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“Nice hotel; horrible parking”

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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Ranked #19 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Houston, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Nice hotel; horrible parking”
Reviewed August 29, 2006

The hotel is very nice. It is along the water and the views of the city are very nice. However, the parking is terrible. There is only valet parking at the hotel. There is no self parking available. The hotel "contracts" out the valet service. There is the problem. One day they could not find my car at all. I complained to the front desk, and they appeared concerned but could do nothing to help. I spent over an hour and a half waiting while they looked for first my keys (which they couldn't find) and then later my car. They seemed much less concerned when they found out I had a rental car. I guess if I was driving one of very nice automobliles being parked things might have been different. Finally, I found my keys myself. They keys were properly tagged and placed. I guess they couldn't read or something. Meanwhile I was late for an important meeting. I wasn't the only one with a "lost" vehicle that day. When I complained to the front desk upon check-out, all I received was a sigh. I forgot to mention that they charge $12 a day for this outstanding parking service.

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled on business
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
Reviewed May 31, 2006

The Marriott was great! The staff was alert, friendly and able to take care of our questions and requests. They had plenty of bellmen to help with luggage. The front desk was well staffed, we never waited more than a few minutes for help. Check in was smooth, and a request for a King room was handled cheerfully the next day. The rooms were nicely arranged, comfy beds, terry robe, in-room safe, coffee maker and a mini refrigerator. Housekeeping was efficient, and there was turn-down service in the evening (either chocolates on the pillow or a snack of some kind). Rooms at the back of the hotel overlook a channel - we saw dolphins and rays, and in the distance could watch the cruise ships leaving. Champions Sports Bar had typical pub fare, geneorous portions and good prices. We tried The Waterside Cafe (for breakfast and lunch) and thought it did a good job. Within walking distance was Channelside , a mall with many restaurants and a few shops. We enjoyed our stay at the Marriott and would be glad to go back again. In fact, I am more likely to look for a Marriott in the next trip!

7 Thank piz79
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
Reviewed April 9, 2006

I thought this property was very good, and they were interested in keeping their guests happy. I did have a little trouble booking a spa appointment.

  • Stayed April 2006, traveled on business
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Troy, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2006

This past weekend my boyfriend and I visited Tampa on business and had a wonderful stay! The experience was unforgettable and a true value thanks to the impeccable service from the front desk to the valet and housekeepers.

The location was perfect, too. We were seconds from the convention center and walking distance or a short trolley ride from the best shopping districts. The room was very spacious with a comfortable bed and beautiful view from the balcony.

All in all, it was a great trip thanks to the Marriott and we’d go back in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed March 2006, traveled on business
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5 Thank rmonkeygirl
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St. Louis, MO
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Reviewed March 4, 2006

Just returned from a one night stay at the Marriott. I had reserved a king bed room but of course only double rooms were available despite the reservation. I had also requested a balcony but none available. The staff at the front desk were rude and not helpful. The room I was finally given was average size with view of arena. The bathroom was large but was typical for Holiday Inn, white tile floor, plain off white counter, old shower courtain, thin towels and no robe. The beds were worn out and way too soft. Nothing like the westins heavenly beds. The linens were on the other hand nice with clean Duvet covers and quality sheets. I felt the room was very plain and very ordinary.

The lobby was very nice and attractive. The hotel is right on the harbour so it was fun to see the yachts all lined up outside the hotel. I was there for a meeting and most of the food was cold and very boring. This is a very average hotel and could use a much more helpful front desk staff. It is clean but do not expect a luxury hotel. It is a very ordinary Marriott location.

  • Stayed March 2006, traveled on business
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Highland, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed March 3, 2006

We flew into Tampa the day after Thanksgiving for a 1-night stay at the Marriott Waterside. I had made the arrangements online a few months earlier and got a very good rate that included a full breakfast. We were quite surprised that our room had a balcony and a lovely view of the bay. We enjoyed breakfast the next morning before making our way to the pier to board our cruise ship. Kudos to this Marriott!

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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
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
#15 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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