My wife and I stayed at this hotel in mid-January on a combination business and personal trip. We had never stayed here before and we found the rates to be very reasonable. The exterior of the hotel was oldish, as others have said. The interior, including the rooms, looked like they had been renovated in the last few years. The rooms were nice and I really had no complaints about the room or the service. The staff was friendly and helpful. I almost wish I could rate this hotel 2 ways - the hotel was average. The view from the room was outstanding. When we arrived the hotel was not full. We asked for an upper floor with a view on a quiet side of the building and they really delivered. We were on the top floor facing Tampa Bay and whether it was early in the AM or at sunset the view was one of the best we have seen and we have traveled a lot. The water is right next to the hotel and the water was flat with birds diving all day, boats coming into the area , and views far into the bay towards Clearwater. There is a highway to Clearwater off to the right. If you can get a room like that you will enjoy it. One suggestion - we were on the quiet side of the hotel, close to an apartment complex. The other side of the hotel is close to the local bar/restaurant/nightclub Hogan's Beach - that side could get very noisy. We stayed over a Saturday and the bar had outside bands late into the night. Hogan's Beach was the bar/restaurant for the hotel - food was fine, nothing fancy - in the evening it caters to the dining and bar crowd as people come for the sunsets and the local volleyball games on the sand courts. We never did have breakfast there so we cannot judge that. My wife spent 2 days at the pool which she said was nice and quiet. One last comment - I said earlier that the building was old. The balconies are old school - one long balcony the length of the floor with a small railing between the room balconies. We were a little concerned about security but once we spent time on the balcony we had nice conversations with those in neighboring rooms.The latch on our sliding glass door to the balcony could have been secured better, which added to the security concern. So average hotel - awesome view.
- 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