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A surefire night in the Sapphire Lounge



On March 7th, The Tampa Bay Yelp Elite Squad was transported back in time to experience Tampa’s oldest hotel, The Hotel Floridan. The event took place inside the hotel’s historic Sapphire Lounge, once known as the sure-fire room. 

If you close your eyes you can almost hear the stories, and laughter of the past. This amazing hotel is going under restoration soon, and I can’t wait to come back and see it in its glory.

Jessica L.

Photos by Justin Peter of Justincrediblemoments

See the rest of the photos from this event on Yelp.

Guests enjoyed learning about The Hotel Floridan’s history. And about some of its famous guests like Charlton Heston, Gary Cooper, Esther Williams, and even Elvis Presley. Between clinking signature cocktails with fellow Elites, and swaying to the incredible sound of Akiem, guests sampled bites from the Head Chef’s enticing gastro-pub menu. 

The grand tour included stops in the Crystal Ballroom, and a sneak peek at the top floor. Go behind the scenes with the Yelp Elite Squad by reading the reviews on Yelp.


The Yelp Elite Squad kissed the Sapphire Lounge goodbye one last time before the renovations begin…and cannot wait to return again.

We are so grateful for this exceptional memory and encourage you to connect with The Hotel Floridan to experience Tampa. Their oversized guestrooms and first-class amenities are the perfect reprieves to an exciting day in the city. The hotel is situated in the heart of downtown and offers a parking lot for locals and hotel guests. Check out their newly renovated website floridanpalace.com and bookmark their Yelp page, to plan your visit. Show off how you indulge yourself in timeless elegance by tagging them on Instagram @floridanpalacehotel.

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