Floridan Palace Hotel, 1927, Tampa

Such is the Hotel Floridan, a product of the 1920s Florida real estate boom. When postwar tourists turned away from Tampa’s downtown hotels, it eventually catered to the by-the-month rental market. Decay ensued.

The building closed in 1989 and languished, being passed among five distinct owners like a beat-up antique chair before it was purchased for $6 million in 2005 by developer Antonios Markopoulos. That began a seven-year restoration and renovation project that returned it to its former glory.

It reopened in 2012 as the Floridan Palace Hotel. Where most downtown Tampa hotels cost northward of $200 a night, a large corner room on the 12 floor of the Floridan was booked by this author earlier this month for $107. Upscale without the sticker shock.

For architecture buffs, the location, on the northern edge of Tampa’s downtown core, is ideal. Nearby are the

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