Stayed here for a night while in Tampa for the weekend last month.
GOOD - The location. Hotel is in a safe area and has ample parking. Property is well-kept and is very nicely situated on the waterfront, which makes for some incredible views. They have a small private pier for hotel guests that offers additional amazing views. The pool is also on the waterfront, so if you want to just sit out there - you have some great scenery to take in.
The rooms are pretty spacious, clean, well-organized and have some good closet space as well, if you're gonna be there for an extended stay. They have a mini-fridge, but it puts the mini in mini-fridge. Bathroom was clean and very spacious as well. Shower had built in shampoo dispensers. Bed was VERY comfortable and the A/C in our room worked well (I like it freezing when I sleep). All of the rooms [beach view or parking lot view] have balconies, which is also pretty cool.
Wrestler / celebrity Hulk Hogan's Beach restaurant is adjoined to the hotel. It is the official on-site restaurant of the hotel. They had a decent lunch menu; drinks are a bit pricey, but it's fun to go in and get some great photos and look around at the memorabilia. Wrestling manager Jimmy Hart is frequently there as well, so you might run into him.
There is a nice computer area in the lobby with printing capability. This is definitely handy for any business traveler, or anyone who may need to handle any personal business or get information. There wasn't a charge for printing either, which was appreciated.
BAD - The location. Despite being in a safe and well-kept area, there is NOTHING close to the hotel. If you need a Walgreens or Target, or just want some Checker's or Burger King, or need gas, you will have to drive about 7 miles on the nearby highway. You have to go back to the highway (which, thankfully, is very close to the hotel) and take that about 6.5 miles up and into the area of all of these things. Then it's a 7 mile trip back. My advice, make sure you have all you need, including some snacks before you get to the hotel. I wanted some Checker's food and some supplies from Walgreens late at night, but wasn't about to drive 14 miles just to get it. In our search, we looked up the nearest of other businesses as well, and they're all in the same proximity.
Also, we left an item in the hotel and knew exactly where we left it. Called the hotel to have it checked on and sent back. They forwarded us to a voicemail of the 'housekeeping director'. Left a voicemail - never got a call back about it. Called back, same scenario, never a call back again. Wasn't appreciated, as we know someone obviously took it and kept it for themselves.
Other than that - not much else to complain about. Despite the proximity thing and the item not being returned, I'd probably stay here on my next visit to Tampa, just stock up on my necessities and snacks ahead of time.
- 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 BEST WESTERN 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, Crabby Bill's, 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®, the Lowry Park Zoo, the Florida Aquarium, the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), the Salvador Dali Museum, the Ford Amphitheater, the Seminole Hard Rock® 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