New hotel opens, along with trio of new dining outlets and neighboring convention center
FORT MYERS (Sept. 23, 2020) – The highly anticipated 243-room waterfront Luminary Hotel & Co. officially opened its doors today, making its long-awaited debut in downtown Fort Myers, Florida. Opening in conjunction with the new 12-story Luminary Hotel are three of its featured food and beverage outlets – Ella Mae’s Diner, Dean Street Coffee, and the Lobby Bar. The hotel’s signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie, and Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge, will both open later this fall. Other key features include The Workshop, an innovative culinary laboratory; an indoor and outdoor fitness facility; and a spacious pool area on the fourth floor, with an event deck overlooking the Caloosahatchee River. Luminary Hotel & Co. is the fifth Mainsail Lodging & Development property in the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, and the first Autograph hotel in the Fort Myers-Naples area.
“It has been quite an adventure to get here, but thanks to the hard work and determination of the Mainsail team, and tremendous community support, the beautiful new Luminary Hotel is officially open and shining brightly in Fort Myers,” said Bob Megazzini, General Manager. “It’s an exciting time and there’s much more to come, with the opening of our signature restaurant and rooftop lounge later this fall, and other outstanding additions to enhance the city’s downtown dining, shopping, and entertainment scene.”
More than a hotel, Megazzini says Luminary is a hub of excitement and discovery – a focal point where locals and travelers tap into the collective energy of a city, and a story, begun by a brilliant cast of audacious local luminaries. There are so many inspiring and entertaining stories surrounding the luminaries who left a lasting impression on Fort Myers, many of which are captured in fanciful illustrations throughout the hotel and its branding that have been brought to life by local artist Joshua Noom.
The new boutique hotel’s guest rooms and suites are fresh and modern in design, surrounding guests with warm, natural tones and clean lines. Guest room amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs, artisan pantries with gourmet coffee service, and luxurious bedding dressed with crisp duvets and fluffy pillows, while upscale bath products add a touch of indulgence.
Guests of Luminary Hotel & Co. have ample options to explore their culinary curiosity – from a signature restaurant and rooftop bar, to a casual streetside diner and coffee roastery. The three new outlets that have opened with the hotel operate seven days a week, with the onsite coffee roastery Dean Street Coffee open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Ella Mae’s Diner from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., adding “soul food with finesse” to its Southern repertoire; and the stylish Lobby Bar open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Beacon Social Drinkery Rooftop lounge is unlike any other in the area and will make its debut in October, while the Silver King Ocean Brasserie is slated to open in November.
Recognized as the 2020 Newcomer of the Year by Cvent, Luminary houses 10,000 square feet of adaptable indoor and outdoor function space ideal for a variety of events and meetings. The hotel is also directly adjacent to the neighboring Caloosa Sound Convention Center, now open and offering 40,000 square feet of function space. The hotel also offers convenient access to the new riverfront Oxbow Bar & Grill located on the Caloosahatchee River and scheduled to open in March 2021. A delightful blend of retail and casual dining, Oxbow’s second floor is reserved for special events and groups, with an outdoor terrace and picture windows offering spectacular river views.
Luminary Hotel & Co. takes standards for hygiene and cleanliness very seriously and has taken additional steps to ensure the continued safety of guests and staff. Health and safety measures include handwashing hygiene, cleaning product specifications, electrostatic spraying in all public areas, guest room and common area cleaning procedures, daily temperature checks for all staff, and more. To promote the health and safety of our guests, face coverings are required for guests and associates in all indoor public areas. Social distancing guidelines and protocols are also strictly followed.
Luminary Hotel & Co. is located just 16 miles (less than 30 minutes) from the award-winning Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW), one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. For more information, go to LuminaryHotel.com.
About Luminary Hotel & Co.
On Sept.23, 2020, the waterfront Luminary Hotel & Co. opened its doors, soaring 12 stories above downtown Fort Myers, Florida, as the area’s first hotel in the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International. More than a hotel, Luminary is a hub of excitement and discovery – a focal point where locals and travelers tap into the collective energy of a city, and a story, begun by a brilliant cast of audacious local luminaries. The 243-room boutique hotel is home to the signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie and Lobby Bar; Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge; Ella Mae's Diner; Dean Street Coffee; The Workshop culinary theater; an indoor and outdoor fitness facility; and a spacious pool area on the fourth floor featuring an event deck overlooking the Caloosahatchee River. Luminary offers 10,000 square feet of adaptable indoor and outdoor function space ideal for a variety of events and meetings and is adjacent to the neighboring Caloosa Sound Convention Center. The hotel also offers convenient access to the new riverfront Oxbow Bar & Grill, Oxbow Retail & Rentals, and Caloosa Sound Amphitheater, all located on the Caloosahatchee and scheduled to open in 2021. LuminaryHotel.com
About Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC
Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean. Their property portfolio includes five Autograph Collection hotels: Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (ScrubIsland.com), a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands; the boutique, food-focused Epicurean Hotel (EpicureanHotel.com) in Tampa, Florida; Waterline Marina Resort (WaterlineResort.com) on Anna Maria Island, Florida; the historic Fenway Hotel (FenwayHotel.com) in Dunedin, Florida and the riverfront Luminary Hotel & Co. (LuminaryHotel.com) in downtown Fort Myers, Florida; as well as Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida and The Karol Hotel (TheKarolHotel.com), the first Tribute Portfolio hotel in Pinellas County, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the U.S. under its Mainsail Corporate Housing brand (MainsailHousing.com). Mainsail Lodging also manages a portfolio of private vacation homes through its Mainsail Vacation Rentals (MainsailVR.com) offered on Homes & Villas by Marriott International. Additional future projects include the 179-room Epicurean Atlanta (EpicureanHotelAtlanta.com); a 128-room Residence Inn in conjunction with an indoor sports complex in Pasco County, Florida; Wylie Hotel, an independent boutique hotel in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward (WylieHotel.com); and a historic boutique hotel in Macon, Georgia. Mainsail Lodging’s corporate charity is Feeding Tampa Bay, the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community. Mainsail actively supports the cause through a variety of employee and guest programs ranging from packing and sorting at the warehouse, to annual events such as the Epic Chef Showdown. Learn more at MainsailHotels.com
About Autograph Collection Hotels
Autograph Collection Hotels advocates for the original, championing the individuality of each of its over 180 independent hotels located in the most desirable destinations across more than 35 countries and territories. Each is a product of passion and a personal realization of its individual founder’s vision, making each hotel singular and special: Exactly Like Nothing Else. Hand-selected for their inherent craft and distinct perspectives on design and hospitality, Autograph Collection hotels offer rich immersive moments that leave a lasting imprint. For more information, please visit www.autographhotels.com, and explore our social media channels on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook or follow along to be inspired by immersive moments that are #ExactlyLikeNothingElse. Autograph Collection Hotels is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy, the new name of Marriott’s travel program replacing Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz- Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including earning points toward free hotel stays and nights toward Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit MarriottBonvoy.marriott.com.