The economy has the Intercontinental turning to Hotwire to fill its rooms -- there are great deals to be had! Better still is that the Intercontinental does not put its Hotwire customers in the basement and does not treat them any differently than those who're paying $200/nite.
The doormen are friendly and quick to greet everyone; even when it was busy, they would catch your eye and acknowledge you and they never left you waiting for long. They were kind enough to let me leave my vehicle under the port cochere for my entire stay so I wouldn't have to park in the garage.
Rooms are furnished with amazingly comfortable beds, lots and lots (I mean lots!) of pillows, and there is no shortage of technology. There are iPod docks at bedside and a cool gizmo connected to the TV by which you can plug in your various media and watch on the TV. The desk is equipped with extra outlets, so no unplugging lamps to plug in the laptop! TVs are all flat-screen HDs, though only 2 of the local channels are broadcast in HD.
Bathrooms are large and well lit, and include a makeup mirror, lots of soft towels, better-than-usual toiletries, and a tub/shower with the curved shower rod so there's plenty of room. Toilet tissue is normal run-of-the-mill hotel-style tissue, which is to say that it's closer to paper than tissue.
I had a problem with neighbors who were loud to begin with and got even louder when they began their intimacies with each other ... yuck! That's far closer than I care to be with perfect strangers. The front desk was responsive and very happily gave me a different room.
Shula's restaurant has great steak and the service is spot-on. Be sure not to miss it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the city, The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa is just minutes from the airport, within walking distance to shopping and centrally located to all area attractions including Busch Gardens, Raymond James Stadium, the Florida Aquarium, the St Pete Times Forum and the beautiful gulf coast beaches. Here is where excellence truly is the standard. The hotel features a rooftop swimming pool with spectacular views of Tampa Bay, complimentary Internet access, a fully-equipped fitness centre, 24-hour in-room dining, 'In the Know' Concierge services and the award winning Shula's Steak House. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Intercontinental Tampa