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“The View = WOW! Close to Carnival Cruise ship dock.” 3 of 5 stars
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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   700 South Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602 (Downtown)   |  
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“The View = WOW! Close to Carnival Cruise ship dock.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2011

We stayed here the night prior to our honeymoon cruise and was granted an upgrade to the 27th floor. The view was "WOW!" This hotel shows marina and water views from basically all rooms. Some have balconies but if (like us) you find the Tampa heat and humidity over bearing you might not appreciate the so-called "fresh air". Our room stunk like old musty sneakers but gladly the air cond. kept it pleasantly cool. The main hotel foyer is attractive (and particularly chilly) and offers free wi-fi. There are few dining options in the locale so we were grateful for the Starbucks right across the road. We hiked a sweltering 10 - 15 minutes to a find yummy little Italian restaurant on the other side of the canal. No robes offered on executive floor and the bathroom amenities were basic; the room was generally clean. I wouldn't say this is one of the nicest Marriott stays, even with the upgrade however the location was so close to where our cruise ship departed from so we braved the swelter yet again and did the bag-drag to the ship terminal from the hotel.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2011

Our crew of 25 stayed at the Marriott during the Worlds Dragon Boat Championships, held on the bay in August 2011. The location was perfect just a 2 minute walk over to the Convention Centre and onto the water, the tram into Ybor City and 5 minutes to restaurants at Channelside. The rooms were good quality and quiet as we had specifically requested rooms on the opposite side of Jacksons, which has live music playing late into the night at weekends. Breakfast was everything you needed to set us up for a hard days racing. The pool was a welcome antidote to the August heat and large enough to accomodate large numbers in the afternoon + a free of charge laundry room. The only suggestion I would make is that it would be good to have shower gel, only shampoo and conditioner were provided and perhaps robes for the premium rooms.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

My husband and I stayed here just one night for a wedding. Beautiful hotel. Update/nice decor/clean/friendly. Had a great time at the pool and the wedding ballroom was beautiful.

We had reserved our room under the wedding rate and prior to checking in we saw online that the hotel was actually offering a cheaper rate. I asked the checkin person about it and they gave us the cheaper rate!

If we ever need to stay in tampa again we would definitely stay here!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

staff needs to be re-trained. poor service at the front desk. contacted the general manager for follow up, still nothing. ended up staying at another hotel.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

This hotel is awesome. From the time of check in the front desk attendant switched at my request to a corner room. I was able to get a small microwave and refrigerator upon request. I stayed in room 1901, talk about an awesome view. This hotel beats all the hotels in this area of town. I always request to stay here when I am in the area.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2011

We were happy with this hotel. It was clean and everyone that worked there was very helpful and pleasant.Beautiful lobby with a bar and outdoor seating. A sports bar in the hotel that we did not go to but it looked roomy. We had breakfast included in the price of our room and it had a nice selection of oatmeal and fruit and carbs. Hotel located right on the waterway and trolley system is right across the street to take you over to Ybor city. Pool is located on the 3rd floor and it was nice,with a bar area for drinks. We did not use the fitness room but it was a good size for a hotel and it looked clean.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2011

If you're staying in Tampa for business and won't be doing much except sitting in the hotel and going to meetings, then this is a good place. It's nice, comfortable, has a great gym, and the staff is very helpful. My only complaint is the food. They have three restaurants, but one of them - the mid-range option - was always closed every time I tried to go there. The other two options are a sports bar - which was OK - and a very high end Italian place that I didn't try. If i'm paying 40+ for an entree it's going to be from somewhere else - and they only had 3-4 boring pasta options, which seems strange for an Italian restaurant that's so pricey. I'll stay there again when I'm there for work, but would suggest other options if you're in town for a fun weekend.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina

Address: 700 South Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Tampa
#7 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#8 Family Hotel in Tampa
#8 Green Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 717
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A striking silhouette along the Channel Riverwalk, the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Ybor City overlooks Tampa Bay in the heart of Downtown, located adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center. This world-class Downtown Tampa hotel's 50,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting space, full-service spa, and several delicious restaurants such as Café Waterside and Champions, make it the perfect destination for work and play. Part of the Channelside District, the Tampa Marriott is among the most luxurious of hotels in Tampa, Florida, with newly renovated rooms and suites offering private bay or city view balconies. After a busy day, unwind in one of this Tampa, Florida hotel's lounges or enjoy culinary excellence at Il Terrazzo. For ultimate relaxation, try our spa, jacuzzi, or rooftop pool! Boaters can dock and stay using the 32-slip, full-service Marina at the exclusive Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina near Ybor City. ... more   less 
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