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3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   7700 Courtney Campbell Cswy., Tampa, FL 33607 (Formerly Bay Harbor Hotel)   |  
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Ranked #76 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
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“Great Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Loved this place. The pool was nice, however a lot of bugs floating around. Restaurant/Bar area was pretty neat and it was great to sit on the water and have a couple drinks and dinner. The room was excellent and the balcony right on the bay was beautiful. Will return to this facility if ever back in the Tampa Bay area.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 14, 2014
Dear Kacey 62,

Thank you so much for letting us and others know about your experience at our hotel. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself. It's great to know that you would come back. Please make it soon.

Robert D,
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I stayed April 5, 2014 in a bayside room on the 6th floor. The room was clean & a nice bathroom. The staff was very helpful & stored our luggage for us. They provide free shuttle service to the Mall, Walgreens & Airport. Also, gave us number to call to get a shuttle to the Ships for a $10.00 fee. One of their shuttle drivers (David) helped us get a sealed contain opened due to the airplane compression which we were unable to do. I was stay again at this hotel.

Room Tip: The 6th floor over looking th bay.
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  • Stayed April 2014, 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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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 10, 2014
Dear Tanner22,

Thank you for taking your time to tell us and others about your stay at our hotel. And thank you for the compliments. I'll be sure David sees your letter. The best compliment of all is that you will stay again. Please make it soon.

Robert D,
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

I spent four days at the hotel and throughly enjoyed it. A room with a bayside view is a must. The sunset over the bay will melt away your worries.

The staff is very professional and the rooms have all the amenities you'd expect. The bathrooms are roomy and very clean (I always judge first by the condition of the bathroom caulking. In many hotels, there's discoloration or mold. Here, bright and white.)

I was also pleased with the responsiveness of the maintenance staff. I went to the front desk and reported a burned-out bulb in the bathroom, went out to my car, and by the time I returned to my room a few minutes later, the maintainance guy was already at my door with a replacement bulb. Impressive.

Whiskey Joe's is a good restaurant within walking distance and it has a scenic patio and beach bar, free bean bag toss game, and fire pits at night. I ate there everyday. It's not high-cuisine by any measure, but definitely better than many other beachside/touristy restaurant bars I've been too. The blackened grouper with Creole sauce is very good (I recommend subsituting the angel hair pasta for the sides.) While sitting on the patio one night, I saw two dolphins swim by and leap from the water three or four times. That was neat. Perfect place to enjoy the sunset and have a margarita or a frozen drink (enjoyed the frozen mango mojito).

The hotel's location is also very good- pretty central to everything and just a short drive to downtown or to the Clearwater beaches.

If there was any downside, it was the lack of privacy on the patios. But it's also a nice way to meet fellow travelers.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Dear Mark J,

Thank you for taking so much of your time to write such a comprehensive and thorough review of our hotel. I hope you tried our restaurant. It has great views and food as well. Please come back whenever you can.

Robert D,
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Overall this is a okay hotel. If I was into partying and drinking hotel is a great place. Good location easy to get to the airport and other areas of Tampa. Cops arrived on Sunday nite and cops there on Monday night. Staff at front desk very nice; not always knowledeable about highways or streets in area.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Dear 180katherinea,

Thank you for your review. You are correct about our location. It's hard to beat. I appreciate your letting me know about the front desk. You can't teach people to be nice, but we can teach them where things are. The bar can sometimes get a little rowdy on week ends and holidays, but the revelry usually doesn't spill over into the hotel. What happens at Hogan's . . . I hope that the next time you are in our area, you will stay with us again.

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Sarasota, Florida
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79 hotel reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

5 minutes to the airport, the waterfront hotel is a great place to get work done and still finish the day in true vacation mode. Hogans Beach Bar with its multiple outdoor bars , terraces and 2 beach volley ball courts is hopping and definitely entertaining. On a Tuesday night, the place was busy and diverse. The rooms were better than average and the property overall very well kept. In the immediate vicinity are multiple bars, restaurants and clubs, but as walking goes, not so friendly. This was a pleasant surprise.

Room Tip: Waterfront is very nice.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Dear Kahoru W,

Thank you. Everybody likes surprises, especially when they're nice. I hope that the next time you are up our way and need a place to stay, you will think of us first.

Robert D,
Guest Services Manager
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Saratoga Springs, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I have been staying at this hotel for the past 5 years and i never had a bad experience. The location is great and the accomodations are always the best. The exterior and the interior are always professionally maintained. The biggest asset are the people that work there, always friendly and warm.

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Dear Chris P,

Thank you for letting us know this. Everybody needs compliments. And thank you for sharing your experiences with the world. We hope they will book with us and have the same great experiences that you have had.

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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This hotel is in a good location. Right between Tampa and Clearwater. Very clean and the front desk was really nice. I wish they had complimentary breakfast. Other than that, Check-In was good and room service was good. I will come back. The price is pretty good.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
Dear lamytheman,

Thank you for your comments. They are appreciated. It's good to know you'll be back.

Robert D,
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Address: 7700 Courtney Campbell Cswy., Tampa, FL 33607 (Formerly Bay Harbor Hotel)
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Tampa
#2 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 260
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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