Hubby and I planned a last minute trip to Tampa so I scrambled to find a place with a reasonable price and accommodations that would fit in with our plans. I found Sailport Waterfront Suites and it looked perfect. The next day, I went back online to book a week and the price had changed. I then called and spoke to Arlene, asking if they would honor the price from the previous day. She said that was not a problem. I also explained to her that hubby and I would be arriving independently. She said if both of our names were on the reservation, and had a credit card (not necessarily the one used to book) both of us could check in and have access to the room. Hubby arrived earlier than me, and the desk clerk would not let him check in even though his name was listed first. He had to wait in the parking lot, in the heat for hours until I arrived.
The room was spacious for two people. The furniture was a little dated. The kitchen supplies were sparse. The water didn't seem to get hot, just warm. The first day that I used the hair dryer ( it's stored in a cloth bag), I pulled out a used q-tip along with the hair dryer. Housekeeping didn't come everyday. The maid didn't knock or call out. One morning she was just standing there.
But it worked for us. The view over the bay was awesome! There is no beach access so hubby enjoyed the pool. There is also a fitness area outside but I never saw anybody using the machines.
I don't know what happened after hours but the place is incredibly loud! Every night there was noise in the hallways. Loud, wake you up noise. Babies crying above us at 3-4 am. Every single night.
One of the main reasons we chose this place was because of the "courtesy van", according to the website. The website lists places the courtesy van will take you. On our third day we found out there was a fee attached to some of those places. We ended up renting a car. On our last day, one of the drivers told me they were paid by the hour so there was no need to tip them (which we did when we used the van) and if you were a Laser Spine Institute patient, the van would drive you to Walmart one time for free. We were not patients, so we were told the fee to Walmart was $30 for 2/one way. Over the few days we did use the van, we were driven by 3 drivers; two were very nice and cheerful, one has a attitude.
Be prepared for back surgery patients walking the halls, both with and without medical professionals, in wheelchairs and just generally roaming the grounds. One day I saw a medical professional going from room to room, knocking on doors, I'm guessing to check on patients. This place really seems to cater to the back surgery facility, which is at the corner.
Yes, the place isn't perfect but I would stay again, now that I know what to expect (and not expect). The price was great and the view was awesome!
- 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 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