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Tampa-based Mainsail Lodging & Development has officially opened the Karol Hotel in Clearwater, Florida. The Karol features 123 guestrooms and suites; the signature K Club Bar & Bistro; Vantage rooftop bar overlooking Tampa Bay, which is expected to open at the end of February; 7,340 square feet of event space, including a ballroom and executive conference rooms; and an outdoor pool and fitness center. The first member of Marriott’s Tribute Portfolio to open in Pinellas County, Florida, the Karol Hotel is named for and inspired by Karol Kelly Bullard, “Miss Karol K,” wife of Fred Bullard—CEO of the Bullard Group, the property’s developer and owner.

The Karolembodies the couples’ personality and style, Florida roots, and story. A tribute to Miss Karol K, the hotel’s design and décor are a reflection of her life, from her early days as Miss Florida and Florida’s first “weather woman” to her current role as community activist and philanthropist. Guestrooms are dressed in a palette of white marble, tawny beige, gray, and bold accents of clear Florida sky blue carpet with an abstracted feather motif. Each room is adorned with heirloom-quality furnishings hand-selected by the Bullards. Their eclectic personalities shine through in bronze and black accents in lighting, mirrors and artwork.

Photo: Courtesy of Mainsail Lodging & Development

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