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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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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Great hotel!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2010

Stayed here pre cruise. Great hotel..kids loved the pool. In a nice area of Tampa within walking distance of lots of nice stuff. Clean rooms and professional staff. We traveled with a group of 11 and the staff were great about helping us organize transportation to the pier.

  • Stayed July 2010, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2010

We stayed 4 nights at this hotel and we chose it because it was close to the convention center and near the water. Check in was speedy and friendly. We got a room on the 15th floor but within an hour we learned (and could hear!) that there was a bachelor party going on, so we requested a change. We got upgraded to a water view with a balcony and let me tell you, it was worth the extra trouble to repack our stuff and relocate. The views were superb! (see my photos) We never watched TV because we were on that balcony every chance we got.
So here are the pros:
Great location. You can walk to the convention center and other attractions via the riverwalk.
Great views. It’s worth it to get a room with a water view and, if possible, a balcony.
Beautiful lobby. 25 foot palm trees in the lobby with lots of comfy seating with free wireless access (not in the room though).
Choice of 3 restaurants. We ate at the Champions sports bar which was in our price range and we also took a 10 minute stroll down the riverwalk to a plaza that had more restaurants, Greek, Spanish, and a
Bennigan’s was there too. The Tampa Bay Port Authority and the Aquarium are also located there. We saw the Carnival cruise ships come in and we thoroughly enjoyed watching that.
Guest laundry. 2 washers and 2 dryers on level 3 (same as pool and spa). They were free of charge. I used them twice so I could have clean clothes when I got home. Doing laundry among palm trees beats doing it at home.
Outdoor seating areas. There were lots of places to sit outside and enjoy the views of the channel.
Lots of elevators. 6 if I remember correctly. They handled the crowds well without breaking down.
The staff. Everyone we encountered had a smile and was very friendly and accomodating.
OK, so now for the cons.
The rooms are just ok. With a little tweaking, they could have been special. The mattresses. They were old mattresses with an old featherbed topper. Not too comfy. The duvet was white and clean but the decorative bed scarves were dingy and stained.
The bathroom. It appeared clean but we had some sticky soap rings on the corners of the tub left by previous shampoo bottles. The toiletries they provide are of the tiniest size and they’re not generous about replenishing them.
The windows absolutely need to be cleaned.
The coffee maker is the type that uses an individual filter for each cup. We thought it might be the pod style and brought extra pods with us, but nope, it’s the filter kind.
No free internet in the rooms. There is an extra charge.
The pool. (see pic) It looks small, but from our balcony above it looked bigger. It was pretty dirty the first day, but they cleaned it. The really gross part was the surrounding tile deck. It needs to be power washed really badly.
Parking fee. Valet parking for $20.00 per day. We decided to use the parking garage, which also happens to be where the valets run to pick up the guests cars. We would laugh because as we went to exit the hotel, the valets would all sort of walk toward the door looking at us. We thought of the seagulls from the movie Finding Nemo, “Mine! Mine!”
Overall, I would recommend this hotel over the Embassy which has a walkway to the convenion center. It is not covered, so no advantage there if it’s raining. The Embassy does not have balconies either. I’m glad we picked the Marriott.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2010

My wife and I stayed here for two nights pre-cruise. The location is good considering it's proximity to the cruise port and Channelside for restaurants. Our main issue was with the cleanliness of the room. It was obvious the sheets had not been changed from the prior occupant. We found stains, hair and unknown parts when we pulled back the sheet. Long story short, after 2 calls to the front desk they sent a bellman to chain our sheets. On another note, ask for a final bill at check out to make sure you are not stuck with extra charges. I did not but when I received one by I email I found that I had been charged $3.50 for a bottled water that I never opened. You can go ahead and keep that Marriott if you need the money that bad. It's no worth my time to get it back.

  • Stayed July 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2010

This hotel is located right next to the convention center and one of the harbors. You get great views of the bay and the million dollar yachts anchored below. It is about a five block walk to downtown. The rooms are typical Marriott which is very good. The lobby is huge and there are multiple restaurants. I ate dinner in the sports bar. The beer was cold and the food was good. Valet parking is the only option.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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miami, fl
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8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2010

We stayed at the Marriott Waterside for a concert in Tampa. It was perfect because the St Petersburg Forum is directly across the street. We also were able to walk over to the Port of Tampa where there is an Imax theatre and some restaurants. The trolley has a stop right in front of the hotel that takes you to Ybor city ( I wasn't too impressed with Ybor city ). The staff at the hotel was friendly.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

Bobby at the front desk was the best help we could ask for after a long trip. Super courteous and professional without being cheesy if you know what I mean. Our trip from the west coast was bad from the get go and we were thinking that the hotel would be a mess just the same. Well we were surprised by Bobby's knowledge and attention to detail for us. He knew we were tired and wanted to get right to bed. The rooms are typical Marriot the view was nice but the sometimes it’s about the service. This time the service is why we will be back. Now if they can do something about the humidity in Tampa I could see myself living there.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Livonia, MI
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2010

We traveled here for a convention and it was really nice. Not an amazing hotel with amazing character, but good if you like Marriotts, and want a predictable hotel. Which can be a very good thing! Biggest complaint was only two towels in the rooms, and two females, we needed four! They did give us four, so that was addressed. Food at the convention was really good, sometimes hotel food is gross. Right next to the Trolley and walking distance or trolley ride distance from restaurants, bars, and attractions. Pool was nice, not nearly as fabulous as the pictures made it look, but still nice.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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:
#5 Business Hotel in Tampa
#10 Green Hotel in Tampa
#10 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#15 Family 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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