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“Beautiful hotel, exceeded expectations” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Ranked #19 of 162 Hotels in Tampa
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Chicago, Illinois
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91 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Beautiful hotel, exceeded expectations”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

We stayed at the hotel for a long weekend while we were in town to attend a family function. We chose the hotel based on a convenient location and family recommendations, and were extremely pleased with the choice. We had been expecting a generic hotel experience, but we were pleasantly surprised and our expectations were exceeded. There are several hotels in this area, and this one appears to be the best choice. The hotel is right on the water, with the boats docked just outside the outdoor eating and bar areas, creating a perfect atmosphere to enjoy a drink or a meal, or even to go for a walk after dinner. The lobby is gorgeous and welcoming, and it feels much like a high-end luxury hotel, encouraging you to linger over drinks or a nice meal. The room was a nice size, and the bed was extremely comfortable; the bathroom was adequate but very clean. The spa is also quite nice and the spa experience also delivered more than expected. The location is perfect -- a quick, $25 cab from the airport, and many restaurants and attractions are within walking distance. The trolley also stops outside the front door, so we were very comfortable without a car. We highly recommend the hotel and will make this our first choice when we return to Tampa.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on a high floor, facing the water if at all possible.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

We flew in a day early for a cruise and stayed at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. The hotel was gorgeous. They had everything you could possibly want, including a good fitness center and an excellent breakfast buffet. The location just half a mile from the cruise port was great, although driving in the area was a bit of hassle at night because so many downtown streets were blocked off for events. The hotel is walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and the trolley stop. Our rooms all had balconies and lovely waterfront views. The bed was comfortable, and the front desk was able to supply a toothbrush when mine broke.

I was disappointed that the hotel failed to provide the medical refrigerator I had requested for a member of our party, even though I had confirmed the request with the front desk and was told it would be no problem. Also, my in-laws had to deal with several staff members who didn’t seem interested in helping them unless they were tipped.

I would recommend this beautiful hotel due to its location, amenities, and ambience, but the service could be better.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Thank you for your recent posting and for your kind words about the hotel and amenities. I was very sorry to learn about what you experienced with our staff and I want to reassure you that I have shared this feedback with my leadership team. Additionally, I would like to apologize for our inability to provide you with the medical refrigerator. Moving forward we will monitor our refrigerator inventory more closely and make the necessary purchases. Thank you for your feedback.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

Great waterside hotel. Both the staff and property are outstanding.

The staff are very helpful and professional. The hotel has updated decor and amenities. This is a nicer Marriott property that is definitely worth a stay. The restaurant/sports bar has great food and their staff is just as great as the hotel. I recommend this property to my friends and colleague when traveling to Tampa.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fr3quent-Fly3r
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Thank you for the fantastic feedback and for your willingness to recommend us to your friends and colleagues.
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Saved 150 dollars in process despite upgrading to valet park, breakfast included room with sparkling wine and strawberries, a balcony and a better hotel. Delighted we did. Lovely property with free guest laundry (obv you do it yourself!) . Will return, Clearwater ok but rooms not a patch on room here. Staff wonderful smiling and kid friendly.

Room Tip: High floor
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ilovehotels2
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Thank you for your recent posting and for taking the time to mention our wonderful and smiling staff. We look forward to seeing you in the future.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

We loved our stay at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. We used Marriott points and were upgraded to a room on the 27th floor with a lovely view of the harbor waterfront area. The food on the Concierge level was outstanding. The staff at the Concierge desk in the lobby were very helpful.

Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Thank roberto66
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Thank you for posting and for your loyalty to Marriott. Our Concierge team really appreciated your kind words. We look forward to serving you again.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

We loved our stay at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. We used Marriott points and were upgraded to a room on the 27th floor with a lovely view of the harbor waterfront area. The food on the Concierge level was outstanding. The staff at the Concierge desk in the lobby were very helpful and gave excellent directions to wherever we wanted to go. great stay!

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Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Thank you for posting and for your loyalty to Marriott. Our Concierge team really appreciated your kind words. We look forward to serving you again.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

Stayed here for two nights. Was in town for a hockey game at the Tampa Forum. Came in very late but had no problems getting the room which ended up with a great water view and a balcony. The convenience for what we needed was great. The Forum is right across the street and the Aquarium is within walking distance. This place would be great for cruising from the Tampa port. Plenty of nice restuarants in the area as well. They riverwalk is very nice. Would stay here again for sure.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Franchise74
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, March 28, 2013
Thank you for your positive remarks and for your willingness to stay again. We are very fortunate to have such a great location on the water. Thank you.
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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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