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THE MATTHEWS-NORTH8UP CO., P81NTERS AND ENGRAVERS, BUFFALO, N. Y.
SUBA AND THE WINTER RESORTS OF THE
SOUTH have become more and more attractive each
year and the facilities for reaching them speedily and
with comfort have been increased and improved to
meet the requirements.
Through Pullman Buffet Sleeping Cars and Limited Vestibuled trains
are run from New York via Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington,
Richmond, Charleston and Savannah to Jacksonville, St. Augustine,
Sanford, Winter Park, Tampa and Port Tampa, where connection is
made with the Plant Steamship Line for Key West and Havana. Brunswick
and Thomasville are reached via Waycross. Trains for the South leave
New York several times daily, and winter excursion tickets are good
fifteen days in each direction enabling passengers to stop over en route and
visit points of interest.
WINTER PARK, AND THE SEMINOLE. This pleasant resort situated
among the beautiful clear water lakes of Orange County, surrounded by
numerous thrifty orange groves, is especially noted for its healthfulness,
its balmy climate and dry atmosphere, affording relief from catarrhal and
THE SEMINOLE is complete in all its appointments, and furnished
throughout with every modern appliance for comfort and convenience.
The grounds and surroundings, naturally attractive, have been beautified
by the addition of many rare tropical plants and shrubs. The service
of The Seminole is maintained at the highest standard of excellence.
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A Modern Wondea of the WorId.
HE FOLLOWING about the Tampa Bay Hotel, from the pen of W. C.
Prime, is taken from the New York Journal of Commerce.
The most charming book in all the world of literature is the collec-
tion of tales known to common fame as the "Arabian Nights." Their
charm consists in total freedom from all restraints of verities, of either probabilities
or possibilities. Events occur in dreamlike succession, and transformations take
place with such delicious swiftness and ease that, if you read the story as you should,
with forgetfulness of self, and without any of the folly of critical judgment, you are
removed into another world than this-a world of refreshing liberty, wherein thought
has no bonds and imagination flows in glorious revelry.
That which the unknown Saracen story-teller created in words and fancies this late
19th century seeks to create in reality, by the aid of wealth and steam and electricity.
It does not succeed. But it comes so near to success that we may wonder and admire,
and for a moment at a time we can forget that the result is artificial, not natural, and
that it is a miracle of human invention which dazzles and astonishes our senses. All
this by way of introduction to my letter. *
The scene changed suddenly. The train emerged into a blaze of electric light. By
this blaze of light you could see, high in the air and stretching a thousand feet to
right and left, bright domes and minarets, appearing and disappearing with all the
swiftness of magic. It was bewildering. A few steps lead into the blinding light of
the grand hall of the new hotel, a wilderness of all that is gorgeous in works of
modern art. Rich furniture in gold and ebony, velvets, tapestries, grand vases of
porcelain, massive figures in pottery, bronzes in groups, small and of life size, oil
paintings, works of masters, etchings, engravings, carvings, in short, countless
examples of the most costly and superb art productions of the age, under a flood of
light from a hundred electric bands; all this bursting on the gaze of the traveler at
the end of his journey, it forms what may well be considered a modern artificial
approximation to one of the transformations in dreams of the Saracens.
It is not to be denied that this Tampa Bay Hotel is one of the modern wonders of
the world. It is a product of the times. It illustrates the age, the demands of the
people, what they enjoy and what they are willing to pay for. I have no space to
enter into a description of it. It would require a guide book for a full description.
" It is splendid but it is incongruous," said a friend. "Why should it be congruous?"
was my reply; "it is a hotel, not a private house." There is, nevertheless, a suffici-
ency of uniformity in the building and decorations, while the general principle of the
furnishing is in harlequin style, which is most pleasing for the mass of visitors. Each
work of art (of which there are hundreds and hundreds) is chosen by some one who
has exercised taste of high order. The objects are good, each worthy of examination.
The many large tapestries are costly, and are fine works. The paintings are of
extraordinary rank. There is no more striking feature of the furniture than the table
porcelain. These are exquisite works of ceramic art. The plates are of infinite
variety. You may have your beef on a very charming bit of French porcelain, your
salad on a reproduction of an old Vienna plate of semi-Saracenic pattern, your ice on
one of the little plates designed by Moritz Fischer and copied elsewhere, your coffee
in a very perfect repetition of one of Wedgewood's simple and lovely bordered cups.
In fact, there is no end to the variety of these lovely porcelains. And just here I may
add that the cooking and the service are unexceptionable. The table is of the very
best class and equal to that of any hotel in the world. This, too, is miraculous, in a
new house at this remote point.
I may sum up a sketch of the hotel in a few words. There is nothing cheap, noth-
ing inferior in it. Money has been freely expended in the purchase of the most costly
objects, in all departments of art, for furniture and decorations; good tasth has been
exercised in the selection of these objects, and they are brought together in lavish
profusion. The building is vast in extent. The grounds around it have been rescued
from savage nature and reduced to order and beauty. The river is in front and
Tampa lies across the river, which is narrowed to less than three hundred feet wide.
