The experience at the Doubletree begins before you even step foot into the property. They have lots of parking available, to include a very attentive and friendly valet service. Once you enter the lobby, you are greeted by a friendly front desk staff, every time! They make it a point to learn the name of the guest, and actually remember and use it! You will of course be given your standard issue chocolate chip cookie. They are always baked fresh and on hand, but attention is quickly diverted to the inviting sports bar that is literally right behind you!
The Players Club, their sports bar, has many tables and offers comfortable arrangements with either a bar-style or table-style, whatever you prefer. While you are in a sports bar with all of the local and national channels on more of the wall mounted TV's than you could ever watch, you might feel that you have been upgraded to a very trendy eatery with the extensive menu options - but at reasonable every day prices! The bar offers a great selection, and is also very reasonably priced.
If you can make it out of Players and you are not too embarrassed to take your shirt off, then I would highly recommend soaking in some Florida sun outside by their pool. They have a large lounge area as well if you don't want to get splashed while you soak up the rays.
If you want to work off those pounds before you go out to the pool, then you are just like me :) I really enjoy working out in their gym. They have a lot of new machines and weights that make it just like my gym at home. I am very comfortable there, and feel that I can get a good safe workout.
I noticed that the property has several conference and reception rooms. The staff always seems to be attentive and available for those private functions. I took a little peak in (please don't tell anyone) and the way they had the room set up was just great! I know that a lot of thought must have really gone into what they do for those receptions.
I finally made it up to my room and felt like I was ready to take a load off. I set up my laptop with the free Wi-Fi and enjoyed some good couch time.
I was very pleasantly surprised to see that their flat screen TV's didn't have the on-demand movies and RESTRICTIONS like most hotels have. I could actually use my laptop to plays the movies I wanted to for free! This added tremendous value for me, as I was able to save a lot of money that way.
The beds there are great. They are so comfortable, you won't want to get up. Luckily, they have a very effective staff for the room service. You can order from their menus very late through the night, which is great for me!
I am not much of a morning person, but I felt much better when I went downstairs and got a look at that breakfast buffet. It was not the typical continental breakfast - not one bit. They have a chef there to prepare your eggs any way you like. For me, nothing starts my morning like a cook-to-order breakfast.
I have a sweet tooth, and when I left the hotel in the morning, I asked for one of those cookies again. I was handed one with a smile, and I was off to go shop at the International mall, which is very nearby. They have a FREE shuttle service that took me anywhere I wanted to go in the area, which was a great way to save on some taxi money I would otherwise have spent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Airport - Westshore is close to everything that you're looking for in Tampa Bay! Located only 5 minutes from Tampa International Airport, our Tampa hotel is an ideal choice for the business traveler, sports enthusiast, family vacation, large and small meeting, wedding or social event. Our complimentary, 24-hour airport shuttle service makes it easy and affordable to get to the hotel. The DoubleTree by Hilton in Tampa is surrounded by the Bay Area's finest dining, shopping and entertainment. We are just minutes from Busch Gardens, University of South Florida, Port of Tampa, Downtown Tampa, Tampa Convention Center, University of Tampa, The Florida Aquarium and Historic Ybor City. Award-winning Gulf Beaches and other area attractions, such as Lowry Park Zoo, Adventure Island, MOSI, Salvador Dali Museum, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and Tampa Museum of Art are all a short drive from the hotel.We are located in Tampa's Westshore District, Florida's largest business center and a premier destination for meetings. Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers and USF Bulls Football, is only 5 minutes from our doors. Steinbrenner Field, spring training home of New York Yankees is also 5 minutes from the hotel and the St. Pete Times Forum, home to the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning is a 10 minute drive. The DoubleTree by Hilton is central to all of Tampa's fine sports venues, including the Ed Radice Sports Complex. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree By Hilton Tampa Airport - Westshore Hotel Tampa
- Tampa Doubletree
- Doubletree Tampa