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Posted on: February 7, 2017

Preliminary Plans for Downtown Hotel Revealed

Downtown Hotel Preliminary Rendering

Fort Myers, FL: (February 7, 2017) – The City of Fort Myers is one step closer to seeing its long-awaited convention hotel break ground.  At a City Council workshop on Feb. 6 at City Hall, Mainsail Lodging and Development unveiled preliminary plans for Fort Myers’ new downtown hotel.


The still-unnamed Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott will stand twelve stories with approximately 225 guest rooms and suites. It will feature a signature restaurant along with a local diner, rooftop bar, and culinary theater.  The four- to five-star hotel will also encompass a parking garage with 210 parking spaces.  Street-level retail storefronts will be designed to match the character of existing downtown architecture.


The hotel, in combination with Mainsail’s planned renovations to the Harborside Event Center, will make Fort Myers a destination for business and convention travelers.  In addition to the conference space available at Harborside, the new hotel will also provide 20,000 square feet of function space.


City leaders are pleased with the progress so far.


“The idea is for this hotel to blend with the community,” says City Manager Saeed Kazemi.  “It will mesh with the existing culture and character of the area, and connect our history with our future.”

Developers hope to break ground on the project as early as late spring.  Mainsail anticipates completion of the project in late fall 2018.

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