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“Very Nice Downtown Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Ranked #11 of 162 Hotels in Tampa
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Florida
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52 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Very Nice Downtown Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

This hotel gives you great Florida ambiance in the midst of downtown. The lobby is really beautiful with very tall palm trees throughout. They are not real, but look real. The back of the lobby has glass windows that look out over the patio and give the whole area a nice open feel. The lobby bar is open and great for socializing. There are lots of seats and cubby areas in the lobby for working or visiting. A Starbucks beside the lobby as well. Conveniently located across from the Convention Center and Tampa Bay Forum, this hotel is a great business and liesure hotel within walking distance of both. The rates are a bit high in the winter/spring months but you can get a decent rate in the summer months. I would have rated this hotel as excellent but the spa and one of the restaurants was closed "due to low occupancy". It was a Monday evening. Normally they have a daily spa special advertised in the room where you can get a 25 min massage along with a facial or foot/neck massage for $100.00.
I worked out in the gym which overlooked the pool area. The pool is located on one of the higher floors and is very large. Large enough to swim laps if you desired. It was completely empty in the late afternoon. Plenty of lounge chairs too. The rooms are very nice, as with most higher end Marriotts.
If you have the opportunity to stay here, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

This hotel was very clean with a staff that was accessible, friendly, and eager to please.
Located across the street from the convention center and a trolley that takes you to the Channel side District. The hotel is minutes from anywhere in Tampa.
The views are exceptional especially from the higher floors. The rooms with a balcony are a nice addition. The higher floors are best.
The pool is on the third floor and has plenty of chairs and a pool bar. Poolside food delivery is available too. Pool towels are located next to work out room that is well equipped.
Valet is your only parking option and can get slow during the rush hours. Many restaurants are located close by so walking is a option. The trolley is across the street and will take you to the Channelside District.
The beds are some of the most comfortable we have experienced.
We were very pleased with the room and hotel. We will be back.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for your fantastic review about our hotel. We are always pleased to see comments about staff service. Should your travels bring you to Tampa in the future please know that there is self-parking located within the vicinity of the hotel. We look forward to your return.
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Alachua, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I stayed here one night with my 2 daughters to attend a concert. I was surprised at how beautiful it was. The check in process was a breeze. We were lucky and got a balcony room on the 22nd floor with an amazing view and plenty of room. Loved the easy walk to the Tampa Bay Forum. The pool was very nice, unfortunately it closed st 11:00 pm so my girls couldn't cool off after the concert, but my younger one got up at 8:00 am to swim, it is a nice pool plenty of chairs and a great view. The only con for me was no free wifi in my room and the down mattress pad had feather poking me when I got in bed, but I easily corrected it. No issues with valet as I had read on here. I also wished dining at the hotel was a little more affordable.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for your recent posting. I am glad that you and your daughters had a great time. Should you attend another concert in the future please know that we offer complimentary Wifi in our lobby. Thank you for your feedback.
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Winter Park, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

Loved the Marriott. Perfect location and beautiful amenities. Only problem is that the parking is valet only and it gets backed up because the loading area is small. There was also a church group that brought uhauls full of items and busses that clogged up the valet area. That would be my only complaint. The pool is amazing and the gym is well equipped.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Bill H, Bill Heitzig at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for your recent posting on tripadvisor and for your positive comments on our location and amenities. Please know that there is self-parking in the area and that I will personally share your feedback regarding the congestion on the drive with our valet team.
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Miami, Florida
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82 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Stayed here for 4 nights while taking the FL Bar Exam. The staff is friendly & attentive, the room was clean & the view was relaxing. The room is standard but the beds were VERY comfortable & there are several different types of pillows on the bed to choose from (soft or hard). My stay here was very comfortable while totally stressed out for the exam. They shouldn't charge so much for parking or in room wifi - other than that, I would recommend it. Breakfast Buffet was OK, nothing to write home about but there is something for everyone ... and the omelette/waffle station is PERFECT!

Room Tip: If staying during a busy time, request a low numbered floor b/c the elevators are SLOW
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Bill H, Resident Manager at Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, responded to this review, August 14, 2013
Thank you for your recent posting. We were pleased to receive your positive comments. Please know that we regularly compare our prices with the rest of the Tampa market. We do this ensure that we are priced properly. Thank you for your feedback.
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Tampa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I stayed at this property for a conference recently and it was good on some items and not so good on others.

Pros: Location - beautiful inter coastal location near good nightlife/dining options. The new front lobby/gathering area is great, meeting space was nice. Check in staff were very pleasant.
Rooms were decorated very nicely and the balcony looking over downtown was a nice touch.

Cons: Tipped to death!! I drove up had to tip a valet, then tip a bell person to take my luggage to the front desk and then tip another bell person to take my luggage to my room. On top of paying for parking that took forever to get the vehicle when I wanted to leave (hotel was very busy at the time which accounted for this).

My bed was very uncomfortable - very hard even though it looks plush with the comforter - did not have a good night sleep until I got home.

I feel like the front desk was understaffed - there was a huge group checking in and the lines were long and there were only a few front desk clerks working.. Also, because of this group - the lines for elevators took forever also - (15 minutes one time).

Lobby bar staff lacked any enthusiasm - I walked up to the bar and stood there a few times and they were more interested in talking among themselves. I visited both days I stayed and they should have been happier because they were busy!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Naples, FL
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352 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

This was what a standard Marriott should be clean, efficient with good amenities. Our room on the 26th floor was standard Marriott-small, but not tiny by any means. The bed on the side nearest the bath was somewhat tired and borderline lumpy but comfortable enough for solid night. View on our channel-side room was very nice, towering over everything. Staff at all levels were uniformly friendly and professional. Concierge lounge was more than adequate as the food was good standard Marriott stuff. My internet connect was steady and fast. Again, this was a very fine Marriott property of this level. One minor criticism is that we were obliged to call housekeeping for our robes and there was no amenity or upgrade for this Elite Platinum member. They do not supply slippers.

Room Tip: 01 end-of-the-hall rooms are fine.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Address: 700 S Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602-5404
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
#12 Green Hotel in Tampa
#13 Family 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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