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Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   513 S. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602   |  
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Anderson, South Carolina
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“Great location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Good location.. lunch was good at Trolly's walking distance to river walk and Harbor Island easy to get a Taxi to get around.. parking a problem, Hotel lobby was packed 'cause of a hockey game next door to hotel..Staff was friendly easy to get to Convention center using sky bridge...

Room Tip: Trolly 's was good for lunch
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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. I can understand your concerns with parking and the hockey season does bring a lot of extra cars both to downtown and the hotel. Hope to see you return in the near future.
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

Most of the reviews say it all - clean, comfortable, good atmosphere and location.
We stayed here for a week after a cruise from SF - our first time to Florida.
The style, layout and service were all similar to ESs elsewhere.

he first weekend was a venue for the annual grudge match between New Orleans and Tampa, so a party atmosphere by the visiting NOs; sadly, Tampa lost!

Room Tip: We had a partial bay view on the Convention Centre side. It was quiet and restful.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 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 14, 2013
I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay at our Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown. Hope to see you return in the near future!
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Lindale, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Staff was very helpful. Breakfast was great. Location was superb since we were there for a conference at the convention center. There were a couple of things that marred an otherwise lovely stay. 1. ants in our room. We called, they came and sprayed. Same thing the second day (gave us free movie and microwave popcorn) Still had ants the next day, but we were leaving then anyway! 2. The maid couldn't understand what we were saying, so she got her manager, who told her the exact same thing we did, also in english. But the next days, she did not even ask if we needed anything or vacuum. She just came in and laid some towels and coffee on the chair and left! You would think that the constant ant problem might make them want to vacuum and clean everything but the paint off the walls!!!

Room Tip: Check for ants before unpacking.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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 post your review. I would like to offer my sincere apology for the less than enjoyable experience you had with our hotel. While I appreciate your taking the time to provide such a detailed account of this situation, I am very sorry that it was necessary for you to do so. I do hope you will accept my apologies for your disappointment in our service. I intend to share your comments with our management staff to ensure other guests are not subjected to similar occurrences.
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Tampa, Florida
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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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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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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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Louisville
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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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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Address: 513 S. Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
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:
#12 Green Hotel in Tampa
#34 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center 3.5*
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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