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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Ranked #16 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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“Great Location and Beautiful View”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

Try to get a waterside room, lots to look at including cruise ships departing and all the marina and riverwalk activities. Large room with lots of pillows (feather) needed to ask for a foam one. Comfy beds with feather duvets and mattress topper. Fridge under in room safe isn't a fridge, just kind of a cooler it kept my pop fairly cold. though so i can't complain. I was rather confused about the housekeeping, we were there for five days and the bedding wasn't changed once. Room was always tidy and clean but i would have thought bedding would have been changed. Very nice lobby and bar, prices at the bar are quite expensive. Wifi is available free in the lobby but apparently not in your room. Good hotel for a convention, as the convention center is across the road

Room Tip: Waterside for sure.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Thank you for your recent posting and for your kind words about our property. I would like to apologize on behalf of everyone at the hotel for our inability to change your bed linens. I have shared this feedback with the Housekeeping Leadership Team. Thank you for the opportunity to improve on the services that we offer our guests.
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

The Tampa Marriott Waterside is a grand and busy hotel located on the waterfront across from Tampa's convention center. Our room was comfortable and clean, and the staff was professional. However, the hotel has one major problem and that is its valet parking arrangement. There is only a small entrance loop jammed packed with cars and valets having to drive the cars across the street to a parking garage and run back to the hotel like Olympians for the next car. We only stayed one night but had to leave the hotel twice. You first wait 20-25 minutes for the valet to get your car and then wait another 20-25 when you return to drop it off. Before booking at this hotel, one reviewer noted that his car keys were lost and never found. My keys were also lost temporarily, then found. I was told the valet is a third-party operator and was working out some problems. Nonetheless, the entrance loop is so small, the problem seems inevitable. If you are just being dropped off and plan to walk everywhere, then the hotel might be the place for you because of its proximity to the downtown area. For those looking to buy some snacks, there is a Publix across the waterway; just ask the front desk for specific directions about the one-way traffic.. There is also a Starbucks on the premises. Note that the beds are not two queens but two doubles.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Thank you for your recent posting on TripAdvisor and for your kind words about our staff service and overall cleanliness. I would like to apologize for what you experienced with our Valet Company and want to assure you that moving forward they will focus on being more consistent with staffing levels and more attentive with their key handling procedures. Thank you for your feedback.
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Reviewed July 4, 2012 via mobile

The hotel is well situated and provides a nice view of the city and harbors. Rooms are spacious and well maintained. Also, many have a balcony- a nice perk.

The entry is grand with a tall atrium- reminded me of the basic Vegas hotels.

During my stay, the hotel was relatively occupied and busy- there was little feeling of being over crowded.

I did not dine at the hotel, so I cannot comment. The lobby bar is limited from a drink standpoint- also, the lounge chairs in that area are worn and smell weird.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, July 23, 2012
Thank you for recent posting and for your kind words regarding our hotel. Please know that we are currently undergoing a Lobby renovation which will address your concerns regarding our Lounge Chairs. Thank you for your feedback and hope you will return when the renovation is complete.
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

I attended a convention with a special rate at this hotel and it was during Debby, the storm, so some of the issues could be due to that. I went looking for fruit one night. Usually Marriotts have a bowl somewhere, but there was none. I looked in the gift shop and in the bar, but no fruit available even for sale. I checked with the hotel and they said I could order by room service, but ...you know room service prices! I located a publex about 5-10 minutes from the hotel, so was able to fill up on fruit the next day. Unfortunately the refrigerator in the room was for show and didnt work, so I iced up the sink. So I guess I found work arounds to these issues. Near the Publex is also a good bakery and sandwich shop on the fringe of the parking lot...Zubans...They have an old world coconut cream pie with a flaky crust that is to die for....along with soups.

The scenery is very nice and good views.The housekeeping staff is attentive. I liked the idea of being able to pick the time you wanted to have them clean your room. The onsite rooms for our convention were also very nice. The exercise room has some decent equipment and is open 24 hours.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 24, 2012

I traveled down to Tampa for a dance competition. I stayed at the tampa marriot and i was in love with how it looked online & the lobby was very nice and relaxing, the marina was a great place to walk around in, the views were also breathtaking. But... the pool was absolutely dirty, there were dry leaves at the bottom of the pool, sticks, cigarettes, etc. The water was freezing, other places I've been at, the water is mostly always warm & relaxing. If you used WiFi in the lobby, you had to pay for it too, and it was $15.00 per day... The room was really clean and the bed was super comfortable.The water pressure in the shower and sink was not very good. Cafe waterside was a great place to eat, servers were very nice but the prices were just way too high... In other hotels I've been too, breakfast was always free. I think this hotel is overpriced, and the guests would be able to find a higher quality hotel nearby for the same price.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
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rochester new york
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

This is a property with a great, scenic location. However, compared to nearby hotel options, the guest gets very little for a very high cost. for example, the Embassy Suites, right across the road includes an individually prepared breakfast and manager's happy hours for the same, or 10-20 less nightly rate.

Room Tip: Ask for a marina view
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Westford, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

We did have some housekeeping issues in our first room which we asked to be moved out of, since it was a handicapped accessible room and I found it not comfortable. Our second room was spotless as was the rest of the hotel. The associates at the front desk were extremely pleasant.

Room Tip: Waterside if you can get it!
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
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Property: 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
#14 Green Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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