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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Ranked #17 of 164 Hotels in Tampa
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Reviewed April 29, 2009

Stayed here for 5 days at a recent conference. Always impressed with Marriot hotels and services.....yes it is expensive but worth it for the location.

Hotel grounds: good restaurants and lobby area along with bar. Free/fast Wifi in lobby which is nice. Also has an area where you can log on and print out your boarding pass.....very nice indeed. Back patio leads out to the Marina and river walk. A great path to run towards downtown Tampa along harbor drive. Location can't be beat as it's right across the street from the main trolley terminal.

Room: clean and spacious. Nice flat screen TV with HD tv. Internet in room is 14$ per day but can use free wifi in lobby. Had nice patio out back with table and chairs. Bed was comfortable....it really was. Clean sheets and no funk. Bathroom was clean and great water pressure!!

Customer service was good. Would definetely stay again as you can't go wrong with Marriot.

Tips on Tampa:

Have to try the "Laughing Cat" great Itialian restaurant in Ybor district.
There was a Tapa place in the Channel district that was excellent. Can't remember the name.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 26, 2009

I stayed at the Tampa Marriott Waterside for a week in April 2009 for a conference. As one might expect with a Marriott property, the rooms were good, the bed was good, the shower was hot, and the TV worked properly. Checkin and checkout were efficient.

As for location, there's only two reasons you'd ever want to come near this hotel - (1) A convention that's held next door, and (2) A concert or hockey game at the St. Pete Times Forum across the street. In this case the location is so bad that I sent an email to the organizers of my conference and told them that if they ever have it here again I won't attend.

Let's take a step back and talk about Tampa. It's the strangest and dullest city on the planet. I walked for blocks in almost every direction from this hotel. I went over onto Harbor Island, I walked all the way to Channelside a couple of times, and even took the trolley into Centro Ybor. Other than than two Starbucks - one in my hotel and the other across the street in the Embassy Suites, one drycleaners on Harbor Island, and one gas station half way to Centro Ybor there is NOTHING that would sustain life. During my travels I saw no grocery stores, mini-marts, drug stores, strip malls, national fast food or pizza chains, or shopping malls. NOTHING. It was as if some alien life form had come to earth and tried to figure out what the utopian life ought to be and gone home to build their version with fancy condos, marinas, and 5 star hotels, but somehow overlooked all the details that are needed to sustain life. To spend 8 days in a major US city and not see a McDonalds, KFC, Taco Bell, or free-standing starbucks is just simply too strange for words.

As for Centro Ybor, it's the most overrated historic shopping district I've ever encountered. Pretty much all that's there is a movie theater and half a dozen restaurants. Don't waste your time.

Given all of this, you'll often find yourself stuck at the hotel. There are a couple of good restaurants across on Harbor Island (Cafe Dufrain and Jackson's) and a good Cuban place half way to Channelside, but other than that there's nothing. There are three restaurants in the hotel. There's an italian place that's so expensive I didn't dare eat there because my boss woudn't have signed my expense report. There's a sports bar with flat beer on tap and high fat, high salt pub food. There's also another restaurant that I ate breakfast at the first day and the food was mediocre so I never went back. The lobby bar is great however.

So overall there's little or no reason to come to this hotel. If you attend conventions and conferences annually and you find the current year's event is here, perhaps it's a good year to take a break and save your company some money. You'll be happy you did, and so will your boss.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled on business
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4  Thank TravelSkeptic43
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Reviewed March 9, 2009

Stayed 3 nights in late Feb at the conference rate of $209 per night.

A good experience. Good location. My room overlooked the harbour. Room slightly smaller than I'd expect from a full service Marriott but no problems.

I like the Marriotts as they provide access to Internet roaming accounts. So instead of paying the $15 per day fee for the Internet, I was able to log on via my roaming account for nothing.

The pool area was pleasant (on the 3rd floor) with a bar and sun loungers. I imagine it could get very crowded in peak season but it was very pleasant in Feb - I even managed to get sun burn. Gym located adjacent to the pool was good with lots of modern well maintained kit. No charge for gym or pool.

They have a Starbucks in the hotel and a small shop so if you don't ant to pay for the full breakfast you can pick up the std stuff without leaving the hotel. Didn't try any of the restaurants but the conference food was fine.

