Luminary Hotel & Co. to Break Ground Oct. 6 in Downtown Fort Myers

Posted: September 29, 2017

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2017) – On Friday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m., Mainsail Lodging & Development will break ground on the new Luminary Hotel & Co. on the waterfront in downtown Fort Myers. A groundbreaking event will begin at the Harborside Event Center, where guests will hear remarks from city officials and hotel developers, who will share final renderings of the 243-room hotel and unveil Luminary’s dining outlets and other amenities.

Opening in late 2019, Luminary Hotel & Co. will feature a signature restaurant, rooftop lounge, culinary theater, indoor and outdoor fitness facility, and spacious pool area on the fourth floor overlooking the Caloosahatchee River, as well as a local diner and retail space at street level. The 12-story hotel will also house 8,000 square feet of function space and will be connected to the neighboring Harborside Event Center and adjacent to Centennial Park where a bandshell will also be constructed. 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.

A colorful cast of local pioneers, businessmen and innovators from Fort Myers’ past has inspired the branding and design of the Luminary Hotel. The mission of the hotel is to plug visitors into the rich culture of Fort Myers, engaging them with the city’s past and its vision for the future. Some of the dining and retail outlets will also take inspiration from these characters and local landscape, inviting guests to dig into the eclectic history of the area. In addition, local Fort Myers artist Joshua Noom’s work will illustrate the brand stories behind the hotel and its outlets, while being showcased on materials and artwork displayed throughout the property.


Mainsail Lodging & Development continues to expand its award-winning collection with two additional Florida properties – Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club on Anna Maria Island (fall 2017) and Fenway Hotel in Dunedin (2018). For more information, visit


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 properties include Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina (, a private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and member of Autograph Collection® of Marriott International; Mainsail Beach Inn (, a boutique beachfront hotel on Anna Maria Island, Florida; and the boutique food-focused Epicurean Hotel ( in Tampa, Florida. The company also operates corporate housing throughout the Southeast, exclusively managing the Florida market for Oakwood Worldwide® under both its ExecuStay® ( and Oakwood® ( brands, while also operating ExecuStay in Georgia, portions of Alabama, and The Carolinas. Mainsail is developing their fourth hotel, Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club on Anna Maria Island, Florida, which is under construction and slated to open Fall 2017. Two additional Florida hotels are planned for 2018 and 2019, respectively – Fenway Hotel in Dunedin and Luminary Hotel & Co. in Fort Myers. Just north of Tampa in Pasco County, Mainsail Lodging is also developing a 128-room Residence Inn in conjunction with an indoor sports complex. 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 including Epic Chef Showdown.

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, or explore our social media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit.




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