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“Stay for upscale mall next door!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel

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Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
Ranked #6 of 162 Hotels in Tampa
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104 reviews
103 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Stay for upscale mall next door!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2011

Reserved a rewards member bed and breakfast package. On email reminder before stay requested early check in and a mini fridge and received both. Check in was fast and staff is very friendly. We stayed Fri/Sun on 6th floor overlooking pool and International Plaza Mall parking lot. I’m not sure if it’s worth more paying for an inside court view room, our room view was fine. Room with King was standard sized hotel room, but was spotless and everything looked new, housekeeping was great. TV was so big you could have watched from the next room. Pool is pretty big for hotel pool and has high walls for privacy, gym was nice also with free disposable headphones, bottled water and fruit.
Pelagia is attractive restaurant, buffet breakfast was just OK the first day, opted for the cooked to order breakfast the next day and it was delicious. Hotel lobby is huge plenty of seats to relax, the enclosed glass outdoor courtyard looked nice, again with plenty of seats but that seems to be the smoking room for guests. Plenty of free parking, and many good restaurants just steps away at Int’l Plaza, try The Pub (make sure you have reservations wherever you go). I will definitely return to this hotel.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank itbetterbeclean
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, January 3, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! We are delighted that you enjoyed the services and amenities provided by the hotel. As you stated, our location is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2011

I stay in Tampa on a somewhat regular basis. I'm a Marriott loyalist so I've tried a few of their properties. The Renaissance is by far the best property anywhere near the airport. This is just not the show part of town, unless you'd consider "gentleman's clubs" high class and then you'd be fine in any of the surrounding properties. But the Renaissance lives up to the brand's reputation and it's a safe bet if you want to be near the airport.

The property is located adjacent to a nicer traditional mall, and there is a small open air plaza with a wide range of restaurants from upscale to casual. It's a great place to relax for lunch or have a nice dinner. And the mall is upscale if that's your thing.

The Renaissance itself is a gem of a building. The entry is elegant, the staff are wonderful, the place looks neat, shiny and new. The normal Renaissance amenities and atmosphere are such a welcome respite from the otherwise bleak and rundown properties within a few mile radius of the airport. When I booked, the price was only about $30/night more than the regular Marriott property a short drive away (but more engulfed by the encroaching ghetto). It was well worth the premium for the added luxury, convenience to the many dining opportunities at the outdoor plaza and greater sense of security.

The parking area could be a bit better maintained, but that's about my only gripe. I'm looking forward to coming back my next time in town.

As an aside, if you want a real treat, try the gelato at the Gelateria del Duomo in the open air plaza. I've been to a gelateria or two or ten in Italy and this is the real stuff.

Room Tip: Rooms with a courtyard view are a bit more shielded from the airport noise. But truthfully the airp...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank brewski59
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, December 15, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write such a spectacular review and for being a loyal Marriott customer! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the services and amenities provided by the hotel. As you stated, our location is convenient to downtown Tampa and is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on your future visits to Tampa!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2011

This place and it's staff are FABULOUS! We were there last night and will return. EVERYONE is great- from shuttle to front desk to Ling the breakfast at Gabriella's lady. I am there every year and look forward to staying longer. I took pictures and ooooed and aaaahed like a hillbilly who just came from the hills. LOVE LOVE LOVE

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank ProvinceBooboo
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, December 15, 2011
We are delighted that you enjoy returning to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel each year and are glad that you enjoyed the hotel amenities and services providede by our wonderful staff. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back on your future visits to Tampa!
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Enterprise, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2011

I have stayed at this hotel several times and I have never been disappointed. The accomodations are superior and the staff is extremely attentive. Several of the staff have gone out of their way to visit with me and make sure that I am comfortable. As a single women traveling alone, their attention makes me feel welcome, safe and special. Kudos and much appreciate to Teresa, Tommy, Jimmy, Barbara and John.

Room Tip: Love the court yard rooms!
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Kathleen F
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, December 9, 2011
Thanks for the great review! As a repeat guest, we are thrilled to hear that you always enjoy your visits with us. We take great pride in our staff and the services they provide to our guests. Your comments will be passed on to each of the individuals mentioned. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on your future trips to Tampa!
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Marco Island, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2011

Came in on a late plane and left early. I am a member of their reward program. I never even had a paper delivered like some rooms did. Bottle of water in room was over 3 for a small bottle.

Overflow drain cover in bath tub was loose in the tub.

It did have an airport shuttle

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Marcoman34145
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, December 8, 2011
Please accept my sincere apologies for your disappointing stay at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. We always strive to provide top notch services and amenities and it is very discouraging when we fall short of that goal. I'm sorry that you did not receive a paper -- your newspaper delivery preference should have been noted in your Marriott Rewards profile. What you experienced is not typical and the loose tub drain cover is certainly not up to our high quality standards. We hope that we will have an opportunity to welcome you back to the Renaissance Tampa Hotel so that we can provide you with a favorable experience.
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new orleans
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32 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2011

Superior on many levels: near the airport, connected to the Tampa International Mall, not too far from down town, comfortable rooms and reasonably priced. No real negatives other than this is a business hotel. Other than the mall nothing in the area is within walking distance.
If that is what you are looking for this property will fit the bill.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ackee
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, December 8, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! I was delighted to hear that you enjoyed the services and amenities provided by the hotel. As you stated, our location is convenient to downtown Tampa, the airport, and is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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Ocala, Florida
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115 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2011

This hotel is connected by a courtyard to the Tampa International Mall. Between the hotel and mall are numerous restaurants (not fast food). Really great places to eat inside or outside.
We ate breakfast at the hotels restaurant. Expensive and service was just ok. Nothing special.
The hotel is also very close to the Bucs football stadium.
The rooms were small but clean. Nice flat screen 46" TV in the room. No view to speak of.
We will stay again but not at the price we paid.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank OcalaGator
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, December 6, 2011
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your recent stay. We are delighted that you enjoyed the services and amenities provided by the hotel. As you stated, our location is convenient to Tampa International Airport and is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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Property: Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
Address: 4200 Jim Walter Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607-5778
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Tampa
#3 Business Hotel in Tampa
#5 Green Hotel in Tampa
#7 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#19 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 293
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