TAMPA, Fla. - Hundreds of people gathered Saturday in downtown Tampa for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Floridan Palace Hotel. The restoration process has taken a total of seven years.
The then "Floridan Hotel" was built in 1926, but closed down in 1987. It sat empty for decades. In 2005, Antonios Markopoulos bought the property and the renovation process started. The dream was to bring it back to that 1920's and 30's look, with the furniture, chandeliers, and handpainted ceilings.
"It's beautiful. It's bright. The colors on the ceiling. It's really magnificent," said Zena Hoskins, who attended the ceremony.
Many hope it will bring an added spark to downtown.
"It's just such a jewel of downtown and I hope the community feels like it's their jewel," said the attorney for the Floridan Palace, Lisa Shasteen.
The hotel is set to open to the public Monday, July 30th.