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BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel
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
2 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Stayed there for 4 nights and out of those 4 night only had 1 night of peace and quiet. When we first arrived in our room it was a bit warm since we were staying in a bay view room but that was not the case. It only got cool at night because we had to keep the curtain closed. The a.c. started making a loud noise in the middle of the night and didn't stop till the next afternoon around 6pm. Also when we arrive in our room went to get ice and the ice bucket was full of bugs, asked if we could be moved and they tolds us NO, because they were completely booked. There was a country concert on the saturday at Hogan's beach and when we got back that night after dinner and didn't even find a parking spot because they let the concert goers take up the parking spots so we had to park on the curb. Also there was a family reunion going on in the hotel and the families staying on our floor let their kids hang out by our room and they were yelling and laughing loud until I had to tell them to be quiet. The bed was harder then laying on the ground. The only thing that was good about the whole stay was that the fridge was super cold. For what we paid for the stay definitely NOT worth the $$$…

Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, August 15, 2014
Dear Givette A,

I'm sorry about your stay with us. I would like to take a few moments of your time to clear up a few items that will make your next stay more enjoyable. Sometimes, when the temperature hovers in the high eighties all afternoon, the bayside (Western facing) rooms do get warm. The fastest way to cool them down and keep them cool is to draw the drapes. You can still sit outside on your balcony and enjoy the sunsets. It is true that we were sold out during the time you were here, but if your a/c was not working properly, if you had let us know in timely manner, we could have moved one from a storage room or an office to accomodate you. We did not allow concert goers who were not also registered guests of the hotel to park in the parking lot. The lot was full because the hotel was full. Parking along the curb inside the lot is permissible and is always used in this situation. The hotel had a security guard on duty all night long. If you had notified the front desk about the children, we would have immediately sent him up to remedy the problem. We strive to keep our pricing competitive with other like kind hotels in the area. Check it out for yourself and we hope you'll choose us again for your next trip.

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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Zephyrhills, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The view was outstanding! Our room was very nice and the staff was so friendly. I would highly recommend this hotel and we look forward to a return stay! Great bang for your buck, Location, location, location!

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, August 4, 2014
Dear Jane R,

Thank you, thank you, thank you. We'll be looking forward to your return stay. Please make it soon.

Robert D,
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Green Bay, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We had a nice stay during our long-weekend trip to Tampa. The water view was breath-taking and we enjoying sitting on the patio. Bed was very comfortable and the TV was high quality. Refrigerator in the room was also a bonus. The night-life at Hogan's Beach and Whiskey Joe's was loud at night, but no problems in the hotel from it. Also, air conditioner started to give out by the time we checked out. It was VERY hot when we stayed and had the air conditioner running for 4 days straight, which probably attributed to it breaking down. We informed the front desk during check out and they immediately made a note of it. All in all, a great stay and we'd definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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BAYHARBOR, Guest Relations Manager at BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel, responded to this review, August 1, 2014
Dear Ashley K,

Thank you for sharing your experience at our hotel with others. I'm sure they will find it enjoyable and helpful. I'm glad we'll be seeing you again. Try us this winter. Remember, no matter how cold it gets here, we don't shovel it.

Robert D,
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Halifax, Canada
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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,
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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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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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