FORT MYERS, Fla. (June 27, 2019) - Luminary Hotel & Co. announced today the appointment of Bob Megazzini as general manager of the 243-room hotel that will light up downtown Fort Myers in late 2020. Megazzini will oversee the hiring of new staff, day-to-day operations, and guest and employee satisfaction at Luminary Hotel, along with the remodeled Harborside Event Center, which will be rebranded, and the planned amphitheater in Centennial Park.
"With his hospitality background and flair for outstanding service, Bob is the perfect person to assemble and lead our team as we look ahead to the opening of the Luminary Hotel & Co. next year," said Joe Collier, Mainsail Lodging & Development president. "We're excited to open this hotel with a general manager whose personality and passion seamlessly align with our Mainsail standards and core values."
With more than 30 years of experience at several Marriott hotels around the country, Megazzini started his career in the kitchen and worked his way up to Executive Chief at multiple Marriott hotels. After a successful culinary career, he transitioned to food and beverage director and later to director of hotel operations. Megazzini was most recently the area general manager for the JW Marriott Denver and Courtyard Denver Downtown for three years. He and his wife have relocated to Fort Myers from Denver, Colorado, and are both excited to call sunny Florida home.
Luminary Hotel & Co. will be home to the signature Silver King Ocean Brasserie, as well as the Beacon Social Drinkery rooftop lounge, The Workshop culinary theater, an indoor and outdoor fitness facility, Ella Mae's Diner and retail space at street level and a spacious pool area on the fourth floor overlooking the Caloosahatchee, The 12-story hotel will also offer more than 8,000 square feet of function space and will be connected to the neighboring Harborside Event Center. Adjacent to the property is Centennial Park, where a new bandshell will be constructed, along with a new waterfront restaurant and retail outfitter, Oxbow Bar & Grill, which will be located in the city-owner pier building. The Luminary Hotel will be a part of the prestigious Autograph Collection® of Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE:MAR), and is expected to be the first Autograph hotel in the Fort Myers-Naples area.
About Mainsail Lodging & Development LLC
Mainsail Lodging & Development is a Tampa-based hospitality company that develops and operates lodging products in the Southeastern US and the Caribbean. Their property portfolio includes four 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 & Beach Club (WaterlineResort.com) on Anna Maria Island, Florida; and the historic Fenway Hotel (FenwayHotel.com) in Dunedin, Florida; as well as Mainsail Beach Inn (MainsailBeachInn.com), a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida, Georgia and Tennessee markets for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® (ExecuStay.com) and Oakwood® (Oakwood.com) brands. Mainsail Lodging also manages a portfolio of private vacation homes through its Mainsail Vacation Rentals (MainsailVR.com) brand and is a select partner of Homes & Villas by Marriott International. Additional future projects include Luminary Hotel & Co. (LuminaryHotel.com) in Fort Myers, Florida; a 128-room Residence Inn in conjunction with an indoor sports complex in Pasco County, Florida; 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
The Autograph Collection is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent hotels. Exactly like nothing else, each destination has been selected for its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is an array of properties that is nothing less than unique, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information and reservations please visit www.autographhotels.com, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit.