Is a JW Marriott hotel in Clearwater Beach’s future?

Is a condo hotel under the JW Marriott name — one of the world’s top luxury hotel brands — going up on Clearwater Beach?

On a visit to the Tampa Bay area last month, Marriott International chairman J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr. told the Tampa Bay Times that he had reviewed plans for such a hotel in Clearwater. And now, a developer says he has been in close contact with the company about building a 202-room, gulf-view hotel on the site of what is now the Wyndham Garden Clearwater Beach.

The Wyndham’s owner, Uday Lele, discussed his plans this week following speculation about where a JW Marriott would go and who would build it. Lele said he and architect Oscar Benavides met with the 83-year-old Marriott in January for what was supposed to be a five-minute meeting but ran for nearly half an hour.

After looking at the plans, Lele recalled, “(Marriott) said, ‘Thank you for trusting us with your property.'” Added the developer: “This is an American icon — I was so humbled to meet up with him.'”

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John William is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami, and has spent his lifetime in sales and marketing. The fourth generation to join his family business, John William manages all luxury residential sales and transactions within the Tampa Bay and South Florida markets. A keen industry insider with a finger on the pulse of the area, He is an expert identifying high-return acquisition and development opportunities for hungry investors both large and small while simultaneously working with homeowners and homebuyers to buy and sell the home of their dreams… often times without the need of the MLS or a For Sale sign. He also oversees all digital and print marketing for the company, and handles all sales training for new and established agents alike. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Brookwood Florida, the oldest charity in Florida, and works to raise millions of dollars annually for local charities and museums.