We arrived just after noon for our one night stay on November 24, 2012, and were greeted by Debra, a very friendly and welcoming front desk staff member. I told her that I tried to check in on the Hilton website, with which I’ve had many problems. It is not user friendly. The precheck said that we had been assigned a room on the 5th floor but had 4 others to choose from; one of which was on the 10th floor before the site blocked any further action concerning check in. Debra said the 10th floor would be the choice during the week when the Executive Lounge was open but not on the weekend. I asked if there were any suites, and she found us one: Room 359. The room was on the east end of the property and faced the shared parking lot with Charley’s steakhouse. We had originally chosen the nearby Embassy Suites but changed to the Doubletree when I discovered that the local ND Alumni Club was having its football watch at Player’s in the lobby at this hotel. We received a coupon for our breakfast plus one each for a beer, wine, or well drink at Player’s because of our Hilton Gold status. They also brought us two complimentary bottles of water about an hour after we arrived as well. Gold Status is nice to have, and it was recognized and we were made to feel extra special at this location by all! Thanks...
Room 359 was a King Bed, Junior Suite with sofa bed. There were 2-42 inch tvs, both mounted high in a corner for great viewing from anywhere in the given room. The bedroom area had the king sized bed, 2 end tables, a desk, a bureau, and a dresser plus one of the tvs. The living area had another tv plus a small microwave and fridge with a small dining table and two chairs. There was the sofa bed, a coffee table, 2 more end tables, a chair, and three (2 on the end tables and 1 floor variety) tacky, retro style lamps. The air was controlled by thermostat but was an old unit. It was slightly noisy but not too bad. There was a small balcony with two chairs and a little table. I guess that area would be for smokers since the hotel is thankfully totally smoke free. The bathroom had sink, toilet, and tub/shower combo. The only negative was that the hotel was several decades old, but it was as nice as it could be given such. (except for the tacky lamps). The tall, tacky lamp did cause a problem. It wouldn’t turn on so we tried different light bulbs. I tried a different outlet on the other side of the wall in the bedroom area, but nothing, so I tried the outlet next to the sofa where one of the two short, tacky lines was plugged, and BOOM. There was a short in the tall lamp, and it blew that outlet and caused a nasty, electrical burning smell. I called the front desk, and they sent a maintenance guy. He verified that the outlet no longer worked, and I had him take the tall, defective lamp. We had to stretch the cord for the short, tacky lamp to the other end of the sofa. He said he would flip the circuit breaker, but it didn’t come back on so we just left it stretched to the other outlet. The next morning, I saw the coffee pot from the next room outside their front door and wondered if their outlets had been blown as they were on the other side of the wall from the bad outlet. Who knows? The hotel took care of the situation promptly, and there was no more damage, and the smell went away.
Breakfast was fantastic, especially after the nightmare at the Homewood Suites the morning prior. They had an omelet/egg station so I had 3 eggs over medium with bacon and sausage links from the buffet plus a piece of whole wheat toast. Afterwards, I returned for a small bacon/mushroom egg white omelet and some more bacon slices. There were some juices plus bread, potatoes, and more, and the waitstaff provided orange juice, coffee, and water. I think it was about $15 each, if not included due to status so try to book it with room, if no status. I found it did the trick, and I was happy!
Player’s was fun for the fooItball gamewatch. The prices weren’t too high. $12 for a domestic pitcher, and food was around $10 for burgers and sandwiches. They had several appetizers as well, but I had a fish sandwich, which was tasty even though the fish seemed thin and the bun thick! I thought it was great because Notre Dame finished off an undefeated regular season and I got to meet Skylar Diggins’ father, who lives in Tampa area and was at the watch.
In summary, I would definitely stay here again. I am giving it a 4 because it is dated. I’m not sure how this could be made a 5 without major remodeling and rewiring. The room was next to the elevator bank, and a slow hum could be heard off and on at times. The halls had the low ceilings and reminded me of the older casino hotels in Vegas but without the smoky smell covered in perfume. If we had stayed on the 10th floor, we would have been in the wing which is next to the highway, and it may have been noisy. There were a few times when the noise was apparent from the side where we were. I had a good night sleep and could have slept through most anything after the libations from Player’s! Everyone on the staff at the hotel and restaurant was top notch. I will rebook here in the future if I can get a great rate even though I won’t expect to receive a suite next time. Thanks for a great one night stay!
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- 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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