We quite liked this hotel, and the waterfront location is lovely. Staff were friendly, our room was clean, the pool was large and appeared well-maintained, and there's a gazebo on the pier for sitting and watching the bay. The shuttle service (which we hadn't known about) is a strong point, and even picked us up from dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Our room and balcony overlooked the parking lot and palm trees, and while we didn't have a water view from our window, we could have thoat view from lounge chairs on the lawn, from the pool, and from the restaurant/bar patio, at any time, so we had no worry about noise drifting up to our room across the water from the bar/restaurant opposite, or from the hotel's own restaurant patio. We thought we had the best of both worlds.
I was less impressed with the breakfast at Hogan's Beach, which is located in the hotel. Staff were pleasant, the breakfast was a bit so-so (and is not included in the price of the room). In fairness, the restaurant had only opened about 6 weeks before our visit, and I suspect that it will get better over the next few weeks (and we'd found the appetizers from the afternoon menu delicious).
The only housekeeping item of note was that no one cleared the lunch plates and glasses left on one of the tables by the pool, until the following morning. Hopefully that was a glitch in areas of responsibility that has since been fixed.
Note that this is not a downtown hotel, but we found it very convenient to the main route into the city, and also the route and causeway to St. Pete's, Clearwater, and Dunedin.
- 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