The Renaissance International Hotel and Plaza is a beautiful Italian village inspired large property in the northwest section of Tampa.
Beautifully decorated and adorned, the property is clean and spacious with comfortable over sized furniture in the spacious lobby.
Check in was efficient, fast and user friendly accompanied by smiles and a very warm, friendly & cheerful staff.
My accessible room, on the second floor very close to the elevator, room 341 was exceptionally large for a standard room; larger than most suites in comparable properties in large cities. The room was well furnished with a king bed, armoire, reading lounge chair, refrigerator, flat screen and the standard items. There are 2 bottles of the house brand water, coffee maker, coffee and tea complimentary or you may opt for the premium bottles of Evian Water for a hefty charge. In-room Internet is very expensive per day, as well as the in-room movies and tv Internet services.
The bathroom and quality of the towels and toiletries are very upscale. The turn down and wake up calls are precise and on time.
The Restaurant was very chic and modern Italian with quick, courteous and efficient service. The breakfast buffet was tasty with a good selection of items. The pricing in the restaurant was moderate but equal to similar properties. In the lobby of the hotel there is a courtesy beverage station with fresh chilled and fruited water and features coffee in the mornings. There is a small novelty shop in the lobby that I did not use.
The courtesy van -shuttle service was convenient and available from 5:00 AM until 11:00 PM. It is very convenient for getting to the Walmart and Target if you need to pick up a few things or to access the local bus system to get out and explore the city if not driving.
The conference rooms were well maintained and centrally located off the lobby and restrooms. The conference and banquet staff were difficult to find and not attentive as necessary for my personal taste but we're friendly and courteous. There were some consistency and service issues with our continental breakfast each morning but minimal.
The location is the only potential challenge of this property. It is located very close to the airport in a beautiful, clean and upscale area. This is the challenge if you aren't driving. It is set away from downtown and the limited major sights. I had no real problem getting around as I used the courtesy van to connect to public transportation and called the hotel to be picked up once I returned to the bus stop, but must be well before 11:00 PM as I learned the van drivers do go home early up scheduled.
Overall it was a very comfortable, courteous and professional 6 day stay for a business training.. I would recommend this property for singles & couples on business. My impression is it would be very pricey as a true family destination with kids, location and proximity to major attractions.
The property is connected to the International Plaza, a beautiful mall with all upscale stores, shopping and restaurants and eateries in an Italian themed setting. The Mall was busy with upscale shoppers during the day into the early evening. The restaurants close early so if you plan on using them for evening meals, plan to do so early in the evening before 9:00 pm.