I stay in Tampa on a somewhat regular basis. I'm a Marriott loyalist so I've tried a few of their properties. The Renaissance is by far the best property anywhere near the airport. This is just not the show part of town, unless you'd consider "gentleman's clubs" high class and then you'd be fine in any of the surrounding properties. But the Renaissance lives up to the brand's reputation and it's a safe bet if you want to be near the airport.
The property is located adjacent to a nicer traditional mall, and there is a small open air plaza with a wide range of restaurants from upscale to casual. It's a great place to relax for lunch or have a nice dinner. And the mall is upscale if that's your thing.
The Renaissance itself is a gem of a building. The entry is elegant, the staff are wonderful, the place looks neat, shiny and new. The normal Renaissance amenities and atmosphere are such a welcome respite from the otherwise bleak and rundown properties within a few mile radius of the airport. When I booked, the price was only about $30/night more than the regular Marriott property a short drive away (but more engulfed by the encroaching ghetto). It was well worth the premium for the added luxury, convenience to the many dining opportunities at the outdoor plaza and greater sense of security.
The parking area could be a bit better maintained, but that's about my only gripe. I'm looking forward to coming back my next time in town.
As an aside, if you want a real treat, try the gelato at the Gelateria del Duomo in the open air plaza. I've been to a gelateria or two or ten in Italy and this is the real stuff.
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