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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Ranked #19 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

My husband & I stayed here for 1 night to attend a function close to downtown. The location is great. Request a room on one of the top floors & it's an incredible view from your room. The staff was very friendly, the hotel was clean & well appointed. Beautiful lobby area & they have a Starbuck's in the lobby. Nice outdoor patio dining on the water. We will definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Request a higher floor for an incredible view!
  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

This hotel is clean, staff is friendy and the location is great. My husband and I have stayed here before for a convention. While he attends meetings all day, I have the freedom to explore the city. We have our choice to stay at other holtels but we enjoy staying here. There is a bar in the lobby that is a very convenient meeting place. The restaurants are not too pricey and the food is quite good. The valet gentlemen are quick to respond (they run to get your car!) and very sweet. The hotel is right on the water where gorgeous boats are moored but there is no beach access at the hotel or nearby so if you are planning a beach vacation, this is not the location you want. But, if your plans are to explore the city, ride the trolley or spend time at the aquarium, then this is the place to stay.

Room Tip: Hgher floors have more air conditioning noise but a beautiful view if you stay oceanside.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 28, 2012

Just returned from a nearly week long conference and truly enjoyed the property. The pool is great, and there are a number of options for groups to gather (lobby bar, Starbucks, sports bar, casual dining, fine dining). It's literally across the street from the convention center and light rail system.

The rooms were clean, quiet, and well appointed. Food was above average, and the bartender at the pool bar was remarkable. The pool itself was very relaxing, but could get very, very windy at times.

I'm still not sure why some properties do not offer wi-fi in the rooms. We live in the age of the iPad, and the only reason I was able to be productive was because I packed my laptop. Otherwise, I'd have been screwed. And to charge for internet, really...hotels need to get over it and simply build that cost in to the rooms. It's really a crime.

I'd definitely recommend this property if you're in Tampa for any length of time. Just try to negotiate wi-fi ahead of time.

Room Tip: Balcony rooms are around $15 more a night.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

I stayed at this hotel on Jan. 25-27, 2012 for a conference. Great location, adjacent to the convention center, Tampa Bay Times Forum and lots of restaurants and entertainment options. This hotel will be ground zero for the 2012 Republic National Convention coming to Tampa in August.

The hotel public areas are very nice. Great pool outdoor marina and pool area. Nice sports bar on the lobby level, too.

My only complaint with this hotel was my room on the 12th floor. During my stay I lacked hot water in my shower and sink. Found out from other conference colleagues that there was no hot water on numerous floors of the hotel. Management told us to "run the shower for 20 minutes and hopefully it will heat up." This is not only absurd advice for an obviously malfunctioning water heating system, but it's a complete waste of water.

The room wi-fi was also very spotty. Apparently, they are installing a new wi-fi system and portions aren't working yet.

Let's hope they get all these issues fixed.

Room Tip: Rooms views are either city views or marina views.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

Stayed one night prior to our Western Caribbean cruise. Room very nice; quiet high floor. Staff friendly from check-in through valet parking check-out. Stayed here winter 2011 also and enjoyed our stay then, as well. Lovely lobby and the lobby bar is very popular. Free WiFi is only available in lobby, so it was a very popular place for guests. Why would any guest pay for a web connection in-room? Beds very comfortable. Loved the street car out front for visit to nearby Ybor City. Will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

Except for getting to the property - everything was wonderful. The customer service was outstanding, and the room was great including the view. It was so beautiful to see the full moon rising on the horizon from our room. My son loved the pool - even though it was a chilly January day in Florida, because it is fully in the sun - it was comfortable for him to splash around in before we saw the Million Dollar Quartet show at the Straz. We will definitely be coming back!

Room Tip: It was worth the extra money to get the waterview.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 23, 2012

We stay at the Tampa Marriott Waterside every year for a winter conference. It is a great conference hotel, although this year we seemed to have an above average amount of technical issues in the sesssions. The location is excellent. We try to catch a Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game when in town. The Forum is literally right across the street. The hotel has a good sportsbar, a below average Italian restaurant and a good, typical breakfast restaurant. The concierge level is nice, but small compared to most. The hotel has great views of the bay area, make sure to get a room facing south. If you like to run, skip the treadmills and head out. There are ample sidewalks that produce some good running loops over to the Hyde Park area along Tampa Bay. The hotel is always clean and the rooms are very nice. Worth the price for Tampa.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Address: 700 S Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602-5404
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Tampa
#7 Business Hotel in Tampa
#10 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#13 Family Hotel in Tampa
#15 Green Hotel in Tampa
Price Range: $163 - $442 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 717
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A striking silhouette along the Channel Riverwalk, the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Ybor City overlooks Tampa Bay in the heart of Downtown, located adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center. This world-class Downtown Tampa hotel's 50,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting space, full-service spa, and several delicious restaurants such as Café Waterside and Champions, make it the perfect destination for work and play. Part of the Channelside District, the Tampa Marriott is among the most luxurious of hotels in Tampa, Florida, with newly renovated rooms and suites offering private bay or city view balconies. After a busy day, unwind in one of this Tampa, Florida hotel's lounges or enjoy culinary excellence at Il Terrazzo. For ultimate relaxation, try our spa, jacuzzi, or rooftop pool! Boaters can dock and stay using the 32-slip, full-service Marina at the exclusive Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina near Ybor City. ... more   less 
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