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Westin Tampa Harbour Island
Ranked #58 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
Valrico, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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“40th Birthday Party”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

We had my wife's 40th birthday party at the Westin Harbour Island in Tampa, FL. It was 12 May 2012. The staff was very accommodating so we could arrange, decorate, and organize the room as desired. The food was outstanding. We had a cocktail hour accompanied by heavy hors d'oeuvres. The hors d'oeuvres were brie with raspberry sauce, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, and a shrimp/mashed potato martini station with a myriad of toppings. It was an open bar. The bartender, from time to time, walked around topping off glasses of wine. The staff, food, and atmosphere were fabulous. Will absolutely go back!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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WestinTampaHarbour, Manager at Westin Tampa Harbour Island, responded to this review, May 28, 2012
Thank you for choosing the Westin Tampa Harbour Island Kurt B!

As a guest of the Westin you are encouraged to indulge in our fine cuisine and tasty beverages. Your thoughtful words are powerful and appreciated.

Thank you for sharing the amazing service you had with us and we hope to see you again!
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Belleair, Florida
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

While we live just over the bridge, we wanted a "night away" and choose the Westin Harbour Island. Granted we had a connection for a room rate, but have to say we had such a great time, albeit brief. Checkin was smooth and friendly. But before even heading up to the room, we stopped at the bar and had a snack. Joe, the bartender really did an outstanding job. From greeting, to service, to bar chit chat. Even turned the channel so we could see the game we wanted to see. It was the perfect way to start our stay. Room was just great and what a view!! You don't go to downtown Tampa thinking about getting a good view when your from Clearwater, but we were overlooking the Channel and watched the Carnival Cruise ship go out and was lovely over looking the skyline and Davis Island. Wished we had time to stay another night. Room was clean and in shape too.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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WestinTampaHarbour, Manager at Westin Tampa Harbour Island, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
Thank you Susan B for the wonderful comments!

The Westin Tampa Harbour Island is inspired to hear that you were able to indulge during your stay with us for a night! Our entire team is so very pleased to know that Joe, the bartender did and does such an outstanding job and that your check in was smooth and friendly.

It was truly a pleasure to have you with us and we hope to see you again in the future!
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

I’m mostly a Hilton and Marriott guy, but when I was booked into the Westin Tampa Harbour Island in Tampa, I wasn’t too concerned. Westin has an excellent reputation, so it was just a matter of signing up for Starwood’s points program and enjoying my stay, right?
Well, not as much as I would’ve thought. This property needs a little work.
First impressions matter, and in this case, they weren’t good. At the end of a long travel day, there’s nothing like having to schlepp your stuff up a non-working escalator from street level to the front desk to set your teeth on edge. The clerk was very friendly and helpful, however. I was evidently the last check-in of the evening, so she correctly guessed who I was and had me on my way in seconds.
As others have reported, the corridors here are pretty dingy. It’s like anyone sleeps in the hall, but it still has an off-putting effect.
The room itself was fine, if nothing special. The desk featured a Herman Miller Aeron work chair, a nice, but wasted, touch. Why wasted? There’s no outlet anywhere near the desk for plugging in a laptop, so it would be tough to get any work done. If you’ve got the battery power to do any work, keep in mind you’ll be paying about $10 a day for the privilege of getting on the internet, which is ridiculous.
The bed was very comfortable, but if you want to watch MSNBC while you’re nodding off, you’re out of luck. It’s not available on the TV system here.
The bar was a bright spot. When I went down for a late dinner, the bartender was friendly and made some helpful recommendations about the menu.
Breakfast is resort-hotel overpriced. However, there’s a little deli stand on the street level between the hotel and Jackson’s restaurant. You can get a good breakfast sandwich and some fruit there for under $5. Take advantage of the free coffee in the Westin lobby and you’re in business.
The fitness area was excellent. Plenty of first-rate workout equipment; not the cheap stuff you find in some hotels. There were ample towels and a cold water dispenser. I didn’t get a chance to use the pool, but it looked inviting.
The short version: Good service, but the facilities could use some work.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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WestinTampaHarbour, Manager at Westin Tampa Harbour Island, responded to this review, May 20, 2012
socalsteve19,

Thank you for providing the collaboration of events that took place during your stay that demonstrated a less than adequate Westin Tampa Harbour Island experience. The personal interactions and connections we create with our guests should leave them feeling inspired and rejuvenated. We sincerely apologize for not allowing you to reach your potential during your stay and we would like the opportunity to speak with you.

