Our trips to Tampa usually include going to watch the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning. The Embassy suites downtown are virtually attached to the rink, so its very convenient and we have stayed there in the past, but have found it to be quite pricey ($260/night). So for one of the games we found the Hilton Garden Inn on Hotels.com in the Ybor District which is still close to the rink and decided to try it out. I have to say for $89 per night, it was excellent. Just as nice as the Embassy suites at 1/3 the price. It wasn't walking distance to the rink, however they have a shuttle which is free and you tell them what time you want to go, and they drive you over there. I think they would drive you anywhere in the Tampa vicinity if you asked them. In any case, the hotel was very clean, bright, and the rooms were sizable and comfortable, and they had a very nice continental breakfast available in the mornings. I don't remember if it was included in the room price. I think not, I wasn't paying attention. There is a nice pool as well.
The front desk staff was very friendly and the hotel is nicely situated in the entertainment district. The only problem is that the front desk checked in another guest to our room, and voila, we were standing in our underwear, while another guest opened the door to our room. It happens, so no big deal.
As for service, an example is: We left a pair of expensive sunglasses in the shuttle, and we called over to the hotel, no problem, they had already left a message for us they were at the front desk. Excellent.
Also, there is great free parking right at the hotel. Another nice feature if you are driving.
We would highly recommend this hotel if you need a clean, friendly,nicely situated lodging, if you are going to the hockey game or just taking in the sights and the entertainment. Definitely would stay there again.
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