- Reviews: 656
Floridan Palace Hotel in downtown Tampa: Stay at the Floridan Palace Hotel
This hotel originally opened in 1926 and in late 2012 was reopened after a several million-dollar renovation that took 7 years. The hotel has been restored to its previous grandeur and is a historic gem. It is located in the Eastern part of downtown Tampa and has free and convenient parking (this is a big deal for downtown Tampa).
The dining room at the Floridian in exquisite and lunches are very reasonably priced. I believe everything on the menu was less than $15 and the portions are large and the dishes done very well. The ambiance in the dining room is amazing. The dishes that stood out to me on the lunch menu included the wonderful selection of fresh fish and the Greek items. I took a picture of the seafood creeps I ordered. They were wonderful. Friends have told me that the bar in the hotel is beautiful but the drink prices are a bit steep.
The Floridan hotel is also a wonderful location for Tampa’s many downtown events and I would recommend taking advantage of the hotels location and visiting the following places also.
1) Do go to the Tampa Theater. The Tampa Theater was also built in 1926 and is within easy walking distance. The Tampa Theater is specialized in classic and art movies and is a venue for lots of events in Tampa. The theater also offers backstage tours. If you attend a movie here be sure to come early so you can hear the organist and see him magically appear on the stage. For more information see tampatheatre.org or my page at http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/1685f1/
2) Check to see what local events are in the immediate area. This may include an art fest or food fest down town. Check here for what is scheduled during your stay: http://www.tampasdowntown.com/
3) Go to the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) which is one of the top rated Performing Arts Centers in the US (second only to the Kennedy Performing Arts Center in DC). See the following websites for more information
905 Florida Ave, Tampa FL 33602
This video shows the hotel in all its glory on opening day:
Check out the hotel's website: http://www.floridanpalace.com/
Historic hotel built in 1926 and restored to its full glory
- Reviews: 1
Crowne Plaza Tampa East Sabal Park: Dirty Bed and Noisy Room
Well this tops the list as our worst hotel stay ever. We checked in and found the toilet would not flush. Maintenance came and "opened the chute" downstairs and that seemed to help. I did not want to know why the chute was closed. We turned down the bed and found the previous occupants had left us goodies in the form of dirt, cookie crumbs, hair (lots and lots) and body fluids on every sheet, blanket and pillow. Housekeeping came and was very good to take care of that immediately. Then we learned that internet access costs 9.99 per 24 hours. So I paid the 9.99 and my husband logged on to begin to work. I tried to log on as well but they wanted another 9.99/24 hours for my computer. Since my files are on my computer, I could not use his computer. I went to Chick Fil-A so I could sit in my car in my pajamas to work. Got some funny looks at that. As to the bed- or the RACK OF DEATH- it was just terrible. I peeked at the mattress and I remember that my grandparents had one when I was a small child that looked like this one. We crawled out of it every morning sore and unable to stand up straight. On the whole, not a pleasant stay. I would NOT recommend this hotel to anyone. There is a very nice LaQuinta down the road that does not sit on the I75 entrance ramp that does have very comfortable beds and great service. Try there instead as they also have free Wi-Fi in every room. I know, we stayed there once our reservation ran out at Crowne Plaza and it was so much better.
Heard the pool was nice but did not see it. They have a piano bar downstairs. I guess that is for guests to go and get lit up before they try to sleep on the beds here. Room service was very pricey but smelled good as it went up and down the halls. Have heard that the restaurant is good as well but we did not try it.
- Reviews: 6599
MacDill Inn: Military Only
This facility is only available to military or retired military. Active duty on change of station orders are given preference. Retired military (like my husband) can only stay for three days and can't make reservations more than a month in advance.
There was a bedroom with a TV and attached bathroom, a living room, with a TV, couch and table, and a small kitchen with a microwave, two burner stove top and small refrigerator.
- Reviews: 20
Renaissance Tpa Intl Plaza: Centrally located, airport close
I was there on business so I didn't have the time to try all of the amenities but it was a nice facility. It was clean, the staff was very pleasant, friendly and helpful. They put me in a room that was pretty close to the elevator and the vending/ice machine so I thought that was going to be a problem, but it wasn't. The place was quiet and I enjoyed my stay.
Yes, I would recommend it to anyone, friends included.
I think the location was good. It's close to the airport but you don't hear any of the air traffic. It's located in a shopping mall parking lot, but just far enough out of the way to avoid a lot of the mall traffic.
There are two parking lots that are strictly for hotel guests. They will give you a key to the parking lot of your choice and you can use it to open the gates to park.
On the backside of the mall is an array of restaurants and shops that you can go to....all within walking distance.
Freeways are close, as is the stadium where the Buccaneers play.
- Reviews: 189
Caliente: Sunblock is a must here.