The Westin Tampa Harbour looks forward to hearing from you soon!
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Tallahassee, Florida
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Reviewed May 18, 2012

This hotel needs to be stripped,...and by that I mean the building fixtures, the elevators, staff, management, ...everything. This place was disgusting. The room had a foul odor, houskeeping didn't replace any towels or attempt to clean while I was out. The front desk tried to stick me with a three hundred dollar phone bill for using the one in my room. (There was NO notification by the phone that there were any charges associated with using it.) The banquet food that was served to our group was so bad I wouldn't serve it to my DOG. Our organization paid a LOT of money for us to stay here and to be served overcooked meat, dried up potatoes and something that resembled greasy vegetables, ...I am outraged. I will not recommend ANYONE stay here. Ever.

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WestinTampaHarbour, Manager at Westin Tampa Harbour Island, responded to this review, May 20, 2012
Greetings SpeedTravels2012

Thank you for sharing the experience you had with us. We are reviewing your comments with our executive team so we may improve our guest experience. We apologize for all the inconveniences you endured. We would like to encourage you to contact us directly at the hotel.

We look forward to speaking with you soon!
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Florida
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Reviewed May 16, 2012

Although a few problems arose, the service at the Westin (Tampa Harbour Island) was excellent. Benny with Engineering was prompt and friendly responding to our request in our room immediately. He fixed everything from the internet connection to the toilet paper holder that had become loosened. In addition the valet workers, Alex, Kyle, Patrick, and Dan were more than accomodating to our needs, even outside of the valet services they provided. The front desk staff, Claudio, Justin, and Lauren were more than helpful and addressed EVERY concern. You will be definitely taken cared of during your stay if you choose this Westin location.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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WestinTampaHarbour, Manager at Westin Tampa Harbour Island, responded to this review, May 17, 2012
Thank you for staying with us at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island BASSFU!

It was truly our pleasure to have had you with us! Your comments of the service you received from our excellent associates such as Benny, Alex, Kyle, Patrick, Dan, Claudio, Justin and myself are a pleasure to hear. Our entire staff is so very pleased to know that they each made a difference throughout your stay!

Thank you again for choosing the Westin Tampa Harbour Island and we look forward to seeing you again!
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Waxihatchi
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

We spent a long weekend at the westin Tampa harbor island recently...we at breakfast every morning in the hotel, with great food and views of the Tampa harbor. The restaurant had great service, we were seated daily with a gentleman named Istvan Tassf who took great care of us and made sure that everything we needed was looked after. He made each morning very relaxing and enjoyable!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
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WestinTampaHarbour, Manager at Westin Tampa Harbour Island, responded to this review, May 16, 2012
Thank you for sharing the excellent service you had with us Bgsmalls!

As a guest of the Westin you are encouraged to indulge at the 725 Bistro. Your thoughtful words are powerful and appreciated. The entire Westin staff is so very pleased to hear that because of Istavan each morning you had a very enjoyable and relaxing experience.

Thank you again and we hope to see you in the future!
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Reynoldsburg, Ohio, United States
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

The setting is super. We loved the setting of the harbor area in Tampa. The narby restaurants were excellent--especially Columbia's and the various restaurants in Channelside. The hotel staff was helpful. We were pleased with the bell staff, the front desk, our housekeeper, and especially the help of William Jackson who runs the bar area near the pool--he has a real heart for customer service. We loved the riverwalk, and easy access to the convention center.

Room Tip: The upper floors command a great view--although there is no bad room in the place.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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WestinTampaHarbour, Manager at Westin Tampa Harbour Island, responded to this review, May 16, 2012
Thank you for staying with us at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island Jeff G,

We appreciate the wonderful comments about your stay. The Westin Tampa Harbour Island strives on the personal interactions and connections we create with our guests. At the end of our guests stay they should leave feeling refreshed and renewed.

Thank you again and we hope that you come back to visit us again soon!
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Property: Westin Tampa Harbour Island
Address: 725 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602-5707 (Formerly Wyndham Harbour Island)
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Luxury Hotel in Tampa
#27 Family Hotel in Tampa
#31 Business Hotel in Tampa
#33 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Westin Tampa Harbour Island 4*
Number of rooms: 299
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The Westin Tampa Harbour Island is a luxury hotel located on the Bay near the downtown business district, Ybor City, the Convention Center, the Times Forum, Clearwater Beaches, and more. ... more   less 
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