I stay in a lot of hotels each year, from the lowest of low to the best of the best. Of all of the many hotel chains I frequent, the Intercontinental group is always my favorite. Whether it is a Holiday Inn express, Crown Plaza or the Intercontinental itself, I am almost always pleased.
The Tampa IC is no exception. The location is easy to find and very convenient. It is located adjacent to the Westshore shopping plaza which has a movie theater and lots of shops and restaurants. Traffic is not too bad in that area. The hotel is also located about 1 1/2 miles from another major shopping/dining/entertainment venue: International Plaza. The Tampa Intl airport is only minutes away as well.
The rooms are beautiful and the bed is terribly comfy. The lobby is nice but not too exciting and neither is the view unless you are lucky enough to be on the bayside of the building.
I personally would not pay an astronomical sum to stay here as there are other hotels in the area that offer more in the way of scenery and excitement within the same general price range. This hotel mainly caters to business travelers so weekend deals are often easy to find. if you will be staying in Tampa on a weekend you might just get one of these deals.
The particular weekend I stayed here, this hotel was cheaper than many moderate of budget hotels that cater to leisure travelers.
All in all, this is a terrific hotel and I guarantee that as long as you get a good rate there, you will not be disappointed!
Here is a hint: the Valet is $18 overnight. The hotel does have free self parking but it is a bit if a walk from the garage and difficult to find the entrance.
I usually park across the street from the main entrance near the Bank of America. Most of the time I can see my car from my room. The Westshore Plaza has nighttime security as does the bank so my car is safe and secure.
- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Tampa
- 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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