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The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa
Ranked #35 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Reviewed January 3, 2011

The reception area is spacious and modern, and the reception staff were very friendly. The rooms are generous in size, with chunky furniture, and big, plush beds. We had such lovely nights sleep! My only complaint with the room was the view from the window - whilst sitting in your room, you have to keep the blinds shut or the people working in the office block opposite will be able to see you (we had quite a few people waving at us!).
The steak restaurant was wonderful, really delicious food and cocktails, but expensive.
The breakfast was not included in the price of the room, but for $17 plus tax, we had an American breakfast buffet which was out of this world! Everything was well cooked, fresh and beautiful, and our coffee, tea and fresh orange juice was topped up every ten minutes.
The hotel is set on a very busy main road, but across the road is a shopping complex, with restaurants.
We would stay here again if we ever go back to Tampa.

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 26, 2010

I stayed the week before Christmas for a shopping weekend at the West Shore and International Plaza malls. I was upgraded to a junior suite on the corner with a lovely bedroom and was given coupons and certificates for the malls.

Great service and friendly people. I am unclear about the previous post stating that Intercontinental standards are slipping across the USA. Totally disagree with this, and if you look at the current issue of Business Traveler Awards 2010, you will see that Intercontinental is rated as the best hotel chain in North America, Europe, and the Middle East. And the Intercontinental in Tampa clearly meets this standard!

  • Stayed: December 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 19, 2010

The executive business suite had so much air freshener spray it was absolutely a nightmare and I had to take medication to prevent asthma in there. I'm not sure if it was in the air machine, or sprayed way too heavily on everything in the room including the bedding but it was gagging. The bathroom was small and not great. The conference room area was nothing special and thankfully the sleeping area was not visible from the conference area. Overall, it was a tired, smelly, poorly decorated, unexciting space.

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 28, 2010

Lovely hotel, close to West Shore Mall and TPA. Free shuttle to and from TPA, although you have to ring hotel to advise them you are waiting at the airport. Coffee bar quite expensive. If you have an atrium facing room, you will be opposite fully staffed offices, this can be a privacy issue, also means little natural light enters room. Big comfortable bed, nice bathroom and outdoor pool on 9th floor. Reception staff very friendly and helpful. Good free business centre, can be busy at peak times.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

This hotel has comfortable and contemporary rooms, but is literally located within an office building. Most of the rooms look into an office building atrium, with a view of floor to ceiling office windows a few dozen feet away. You can view directly into offices and conference rooms - and they can view directly into your room. This is not mentioned anywhere on the hotel website nor during the online booking process.
Upon arriving we were offered a room right in the middle of the atrium. I went back to the front desk to request another room and was eventually assigned one (after being sent to another one with a non-operating lock) just above the driveway. It did have some natural light, but the the beeping of the shuttles reversing and general road noise were simply too loud.
I asked a couple staff members about the lack of outside facing views and they all agreed that there simply are very few rooms with any outside view. The great majority face the atrium and into the parking structure.

The room itself was quite nice, modern, and definitely set up for productive business travel. There is an Illy to go cofee counter in the lobby, free parking in the structure behind the hotel, and a mall across the (very busy) avenue.

The hotel facilities are strong four-star, but the fact that the location is WITHIN an office building should be made obvious on the website. I would only recommend this hotel if you get a great rate versus others in the area, or if you like to close the black-out curtains and leave them shut. I guess this would be a great place for overnight-ing airline crews who only plan on sleeping.

I go to the Sunshine State to see some sunshine, not 11 floors of office interiors.

If you are looking for Priority Club points, maybe try the nearby Crowne Plaza.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

Booked the hotel for one night only because we had a very early check-in at the airport. I was surprised by its clean and comfortable rooms, the courteous staff and the closeness to shopping and dining. In the morning the shuttle was right on time and we were at the airport in no time

Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 22, 2010

This hotel had great rooms. The staff was awesome throughout. The room was great for getting my work done Room service was quick and the restaurant was great for breakfast and dinner. I did have an 'inside window' that faced another building inside the complex so it was odd to have people staring across the courtyard while working but that was easily solved with the blinds. The pool was small so maybe not the best for a vacation but it was a rooftop with nice views. Overall great hotel & stay.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled on business
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Additional Information about The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa

Address: 4860 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609-2524 (Formerly InterContinental Hotel Tampa)
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Tampa
#16 Green Hotel in Tampa
#34 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#41 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range: $115 - $267 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa 4*
Number of rooms: 323
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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