Some hundred palmetto trees have been transplanted to form a grove near the river.
Orange blossoms in neighboring orchards fill the air with their odor. Pineapples
grow in luxuriance. To one who knew this spot as I knew it years ago, the gorgeous
hotel and its surroundings may well seem the creation of a dream.
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The Flew Tampa Bay eel.
T WAS reserved for the sagacious and enterprising railroad and steam-
boat magnate, Mr. H. B. Plant, to reap the honor of erecting in Tropical
Florida the most attractive, most original and most beautiful hotel in
the South, if not in the whole country; and it is a hotel of which the
whole world need to be advised. It has one vase which is the admira-
tion and wonder of all who behold it in the grand office rotunda, where ladies and
gentlemen congregate at all hours of the day and evening. The entire estate, includ-
ing land and building, cost two millions of dollars, and the furniture and fittings half
a million more. No one who does not see it and dwell in it for at least a day, can form
the faintest idea of the comprehensiveness of its purpose, the breadth of its plan, the
ideal refinement of its comforts, the noble scale of its luxuries. Nothing offends the
eye or the taste at any point, and while the first view of the hotel exteriorly is impres-
sive, the effect produced by a first glance on entering its broad and inviting portals is
one of astonishment and delight.
The architecture of the Tampa Bay Hotel is Moorish, patterned after the palaces in
Spain. The horseshoe and crescent are everywhere visible in its design, and minarets
and domes tower above the great building, which is five stories high above the base-
ment. The house is constructed of Atlanta red brick with rolled steel beams, and brick
partitions, floors and ceilings, and so is absolutely fire-proof.
Numerous flights of stone steps lead up by easy ascent to the long verandas that
extend along each side of the structure. These piazzas vary in width from sixteen to
twenty-six feet. The length of the main building is 511 feet, but with the solarium and
dining-room, which are connected with it, the house affords a continuous walk of 1,200
feet, and the walk around it on the outside is exactly one mile. On the building there
are thirteen minarets and domes, each surmounted with a gilt crescent, making in all
a complete lunar year. The hotel contains, in all, nearly 500 rooms.
The drawing-room, in perfect taste throughout, is a museum of beautiful things,
embracing fine contrasts, rich harmonies and pleasant innovations that render it indeed
"a joy forever." Here there is an inlaid table which once graced the Tuileries, as did
also three ebony and gold cabinets. On the table is a rare bit of sculpture, "The
Sleeping Beauty in Carrara marble. There are a sofa and two chairs that were owned
by Marie Antoinette. A set of four chairs may be seen that belonged to Louis Phillippe.
Then there are numerous French and Japanese cabinets, and above each is suspended
a dazzling crystal mirror. All these and hundreds of other wonderful things were
personally secured by Mr. Plant and his accomplished wife in Europe, while Boston,
New York and Grand Rapids have been drawn upon for what is best in their special-
ties in useful and ornamental furniture.
The dining-room is octagon in shape, lighted from above, and is decorated with
costly and elegant tapestries and Japanese screens. Its tables and nicely upholstered
chairs are the very acme of comfort, and the whole apartment is tempting, aside from
the unsurpassed excellence of the cuisine. The waiters are well groomed and well
trained, having gained their' knowledge and their courtesy in the leading hotels and
clubs of New York. The chef is Joseph P. Campazzi, celebrated all over this country.
He has 14 first-class assistants, besides a dozen others in his kitchen, which is the
largest, most thoroughly equipped and most convenient to be found in the United
States. He has arranged his departments for the care of meats, game and fish on a
plan of his own, which is worthy the attention and examination of every chef in the
land. His ice box contains between four and five tons, and he provides also The Inn
(also Mr. Plant's property), at Tampa Port, and the Havana steamers of the Plant Line.
Meats are shipped in a refrigerator car from New York, while game goes from Balti-
more, and largely from the sportsmen in and about Tampa. The fish is to be found
in great variety and abundance in Southern Florida, at very low prices, and red snap-
per, pompano, sheepshead and shad, deliciously cooked, are always to be found upon
the table. Giovanni Carretta, who for 15 years enjoyed a remarkable fame in New
York at Delmonico's and the Union Club, is the pastry cook, and his deft hand has
lost none of its wonted cunning. Rossi, from the Manhattan Club, is the baker.
There are 200 employees in the Tampa Bay Hotel, all of them carefully selected
with a view to their special fitness for the places they fill. The chambers and suites
are handsome and convenient proportionately with the public rooms. The carpets
everywhere are harmonious in color, restful to the eye, and in the best of taste ; more
than 30,000 yards of them have been laid.
The music room is a special feature. It is large, well ventilated, attractive in its
circular form, simple in decoration, has a raised stage, and its acoustic properties are
fine. Moreover, the band is superb. It consists of 16 picked and skillful musicians,
six of whom were taken from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Their performances
of classical music, as well as of the tuneful and delicious dance music, will stand the
test of severe criticism, and not be found wanting. This important feature of enter-
tainment is to be maintained at any cost, and it affords a great deal of pleasure to all
who visit the Tampa Bay Hotel.
