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Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607   |  
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Ranked #15 of 159 hotels in Tampa
Saint Louis, Missouri
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13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Favorite Tampa Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2011

I have stayed at this hotel several times and it has been great every time. Rooms are very nice, hotel has a pool (not large) but perfect for sitting out. It has a fairly good exercise facility. Restaurant is very good. Hotel offers valet parking or you can self park at no charge. Also, hotel is connected to the best mall in the Tampa area - International Plaza. Hotel staff is pleasant and accomodating. The prices are not cheap but if you are looking for a nice hotel in a good location this is it.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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  • 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
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Dallas, TX
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2011

Our family stayed here on the last night of our Florida vacation. We chose this hotel because we wanted to be close to the Tampa airport due to the fact that we had a very early morning flight out.

The hotel is very nice and is attached to the International Plaza shopping center, which is also very nice. The shopping center has a good selection of restaurants that you can walk to from the hotel without even crossing a parking lot.

We drove from the hotel to Clearwater Beach. It is an easy drive, about 18-20 miles, and took us about 30 minutes on a Saturday early afternoon.

The hotel staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The rooms are large and in very good shape. We didn't use the pool or workout room, but both looked nice.

I highly recommend this hotel, especially for its convenience to the Tampa airport.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Minneapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2011 via mobile

This is a very nice property. Rooms are modern and clean. There is a nice outdoor courtyard in the middle of the hotel that gives it a European flair. It has everything you would expect from a hotel in this class.

However, its location is a bit odd. In fact, this is a major shortfall of the property. Simply put, the hotel is attached to a shopping mall. As a result, you are parking in what boils down to the shopping mall parking lot. My room, and one entire side of the hotel, overlooks the mall's dumpsters.

If you want to stay where you shop and be very close to the airport, then the location should not bother you.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2011

We stayed here for one night, prior to flying out of Tampa the next morning. Typically when you stay near the airport in a major city, there is not many options near by for dining, shopping, or to kill time. This hotel is attached to the International Plaza which is full of restaurant options from chains like Champps and Earl of Sandwhich to a nice Italian Restuarant, English Pub, or New York Deli. Not to mention all of the shopping from Louis Vuitton to Dillards.

The hotel staff was some of the nicest I have met. I am Marriott Platinum, and the hotel desk manager was one of the nicest I had ever met. Great service.

My only complaint (why a four star and not a five)- - - $7 for a beer in the hotel bar! What??? Let's be real, and charge a fair price.

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  • Stayed May 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2011

We stayed here one night. The hotel was in a great location. It was 5 minutes from the Tampa airport, 15 minutes to Big Cat Rescue and Ybor City. We loved being close to the nightlife and shopping mall. The pool and common space was nice. There is free parking. My only complaint - there is a charge for using the Internet.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dover, Delaware
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31 hotel reviews
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2011

We stayed at the Renaissance International Plaza pre-cruise and found it a beautiful hotel to spend time before setting sail.

The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to/from the airport for travelers without a vehicle. The International Plaza shopping center is adjacent to the property and is an easy walk for something to do/something to eat, if you are without a car to explore greater Tampa. (We did have to hire a taxi to get to cruise port-- no hotel transportation to downtown Tampa).

Hotel decor was beautiful with an inner courtyard with a fountain and was lighted at night for a special effect. Our king room was spacious and quiet-- no noise from neighbors or the nearby airport runways.

All in all, we enjoyed our brief stay at the Renaissance International Plaza. Beautiful setting-- great service-- clean and quiet room.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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Toronto
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70 hotel reviews
Reviews in 68 cities Reviews in 68 cities
329 helpful votes 329 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2011

I rated this hotel poor for the service I received at check out and unfortunately the lack of not to mention the fact that they charged me for someone else's room charge four days after my official check-out. That's right, my credit card did not close when I checked out and instead they left it running to incur the charges of the guest that followed the room after I had checked out. It took over 45 mins. on the phone long distance and having to speak to over 3 different folks working at this place to be able to credit the fraudulent charge on my credit card. The front office agent at check out did not even ask how my stay was; not too difficult to ask someone after spending several nights at your hotel is it? There are some pros to this hotel: nice lobby, close to a really nice shppoing centre with great shops and restaurant, beds are really comfortable and everything seems clean and tidy; great complimentary airport shuttle service. Cons about this hotel: rooms were cleaned each day by 4pm-too late in my books-should have been cleaned by noon; no newspaper to your room in the morning. I was really disappointed with the Credit Card charge without my permission. That makes me feel that their credit card security is not up to standard and for that reason I would not stay at this property again.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza

Address: 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Tampa
#12 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#19 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza 3.5*
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