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(Crystal Proenza is associate editor of Real Estate Florida.)

TAMPA, FL-Memphis-based Homewood Suites by Hilton has opened its newest location here in the Westshore business district. The hotel has a total of 144 studio, one- and two-bedroom residential-style suites, with amenities including a swimming pool, sports court, outdoor fire pit, local artwork and two meeting rooms totaling nearly 1,000 square feet. Rooms include extended-stay amenities such as a two-burner stove, pots and pans and a full-sized refrigerator.

The hotel is owned by Gainesville, GA-based McKibbon Hotel Group Inc. and is managed by Tampa-based McKibbon Hotel Management Inc. In the Westshore/Airport district the group also owns Hilton Garden Inn at 5312 Avion Park Drive, Residence Inn by Marriott at 4312 W Boy Scout Blvd. and TownePlace Suites by Marriott at 5302 Avion Park Drive, along with six more hotels throughout Tampa.

“We continue to see strong demand in the extended stay hotel segment and feel this property helps to fill a need in the beautiful Westshore business district of Tampa,” said Todd Kinney, general manager, in a release.

“Our properties in the Westshore market have been performing substantially above expectations, even in today’s challenging economy,” said CEO John McKibbon in a release. “Budget conscious travelers are looking for more options in an extended stay hotel, and the Homewood Suites offers both business and leisure travelers a comfortable, high-quality suite environment with a full kitchen, at a very competitive price point.” Rates begin at $139 per night, according to a spokesperson.

The hotel is located at 5325 Avion Park Drive, adjacent to Tampa International Airport and near major corporation offices occupied by Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Humana Inc. and Microsoft. This is Homewood Suites’ 256th location, and the company has another 140 hotels in the development pipeline.

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