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“Thanksgiving Trip to Tampa FL area.” 5 of 5 stars
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Residence Inn Tampa Downtown
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   101 East Tyler Street, Tampa, FL 33602 (Downtown)   |  
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Los Angeles, CA
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“Thanksgiving Trip to Tampa FL area.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Tampa and our Stay at Residence Inn Marriott. Breakfast each morning was fine, and we enjoyed the happy hour refreshments and light fare that was on Tues and Wed during our visit. Prior to our visit, we received a welcome email from Lexy, one of the managers. Marcus was the van driver that dropped us off for tourist visits during our stay. Sights: Tampa Aquarium, Cruise Boat Port Waterside Area aka Channelside Bay Plaza, River Walk, University of Tampa walking tour, Straz Center for Performing arts across the street. Out of the area we enjoyed Ybor City and the Columbia restaurant, and St Petersburg Downtown and Pier area. Hotel: When our light was not working, it was repaired quickly. Great Staff members helping us included Lexy, Marcus, Chad, Shalita, Amy, Maria, Laryssia. Larry and Jim, executives, are to be commended! We will visit again! Residence in is now our first choice of all the Marriott brands, very comfortable room, very roomy, nice pool.

Room Tip: We enjoyed higher floors, a bit more view of the Hillsborough River and River Walk area.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shab S, Director of Sales at Residence Inn Tampa Downtown, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
LLLplayadelrey,

Wow! Thanks so much for taking the time to name each and every single individual that made a difference while you stayed with us. I made sure to share that and the smiles that it brought to their faces was priceless. We work every day to do all that we can to ensure that our guests really have a wonderful experience while staying with us. Thank you for sharing your experience with others that are looking at staying at our hotel. Not only for what we can provide but also sharing how much fun it is to stay in downtown Tampa!

Have a great weekend!
Shab
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We decided to spend Thanksgiving in Tampa this year. The staff could not have been more accomodating. It's a good location on the North edge of downtown. The library and performing arts center are across the street. The art and children's museum just a block away. The entrance to I275 is less than a block away. There is a complimentary shuttle for the downtown area.

Rooms were clean and spacious, and the kitchen had all the necessary utensils to prepare a meal or two. Great for families or a quick get away.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the south side. It faces the courtyard with the pool and nicely landscaped area. I...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shab S, Director of Sales at Residence Inn Tampa Downtown, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
SybilB,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time while you stayed with us. Also, thank you for letting future guests understand from your perspective the area that we are in and how accessible we are to so many great things!

Have a great weekend,
Shab
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Marietta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Great service by the front desk staff throughout my recent stay. Walking distance to several newer restaurants/bars, and conveniently located off the highway in the heart of downtown. Would recommend staying here if in the area again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shab S, Director of Sales at Residence Inn Tampa Downtown, responded to this review, November 30, 2012
lawrencemon,

Thank you for taking your time to write such a nice review about our hotel. I made sure to let our front desk staff know that they got mentioned and they were delighted to hear it! We hope to have a chance to have you stay with us again.

Have a great weekend,
Shab
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

We stayed at this downtown Tampa hotel overnight before our cruise. Location was great in terms of being downtown, close to cruise ships and walking along the river. Our room was clean, well maintained and provided lots of room. Small kitchenette was a bonus especially if you are travelling with children. Staff were busy but helpful. Free breakfast was typical but fine. Our only concern was a lack of restaurants there or nearby especially later in the evening. The other Marriott Courtyard Inn right next door did, however, provide a quiet bar for a glass of wine. Lots of good things to recommend here, especially for the price and location.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We chose this particular hotel because one of us was having surgery at a nearby hospital. We wanted somewhere to stay with a homey atmosphere. Given the purpose of our visit, we knew we would be spending more time in our room than the average tourist and wanted the ability to do some minimal cooking in a comfortable atmosphere. We found the perfectd place with the added benefit that the hotel environs did not have that typical “hotel” smell; it was really almost like a home.

