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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 #17 of 158 hotels in Tampa
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
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“"THE BEST"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

THE BEST business trip ever!!
Great location, nice rooms, and excellent staff.
Philicia was awesome!! What a great personality! If she's not the manager, she should be.

Alex Hernandez
City of Fort Lauderdale

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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AmyF1014, Front Desk Lead at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are delighted to hear Philicia was able to make your stay so enjoyable. Although you were here for work we hope you were able to enjoy some of the amenities the hotel has to offer. Thank you for choosing the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel for your stay. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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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
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Orange County, CA
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25 hotel reviews
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

This hotel wins all-around:
• Located 2 miles from the Tampa airport (and provides complimentary airport shuttle)
• Adjacent to a high-end shopping mall (indoor) and plethora of restaurants/eateries (outdoor)
• Nice, clean and quiet gym and pool areas
• Friendly, helpful staff
• Hotel is small enough to get around quickly to meeting rooms, yet has many sleeping rooms
• Free self-parking
• Updated, modern decor and feel of hotel; also has a nice open courtyard area to congregate/meet/make friends

I would recommend and stay here again!

  • Stayed March 2013, 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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AmyF1014, Front Desk Lead at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Thank you for the great review! Although you were here for business, we are delighted to hear you were able to discover some of the amenities the hotel has to offer such as the 24-hour gym, the pool, our meeting rooms and International Plaza and Bay Street. We do hope you choose the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel for a future business meeting or for pleasure. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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Savannah, Georgia
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

Property is located at the International Mall on the southeast side of the Tampa International Airport. The hotel is convenient to the mall yet a nice property to visit if you need quick access to the airport. The staff is extremely friendly, the property is well-appointed and very nice. Park is FREE which is a bonus and even includes free valet for guests that din at the Pelagia Trattoria restaurant inside the property. We not only stayed in the property as guests, but also dined and hosted an event at the restaurant inside. We definitely recommend a stop at the restaurant when staying at this property!

If you're a Marriott Rewards member you'll definitely know that Ren's are nice properties. This one is no exception. You'll be pleased with the decor, happy with the service and glad you stayed! When visiting Tampa, we'd definitely stay again and if nothing else, dine in the the Pelagia Trattoria restaurant! And if you do, request Albert as your server! He's a wonderful asset to the establishment!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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AmyF1014, Front Desk Lead at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
Thank you so much for the great review! We are delighted to hear Albert was able to make your dining experience in Pelagia Trattoria so memorable. Being connected to International Plaza and Bay Street and so close to International Airport is a great convenience when on vacation. We thank you for your loyalty as a Marriott Rewards member and thank you for choosing the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel for your stay in Tampa. We look forward to welcoming you back.
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

This hotel is fantastic! The rooms are clean and comfortable with a large flat screen TV. It is a great place to stay for any event at Raymond James Stadium. There is an awesome row of restaurants and bars right behing the hotel and the International Plaza Mall is right next door. We park the car on arrival and don't need to drive again till we are going home. By far our favorite spot to stay when we visit Tampa!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmyF1014, Front Desk Lead at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, March 22, 2013
We appreciate the great review! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us and were able to discover all of the amenities the hotel has to offer and visit International Plaza and Bay Street. We do hope you will choose the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza hotel for a future event at Raymond James or just to come relax. We look forward to welcoming you back. Thank you.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Golf group in Tampa for weekend. Stayed here as base. Clean, well staffed, efficient personel.
Best part is location which is near shopping, airport, and food. Would reccomend for these amenities. Nothing wow about the place but a solid hassle free stay.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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AmyF1014, Front Desk Lead at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, March 20, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and were able to discover the amenities the hotel has to offer such as the convenience of Tampa International Airport, International Plaza and Bay Street. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza soon!
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Tampa
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116 reviews 116 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We live 35 minutes away but stay here when we come into Tampa for a special occasion and don't want to drink and drive home. This is probably our 4th or 5th stay here. I love the Floridian/Mediterranean design. You can tell immediately you are not at a cookie-cutter Marriott. It is very distinct, tasteful, and memorable.
We love enjoying a drink by the fountain in the courtyard. They did not have the water running on our last visit but we only stayed one night. It was my husband's birthday so Lauren the reception supervisor gave us free breakfast, which we appreciated and enjoyed. We love the Pelaggia Trattoria restaurant and have eaten there before, always terrific cuisine!
The hotel is in a great location, convenient to almost everything in the area. You can walk to many restaurants and the adjacent International Plaza mall.
The beds are very comfortable, the furnishings are all in good condition. The light fixtures and hallway decor is very nice. The walls all looked freshly painted. The materials are all very quality. It looks luxe. The toiletries are Aveda, which I LOVE.
We did hear some door banging in the evening and morning but it's hard to escape that anywhere.
I have only two quibbles with the property, and one is big. For a non-smoking property, you have to walk THRU what is apparently the Smoking section to enter. There was ALWAYS someone smoking RIGHT BY THE FRONT DOOR. The other issue was the valet and the parking. It was always a zoo when we were there. People would just leave their cars, causing a jam, and so we had to wait by the smoking section for our car. We did not want to pay for the valet parking ($18) but all of the lots where the hotel guests can park had their gates down. When we asked the valet about it, he said the gates were up, I said no, they were down. So rather than continue to argue with him, and then try to maneuver our car around again a second time to look for a spot, we just paid the $18. I really wish we had not valet parked because then we could have just walked, thru the smoking section to our car rather than wait in the smoking section for it. We did end up waiting inside after the smoke got really bad (I am allergic) but due to the layout, and the jam of cars, we had no visibility.
Also this hotel is popular for weddings and they can take over the property so if you're going for a long time, or a special event, you may want to ask if there is anything going on at the hotel and if any areas will be closed. We did not experience this on this particular trip but we have in the past.
There are a lot of great restaurants within a short drive. We went to Roy's, which I love and have reviewed separately, and the hotel driver was able to drive us there and back in between airport runs. We appreciated not having to get a cab for a 2 minute drive but it's not really walkable, especially in the dark.
We would definitely return and when we do, I will say something about the smoke.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmyF1014, Front Desk Lead at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
We appreciate the great review! Thank you for choosing the Renaissance Tampa International Hotel to celebrate your husband’s birthday. We are delighted to hear Lauren was able to make your stay memorable. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I had stopped by a few weeks ago on business and ate in the restaurant. I loved the place so much that I had to stay here next time I was in Tampa. The restaurant was fabulous again. I had the scallops which were HUGE! The service was amazing from Rich. I had a little time to spare and when I asked the manager Dan what to do he had about 20 different ideas for me from the boat show to watching the cigar rollers in ybor city. This place rocks and the little lady Ilinca at the front needs to show the rest of the front desk staff how to wear a smile. A big thumbs up and I will be back again soon.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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AmyF1014, Front Desk Lead at Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Thank you for the great review! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your stay with us from your check-in with Ilinca to your service in Pelagia Trattoria from Rich and all of the recommendations you received from Dan. Hopefully you were able to discover some of the places he recommended. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel soon!
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Also Known As:
Renaissance Tampa
Tampa Renaissance
Address: 4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Business Hotel in Tampa
#17 Luxury Hotel in Tampa
#17 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#26 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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