Caliente is a self-described "up-scale clothing-optional resort." You'd think that with not one but two hyphens in their description that they would also manage to be near a beach, but not so. Caliente is in a nothing-special part of Land O'Lakes - which is just a bit away from Tampa. Most of the people who visit here are either a) old and don't care what society thinks anymore in a Cacoon: the movie kind of way b) young and hippie-like c) just curious as to why this place has so many naked people d) horny but hopeless young men who have a very warped perception of nudists.
If you're in Land O' Lakes (and I can't imagine why you would be other than to go to Caliente), its not a bad place to stay. Plus, you can say you stayed at a nudist colony. I wouldn't make a special trek, though.
Besides the fact that you can leave your room in your birthday suit, there's nothing super special about this place. It's a nice enough resort, but that's about it.
- Reviews: 67
Safety Harbour Spa & Resort: Treat yourself a Spa day at Bayshore
A 70-year-old historical resort with full fitness, spa facilities. If you are the guest of the hotel, you can use all facilities for free - exclude Spa you pay per session and price is fair. Ask for late check out to extend your stay, normally no extra charge but always make it clear first or they will bill you for about US$10. Of course ask for ocean view availability, they may upgrade you no charge if it's not high season.
We booked through Hotwire for US$67, with taxes & fees = US$81. It's a great deal. If you book direct with the resort, it can cost you US$200 or more.
Their 4 mineral spring water swimming pools are excellent. You can drink their mineral spring water anytime in the hotel - free of course.
Great services, staff is helpful and they're everywhere to greet and serve you.
However, make sure to check out in person and check your account. They double charged us 2 nights (we stayed only 1 night).
- Reviews: 375
Harley Sandcastle: Motel at the white beach
Motel with a nice garden and a pool. Located directly at the white, sandy beach. I stayed there for a single night in 1992.
- Reviews: 2
You name it: Many to choose from.
There are more hotels and motels in the greater Tampa area than you can shake a stick at, BUT if its durring the winter months, you should make reservations, so call ahead!
Choose from the Hyat or Hilton to a Budget Inn. Ive seen prices as low as $30.00 per night on up to ?? Most every place has a pool. A good sorce to use is the Mobil Travil guides, or Fodos travil guides. No need to buy one, just make a trip to your local library!
- Reviews: 147
This pink palace of a hotel ...
This pink palace of a hotel is luxory at its best! it’s well-appointed and continental in décor, with sweeping views of the gulf past the pool. Off-season prices start at $100+ per day, rising by almost double in season. Health club, hair salon, gym, internet access,pool, 5 star resturants and spa amenities make this all-inclusive hotel a true resort!
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort: it sits on 10 acres of white sand on the Gulf of Mexico.
If that’s not enough water action for you, the hotel also has two outdoor swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, and waverunner rentals!!
Still not enough? Hilton has parasailing and deep-sea fishing excursions.
Hungry after all that action? They have 5 star resturants and a bar to 'relax' at afterwords :)
- Reviews: 252
I have absolutely NO idea...
I have absolutely NO idea where to stay b/c I always stay with friends--who can argue with free?! But depending on what you want to do, stay someplace close to the beach or ybor city.
6 girls in a one bedroom--something had to give...hence the shacking.
- Reviews: 36
No Beaches in Tampa???
Can't give you a specific place since I live here (no, you can't stay with me), but...
Just a tip. There are no beaches in Tampa, so don't let a Tampa listing for the "SeaSide Motel" fool you since it's probably 10 miles from water and faces the parking lot of a cheap liquor store.
If it's a real seabreeze you want, look for a motel in Clearwater BEACH or St. Pete BEACH (not just Clearwater or St. Pete!) or on the other beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. (You do NOT want to dip your little toe in Tampa Bay -- ugh.) Look it up on a map before making reservations!
That being said, there are plenty of good accomodations in Tampa near the airport, by Busch Gardens, by the university, downtown, and now in Ybor City. Remember that you won't be using our lack of public transportation, so pick your spot accordingly.
- Reviews: 9
Bahia Beach Resort in Ruskin,...
Bahia Beach Resort in Ruskin, FL
In general, you can expect to pay $75.00 to $125.00 depending on the room you choose and the time of year.
This hidden treasure is on the only beach between Tampa and Bradenton. The resort is not well known and is not highly advertised. The hotel is newly remodeled in 1998-99. The restaurant features a great seafood buffet every Friday night. It is located on Tampa Bay and has access to three docking facilities. There are boat slips for rent right behind the hotel, banquet facilities, meeting rooms, lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, and a children's playground. Prices are very competitive in the market. The view is spectacular and the private pier is open to residents of the condos and resort only.
- Reviews: 112
The Riverside Marriott.: The Riverside Marriott.
It's still very new and very nice. There's a little bar in the lobby and many rooms for conferences and all that good stuff. The small bar in the lobby is very nice too. The last time I was there, they were holding a state wide French competition among high schools.
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