I've stayed here two times, a year apart. Both times I've had bay side rooms, and been above the ground floor. The view is wonderful, the patio small, but suitable room for a couple of people to sit comfortably watching the water, the birds, the dolphins and the view over a cup of coffee to start the day. In-room, single cup coffee makers and mini fridges make an easy start to a good morning. Linens were fresh, the room this year was a little stuffy, but housekeeping opened the back patio door to allow a bit of fresh air in. The beds were firm in our room, and linens clean and fresh, towels well stocked.
If you've forgotten some incidental, there is a small shop in the lobby in case you don't want to go off site, and it also contains the usual assortment of little knick-knacks and souvenir items, slightly overpriced but not bad. The lovely lady that runs the little shop is always smiling and friendly and willing to help.
There is a small business center area in the lobby, black and white printers available, and wi-fi available in the hotel. While the connection is a little on the slow side, I didn't expect more with a full hotel over the weekend.
My companion this trip took the shuttle from the airport, which is close by. It was a convenient way to get to and from the airport, and an option for those without a rental car in case you want to go off-site for a meal rather than eat in the attached restaurant. From the traffic in the hotel lobby, many of the pilots and flight attendants seem to stay here.
Ice, vending machines, and microwaves are available near the centrally located elevators on each floor. While I did not order room service, the attached restaurant does deliver to the rooms and there were 3 or 4 places that slipped a delivery menu under our door during the day. There are a few places to eat within walking distance and many more within a short (under 10 minute) drive. Grocery and general merchandise stores are also relatively close to drive to just in case.
My only complaint was about parking. While we were given a card to place in our car window to allow us parking access, they blocked access to at least a third of the lot closest to the hotel itself by parking hotel vans at an angle across the drive in the lot. There is an area on the end nearest the restaurant which is chained off and marked for valet parking only. This meant there was a longer walk than necessary to get in and out during the weekend. While this might not seem like a problem to most, for those with mobility issues, it can be.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located directly on the bay in Tampa, minutes from Tampa Bay International Airport (TIA), this full service hotel is available for your every need. Whether you are traveling to the Tampa Bay area for business or pleasure, The Bay Harbor Hotel can offer you convenient, comfortable accommodations at an affordable price. All guest rooms have open balconies/patios with views of the bay or the city. We offer complimentary wireless Internet, business center, fitness center and the heated outdoor swimming pool overlooking the bay. Volleyball and water sports are available adjacent to the beach bar. The on-site restaurant serves a variety of menu items with a full bar. We are less than an hour away from world renowned white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, a short distance from Busch Gardens(R), the Lowry Park Zoo, the Florida Aquarium, the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI), the Salvador Dali Museum, the Ford Amphitheater, the Seminole Hard Rock(R) Hotel & Casino and the Cruise Port of Tampa.If you're here to visit a college or university, we are approximately an hour from both the Tampa and the St. Petersburg campuses of USF, the University of Tampa, Eckerd College, SPC and Florida Southern College. For sports fans, there's Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Steinbrenner Field and Tropicana Field, all within a short distance. For our guests here on business, we offer a variety of meeting rooms and facilities.Our bayside location makes a great venue for any social occasion. Sunset beachside weddings are our specialty. We can host wedding reception as well as the bride's maids luncheon, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, high school class reunions and service organizations. We can also host parties for special birthdays and anniversaries as well as holiday parties and quinceaneras. Our on-site staff event planners are available to assist you for any event. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Tampa