I stayed here with my wife and 2 kids for 4 days on a trip to Busch Gardens. I had never been to Tampa before so I wanted to stay someplace as close to the bay as possible. This hotel is steps from Tampa Bay. There are no beaches that you can enter right on the property but there's a small beach right down the street (wasn't very good though and watch the sharp rocks on the right side of the beach-there are signs but we all cut our feet). About 20 minutes down the Causeway is Clearwater.
The room was very clean. I could actually walk barefoot on the carpet without being grossed out. The suites were pretty large. We stayed in a family suite which has a room with a queen bed, 2 bunk beds sort of in a hallway area, a living room with a pull-out sleeper couch and a kitchen with full size appliances. You can't really fit more than one person at a time in the kitchen but it was clean and everything worked.
The bunk beds have a sign that says they're only rated for 40lb children or less and there are no guard rails. My kids are a little bigger than that so they slept on the pullout couch but they liked it.
Flat screen TV's in the living room and the bedroom.
It took us 25-30 minutes to get to Busch Gardens from here but the view of the bay was worth the extra drive.
I would definitely stay here again.
One bad thing though was if you use a debit card to hold your room but you want to pay with cash they charge the entire amount of the stay as a hold on your card. This won't get released for 5-7 business days. It caused us some extra hassle but we ended up just paying with that card and depositing the cash so it was not a big deal but it was an unexpected hassle and I heard at least one other guest having the same problem so I thought I'd mention it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on beautiful Rocky Point Island, overlooking the sparkling waters of Tampa Bay, Sailport Waterfront Suites is ideally situated within minutes of Tampa International Airport, with easy access to downtown Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Our location is convenient to all area attractions and points of interest, including Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Tampa's bayfront beach, the Port of Tampa, Olde Hyde Park Village and Historic Ybor City. The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Tropicana Field, St. Pete. Times Forum (home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Stanley Cup Champions!) and Raymond James Stadium (home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, World Champions!) are all nearby. Corporate, Military and Government guests will find themselves with an easy commute to the Westshore Business District, Tampa Convention Center, MacDill Air Force Base, CAE and Laser Spine Institute (LSI). At Sailport, our island atmosphere is suitable for business travel as well as family getaways. Corporate visitors enjoy the perfect Meeting Retreat, Corporate Housing or Extended Stay venue. For family getaways, we offer spacious One-Bedroom Family Suites or Two-Bedroom/Two Bath Suites. Attraction packages are available for Busch Gardens, SeaWorld and more! All suites feature full kitchens, private balconies with water views along with free high speed wireless internet access. Enjoy waterfront relaxation in the heart of Tampa Bay and Rocky Point Island. Guests love our breezy ambiance and the spectacular gulf coast sunsets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sailport Waterfront Hotel Tampa
- Sailport Resort Tampa
- Sailport Hotel Tampa