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Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607   |  
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Ranked #13 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Colorado
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92 reviews 92 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Great hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

We had a very pleasant stay at the Renaissance in August. We were traveling with our two kids and chose this hotel for Marriott point reasons. One of the draws was my club access so I was a little disappointed with its closure over the weekend but the hotel made up for it with breakfast credits. Plus, the housekeeping staff was very generous with the water bottles since we could not access the club for some.

The pool is great for a hotel pool. Very clean and it had the fun waterfall feature. My kids enjoyed it for hours. The fitness center is beyond the usual hotel workout room. Great equipment and well maintained.

The kids also loved the oversized chess and tic tac toe sets in the lobby - a nice touch and no one seemed to mind the kids hanging out there although it did seem to be a bit more of an adult residence when we were there.

The food in the restaurant was good but it was great to have all the eateries attached to the mall so accessible (although my waistline could have done without the easy access to the Cheesecake Factory :-) ). Most impressive was how quite the hotel was considering its proximity to the mall and its many nightclubs and the airport. We never heard a lick of outdoor noise.

The only downside was the airconditioning. We just couldn't seem to get it to cool the room enough to counter the humidity. We are drylanders so do not do well in humidity but we were cranking it down to 60 degrees to no effect.

But, all in all, a great stay and we would come again if ever in the area.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, September 14, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review of your August visit. We always appreciate hearing positive comments about our staff and are delighted that you and your family enjoyed the services and amenities provided including the swimming pool and our newly renovated state-of-the-art Fitness Center. As you discovered, we are fortunate to be located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its numerous retail stores and restaurants. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you and your family back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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38 hotel reviews
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216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2011

I spent two nights at this hotel while doing business in Tampa. It is a short ride from the airport and also next door to a mall and restaurants which is extremely convenient. I found the staff to be friendly and courteous. The room was spacious and clean and the bathroom was nice. The only downfall is that breakfast was ok and pricey.

Other than that a great place to stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, September 9, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our hotel - we always appreciate hearing positive comments about our staff, services and amenities. As you stated, our location is minutes from Tampa International Airport and is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores and restaurants. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2011

My husband and I had a great experience at the Renaissance Tampa. Beautiful location! We loved walking to the mall to shop during the day, and the bars at night. Jimmy the van driver was SO nice. He picked us up when we were stranded at a shady airport car rental (off site) and was very friendly and welcoming. The room was small, but had a large flat screen and a coffeemaker- which I loved! The pool area was spotless, and even had complimentary water bottles. ONLY problem was NOISE one night during our stay- woke us up at 4am. I called down to the front desk to let them know that we (and probably the entire floor) were being disturbed. They offered to move us to a different room and comp'd us breakfast in Pelagia for the next morning ($40!!). That made me more than happy. Also, the lobby has free internet just need to ask for the wireless code. We will definitely try and stay at the renaissance next time we're in tampa.

  • Stayed September 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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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, September 7, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! I am delighted to hear that you found Jimmy and the rest of our staff to be warm and hospitable .... we take great pride in our associates and the services they provide to our guests. It is unfortunate that you experienced a noise problem, but glad that you were pleased with the resolution provided of a complimentary breakfast in our award winning restaurant, Pelagia Trattoria. As you discovered, our location is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its multitude of upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar with live entertainment nightly. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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Sarasota, Florida
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21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

We just returned from an overnight stay at this great hotel. We live in Sarasota, so it takes only about 1hr. to drive there. We have stayed at the Renaissance many times before and always have a fun time. From ck. in to ck. out the hotel staff treat you great and are very friendly. The room is clean and comfortable and they even offer turn down service, which is rare at most hotels today. The main reason we go is to have great food and drinks. I love all the fantastic restaurants and bars that are at your door step and no need to ever use your car. The shuttle will even take you to the restaurants across the hwy. so you don't have to drive. My only complaint would be they could use some new chair cushions in the courtyard because the ones there are showing their age and kinda gross. The courtyard is a great place to sit and relax with very pretty lighting at night, it could just use a little sprucing up. Would return to the Renaissance any time we are in Tampa and highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, September 12, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write such an excellent review! I was delighted to hear that you always enjoy the hotel during your frequent visits. We take great pride in our associates and the services they provide to our guests. As you stated, our location is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar – something for everyone. You will be pleased to learn that we are in the process of ordering new furniture for the LaFuente Courtyard which should be in place by early next year. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

Solid hotel with top of the line service, accommodations and food.

  • Stayed August 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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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, August 15, 2011
Thank you for the great review! We always appreciate hearing positive comments about our staff, services and amenities. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2011

I spent a few nights in the Tampa area and chose the Renaissance. This hotel is in a great location. There are excellent food choices given its location being adjacent to International Plaza and its wide assortment of restaurants. The room was top notch and the staff always had a friendly smile.

  • Stayed August 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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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, August 5, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review .... we are delighted that you enjoyed our hotel! We take great pride in our associates and the services they provide to our guests. As you stated, our location is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar. Your feedback is very much appreciated and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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Miami, Florida
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25 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2011

Located about a five-minute drive from Tampa International Airport, the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza is a beautifully decorated property with excellent service. The hotel may be too far for travelers needing to go to Downtown Tampa, but well worth the distance for those with a car. Rooms are large, on-site food options are good and service is excellent. The hotel is located next to one of Tampa's largest shopping malls.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 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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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, August 1, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the services and amenities provided by the hotel. As you stated, our location is convenient to downtown Tampa and is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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Additional Information about Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza

Address: 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Shuttle Bus service Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Tampa
#6 Business Hotel in Tampa
#14 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#17 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza 4*
Number of rooms: 293
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