We were visiting Tampa for three nights prior to a cruise and chose this hotel because of the positive reviews on tripadvisor. The airport is 10 minutes away and a complimentary, convenient shuttle bus is provided. The cruise pier is about 15 minutes away, a shuttle is available, but is not free. We took a taxi, the fair was $25.
The front desk staff were efficient when requests were made but not welcoming and friendly. There is a steak house that serves breakfast and dinner for a fee. A lively bar, coffee bar, shops, and a hair salon are on the first floor. Walking distance to drug stores, a movie theater, banks, restaurants and a mall.
A lovely outdoor pool is on the 9th floor with a city view in the distance. The pool was not heated.
Free Wi-Fi and parking. Parking can be a bit confusing: You may be told to park on the second level, but we found no parking space available. Level six had plenty of parking and is convenient to the elevators and hotel entrance. Be prepared for a bit of walking to your room. Valet parking is available for $18/day. The business center just off the lobby is well equipped with computers and printers.
We requested a quiet room, not facing the office building. This request was denied: The reason was not made clear. Because of the floor to ceiling windows you can clearly see and be seen by folks at their desks across the court yard. Talking and other human sounds can be heard from the adjoining room and hallway. The house keeping staff were great: the room was very clean and well stocked with everything we needed. Iron, ironing board, coffee maker, coffee and tea all provided complimentary.
There is a refrigerator in the room. CAUTION: Do not open it unless you intend to make a purchase from the minibar. We opened the refrigerator to put our water in it and our bill reflected a $10 minibar charge. There is an auto bill when minibar door is opened and items are moved. At least two other guests complained about this when I was in the lobby. The charge was removed after being asked “did you remove anything?”
I would recommend this hotel, with caution about the noise, room location and the minibar.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the city, InterContinental Tampa is just minutes from the airport, within walking distance to shopping and centrally located to all area attractions including Busch Gardens, Raymond James Stadium, the Florida Aquarium, the St Pete Times Forum and the beautiful gulf coast beaches. Here is where excellence truly is the standard. The hotel features a rooftop swimming pool with spectacular views of Tampa Bay, complimentary Internet access, a fully-equipped fitness centre, 24-hour in-room dining, 'In the Know' Concierge services and the award winning Shula's Steak House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Tampa