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- View all PhotosGrand Hyatt Tampa BayTampa, FL7.1 miles to city center4.0-star Hotel Class4.0-star Hotel Class
Business travelers prefer this Tampa, Florida, hotel because it's less than 4 miles from Tampa International Airport, while leisure travelers enjoy its picturesque location right on the bay. The entire property sits on 35 acres of lush grounds just begging to be explored (including a wildlife preserve where you'll find egrets and herons strolling along). Travelers praise the 442 guest rooms and suites, which feature contemporary decor, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and free Wi-Fi access. Lodgers also agree that the hotel's entire staff – from the concierge to the front desk to the bellhops – goes above and beyond to ensure a pleasant stay. Guests have access to two on-site dining venues, a lobby restaurant serving casual American fare and a waterfront seafood-focused eatery, plus two pools and a gym. However, families who have come to partake in the city's top attractions may have a difficult time justifying a stay here: This Hyatt is roughly 15 miles away from both Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. But if you're a member of the World of Hyatt loyalty program, you can earn and use here.
- View all PhotosSeminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino TampaTampa, FL5.6 miles to city center4.0-star Hotel Class4.0-star Hotel Class
"Niche" is an important word to remember when considering a stay at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. For instance, there are probably too many whirring slot-machine lights and too much casino-floor ambiance for either families or business travelers to be truly comfortable at this hotel. However, many of the younger crowds that have passed through this Hard Rock property were more than pleased. In addition to praising the friendly staff, previous guests spoke highly of the gorgeous rooms. All accommodations come with flat-screen TVs, minifridges, coffee makers and Egyptian cotton sheets. But if you have the money to burn, consider booking a Gold Suite to enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows and an oversized bathroom with a jetted tub and a separate walk-in shower. While here, you'll also have access to a spa, three pools and various nightlife venues, not to mention a long list of dining options that serve everything from steaks and seafood to pizza. Recent travelers warned that self-parking spaces are limited, so you may have to shell out $25 per day for valet parking. Staying at this casino hotel puts you less than 7 miles southeast of Tampa, Florida's Busch Gardens and 7 miles northeast of the Florida Aquarium.
- View all PhotosThe Westin Tampa WatersideTampa, FL1 mile to city center4.0-star Hotel Class4.0-star Hotel ClassWouldn't it be nice to stay near both the downtown Tampa area and the waterfront? This Westin thinks so. The hotel's island perch puts guests less than 2 miles from the city's core while still offering a large swath of boardwalk to stroll on. Recent guests delight in the location but also reserve praise for the modern, clean and comfortable rooms. Amenities include the brand's beloved Heavenly Beds, spacious bathrooms, flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet access. More praise is reserved for the hotel employees; guests describe the staff here as friendly, welcoming and quick to deliver. Other perks that accompany a stay at The Westin Tampa Harbour Island include access to a well-equipped gym, a scenic outdoor pool and signature pet amenities. While you're here, be sure to grab a bite to eat at 725 South, which earns rave reviews for its casual, contemporary American cuisine. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.
- View all PhotosThe Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, TampaTampa, FL5.4 miles to city center4.0-star Hotel Class4.0-star Hotel Class
Reviews are overwhelmingly positive for The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa. This property, which resides in Tampa's Westshore district, particularly fairs well with business travelers, who are keen on the ample meeting space, the proximity to the downtown area (and the Tampa Convention Center) and convenient amenities like a 24-hour business center. But working travelers aren't the only ones to enjoy a stay here: Leisure guests love the hotel's attentive staff and the comfortable beds provided in all accommodations, which also house 49-inch flat-screen TVs, minibars and coffee makers. However, a few prior visitors wished the rooms were a bit more updated. The property is also the home to the well-liked Shula's Steak House, where the cuisine is almost always well-received. But those traveling with kids may want to bed down elsewhere; The Westshore Grand doesn't feature the kid-friendly atmosphere found at other area hotels. And because this hotel is part of the Marriott hotel family, Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points here.
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