I stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel mostly because of convenience - I was in town for my medical boards which are held at the business center which is essentially part of the hotel.
Some positives: Close to the airport with free shuttle service that departs every 1/2 hour starting at 5am. Room service options are reasonably good with portions that are, perhaps, a little too generous. The room I stayed in was beautiful and was very well cared for - no housekeeping problems that I noticed. The hotel was very quiet and I got a very good night's sleep. Additionally, the front desk staff were extremely helpful and courteous and there is a free business center where you can access the internet and print things.
Some negatives: The layout of the hotel is a bit weird because it's actually located inside of a business center. Most rooms face out into a center atrium and look across the way into the windows of someone's office. In general - if you can see the office person, they can see you - so you probably should keep your curtains closed! My other (wee) complaint is that the internet is not free. For those who are in town to take the pathology board examination, this is a downside as the internet is study resource. However, the hotel HAS tried to accommodate this somewhat, and if you are in town for the ABP, you are able to receive internet service at a 50% discounted rate during your stay. Also, if you order room service do be aware that a 21% gratuity AND a $3 delivery charge are added upfront to your check. Most of the delivery staff will not tell you this - so if you add your own tip, you may actually wind up tipping 40% or more of the total price.
- 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