Hotels in downtown Tampa are generally expensive, so I tried my luck at Priceline and got this one for only $65 (I talked to some people on the van who paid $179, so my deal was much sweeter!) It was confusing to find due to the closed exit, one-way streets, and several streets closed due to construction. We could see the hotel but it took us driving around it a couple of times to actually make it there. There is a curbside area at the entrance for 10-minute parking for registration and then you drive across the street into the gated parking lot. My clerk, Jackie, was friendly and helpful at check-in and gave us a lovely room on the 7th floor. The room consisted of a desk, an L-Shaped sectional, coffee table, chest of drawers, TV, Queen size bed (I asked for a King, but she said they had none in the hotel,) a nicely equipped kitchen (cooktop, microwave, full-size refrigerator, and all pots/dishes/etc.) and a little bar with 2 stools. (**Note, there is no oven. I was happy I didn't bring a frozen pizza to bake when I noticed this! Also, there is no table, just the bar.) There is a sink/vanity area separate from the toilet/shower room, which was nice. The room was average and showed very little wear. The room wasn't the cleanest I've stayed in, but was acceptable. Mostly the floor in the kitchen area needed to be mopped (actually I thought it was a marble design, until I spilled some water and wiped it up to find that the floor wasn't the color I thought!)
In terms of furnishings, the best feature was the bed. It was high and had nice, comfy linens. The sofa was less than comfortable. I found the ends to be OK, but the middles were too soft.
The hotel has nice amenties such as free breakfast (which was standard cafeteria-style buffet and pretty bland, but they did have salsa and cheese sauce to spice things up, a really good oatmeal bar with nuts, raisins, and brown sugar, make-your-own waffle station, a yogurt-parfait station, scrambled eggs (too wet for my taste), sausage, pancakes, and potatoes.) They also have free internet access in the room. But, I think the best feature is the free shuttle service. The shuttle actually leaves from the adjoining property (Courtyard by Marriott) but will take you anywhere within a 2 mile radius. I used it to get to and from the convention center and my friends who stayed elsewhere and had to drive were envious.
The shuttle is great since there is really nothing around the hotel. The Performing Arts Center is close, as is the library, and a Domino's Pizza. The shuttle driver told me there will be new "high-end" condos across the street from the hotel soon, as well as a new shopping/entertainment area. From the looks of things, I wouldn't expect many changes until maybe 2008. Be sure to take food for your room, or have the shuttle take you out for meals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Residence Inn is Marriott's leading extended stay brand. We are equipped to give you the room to enjoy yourself on longer stays. Whether you are staying for one night or 6 months, our spacious suites with kitchens will certainly give you comforts that most hotels can't. We provide complimentary amenities that include a full hot buffet breakfast, light meal with all you can drink beer and wine Monday - Wednesday evenings and internet throughout the hotel! Our wonderful staff is here to do everything they can to ensure that your stay is flawless and comfortable. We look forward to serving you! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Residence Inn Tampa Downtown Hotel Tampa
- Tampa Residence Inn