We stayed at the Best western Bay Harbor Tampa Bay for 1 night. The location is beautiful. It's right on Tampa Bay. The hotel is very convenient to the Tampa airport. It's an older hotel but has been upgraded and is in good condition. We had no real problems and enjoyed our stay. If I had a couple of complaints the 1st would be that I booked this Hotel with Southwest.com because they ran a special for extra points which are important to us. The desk clerk at check in informed me that because I didn't book with best Western that I would not receive my points. I called the Best Westerns reward center and they said they would take care of it, We'll see. They allow smoking on the balconies. The hotel has a sign in the room that says if you smoke in the room you will be charged $250. Apparently the previous guest didn't read it because when I opened the door the stench of smoke nearly knocked me down. I went to the desk and they gave us a new room promptly. The 2nd room was ok but you could still tell that smoke had at least been nearby at some point. I wish they didn't allow smoking anywhere on the premises because a lot of smokers will not confine it to the balcony. Last is the bay side is very pleasant, with a pier. We just wanted to sit and relax on the water or pier. They have a Hogans Beach Bar and grill next door and another Bar and grill across the lagoon. Both places were competing to see who could play the loudest outdoor music. Their were a lot of young people having a great time but I'm middle aged + so I would have rather relaxed quietly by the bay. I know you can't please everyone and We were in the minority. The hotel has an overall party atmosphere which a lot of people enjoy. again, I would prefer to just relax quietly. I would recommend this hotel and I will stay their the next time I fly into the Tampa airport.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on the bay in Tampa, minutes from Tampa Bay International Airport (TIA), this full service hotel is available for your every need.Whether you are traveling to the Tampa Bay area for business or pleasure, The Bay Harbor Hotel can offer you convenient, comfortable accommodations at an affordable price. All guest rooms have open balconies/patios with views of the bay or the city. We offer complimentary wireless Internet, business center, fitness center and the heated outdoor swimming pool overlooking the bay. Volleyball and water sports are available adjacent to the beach bar. The on-site restaurant serves a variety of menu items with a full bar.We are less than an hour away from world renowned white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, a short distance from Busch Gardens(R), the Lowry Park Zoo, the Florida Aquarium, the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), the Salvador Dali Museum, the Ford Amphitheater, the Seminole Hard Rock(R) Hotel & Casino and the Cruise Port of Tampa.If you're here to visit a college or university, we are approximately an hour from both the Tampa and the St. Petersburg campuses of USF, the University of Tampa, Eckerd College, SPC and Florida Southern College. For sports fans, there's Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Steinbrenner Field and Tropicana Field, all within a short distance. For our guests here on business, we offer a variety of meeting rooms and facilities.Our bayside location makes a great venue for any social occasion. Sunset beachside weddings are our specialty. We can host wedding reception as well as the bride's maids luncheon, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, high school class reunions and service organizations. We can also host parties for special birthdays and anniversaries as well as holiday parties and Quinceaneras. Our on-site staff event planners are available to assist you for any event. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Tampa