Selected this hotel because it was close to the airport, the Hilton name, and ability to get a government room rate. I had read a previous reviewer comment on the lack of privacy on the first floor so my antenna were up when assigned a room on that level by the desk clerk. The room had a sliding glass door opening to a lawn overlooking the parking lot. The lot was far off enough, ~ 150 feet, that I wasn't concerned.
I returned to my room after dinner at Shells, my favorite Tampa seafood restaurant, and went to shut the curtains over the translucent, diaphonous sheers and discovered that they weren't curtains at all, they were just valances. Anyone on the lawn, or in the parking lot for that matter, can see into your room! I was too unpacked and too tired to ask the desk clerk for a new room for just one night. Had I it to do over again, I would have requested it just out of principle.
Other small annoyances included a jacuzzi in which the water jets didn't work and a breakfast omelette that came with lukewarm, soggy potatoes (looked like they'd been scooped out of the warming tray from the buffet vice prepared fresh.) Was somewhat on a tight schedule so I didn't send them back. But when you choose to stay at the Hilton, you just expect everything to be right the first time. Won't be coming back. There are lots of choices in Tampa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- One of the best Tampa International Airport hotels offering exceptional service and the closest proximity of International Plaza hotels with complimentary Tampa Airport shuttle service from 5am-1am. Unwind with a swim in the heated outdoor pool or work out in the fitness room or at the on-site tennis court. This hotel is ideal for special events, with over 12,000 sq. ft. of flexible function space and free Wifi access. Not many hotels near downtown Tampa can compete with our location in Westshore within easy access to International Plaza, Raymond James Stadium, Cigar City Brewery and Ybor City. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore Hotel Tampa
- Hilton Hotel Tampa
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