AC Hotel by Marriott Opens at MetWest International

The AC Hotel Tampa Airport by Marriott International Inc. has opened its doors in Tampa’s Westshore business district.

The 175-room hotel is located just 5 minutes from Tampa International Airport in MetWest International on Boy Scout Boulevard.

“You can’t beat the location of our property,” said Aaron Hoefen, the hotel’s general manager. “We’re not your typical airport hotel. While we are in the airport neighborhood, we’re an oasis from that coming and going travel pattern.”

The hotel features its AC Lounge, some 2,170 square feet of meeting space, an outdoor area, swimming pool, and additional luxury amenities that include high-tech touches. The AC Lounge offers craft beer, handcrafted cocktails and tapas-style food at night. 

Read the Tampa Bay Business Journal article here

Marriott’s ‘millennial hotel’ opens in Westshore (Photos) – Tampa Bay Business Journal

The AC Hotel Tampa Airport by Marriott International Inc. has opened its doors in Tampa’s Westshore business district. Guests have already checked into the new 175-room property, which is located in MetWest International between One Metro Center, the office building that fronts West Boy Scout Boulevard, and MetWest One.


MetLife’s Own Southeastern Guide Dog Hard at Work

Brad with puppy raiser Jennifer Hatchett


To think Brad got his start at MetWest with Southeastern Guide Dogs puppy trainer and property manager Jennifer Hatchett! So proud of Brad for his work in the Navy and equally proud of Jen who has gone on to raise several puppies for Southeastern Guide Dogs. 

Naval base uses unique strategy to combat suicides, stress: A dog

By Terace Garnier | Fox News  Every day, Senior Chief Brad greets sailors and marines as they enter a military clinic for their regular doctor’s appointments. Throughout the day, he makes his rounds and visits patients sitting in the waiting area, cuddling with them briefly. If he senses they are down, he takes action.

But he’s no medical professional. He’s a golden retriever yellow lab mix initially trained as a seeing-eye dog, a post-traumatic stress disorder therapy dog and, now, a stress dog… 

MetWest Retailers Best of Metro

Congratulations to Tampa Bay Metro’s Best of Metro 2018 winners!

Blo Blow Dry BarDavidoff of Geneva Since 1911 – TampaCooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, and Del Frisco’s Grille 


PwC to Expand, Anchor New Building at MetWest International in Tampa’s Westshore Business District

PwC Signs Long-Term Lease for 150,000 Additional Square Feet

MetWest Two - home of PwC

MetWest Two – home of PwC

Four years after Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP moved into a 250,000 square foot build-to-suit at MetWest International the company has leased an additional 150,000 square feet to anchor a new 10-story office building. The Big Four assurance, tax, and advisory firm has signed a long-term lease with MetLife for approximately 150,000 square feet at MetWest International, an award-winning mixed-use development located in Tampa’s Westshore Business District.

MetLife will break ground on the 250,000 square foot office building in first quarter 2018 on a site adjacent to PwC’s existing office building. An additional 100,000 square feet will be available for lease at the new building to be named MetWest Three.

“The new space reflects growth for PwC in Tampa over the next five to 10 years,” said Joe Killian, managing partner of PwC’s shared services center in Tampa. PwC is one of the area’s largest employers with 3,000 employees. The new space will accommodate growth in PwC’s assurance and tax departments with an additional 350 hires anticipated. “PwC has grown its Tampa operations with experienced hires as well as recent college graduates, said Killian. “Tampa’s culture and weather are a big draw, especially for millennials. The MetWest development is really convenient to the airport, and the facilities itself are fantastic plus there are a lot of great restaurants for people to go to lunch or dinner,” said Killian.

PwC was represented by brokers Timothy Dempsey, Greg Maurer-Hollaender, and William Obregon of CBRE.  The project’s owner, MetLife was represented by Angela Odell, Cushman & Wakefield Senior Director of Brokerage Services.

