Tampa's Sleek Le Méridien Puts European Heritage in Federal Court

    By Alex Gazio and Dalia Colon

    Part of the National Register of Historic Places, Tampa's century-old Historic Federal Courthouse has been transformed into Le Méridien, an upscale hotel where stunning architecture juxtaposes with modern touches in the arts and entertainment district of downtown Tampa.

    You'll be just a two-minute walk from the Tampa Theatre, and 7 miles from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa. Feel like staying in? Bizou Brasserie serves signature French comfort food In a former courtroom. Longitude Bar encourages mingling. Other courtrooms have been repurposed as elegant dining areas and meeting rooms.

    But modern touches are everywhere. The contemporary rooms feature flat-screen TVs, minifridges, coffeemakers and work desks; wifi is available. Suites add living rooms with sofas.

    Other amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness room and a business center. Valet parking is free.