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“Great Location, views” 4 of 5 stars
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Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   513 S. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602 (Downtown)   |  
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Tampa, Florida
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5 hotel reviews
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“Great Location, views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We stayed at this hotel with friends and found it clean, quiet, and comfortable. The amenities include a rooftop pool, manager's reception with complimentary drinks and snacks, free breakfast that included a full menu (waffles, omelets, bagels, cereal, etc.) and a panoramic view of Tampa Bay and the port. There is a Starbuck's on the premises and you can ride to Ybor City, a major tourist destination, on a old-fashioned trolley for a couple of bucks. Many good restaurants, ranging from sports bars to fine dining are within walking distance. Of course the hotel has its own restaurant as well, but we didn't eat there.

We had no complaints as our room was clean and well-appointed with coffee, wet bar, two flat screen tvs and refrigerator. Our friends reported their room was equally comfortable. Moderately priced and next door to the Tampa Convention Center (with an above-street walkway), this would be a good choice for conventioneers or anyone wanting a downtown, waterfront suite.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jason B, Front Office Manager at Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown. So glad you enjoyed the complimentary Manager’s Reception and free, cooked-to-order breakfast. I hope you will return should your travels bring you back this way.
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

If attending an event in downtown Tampa at the Convention Center the convenience and services provided by the Embassy Suites Tampa are worth considering. A central twenty story atrium is the centerpiece of this modern hotel with two room suites surrounding the courtyard. The hotel is linked by a short walking bridge to Tampa's beautiful modern Convention Center. The hotel's also within a block of one of Tampa's major sports arenas.

The Embassy Suites Tampa staff were uniformly helpful and accommodating during my visit, valet parking services were first rate, helpful onsite car rental staff and the hotel's two restaurants were equally good. I found the rooms are very quiet, provide modern decor, WiFi (presently WiFi access for most guests is an extra cost, valet parking was $22./day). Many of the suites provide great views of Tampa's Harbor and the Convention Center. The restful and very quiet central air conditioning system was also appreciated.

For local sightseeing an inexpensive historic electric street car station is available directly in front of the Tampa Embassy Suites entrance. The historic streetcar runs weekdays from about 10 AM to 10 PM. The street car provides severals stops as it travels by Tampa's riverfront scenic attractions such as the Aquarium, history museum, restaurants, sports stadium and. at its farthest point, Tampa's historic Ybor City (about a twenty minute ride) with its many restored buildings, restaurants and boutiques.

My only small complaint with the hotel, as a tourist, was the 9:30 AM weekday closing time of the breakfast buffet. The hotel's staff said the buffet closes early on weekdays because most of the guests are business travelers with earlier schedules. Aside from the earlier buffet closing hours the food selections were very good.

The downtown Embassy Suites Tampa is excellent with very easy, efficient access to downtown sites and Florida's major highways allowing convenience access for scenic drives over the two mile overwater bridge to St. Petersburg and other nearby communities.

Room Tip: Request a room on a higher floor on the north and northwest towers with view of the harbor.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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 January 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here one night before a cruise out of the Tampa port. The rooms were clean and roomy. They offer a complementary breakfast. There is a Publix about a block away for pre-cruise supplies. We would definitely stay here again.

Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jason B, Front Office Manager at Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center, responded to this review, January 25, 2013
Just wanted to thank you for your recent stay here at Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown prior to your cruise! So glad you enjoyed the “free, cooked-to-order breakfast”, available at all Embassy Suites. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

Great place to stay. Free breakfast, managers drink reception after work and within walking distance of all you need. With a trolley station right outside, Ybor is just a few minutes away for a couple bucks. Walk to the cruise ship area, the forum is across the street along with the convention center. The hotel was very clean, the beds comfortable and the staff friendly. I would stay here again.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Jason B, Front Office Manager at Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
I just wanted to thank you for your recent stay here at Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown! I’m so glad you were able to experience our warm hospitality and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We stayed in this hotel for a conference at the Convention Centre next door - that part was convenient.
The rooms are average, but the service at the front desk was poor in all the times we had to deal with them.
The breakfast was great though - when we had time to eat it - there were a lot of people there for conference and the line ups were LONG!
The lady was rude, and not very helpful. I am not sure if I would stay again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Jason B, Front Office Manager at Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel. I would like to offer my sincere apology for the less than enjoyable experience you had with our hotel. I appreciate your concern, interest and the extra time you have taken to bring these matters to my attention. You do us a great service by taking the time out of your busy schedule to post your concerns. It is through concerned people, such as yourself, that we gain insight into areas of our business that may require attention, areas that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

I checked in and was told that the 14.95 wifi charge is not per room, but per device that uses it in the room. I must have showed my shock on my face, so the girl at the front let me know that the Starbucks in the hotel gives out a code for free wifi- BONUS! The room is a decent size. We had 3 girls in it with a lot of stuff and it held us well. The breakfast was amazing! fabulous omelet station, and they even opened a second when it got busy. I was there for a convention, so that was every morning. Also included is a Managers reception from 5:30-7:30 each night which had free drinks and small snacks- BONUS! The convenience to the convention centre was awesome, just walk over the walkway and you are there. I would stay there again for sure

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 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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Jason B, Front Office Manager at Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Thanks for your recent review and for choosing to stay here at Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown! So glad you enjoyed the complimentary Manager’s Reception and free, cooked-to-order breakfast, available at all Embassy Suites. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Very nice place! We were staying for a convention. Stayed for 4 nights. It's everything you would want in a hotel. It's well maintained. It's clean. It's quiet. It's comfortable. Staff is friendly (mostly one bar server was in a atrocious mood one night because it was busy but she was in a better mood the next night). The pool is very nice and very warm!! There is a made to order omelet breakfast with sausage, bacon, potatoes, cereal, anything you could possibly want. From 5:30-7:30 there is a manager's reception with free snacks and cocktails (tip not included). The parking was a nightmare due to the convention but we found a parking lot 2 blocks down that was $8/day. There are good restaurants in the area. We attempted to eat at Trolley's inside the hotel but it was too busy and the wait for food was over an hour so we decided to have pizza delivered. The sky bridge to the convention center was very nice. Next time I would request a room on the lower floor if a convention is going on as getting an elevator up to the top floors was nearly impossible, it was always at least a 15 minute wait to go down. The bed was very comfortable, we slept very well. I will stay here again in the future.

Room Tip: Top floors are not good during convention dates, elevator wait times are greater.
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  • Stayed January 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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Jason B, Front Office Manager at Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center, responded to this review, February 3, 2013
Just wanted to thank you for your recent stay here at Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown! So glad you were able to experience our authentic Hilton hospitality. We look forward to seeing you soon.
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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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Green Hotel in Tampa
#28 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#34 Business Hotel in Tampa
#43 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Embassy Suites 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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