This hotel is right next to International Mall, and you can be in the mall within a couple of minutes climb up some steps from the hotel lobby. It is also directly adjacent to the good selection of restaurants and bars next to the mall - something for most tastes and budgets can be found within 3-5 minutes walk.
The hotel itself is fairly modern. The rooms are decorated to a high standard, although the taste is a little "chintzy" for my own taste. The staff are friendly and welcoming and there is the usual executive lounge on the top floor for those willing to pay, or being gold+ Marriott Reward members (beware it is closed over the weekend). All the features in the room worked well; I did have to call maintenance to deal with a broken air conditioning unit - they arrived within a few minutes, fixed it and even came back 30 minutes later to make sure that it was working well (which I thought was an excellent touch). There is a huge amount of free parking as part of the mall, or you can plump for the (expensive) valet parking.
The food in the restaurant is very good (Italian based) and reasonably priced and they provide the room service too. Again, my experience of the staff being friendly and knowledgeable was positive and I took their recommendations on dishes a couple of times. There is a small bar on the ground floor too which was pretty deserted whenever I went in or past it but there are quite a few busy pubs and bars just nearby too.
If you want to go anywhere apart from the mall or the airport you will definitely need a car - the hotel is on the ouskirts of the main city and there isn't too much within walking distance, though I believe there is a courtesy bus that will take you anywhere within a couple of miles.
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- Experience your trip to Florida from refined accommodations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. Our modern luxury hotel in Tampa offers an exceptional setting just minutes from the airport and adjacent to Tampa International Plaza Mall. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Renaissance Tampa
- Tampa Renaissance