Tampa is of interest historically, being the place where Ferdinand De Soto landed,
May 25, 1539. From there he started on his search for the mines of wealth supposed
to exist in the New World, which resulted in the discovery of the Mississippi River.
From there also Narvaez, having obtained a grant of Florida from Charles V. of Spain,
landed with a large force, April 16, 1528. Tampa is on the Gulf coast of Florida, 240
miles from Jacksonville. There are two trains daily, with Pullman cars, from Jack-
sonville and St. Augustine to Tampa, passing through Palatka, Sanford and Winter
Park, both having direct connection with all Eastern and Western cities, and one being
a through train from New York. Its rapid growth during the past seven years, from
800 inhabitants to as many thousands, has been brought about by the Plant system
having completed the South Florida Railroad to Tampa for the purpose of developing
it commercially. The climate is perfect, and it is the only city in Florida with all the
advantages of both inland and coast without the inconvenience of either; the only city
that affords all the delights of a sportsman's life to hunter and fisher, yachtsman and
horseman, along with first-class business facilities in alr directions. No malaria ever
infects the delicious air, and the water is as soft as lavender. It is the place of places
for invalids, and a lapse of two years will see Tampa the most important business city
in its State. We are writing, not for the interest of the Tampa Bay Hotel alone, fine
as it is, but to impart information and to convey suggestion that may be valuable to
many of our readers. By no means fail to go as far as Tampa if you visit Florida in
this tempestuous winter.-Henry G. Parker, in Boston [LMass.] Saturday Evening Gazette,
February' 21, i89.g
Tampas Bay oetel.
S HE TIDE of travel to the winter resorts has been
S I/ steadily attracted to the mild and equable climate of
S the Gulf Coast. Just in from the broad waters of
the Gulf, on the banks of the Hillsborough River,
S by a royal grove of giant live oaks, approached by
avenues of orange trees and palms, has been
erected the grandest structure that was ever de-
signed for the purpose of a winter resort Tampa Bay Hotel--over
500 feet long, with walls of brick and beams of steel, arched with con-
crete and floored with tiles, proof against any fire; massive, yet light
and graceful in its perfect Moorish architecture ; with colonnades, porches,
and balconies looking out through 1oo beautiful arches upon as many
pictures ; minarets, domes, and pinnacles, rising 150 feet above the lawns
that gently slope away in front and fall, with green terraces, to the water's
edge. Sheltered promenades among the towers that overlook a park of
15o acres of groves, avenues, gardens, fountains, bridges and waterways;
with mineral springs of famous qualities ; floats and pavilion for boats and
launches; drives, walks, and bathing beaches, and the town beyond, and
the coming and going trains. With parlor and music, and dining halls rich
in every appointment ; apartments en suite, with every comfort of a private
mansion ; baths, electric lights, and luxury everywhere, the whole interior
being fitted with the very latest improvements that science and art can con-
tribute, while the decorations, furniture and effects are prepared with the
broadest range of diversity that good taste and judgment can dictate; a
veritable palace and home.
EoptF ampa a&rd the Inn.
Port Tampa is the southern deep water terminus of the Plant System, and
with the rapid development of trade with South America and the West India
Islands, the export trade of phosphate to Europe, has become a centre of
great activity. In order to provide a convenient place for passengers to
await the departure of trains and steamers there has been erected on the
pier The Inn -a unique structure with every convenience, richly furnished
and complete in every detail of service. The surrounding waters teem with
fish, while ducks, pelicans and gulls circle about overhead, Facilities for
boating and bathing are at hand.
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S1keR 'est, 1bavana,
THE WEST INDIES AND CENTRAL AMERICA.
THROUGH PULLMAN PALACE BUFFET CARS DAILY
From New York to ship side at Port Tampa with-
out change, connecting with steamers of PLANT
Three Steamers per week between Port Tampa
and ~Bavana, from November 1st to Mlfay lsi.
S Two Steamers per week between Port Tampa and
Havana from Mlifay 1st to November 1$t.
Nine Steamers per month between Havana and
One Steamer per week between Port Tampa and
One Steamer per week New Orleans to Port Tampa
Steamers between Port Tampa and Jamaica.
Local Steamboat Service to MANATEE
RIVER LANDINGS; also to PUNTA RASSA,
SBFORT MYERS, PUNTA GORDA, and points
on the CALOOSAHATCHIE RIVER, the far-
famed Tarpon fishing resorts of the Gulf Coast.
IJRSleeping-Car and State-room accommo-
dation secured in advance. Baggage checked
For Time Tables and further information apply
to any Ticket Agent, or to
FRED. ROBLIN, TRAVG PASS AG'T. J. D. HASHAGEN, EASTERN AGENT,
261 BROADWAYI NEW YORK. 261 BROADWAY, NEW YORK.