Was happy to again stay at an Embassy Suite as the rooms and room facilities are excellent. We asked for a room with a water view and were not disappointed. We needed internet access and were told that we would have to pay $14.95 per night. Tip - buy a coffee at Starbucks located in the hotel complex and you get free internet for 2 hours, we had the internet access for 3 nights.
I have learnt as "a not very experienced American traveller - that downtown is exactly that - you are in the business district so no fantastic shopping. We were staying at this hotel in transit, waiting for my husband to arrive from Australia so we could begin our family holiday - we had already been in the States for 2 weeks for Jump Rope competitions, so I chose this hotel location thinking there would be lots to do. We took a tram ride to Ybor City and during the day - definately not worth visiting, lots of tattoo palours, bars and not much else. The Aquarium a couple of blocks away is worth a visit if you have kids. As for shopping we went the the International Shopping Mall near the airport - costs about $20 each way, but it is a shopaholics paradise.
All in all would stay with any Embassy Suite - highly recommended - has all the facilities you require, good breaky, gym, laundry even happy hour. Only small downside - the gym was like a sauna - too hot to even workout.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Connected via skybridge to the Tampa Convention Center, the Embassy Suites is the only upscale all-suite hotel in downtown Tampa. Complimentary Cooked-to-Order Breakfast and a Manager's Reception included daily. Next door to the St. Pete Times Forum for Tampa sporting events, concerts and exhibits. The Tampa Cruise Port is also close by for all Tampa cruise departures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Hotel Tampa
- Tampa Embassy Suites