“The central location in the Westshore area as well as the many high-quality amenities the development offers are strategic factors contributing to the success of MetWest,” said Chuck Davis, regional director of MetLife’s Southeast real estate office. MetWest International currently includes three office buildings totaling 743,000 square feet which are at 99% occupancy.  “The timing for new office space couldn’t be better, said Odell”.  “Westshore is at a historically low vacancy at around 10% with MetWest office space at 1% vacancy,” said Odell. Odell expects interest in the new building’s remaining 100,000 square feet to be brisk.

For more information read the Tampa Bay Business Journal article

MetWest International is an award-winning, mixed-use center developed by MetLife. Located across from Tampa International Airport and International Plaza in the Westshore Business District, MetWest International includes three Gold LEED Certified office buildings; two multi-tenant buildings: One MetroCenter and MetWest One plus MetWest Two which is a build-to-suit for PwC. MetWest Three is expected to be completed in third quarter 2019 at which time PwC will expand into 150,000 square feet at the building with the remaining 100,000 square feet available for lease. Angela Odell, Cushman & Wakefield Senior Director Brokerage Services, will spearhead leasing efforts for the available space in the building.

MetWest International also includes a 175-room AC by Marriott hotel which opened in January 2018 and a 74,200 square foot retail village. Retailers include Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, Kona Grill, Texas de Brazil, Del Frisco’s Grille, Thai Prime, Davidoff of Geneva Cigar & Lounge, GolfTEC, Blo Blow Dry Bar, The Bar Method, E*Trade and Beal Bank. A 28,000 square foot retail anchor site remains available for development.

The project has received four Best of the Best NAIOP awards, including Outstanding Green Building/Project, Outstanding Office Building (MetWest One) and Outstanding Retail Building. Other awards include The United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Florida Gulf Coast Chapter Outstanding Project of the Year (MetWest One), The Greater Tampa Bay chapter of the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Office Building of the Year and the BOMA 360 Performance Building designation (One MetroCenter). Both MetWest One and One MetroCenter have achieved EPA Energy Star ratings. All three of the office buildings have received Gold LEED Certification by the US Green Building Council.



GOLFTEC Opens at MetWest International

GOLFTEC is now open.  The world leader in golf lessons and top employer of PGA Professionals has opened a 2,557 square foot facility at MetWest International in Tampa’s Westshore Business District. Known as one of the most technologically progressive brands in golf, the company’s new location features:


  • Advanced, state-of-the-art cameras and lighting to provide enhanced high-resolution video for both in-bay playback during lessons and online viewing post-session.
  • Custom content on in-bay screens to guide players through solo practice sessions and skill assessments, helping them more rapidly achieve their playing goals.
  • Updated TECfit club-fitting software that integrates deep swing characteristics and ball flight data to further help players and coaches identify the best possible equipment, including recommended club head and shaft combinations
“MetWest is a great location for GOLFTEC,” said Kalyn Brandewie of Florida Retail Partners who brokered the deal on behalf of the project’s owner. Cushman & Wakefield’s Paul Fischetti represented GOLFTEC. “ MetWest has over 3,500 employees with thousands more employed within 2 miles. There are a lot of avid golfers within those numbers. GOLFTEC is a great amenity for the project and the entire Westshore Business District. Customers will be able to improve their golf swing during lunch or before/after happy hour.”


GOLFTEC brings an entertainment component to the mixed-use development already well known for its restaurants and Class A office space. Its latest development, an AC Hotel by Marriott opens in January 2018.

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MetWest One Wins 2017 Building of the Year

MW TOBYOn November 2nd BOMA Greater Tampa Bay awarded MetWest One the TOBY for Office Building of the Year 100,000 to 249,999 square feet.

The Outstanding Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards are the most prestigious and comprehensive programs of their kind in the commercial real estate industry recognizing quality in buildings and rewarding excellence in building management.

Congratulations to owner MetLife and our outstanding Cushman & Wakefield management team for their hard work and dedication.

