This New Tampa Boutique Hotel Brings Bespoke Style to a Historic Neighborhood

Palihouse Hyde Park in Tampa is the newest property from the boutique hotelier and its first in Florida. The intimate 36-room boutique hotel is in one of Tampa’s most historic neighborhoods—Hyde Park. As you arrive, you’ll drive past iconic Florida Craftsmen bungalows and Colonial revivals as you go beneath old oaks and pull up to the second-story property on Swann Ave.

The hotel’s hallmark playful design, led by founder Avi Brosh, mixes the Palisociety brand’s iconic California collected aesthetic with a sunny Florida sophistication that draws upon the southern state’s coastal and botanical personality. Touches of timeless European design make the property feel as if it has been there since the neighborhood’s historic beginnings in 1880, less trendy and more grounded in a sense of classic elegance.

In the entrance foyer on the ground floor, black and white checkered flooring feels quintessentially French. A grand oak staircase or a mirrored elevator takes you upstairs to a rose marble check-in desk and the bustling communal cafe—The Lobby Bar. The room fills with diffused Florida sunshine that peaks through plantation shutters behind the entire bar. Here, guests can enjoy an all-day menu or just a coffee or fresh juice. Warm wood wainscoting covers the walls and cocoons, nautical navy-striped banquettes, Fiddle-leaf fig trees, and floral-covered club chairs that encircle mirror-top tables reflect light into this central space. 

On either end of the bar, the hotel’s two “wings” lead off to the 36 rooms featuring either queen or king beds. Every room boasts a long kitchenette countertop outfitted with amenities like porcelain plates, a microwave, Nespresso, and a Smeg fridge. A colorful Florida palette of muted guava pink and pale celery green anchors the rooms in an organic calm, while bespoke details like brass hardware and wood window moldings make the space feel residential and private. Rounded corners lend a softness to the room, from the scalloped edged nightstands to upholstered corners of the French Provincial style beds. Heavy curtains help separate the space between the bed and the kitchen and provide a nice delineation of space. A gallery wall of carefully curated works adds another personal touch, making the room feel more like a designer’s apartment than a hotel.  

Bathrooms are outfitted in a Parisian black-and-white bistro style tiling with shiny brass hardware by Waterworks. Diptyque shower amenities, plush robes, and slippers emblazoned with the Palihouse serif “P” all contribute to the brand’s definitive sense of luxury.

For a short or long visit to the Tampa/St. Pete area, Palihouse Hyde Park is the only boutique hotel experience for discerning design-loving travelers craving a comfortable stay with a bespoke personality.

Top Takeaways

Location: Hyde Park, Tampa, FL

Rating: Four-star

The vibe: A European-inspired boutique hotel layered with a Florida palette, timeless textiles and hand-picked antiques.

Food + Drink: Lobby Lounge Café & Bar has a menu Palisociety lovers will recognize from other properties. This comfy spot is ideal for getting some work done while enjoying a coffee or fresh green juice.

Amenities: Wi-Fi, Pet-friendly, Breakfast and lunch cafe.

Any personal neighborhood recs? Yes! Hyde Park is packed with great shopping and restaurants that are at the doorstep of Palihouse and easily walkable. For breakfast, try a taste of historic Tampa at Goody Goody Burger, a locally loved diner that opened in 1925 and was saved from closure by the heritage Columbia restaurant group. Famous for “burgers, fries, and pies,” Southern Living voted Goody Goody Burger as the best breakfast in Florida. 

Our favorite thing about the hotel: 

The hotel’s accommodations for working travelers. The all-day Lobby Lounge Café is a great place to work while sipping a cortado or fresh green juice. But the hotel also offers complimentary access to Hyde House, a nearby co-working space. 

What’s nearby? 

Hyde Park Village’s shops and restaurants, of course. Surprisingly, despite Hyde Park’s quiet and residential feel, you’re only a mile from the heart of downtown Tampa, where you can enjoy world-class shows at the Straz Center for Performing Arts or quickly get to the Tampa Convention Center and the University of Tampa.

Rooms: 36 suites

Pricing: Rates start around $325/night.

Closest Airport: Tampa International Airport (TPA)

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