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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Ranked #17 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

This is one of the nicer Marriotts I've been to....reminiscent of the San Diego Marina Marriott, or the Baltimore Inner Harbor Marriott. Great area - right on the waterfront, with the walkway along the docks that leads to area attractions and restaurants, nice patio and lobby, great rooms, etc.
There are a few drawbacks....expensive parking, difficult to drive to, expensive morning coffee....but these are expected in the nicer places.
Waking up and going outside here on a sunny morning, though....quite sublime. Don't hesitate to book a room here.

Room Tip: Ask for water view.....it looks out over the channel between Tampa and Harbor Island, quite nice
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2013

Thank you for your recent posting about our hotel. I live close by and like you, I enjoy walks around the water and the hotels proximity to the many amenities Tampa has to offer. We very much appreciate your comment encouraging guests to stay with us.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We came to Tampa for a FLA getaway and then to visit family. Phase One was to find a nice hotel in Tampa. Check. The Marriott Waterside was a great hotel in a great location on the edge of Downtown, right on the River Walk. The hotel lobby is a wonderful 3 story space with tall palm trees that say "Yes, you are in FLA." At night we sat on the rear patio with fire pits sipping our cocktails next to the water channel. We stayed for 2 nights. The room was fine and up to date. The hotel staff was pleasant and helpful. Phase Two was to roam around Tampa. We had a rental car, but if not the trolley across the street will take you to the Ybor district. Easy to get a cab to go anywhere. In our travels we checked out the Hilton and the Embassy, and we were glad that we chose the Marriott Waterside.

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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2013

Thank you for recent comments regarding our hotel and for mentioning how helpful our staff was. We are glad that you chose to stay at our location. We appreciate your business and hope to see you in the future.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Exactly what I expect from Marriott. Perfect in every respect.

We burned some points for an overnighter. Got their worst room (place was packed... hard to blame them for selling the good rooms and giving away the less nice ones). Still very nice. Bed was soft. Ample hot water with adequate pressure. Plenty of pillows. Plenty of towels.

Got a little snack from the bar. It was tasty, and reasonably priced for a hotel.


Valet parking at $22 is steep, but, frankly, only $2 more than on-street parking in the area. A wee bit hectic to get in and out, but there was a hockey game, and several other events.

Nicely located a nice walk from Channelside and The Forum.

Room Tip: Water view rooms have a much better view.
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2013

Thank you for your recent posting and for your loyalty to Marriott. We were pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in our hotel.

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Reviewed April 27, 2013

Was here for a conference, which is convenient, since the convention center is across the street. Room is decent sized. Bed is fine, but I like a more firm mattress. Products are Bath & Body Works, citrus scent. Towels are not plush at all; kind of thin. Only one set of elevators for entire complex - six elevators. I was on 24th floor, and in the morning, would stop on a lot of floors to get to the lobby. There is a safe in the room and they deliver the local paper in the morning, with WSJ available in the lobby.

The Starbucks is a franchise; they don't take the Starbucks cards or the Starbucks app as payment. AT&T wifi is not available at the Starbucks at this hotel nor at the Embassy Suites across the street.

Internet access is $15 a day. For a business hotel. Really. However, they comped by Internet access for the entire stay because the toilet overflowed in my room, and they came to take care of it right away.

The bar is ok, but it is kind of a cheesy crowd. If you want a quieter hotel, check out the Westin up the street, which is much more subdued.

Grabbing a cab is easy because there is a taxi stand nearby, but there is not much pedestrian activity on a daily basis around this area.

Room Tip: I booked for a king and they were going to try to give me two doubles, with a water view, and I insi...
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2013

Thank you for your recent posting on TripAdvisor. We were sorry to learn that we fell short on some of your expectations. Should your travels bring you back to Tampa in the future please know that we offer complimentary internet service in the lobby. Thank you for your feedback and for the opportunity to improve on the services we offer.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Wife & I stayed here for 2 nights pre cruise. They allowed an early check in, and we were in our room on the 24th floor by noon. Spent the first afternoon at the pool, and afterwards had cocktails and canapés in their beautiful concierge lounge on the 27th floor. We then walked to the nearby Tampa Forum for that evenings Tampa Bay Lightning-Pittsburgh Penguins hockey game. So very convenient and very safe.
We had a breakfast package, which I can highly recommend. Another day of lounging at the pool, an excellent dinner in the hotel restaurant, and then drinks and a cigar on the patio overlooking the river.
The hotel property was immaculate and every staff member we met was helpful & pleasant. The cruise terminal was a very short drive from the hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2013

Thank for your generous comments about our hotel and for commenting on how pleasant the staff was. We look forward to your return visit in the future.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

1 night while in Tampa for work. King room reserved and upgraded to executive level overlooking water.

Valet parking only here and plan to wait as the garage is a short run away so the valets get their exercise for sure.

Lobby big bright a bustling with people as convention center is just across the street. Popular place for events I assume. Staff all very nice and welcoming, recognized my Gold status.

Room was dated and not new by any stretch but more than ample for a single nights stay, requested a mini fridge which they provided. HVAC seemed to be working but always felt a dampness in the air, had maintenance come for a look but nothing apparently wrong with it.

Gym and pool both excellent, large with lot's of stuff to use and lot's of chairs at pool. Big scene later in the day.

Executive lounge was nice, went up at night and morning for snacks.

All in all a good stay but needs a bit of a facelift in my opinion, it isn't newer and isn't ancient ;)

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

what a great way to start a cruise!! the staff is so helpful and nice! they gave us a 24th floor room with a balcony that was as llarge as the room! with the package there is champagne, chocolate strawberries, breakfast (in the room if you like), and late check out at 2pm---perfect timing for going to your cruise ship!! the port is only a few blocks away.....very very pleasant!!

Room Tip: the balcony room on 24 is awesome!!
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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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#7 Business Hotel in Tampa
#10 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#13 Family Hotel in Tampa
#15 Green Hotel in Tampa
Price Range: $155 - $483 (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, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina in Ybor City overlooks Tampa Bay in the heart of Downtown. Our hotel in Tampa, Florida is located adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center. This world-class 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, Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 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 our 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 & Marina. ... more   less 
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