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Boston hospitality company shuttering Tampa hotel and laying off all employees

The company will close the Westshore district hotel near Tampa International Airport on Dec. 19, six days before Christmas.

  • By Louis Llovio
  • | 4:02 p.m. October 18, 2022
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Boston company closing the Westshore district hotel near TIA Dec. 19 six day before Christmas. (Hillsborough County)
Boston company closing the Westshore district hotel near TIA Dec. 19 six day before Christmas. (Hillsborough County)
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A hotel near Tampa International Airport is closing its doors in December and 74 employees will lose their jobs.

ARL Tampa Management disclosed the closing of the DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Airport-Westshore in a notice to the state announcing the job cuts. In the letter to state officials filed Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 18, the company says the hotel at 4500 W. Cypress St. will shut down Dec. 19 and all employees will lose their jobs at the time.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Hilton’s website was not accepting reservations for the week after Christmas.

The letter, sent to meet federal Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification requirements, says Tampa Mayor Jane Castor’s office had also been notified.

ARL Tampa is a LLC whose corporate address on the state’s Division of Corporations website matches Pyramid Global Hospitality in Boston.

The company did not disclose in the letter why the hotel, which is in the heart of the Westshore commercial district in Tampa and about two miles from the airport, is closing or what, if any, arrangements were being made for employees.

An official listed as the contact person in the letter did not respond to a request for comment.

Pyramid was formed in 2021 when three hotel and resort management companies merged. In June of this year, it announced it was changing its name from Benchmark Pyramid.

Its portfolio includes more than 240 properties in the United States, the Caribbean and Europe. Among those, according to Pyramid’s website, is Aloft Sarasota in Sarasota.

As for the DoubleTree, the 165-room hotel sits off of Interstate 275 approaching the Howard Frankland Bridge. It’s known, by many drivers, for its massive multi-story "Go Bucs!" sign on the back of the building.


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