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Floridan Palace Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   905 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL   |  
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Ranked #93 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Odessa, Florida
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67 reviews 67 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“This Hotel is a Must See!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

Although we did not stay or eat at the Floridan Palace Hotel, it is a MUST SEE when visiting downtown Tampa. The hotel has been exquisitely and authentically restored. It is definitely worth taking the time to peruse it's grandeur! The staff was most amenable when we told them we just stopped by to enjoy the transformation of this beautiful hotel.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Tampa, Florida
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107 reviews 107 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

We enjoyed lunch here yesterday. I did not make reservations, so we were lucky to get in. (I will do so in the future.) The ambiance is awesome, service well done , and cuisine delicious. Would recommend the salmon, moussaka, clam chowder, and burger. (I am sure we would recommend more items,but that is all we ordered.) The house salad that accompanies the luncheon entrees is very good. You will not be disappointed. The restoration was a success. You feel special while being there and will be treated as such. It is not that expensive. Go and pamper yourself! Can't wait to go back!!!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Walla Walla, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

We are aficionados of old hotels. That said, the previous three hotels we stayed in were a Fairmont, a Four Seasons, and a Trump. So we're used to a certain level of service. Well, if you think that's what's available here then you are mistaken.

It breaks my heart to say anything more, other than that the staff are friendly and willing but simply completely overwhelmed, untrained, and under supported.

Corners continue to be cut here. Tampa still suffers from a lack of an outstanding hotel.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

My husband and I treated ourselves to a romantic getaway at this wonderfully restored hotel. We loved everything about it, and we especially loved that is was not another cookie cutter hotel. It has been restored to its original grandeur, the rooms are comfortable, the food is delicious, the servers were attentive to our needs. Our visit to the hotel was a pleasant experience. There is no other hotel like it in downtown Tampa. It was definitely a perfect weekend getaway.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Tampa, Florida
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65 reviews 65 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012 via mobile

The hotel has been revitalized nicely, however the staff and the menu have a very long way to go. Nostalgia abound but ......it' needs to take a step forward with service and ambiance but overall they are trying very hard. I expect them do do much better in the future.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Seneca, South Carolina
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95 reviews 95 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We did not stay at the Floridan, but we did enjoy Sunday lunch there last Sunday. The hotel is an old Tampa landmark. It fell into disrepair and was abandoned for years. A seven year restoration project made the Floridan Palace beautiful again. Entering through the lobby, you see that the chandeliers and ceiling are beautifully restored. While the restaurant is small, the food is delicious and the service is very good. I had the calamari, brown, crunchy, and delicious. Complemented by great bread and other dishes, we had a great meal. I would have lunch at the Floridan Palace again. SInce I have family in Tampa, a stay there is unlikely.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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33 hotel reviews
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186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Very impressive historical rennovation. Nice, old-world lobby. An "on the edge" neighborhood, at best. Mustly smelling hallways. Bar closed at 9pm; no way to get a drink after that. No coffee available in the morning -- front desk guy told me to walk three blocks to a starbucks, located in another hotel (where I should have stayed). Hotel looked to have very low occupancy, as best I could tell. No blanket or comforter on the bed. TV did not have CNN. No room service available. No business center. No hot water in the shower or sink; best it got was luke warm. There was a fax number on the phone, where presumably a guest could have a fax sent, but the front desk guy (working alone) had never heard of that number. The working fax machine was locked in manager's office, so not available at night. The front desk folks were OK but did not appear to have any hospitality training. The whole experience can best be compared to staying in an inner-city YMCA. When I was 19, traveling around the world on $25 a day, that was great. I loved such places. They were a respite from the nights I spent sleeping in train stations. But now, as a business traveler, not so much. And the price of this hotel was not so cheap. If it were $45 a night, I would say "go for it; just have reasonable expectations" For $175 a night, I would say "pick ANY other hotel in Tampa."

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Floridan Palace Hotel

Address: 905 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL
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 Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #93 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Floridan Palace Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 213
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the legendary Floridan, located in the heart of Tampa. Built in 1926, this nineteen story hotel has been brought back to its original grandeur.Indulge yourself in old world charm, met with the modern comforts of today. With an eye for detail and a dash of flair, flawless service and luxury awaits you at every turn. The opening ceremony and ribbon cutting of this iconic landmark took place on July 28, 2012, making the Floridan Palace, once more the “crown jewel” of the city of Tampa. With historical expertise, and detailed craftsmanship, the hotel’s beauty and stature of its original state has been recaptured. The Floridan is one of the few hotels in the Tampa Bay area that is on the National Register of Historic Places. ... more   less 
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