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“Bay Harbor--Great Views, little else”
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Bay Harbor Hotel
Ranked #75 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
McKinney, Texas
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“Bay Harbor--Great Views, little else”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

If you get a room on the bay side, the views are wonderful, but....the balconies have no privacy! You can see the entire length of the building and the only thing separating you from your adjoining balconies is a smal 3 foot high rail fence. Make sure you use the security locks and drop bar on the sliding doors, becuase it would be easy to get to any room via the balconies. And the rooms have no safes for valuables so be cautious.

Our room had a dirty bathroom sink when we arrived; a room service tray sat outside a room for over 3 days, even after I called the restaurant. The hotel did get someone to clear the sink, blockage was causing a slow drain and backup resulted.

This place is old and only the exterior and the lobby appear to be kept up to snuff.

Hogan's beach is a good restaurant and they have a beach volleyball complex; but be prepared for late night exuberance from that.

Room Tip: Only the views from the bay-side rooms make this a worthwhile hotel.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I are visiting from the UK and have just spent two nights here. Our room was very spacious and comfortable. We had a very pleasant visit and would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the area. We ate in Hogan's Beach which is the name of the restaurant here at the hotel and were delighted with our choices. Yes, it was noisy, but it was Valentine's Day and many people were dining out! The fish dishes we chose were excellent as was the service.

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Rochester,New York
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Reviewed February 15, 2013

We stayed at the Best Western Bay Harbor Feb 7-13,2013. We upgraded to a water view room with a balcony and it is well worth the upgrade. The sunsets you can watch from your balcony are beautiful. Every morning we watched 2 dolphins swim in the shallow bay at low tide. The room was clean and good size. The beds were comfortable. The pool area is very nice and they heat the pool which was wonderful. The reason why I only gave this hotel 4 stars is because if you come back to the hotel in the evening you can barely find a parking spot, or you wait in a long line of cars waiting to get into the parking lot. The bar, Hogans Hideaway gets packed and there is no place to park for registered hotel guests. This was the worst part of the hotel.

Room Tip: Get a waterview room its well worth it.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hanover, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2013

My daughter and I spent one night before our cruise and two nights after. The two nights after were on a week-end. The shuttle service was wonderful. We were never left waiting. We used the airport shuttle, and they even shuttled us to shopping malls. They have a shuttle contracted for the cruise port, and it also was very efficient. The staff are all very friendly, and the hotel is very clean. The pool area has plenty of chairs and loungers and the pool is kept very clean. We enjoyed watching the dolphins each morning in the bay. We enjoyed dining at Hogan's for several meals. It can be a bit noisy at nights on the week-end, but nothing out of line. I certainly hope to return to this hotel again.

Room Tip: Great to watch dolphins in the morning if on Bay side. Can be a bit noisy on week-ends on that side...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2013

after reading reviews we to decided to have a bay view room . The room was large with two double beds and the lovely view - unfortunately for us it was very cold in the mornings so couldn't sit out.

The only thing about the bay view rooms is the noise - traffic which seems to be non stop and the bands playing at Hogans Restaurant and across the bay - one night it went on until 3.00 a.m. still being jet lagged this was a nightmare did phone reception so ask when the music stopped and was told 3.00 a.m but they did stay the would ask for it to be turned down this did not happen.

The rooms have no security boxes - but you can get a box from reception which wasn't the best you had to get someone from reception to go with you and they just stood while you went through your personal documents etc - think they should leave you to it.

Remember to get a parking sticker for your car or you may get towed. Forgot to mention they coffee and tea facilities - there in your bathroom not very hygenic.

We ate twice at Hogans it was fine but if you don't have a car there isn't anywhere else to eat.

Would we stay there again no - to far out, if you don't drive there's no where to go. We did find out later that the hotel has a bus that takes you to the shopping mall until 10.-00 p.m. Also it you book this hotel don't get transfers as the hotel will transfer you to and from the airport

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

On the waterfront side we watched dolphins swimming in the morning! Nice folks at the desk and cleaning requests were taken care of just fine. Not a new place but we will recommend yo friends. Nice pool too!

  • Stayed February 2013
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Mukwonago
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay and were pleasantly surprised by the amenities and beatiful surroundings. We stayed here since it was close to airport (20 minutes from door to gate, really quick and convenient). We arrived before our room was ready, but were welcomed warmly and invited to use the amenities until check in.

Hulk's beach place (restaurant next door) was a bit diappointing food wise, but the atmosphere was nice and energized

Our room was comfortable and the balcony was great. We had a tremendous view of the Gulf and pool area. When we come to Tampa again, we will definitely stay here the night before the we fly out. Great staff

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Bay Harbor Hotel
Address: 7700 W Courtney Campbell Cswy, Tampa, FL 33607-1430 (Formerly BEST WESTERN Bay Harbor Hotel)
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Bay Harbor Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 260
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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