While in Tampa to catch a cruise, we stayed at the Marriott Waterside the night of January 3rd, 2014. We normally book a waterfront room but opted for a view of the city this time. We were pleasantly surprised to learn the circus was in town and from our balcony we had a view of the elephants and other animals. The service from the doormen, front desk, bellmen and housekeeping staffs was excellent. Our room was very clean and comfortable. We had lunch and dinner here on the 3rd and breakfast on the 4th. The food was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the huge lobby area and patio area by the marina. Although it is just a short walk to all the major downtown activities including the aquarium and no more than a 10 minute walk to the cruise terminal, there is no reason to leave the hotel. We will stay here again.