Current Hotel celebrates grand opening on Rocky Point

“This city is going to change more in the next decade than it has in my lifetime,” Mayor Jane Castor told the small crowd outside the hotel ahead of its ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This is the perfect example of what’s lifting the city.”

In an era where travelers are seeking out experience authentic to a region, boutique hotel Current has made a point to be on trend.

Its lobby is full of local art and its gift shop with stylish goodies. Current is Tampa Bay’s third member of the Autograph Collection, a designation Marriott only gives to hotels that create an experience unlike what a typical hotel offers. The Current’s draw isn’t just its 180 rooms. It is the boutique experience and waterfront views — but the proximity to the airport helps, too.

The Current opened at a time other developers are trying to finish projects ahead of Tampa’s Super Bowl in 2021 and older hotels are renovating to keep up with competition.

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