Not an inexpensive hotel by any means, but it is well maintained, clean, reasonably stylish, and not wildly expensive as i perhaps could be.
The bedding was excellent, as was the spaciousness of the suite.
Also, it's centrally located to most everything you would care to do in Ybor City.
As several other reviewers note: paper-thin walls. By that I mean, truly stunning lack of sound insulation. Conversations in neighboring units were perfectly audible sounding as if the people were in the room with you. So...that's a pretty noisy environment.
Also: the depressingly common "hidden fees"...be it a 'resort fee' or a 'parking fee'. These have become so large and prevalent that they effectively mask the real price you are paying when booking online.
Interestingly, England has regulations to prevent this sort of thing. So, for instance when I travel in the UK and book a hotel...if the price on the site says, say, $140/night...then my final bill will likewise say $140/night.
Contrast that to our experience here in the US. Here, a hotel might advertise a hotel as being priced at, say, $99/night. Thinking that to be a good rate, you book it. Only once you arrive at checkout, you realize that it's $99...plus a $12/day "resort fee" for free bottled water you never ordered...plus a $10/day technology fee for the wireless internet you might never use...plus a $20 tax-recovery fee...because...umm...the taxes the customer already is paying isn't enough, somehow?
Why not just call it what it is? $99 "base room rate"...plus a $40 "this is what the real price is" service charge...?
Again, the hotel itself is fine. It would just be nice if the hospitality industry would stop following the airline industry's chief mistake...where the advertised ticket Price is only $150!!! (Not including $950 in taxes, for a total of $1100).
C'mon corporate America...be honest with your prices. We all understand the scam now anyway...Stop quoting us "fake" prices. Stop quoting us "fake prices" that leave out the other 80% of the cost. That's just plain old deceptive.
Not getting on you for this practice...most of the travel industry does it in the US in one form or another.
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- Tap into Tampa's bountiful resources of culture, nature, and adventure that co-exist harmoniously in this Gulf Coast metropolis. The Hampton Inn & Suites® hotel in Tampa-Ybor City/Downtown makes a great connecting point: It is located in the historic district of Ybor City - only about a mile from the Tampa Convention Center, the Port of Tampa Cruise Terminal, and the Channelside Entertainment District. Enjoy our free shuttle service to any location within three miles of the hotel. Our promise to you includes a clean, comfortable hotel room. In fact, we have 138 of them! If you're traveling with your family, you may opt for a room with two beds. Or, if you're here by yourself on business, why not book a room with a plush, king-sized bed so you can stretch out and relax? ... more less
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