We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“One of the Best Hotels” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina

Save Saved
You added Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 10 more sites!
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   700 South Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602 (Downtown)   |  
Hotel website
  |  
Hotel deals
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Special Offer
Kids Eat Free +$25 Credit
Ranked #19 of 159 hotels in Tampa
Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“One of the Best Hotels”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2009

Very nice hotel. Staff was very nice and very informational. My co-workers and I had breakfast in the hotel restaurant and all had the buffet. It was good, hot and lots of fresh fruit. The beds are very comfortable and soft. Hotel is across from trolley. This hotel is within walking distance to many activities and restaurants. Swimming pool is nice with a great view of the city. From our hotel room we were looking at the water. Trolley goes to Ybor City. High speed internet is NOT free. I was kind of surprised because almost all hotels include free internet.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,045 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    501
    360
    113
    43
    28
See reviews for
141
200
51
499
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (326)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2009

Excellent service- from the minute you get there until the minute you leave- very accomadating in every which way... Comfy beds... Great concierge! Great restaurants within walking distance, nice pool and great gym. I would stay there again when in Tampa...

Stayed July 2009, traveled on business
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Central Florida
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2009

We had gone to Tampa to participate in a running event and decided to stay at a hotel close to the event. WOW! I mean right across the street!!! (St Pete Times Forum). How convenient. The staff was so accomodating and attentive and the view (out the window) was spectacular! Would I stay there again? You bet I would and I would go there for no reason at all except it was so nice! I have only 2 complaints (minor). One is that the pool was not heated and was COLD and the 2nd was that I had to go to the hotel across the street to Starbucks because the one in the Marriott closed at 1pm and didn't have frappacino's (no cold coffees). Oh well.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
West Palm Beach, Florida
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2009

Hotel is clean and neat. Front desk very helpful. Beds OK. One restaurant closed at lunch but you can access all menus at the one that is open. Charge of $20 for overnight parking is extremely high. Use map to get around as all the streets around the hotel are one way and if you do not know your way around, you can get into a run around.

If you have to stay downtown, this is a nice place. Seems to be a meeting place at night.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
jacksonville
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2009

The hotel is beautiful and the service is great, the only draw back is the location is poor. There is nothing that one wants to see in walking distance. There is a tolly that runs from across the street to different places but I don't like waiting for a bus or trolly to run. I would stay at the hotel again if there was something happening but there are other hotels in Tampa that are closer to interesting places.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Okinawa, Japan
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
61 hotel reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2009

Stayed here for 5 days at a recent conference. Always impressed with Marriot hotels and services.....yes it is expensive but worth it for the location.

Hotel grounds: good restaurants and lobby area along with bar. Free/fast Wifi in lobby which is nice. Also has an area where you can log on and print out your boarding pass.....very nice indeed. Back patio leads out to the Marina and river walk. A great path to run towards downtown Tampa along harbor drive. Location can't be beat as it's right across the street from the main trolley terminal.

Room: clean and spacious. Nice flat screen TV with HD tv. Internet in room is 14$ per day but can use free wifi in lobby. Had nice patio out back with table and chairs. Bed was comfortable....it really was. Clean sheets and no funk. Bathroom was clean and great water pressure!!

Customer service was good. Would definetely stay again as you can't go wrong with Marriot.

Tips on Tampa:

Have to try the "Laughing Cat" great Itialian restaurant in Ybor district.
There was a Tapa place in the Channel district that was excellent. Can't remember the name.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Calgary, AB
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2009

I stayed at the Tampa Marriott Waterside for a week in April 2009 for a conference. As one might expect with a Marriott property, the rooms were good, the bed was good, the shower was hot, and the TV worked properly. Checkin and checkout were efficient.

As for location, there's only two reasons you'd ever want to come near this hotel - (1) A convention that's held next door, and (2) A concert or hockey game at the St. Pete Times Forum across the street. In this case the location is so bad that I sent an email to the organizers of my conference and told them that if they ever have it here again I won't attend.

Let's take a step back and talk about Tampa. It's the strangest and dullest city on the planet. I walked for blocks in almost every direction from this hotel. I went over onto Harbor Island, I walked all the way to Channelside a couple of times, and even took the trolley into Centro Ybor. Other than than two Starbucks - one in my hotel and the other across the street in the Embassy Suites, one drycleaners on Harbor Island, and one gas station half way to Centro Ybor there is NOTHING that would sustain life. During my travels I saw no grocery stores, mini-marts, drug stores, strip malls, national fast food or pizza chains, or shopping malls. NOTHING. It was as if some alien life form had come to earth and tried to figure out what the utopian life ought to be and gone home to build their version with fancy condos, marinas, and 5 star hotels, but somehow overlooked all the details that are needed to sustain life. To spend 8 days in a major US city and not see a McDonalds, KFC, Taco Bell, or free-standing starbucks is just simply too strange for words.

As for Centro Ybor, it's the most overrated historic shopping district I've ever encountered. Pretty much all that's there is a movie theater and half a dozen restaurants. Don't waste your time.

Given all of this, you'll often find yourself stuck at the hotel. There are a couple of good restaurants across on Harbor Island (Cafe Dufrain and Jackson's) and a good Cuban place half way to Channelside, but other than that there's nothing. There are three restaurants in the hotel. There's an italian place that's so expensive I didn't dare eat there because my boss woudn't have signed my expense report. There's a sports bar with flat beer on tap and high fat, high salt pub food. There's also another restaurant that I ate breakfast at the first day and the food was mediocre so I never went back. The lobby bar is great however.

So overall there's little or no reason to come to this hotel. If you attend conventions and conferences annually and you find the current year's event is here, perhaps it's a good year to take a break and save your company some money. You'll be happy you did, and so will your boss.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina

Address: 700 South Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Tampa
#14 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#15 Family Hotel in Tampa
#19 Spa Hotel in Tampa
#19 Luxury Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina 3.5*
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Orbitz, Expedia, Marriott, Tingo, Travelocity, Otel, BookingOdigeoWL, Despegar.com, Hotels.com, Venere and Agoda so you can book your Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Marriott Tampa
Tampa Marriott

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.