PROS: Cleanliness, location, and value with room rates starting at $140/US per night.
CONS: Although there are water views of The Bay, the hotel is NOT oceanfront so if you’re looking for a beachfront hotel for a vacation, this isn’t it.
All Photos courtesy of Marriott.com and The Karol Hotel public Facebook profile