We stayed here one night on October 17th, prior to going on a cruise. This is my second stay here. The hotel is a $25.00 taxi ride from the airport and near lots of restaurants and attractiions. The cruise ship is less than two blocks away and when we left the hotel we actually walked to the Carnival boat along a lovely waterside path in about 10 minutes. The trolley stops right in front of the hotel and for $5.00 it will take you to Channelside and Ybor Square. Channelside has lots of dining choices as does Ybor.
Check in was fast and easy. No porters in sight and I was tired of tipping everyone anyway. Valet parking, not sure how much. Our room was on the 21st floor overlooking the marina. It was a beautiful view and we even saw the cruise ship dock in the morning. The beds were oh so comfortable and inviting. Nice big flat 37 inch tv too. There's even a catalog in the room if ever you decide to order the same kind of bed for your home. Bathroom was clean and had plenty of counterspace.
We had breakfast in the hotels restaurant the next morning. While the price was steep at $17.00 a person for the buffet, it was good and filing. We stayed for pleasure so I can't comment on the business parts of the hotel. We went to the bar attached to the hotel for some beers and found the employees friendly and helpful.
If your doing a cruise out of Tampa or just want a nice hotel downtown then the Mariott Waterside is a great choice.