During the competition, all facets of a building’s operations are thoroughly evaluated. Buildings are judged on everything from community involvement and site management to environmental and “green” policies and procedures.MetWest One_MG_0108

MetWest One is located within MetLife’s award-winning mixed-use development MetWest International. The development located in Tampa’s Westshore Business District includes three office buildings: One MetroCenter, MetWest One and MetWest Two with a third office building will be started as demand dictates. Five restaurants, Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant, Kona Grill, Texas de Brazil, Thai Prime and Del Frisco’s Grille along with Davidoff of Geneva cigar bar and lounge are located in the project’s retail village. The on-site 175-room AC Hotel by Marriott is slated to open March 2018.

The TOBY Mission: “Recognizing excellence in building management, operational efficiency, tenant retention, emergency planning and community impact.”

AC Hotel Tampa Airport Accepting March+ Reservations

AC Hotel Tampa Airport is now accepting reservations arriving March 18th, 2018 and beyond! Located at MetWest International in Tampa’s Westshore neighborhood and just three miles from Tampa International Airport, the AC Hotel Tampa Airport features 175 European-inspired guest rooms with attentive service and a modern mindset which clearly defines us as the ideal location for an elevated travel experience. Sleek and unique modern spaces with free Wi-Fi and integrated technologies amongst ergonomic seating provide guests ideal creativity with a friendly social buzz. Dive into our stylish outdoor pool and bar. Recharge in our state-of-the-art fitness center. Or simply unwind in our elegant AC Lounge. Experience business productivity in an entirely new way with our personalized Media Salons (hosting 6 people) or our 2,100 sq ft of meeting space (hosting up to 160 people).

AC Hotel Tampa Airport

AC Hotel Tampa Airport: The perfect choice for a stylish Tampa business hotel. Check rates and availability at

Move-In Ready Office Space Available for Lease

We have a great 1,624 square foot office space available for lease at MetWest One.  It’s move-in ready with an office, conference room and open collaboration area. Click the image for more information or contact


Angela Odell
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AC Marriott One of the Most Anticipated Development Projects in 2017

83 Degrees Media cites Tampa’s MetWest International’s AC by Marriott hotel one of the most anticipated development projects of 2017.

ac-hotel-tampa-rendering-webOut-of-town visitors will have a new place to stay in early 2018 when the AC Hotel by Marriott opens at MetWest International in Westshore.

The hotel brand is meant to appeal to millennial travelers.

“We’re excited to introduce the AC Hotel by Marriott brand to Tampa,” says Javier Garcia, Managing Director of the PRISA Group, which is building the hotel with Orlando-based Welbro Building Corp. “The AC Hotel brings a new lifestyle hospitality concept to the vibrant Westshore business district, combining a modern, European design aesthetic with exciting bar and lounge offerings, all next to the many food and beverage offerings of the MetWest International project.”

MetWest International is a 32-acre mixed-use development in the heart of Tampa’s Westshore business district with retail, hotel, residential and office spaces. It’s located near Tampa International Airport and International Plaza.

Ground was broken on the hotel in September. It’s slated to have 175 rooms and 96,000 square feet of space.

“The guest rooms follow simplistic design and include a signature closet, work desk, luggage bench and a 47-inch TV,” Garcia says. “Clean-cut, linear aesthetics highlight the public space areas, inclusive of a collaborative space with a communal table and reading section.”

There will also be lounge seating, a multimedia area, a market, two media salons, a business and social events room, fitness center, pool and pool bar, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property.

Read the story here



MetWest One of Very Selective Sites Chosen for New Marriott Property

As for Tampa’s AC Hotel, Federico says the opportunity is to bring a brand to stand out against the run-of-the-mill hotels there, one that can appeal to a younger audience.

“The opportunity in Tampa is…a lifestyle select-service hotel for Marriott in an otherwise very homogeneous market,” he says, noting it’s next to the MetWest International mixed-use complex.

Read the BisNow story here