Having read the reviews posted I was concerned that I had booked four
nights at this hotel prior to travelling to Destin to meet friends. However, I am glad I did read them because I was able to weigh them up against what I found there. This hotel is definitely in need of a
'face-lift'. It needs to be completely re-decorated and to be given the 'polish' that other Sheratons have. However, I did not find the hotel dirty and the rooms had everything required for a short stay even if housekeeping occasionally needed to be chased for things e.g robes. The restaurant is good, yes, it is 'pricey' but what hotel restaurant isn't? The swimming pool area is fine and the occasional pelican floats past on the river and the riverwalk near the hotel is very pleasant. This is a downtown hotel so you are not getting the amenities of a more tourist-focused area.
The real plus side of this hotel for me were the staff. They were so helpful and friendly and could not do enough to make my stay a good one. The shuttle bus was available for short journeys e.g The Florida
Aquarium, Channelside (for lots of restaurants - there is not a lot of choice of places to eat near the hotel unless you want to go to the Hyatt). They arranged a cab for me to get to Busch Gardens and there is a regular shuttle bus on the hour to the airport which is cheaper than a cab. I also used the trolley bus service from Channelside to get to Ybor City and this also runs back very close to the hotel. All the staff in the hotel were always smiling and pleasant.
My conclusion is that the Starwood group who run Sheraton are actually doing their staff a great injustice by continuing to hold back on the decoration of this hotel which is the cause of so many complaints and the staff are having to work against this pressure which they personally cannot change.
This is certainly no beach holiday hotel and certainly not a hotel for long-stay with or without children but as a jumping off point for
a couple of nights it shouldn't be completely written off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel is conveniently located near the Port of Tampa and Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers. Onsite we also have over 10,000 sq ft of meeting and event space. Ideally situated on the Riverwalk and featuring thoughtful amenities like delicious New American dining at Rivers Edge restaurant, a picturesque waterfront outdoor pool and a 24-hour Sheraton Fitness Center. Unwind after a busy day exploring Tampa in one of our 277 pet-friendly guest rooms and suites, all of which feature our Sheraton Signature Bed® and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tampa Sheraton
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