The Intercontinental is 10 minutes away from the airport and located right across Westshore Mall. The rooms have a good size, have everything you need (Wifi, minibar, iron, HDTV), are very clean and in a good shape. Rooms number x25, x26, x28 on the lower 6 floors might be a little bit noisy because you can hear the street traffic at night. Service is excellent and fast. There is a free parking garage behind the hotel. There is also a little pool on the 9th floor. However I would not really recommend this hotel for family vacations, as the majority of the guests are business people and most hotel services are focused on business.
Breakfast buffet is USD16. There is also an "Illy Coffee" in the lobby, basically serving the same type of breakfast you can get at Starbucks. There are several good restaurants within 3 minutes walking distance, like the "Fish Market" or the "Palms". Wifi is for free (and kind of slow und unreliable during peek hours...that would be my only complain about the Intercontinental). There is a free airport shuttle running every 30 minutes.
I stay in Tampa every 3 weeks and tried almost every other good hotel close the airport: The two main competitors are the Grand Hyatt and the Renaissance at the International Mall, which are both within the same price range. The Hyatt is located very remotely and you cannot go anywhere without a car. The Renaissance has much smaller rooms and the noise from Tampa International Airport is annoying at night.
This makes the Intercontinental the best choice in 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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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Tampa