The only niggle/warning I'd pass on is that the in-room folder says that there is no hotel charge for toll free calls. so I made several and noticed that they had charged me $1.15 per call. The receptionist claimed it was a 'typo' and that the calls were chargeable. I presented my evidence and she very sensibly agreed to 'waive' the charge! I wonder how many are caught out.

Other than this it was a fine stay and worked well!

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 2, 2009

A group of friends and I just stayed at this property on Saturday, February 28th. The valets, bell staff and the front desk were all very helpful and nice. We requested a roll away bed and got one no problem. The bathroom was clean, but a bit small. The tv is a newer plasma and it has a set up for an ipod charger/speaker. Overall a great location right across the street from the $2 street car station. Picking up your car can be a mess if you dont call down in advance before coming down during peak check out time. Overall a nice place, great location and staff, rooms could me a bit more modern for my taste.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled with friends
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1  Thank LeezakFl
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Reviewed February 26, 2009

This hotel is a typical Marriott property - that is to say that it is operated to a high standard. The rooms are decorated nicely, with comfortable furnishings and appropriate amenities. The staff are pleasant and professtional and you feel safe and welcome at all times. The location is pretty - overlooking the water and near to where the large cruise ships dock. It is a short walk to the convention center, Canal side entertainment area, the St Pete Times Forum and at least one museum. A streetcar line stop is adjacent to the hotel - the street cars are restored antiques - fun to ride- and they run all the way to Ybor City. The hotel restaurants are as expected - pleasant middle of the road food that will offend no one. The health club is complimentary, as is wifi in the lobby. There is an in room charge for internet. ** The starbucks in the lobby is open limited hours and is not a "real" starbucks. There is a real full line starbucks across the street in the embassy suites. The spa is nice - a manicure/pedicure with all the spa touches is about $85 - (there are also cheaper options) - and a full range of massages and facials are also offered.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 9, 2009

I stayed at this hotel for a conference - great location for that since the center is right across the street. The hotel itself is great. The rooms are pretty good, the restaurants are great, and the service is amazing. I requested a room overlooking the water a few weeks prior to arriving and got one with no problem. The view was really nice and it was nice to just sit on the balcony with a cold beer after a long day at the convention too.

The only thing I didn't like was the pool not being heated. Granted, I stayed in November. However, the weather outside was good enough for a swim, but the water was ice cold. You'd think that a hotel of this magnitude could keep the pool heated year-round. This was Florida, wasn't it?

Aside from being next to the convention center, there really wasn't anything else location-wise that was good about it. Restaurants are a hike in alost any direction. If you don't have a car at your disposal, this can be frustrating. In addition, it seems like the restaurants and stores at Channelside are feeling the effects of the down economy - some are closed for good, some close a random night a week to save money. Splitsville was better than expected - kitchy bowling alley with restaurant. Surprisingly good drinks and food at reasonable prices. The aquarium was good too, but smaller than I had expected. If you're looking for souvenirs in this area - good luck.

But if you're at a conference where you'll be stuck at the hotel for most of the time, this is a great hotel to be stuck at. The overall room quality is what is to be expected for a Marriott. The rooms also have a cooler - not really a refrigerator. It'll keep food/drinks cool, but not cold. Odd.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled on business
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3  Thank lyonmane
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Reviewed December 15, 2008

We attended meetings here and were impressed, probably in large part because of an upgrade to a newly refurbished suite. The room was lovely and spacious, very good service throughout the hotel, including front desk, concierge, bellman etc. Nice breakfast buffet, big lobby for congregating over drinks with others.
Convenient location to pick up the antique-looking trolley to Ybor City.
The hotel is across the street from the Convention Center and the hockey arena.
Two outstanding local restaurants: Restaurant BT in Hyde Park Village, and Mise en Place on W. Kennedy.
A fun break -- a 20 minute drive to Clearwater Beach and something to eat and a beer at one of the Frenchys restaurants (try the one on the beach itself).

Stayed: December 2008, traveled on business
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Address: 700 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602
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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
#14 Green Hotel in Tampa
Price Range: $247 - $500 (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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