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“Great view, good value.” 3 of 5 stars
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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 #78 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Halifax, Canada
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“Great view, good value.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We stayed here in July, Sat-Mon. There is no doubt that this is a weekend party hotel. The attached restaurant, Hogan's Beach offers good food, but contributes to the noise level and party atmosphere. Although the Bay view is beautiful, even more so at night, there is yet another bar that sits just across the bay that competes for the evenings sound waves wight Hogan's. The hotel was lean, and the staff was friendly, although they did forget to leave towels once, but that's not a big deal. The pool could be cleaner, not sure if it even has a filtration system, but they skim it every morning. The whole hotel could use a reno, at least a spit and polish to make it feel a bit more up to date. I stayed on Best Western Points, so there was no charge for the stay, so the value for me was high, but overall, it was good value. I'd stay again.

Room Tip: Bay view rooms are loud from the music at the bars.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, August 1, 2014
Dear Brad A,

I'm glad you enjoyed your stay with us and will come back again. Just a quick FYI, all pools have filtration systems or the water would quickly become stagnant. The top is skimmed to remove large pieces of debris that would ruin the filter. Looking forward to seeing you again soon,

Robert D,
Guest Relations Manager
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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Very nice location by the bay. Within minutes from the Tampa airport and Clearwater. Comfortable accommodations and friendly staff makes for a relaxing environment. The attached restaurants and bar is nice and the food is good. I would rate the overall experience was very good.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 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, August 1, 2014
Dear bobbyw291,

Thank you for taking your time to write us such a nice short 'n sweet review. You said a whole lot in 4 sentences. Please don't wait too long to come back again for another enjoyable experience.

Robert D,
Guest Relations Manager
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Bielefeld, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The Bayharbor Hotel often changed the hotel chains in the past years. It used to be a Radisson. It could use a little bit of renovation, but it is still a good place to stay for a few nights. The rooms are large and somehow clean. Take a room to the bay, it's worth it. Next door is Hoogans on the Beach (The wrestler Hulk Hoogan), where can have excellent food. During the nighttime it can get a little bit loud because of the restaurant next door.

Room Tip: Oceanside room
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Dear Vtm R,

Thank you for taking your time to write a review of our hotel. I would like to clarify a couple of points for the benefit of other guests. The hotel has only changed three times in the past 15 years. By local standards, that's not "often." It's about average. One owner, because of our convenient location and great view, had plans to demolish the building and build condos. We are almost done with our 6+ million dollar renovation. Many of the improvements to the property are not visible, but if you are familiar us, you know that many are. Our rooms are cleaned daily by a very hard working staff. I think the word "somehow" is an inaccurate translation. Overall, you seemed to enjoy your stay. We hope to see you again soon.

Robert D,
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Here on a Family vacation the bay view is a very beautiful view day and night but other than that the hotel is just ok. Hogan's Beach is nice although price for jet ski rental is a bit ridiculous I think. $55 for 30 mins 95 for 1 hr. The hotel staff is not very friendly, u pretty much have to speak 1st to get someone to speak to u. Had probs wit TV and sink not draining properly, when u flush toilet it comes back up in the sink. Overall experience not extremely disappointed and definitely not overwhelming

Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, July 31, 2014
Dear D1nonie,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our hotel. I'm sorry that your stay was not up to your expectations. I do hope you let the front desk staff know of your situations in a timely manner so that they could take care of them. I'm sure that you are aware that the hotel is not directly involved with the rental of the jet skis, but I will pass your comments along to them. They charge "market price," or, in other words, what the market will bear. Currently, there doesn't seem to be any shortage of business. We hope that the next time you are in our area, you will stop by again.

Robert D,
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Newnan, Georgia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

If you pay extra for the view, it was beautiful, although jet skys were very noisy. No breakfast included which was a disappointment since there was no where to eat except at Hogans Resturant, which by the way, food was great but flies were horrible and I'm talking about inside seating. No one was very friendly. Party nights were over the top with noise and car traffic.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, July 30, 2014
Dear flygirl1953,

Thank you for your review of our hotel. I hope you didn't let anything spoil your fun. The next time you're in the area, please come back again.

Robert D,
Guest Relations Manager
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park city, ut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Stayed at the Bay Harbor Hotel for a few week nights on a business trip in July. The location is very convenient from Tampa airport, and is close to a few beaches on the Bay and right on the causeway to Clearwater. Downtown Tampa is easy to access as well.

The lobby and many of the common areas are in better shape than the rooms. My room was relatively quiet, and the balcony was a nice feature. The bed was NOT great. Much too firm and I could feel each spring; not too much, but noticeable. Pillows were all flat cotton, with no fluff.

Bathroom appeared to be semi-recently remodeled, but the work was sloppy, with shoddy paint and grout work.

I also don't get why some hotels (this one included) keep bathroom or other lights on after the room has been cleaned. I feel like this is such a waste, especially with the number of rooms and number of fixtures. You have the cards on the bed touting the hotel sustainability with reduced sheet washing, but leave on unnecessary lights?

As others have said, a restaurant/bar is connected to the hotel. On advice of others I didn't try, but it might be a nice place to have a beverage outside at the end of the day. There was a motorcycle show of some kind and a concert my last night there, but everything seemed to shut down around 11pm, and my room didn't allow enough noise before that to be a nuisance.

I'd consider staying again, but the bed and pillows will keep me away.

Room Tip: All rooms seem to have balconies or patios (if on ground floor). Rooms either face the bay or the pa...
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, July 26, 2014
Dear Sonofragnar,

Thank you for the feedback on our hotel. I fully agree with you about leaving on the lights in the bathrooms or anywhere else in unoccupied room. If we turn them all off, there is the danger that guests may trip over or bump into something in a dark room. I'm going to discuss this further with the Director of Housekeeping. The bathrooms are being touched up, but I'm afraid the mattresses and the pillows are going to be here for a while. I really hope they won't keep you away, considering all the other nice things we have to offer. We look forward to seeing you again.

Robert D,
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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

we stayed at this hotel to attend a music festival on a nearby beach - the view from our room was just gorgeous. the staff was very nice and very helpful. shuttles run to the airport and to restaurants - for out of town guests, this is a great place to stay for the money.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, July 26, 2014
Dear HarriMiller,

What a nice short 'n sweet and to the point review of our hotel. Thank you for taking the time to write it. I'm sure oithers will find it helpful. I hope we see you back soon.

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
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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