Luminary Hotel general manager on benefits to Fort Myers, opening with precautions

Published: September 17, 2020 7:46 AM EDT
Updated: September 17, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

The Luminary Hotel in downtown Fort Myers officially opens next week and we have an inside look for you!

The brand new rooms, the stunning views of the water and the delicious food are just a few things to look forward to.

Opening a brand new hotel during a pandemic is not exactly ideal, but general manager Bob Megazzini could not be more excited.

“I think that the Fort Myers residents will love it,” he said.

The 243-room boutique hotel sits right in the heart of downtown. It’s had its fair share of bumps in the road during the building process, including COVID-19.

“Originally we intended to hire about 230 people and we hired about 105,” Megazzini said.

But still, everything is in line to open within the next few months.

A restaurant at the new Luminary Hotel. (WINK News)

Ella Mae’s diner, along with the lobby bar and coffee shop, will open next Wednesday. The hotel’s rooftop bar will open in October and the main restaurant is slated for November.

“Staycations are big now, so you can rent a room as of Oct. 7 and enjoy our amenities,” Megazzini explained.

Someone who definitely will not hesitate to kick his feet up at the hotel after November is Mayor Randy Henderson.

“November will be a sad month for me as I wrap up my life as mayor, but I will forever be mindful of this particular achievement,” he said. “I know that we can expect hundreds of millions of dollars a year in revenue not only for the private sector but for our government entities.”

A room at the new Luminary Hotel. (WINK News)

As far as safety, hotel management is continually sanitizing the building to keep its guests safe. They will also ask guests to wear masks and practice social distancing, but you can definitely remove your mask to enjoy a cocktail.

The official opening of the neighboring Caloosa Sound Convention Center is set for Saturday. The event will also serve as the kick-off to the Fort Myers Home and Garden Show.