The Traveler

Henry B. Plant Museum

Every so often when I’m waiting tables at Anise, someone sitting outside will ask me about the castle across the way. I proudly boast “That’s my Alma Mater! That’s the University of Tampa… and those are the minarets… and and and” I continue to give a history lesson before I catch myself circling back to taking drink orders.

The Tampa Hotel was built between 1888 and 1891 at a cost of $3 million dollars.There are 511 rooms and they hosted the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Clara Barton and the Queen of England. Babe Ruth signed his first baseball contract in the grand dining room.

The hotel has since been converted to a school but there’s now a Henry B. Plant Museum. You get to see the rooms of the hotel as it were during the years 1891- 1930. Rooms were going for $5-15 when other places were “only” $1-2. I LOVE early 1900s grandeur. Thanks to Wikipedia for dropping serious knowledge!

 

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Too small towels, chairs, doorways…. bathtubs.

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But I love a good clawfoot bathtub. I’ll make myself fit! Move over!

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Watching a very educational video on the history of the hotel. It was actually very interesting! We sat through the whole thing.

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That’s me and my little sister Rebecca.

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Beautiful hallway paintings, panels and etiquette.

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Oh, how I wish there wasn’t a barrier between visitors and the bedroom.

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Pictures do no justice. This bed is located under a minaret.

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This is actually the lounge in the Ladies Room!

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Fletcher Lounge

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It’s so cool to see something as it is now….

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And as it was during the Spanish American War.

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On you way out, be sure to visit the Rathskeller underneath the hotel for some lunch and coffee.

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