When we left, we both agreed that we could not possibly have made a better choice. From the initial reservation contact with a very helpful sales manager, through daily encounters with staff including effective housekeeping; from the comfortable sofa and chairs in the living area to the separate bedroom (we had a suite), from a full-service kitchen (microwave, oven, dishwasher plus bowls, plates, cups, glasses and silverware; to the modern bath/shower, this hotel is well-above standard accommodations. As a plus, we found the best and most responsive temperature control we have ever seen in many, many years of hotel visits.

A nice touch were the “social hours” Monday through Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, with a complimentary buffet and wine and soft drinks bar. There was a different theme each night for food. I particularly enjoyed the Italian and the BBQ nights. The complimentary morning breakfast, served from 6:00 AM to 9:30 PM, consisted of three hot dishes—scrambled eggs, a varied type of potatoes, and some form of turkey sausage or bacon—plus the usual oatmeal, cold cereals, yoghurt, waffles and pastries. There even were fresh blueberries for the waffles or cereal. The lobby has snack-type vending machines including microwave meals, even to my surprise, frozen White Castle cheeseburgers! These are not coin-operated, which I liked, because I could just pay at the desk.

There is a small bar area in the hotel but no restaurant, understandable given the purpose of a residence inn. However, a short walk across a courtyard takes guests to a Marriott Courtyard hotel, with a “bistro” type restaurant, open for breakfast and dinner, with hearty appetizers, specialty sandwiches and cocktails in the evening. Having this option, when you are not in the mood for an expedition to a formal restaurant, was an additional benefit. As an aside, grilled chicken quesadillas with salsa and sour cream seems to be a Marriott specialty; it has been delicious in every Marriott sports bar/bistro eatery we have visited.

Overall, I give the Marriott Residence Inn Downtown Tampa my highest recommendation, particularly if you need the amenities described.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Stayed two nights for a trip with friends and was not disappointed.

Here's what you'll get:
* clean/large rooms
* free breakfast
* small store (food/toiletries)
* gym
* pool/hot tub
* basketball hoop
* downtown location
* parking (across the street for a fee)
* friendly staff

The price is very reasonable for the location and quality of accommodations.

Room Tip: Two bedroom suite sleeps 6 very comfortably (even sofa bed was comfy).
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Shab S, Director of Sales at Residence Inn Tampa Downtown, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
LittleCristy, thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. Giving our guests a great experience at our hotel is our top priority! We hope that you will be able to come and stay with us again.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

I was skeptical about staying here because of some of the older reviews but we were not planning on being in the hotel room much. The front desk staff Maria and Pierre were pleasant and the General Manager is always there. The Breakfast was good and constantly being refilled with fresh items. The General Manager walks around, checks everything and even cleans up. The hotel rooms, kitchens and bathroom were clean and everything was in order. When we checked in at 7:30 pm and we asked if someone could make the sofa bed up for our daughter and they sent someone up. They usually make it up with a blanket but I asked for a comforter like what they have on the beds and they accomodated our request.

They also have free internet.

Now for the parking, they charge 11$ but they only have a small number of spots, (40 I think) which of course get filled quite quickly. We were there on Friday till Sunday so it was easy to find parking on the street by the hotel and there is a city parking lot around the corner which is 7$ but with no in an out privileges so you're better off parking on the street which is free on the weekend. On Saturday morning I asked the front desk if a spot opened up and fortunately for us there was one single spot that opened up which we they gave us. It wasn't an issue for us but if I was traveling alone during the week I would not have liked having to park a block or 2 away and walk back to the hotel.

Overall a nice stay.

Room Tip: If you want a parking spot try to get there when it's check out time for current guests.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shab S, Director of Sales at Residence Inn Tampa Downtown, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
MyOdyssey2001, we really appreciate that you took the time to write a review. Thank you for choosing our hotel! We care about our guests and making sure that your accomodations and experience are great while staying with us. We hope that we get to have you stay with us again. We are working on our parking and will soon be able to offer valet service for our guests so that parking won't be an issue moving forward. Thank you again for your review and hope to see you in Tampa again.
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Address: 101 East Tyler Street, Tampa, FL 33602
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#43 Business Hotel in Tampa
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Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Tampa Downtown 3*
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