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“Excellent Convention Hotel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa - Downtown Convention Center

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa - Downtown Convention Center
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   513 S. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #48 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
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“Excellent Convention Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

Spent week during an event at the Convention Center and hotel is actually connected to the Convention Center by a walkway bridge. Hotel staff was fantastic and the facility is very nice to include the Managers Reception nightly with an abundance of drinks.

Location is approx a 5 to 7 minute walk to quite a few number of restaurants on the waterfront and in the surrounding area. The Ybor area is also a great place to go eat and the Trolly will take you to the area and there is a stop right in front of the hotel to catch it.

I'd stay here again given the location, amenities and proximity to the Convention Center.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

I stayed here the night before a cruise out of the Port of Tampa.The hotel is about a 10-15 minute drive from the Tampa Airport, $25 by taxi.I was able to check in at 11am and the front desk staff were very friendly and helpful.

The room consisted of a living area, bedroom and bathroom. The living area has a flat screen TV, sofa bed/couch, easy chair and a dining table with three more chairs. Also, a wet bar with mini-fridge and microwave.

The bedroom also has a flat screen TV and very comfortable beds. There were no issues with the air conditioning, it worked well.

The bathroom has an over sized shower head with great water pressure.

The hotel has an outdoor pool and incredible views, especially from the glass elevator looking out.

Evening managers reception was cool, had a beer and some pretzels. The morning breakfast buffet was even better. Cooked to order eggs and omelettes, bacon, sausage, potatos, oatmeal, pancakes, etc. The chef was vey friendly.

The Port of Tampa is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel but we decided not to walk it with all of our luggage. A taxi ride cost us $9 and was well worth it.

Overall, this was a great hotel. I would definately stay heer again if I ever go on another cruise out of Tampa.

Room Tip: Ask for a corner room...two great views
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  • Stayed May 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

We stayed 6 nights at the Embassy Suites, Downtown on River Walk by Bay - 513 S. Florida. 20th floor - Excellent room, Spa Pool - but for us was Great - walk/exercise on the Bayshore walk and everywhere. EXCELLENT - Breakfast and customer Service A+. We are Gold members and the fast track was great for Breakfast in Trolley and cocktails. My only objection is the mattresses and pillows (even the foam) I think it is time to refurbish those -- foam is broken up in pillows - but obviously personal choice. Beds are nice for sleepiing don't get me wrong but mattresses could be firmer. Thank you - excellent trip. Starbucks - very busy in mid morning and afternoons.

Room Tip: Ask for Concierge floor only on 20th floor - but really only a few Bayview rooms, hotel is backwards...
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

We love this hotel and the staff is very nice. The hotel is modern with all the comforts of home. The rooms are nice and the breakfast is delicious. I look forward to staying there again.

  • Stayed January 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Have stayed a couple times at the Embassy Suites and both were very good experiences. The rooms are nice, staff was pleasant and professional, and the evening managers special in the lounge is a definite plus. Also, the location in downtown Tampa is great, especially if you have business at the Convention Center. It couldn't be more conveniently located. It is also an easy walk to Channelside or short Trolley or cab ride to Ybor. The only reason I dropped the review from a 5 to 4 star is that I do think the hotel is a bit overpriced (especially if you are in town for a convention) considering some of the things not available, like free wi-fi and a decent pool.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We were at this hotel around New Year's and were disappointed in how crowded and loud it was! We have stayed here several times before and found it to be clean, well kept and a good location for our activities. This trip was a disappointment as we found it hard to sleep because of the noise.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

We choose this hotel to accommodate the family prior to a cruise from Tampa. We wanted to stay near the cruise terminal, and close to dining in town. The hotel met all those criteria, and provided a very "upscale" setting for our night in Tampa.

The room was very clean, with flat-screen tv's in the bedroom and living room areas. We were upgraded to the 20th floor, which offered outstanding views of the city and port at night. The sofa bed was clean and reasonably comfortable for our 16 year old son.

As always, the breakfast buffet/made to order omelets were a hit, and well prepared. After breakfast, we finished packing, and took a five minute/$10 cab ride to the cruise terminal.

Overall, the hotel was a good fit for our needs, provided a very attractive and secure environment and let us begin our cruise relaxed and ready for the sea!

Room Tip: Ask for the highest floor available--you'll be rewarded with great views!
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa - Downtown Convention Center

Address: 513 S. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa > Downtown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Green Hotel in Tampa
#29 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#30 Business Hotel in Tampa
#43 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa - Downtown Convention Center 3.5*
Number of rooms: 360
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Connected via skybridge to the Tampa Convention Center, the Embassy Suites is the only upscale all-suite hotel in downtown Tampa. Complimentary Cooked-to-Order Breakfast and a Manager's Reception included daily. Next door to the St. Pete Times Forum for Tampa sporting events, concerts and exhibits. The Tampa Cruise Port is also close by for all Tampa cruise departures. ... more   less 
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