From theme park vacations to beer aficionado getaways to sports- and business-themed trips, people travel to Tampa for many different reasons. Luckily, Tampa hotels are equally diverse. But with a place for every kind of traveler, it can also be hard to know exactly which hotel fits your specific needs.
The Best Hotels in Tampa
If you want to enhance your trip by staying at one of the best hotels in Tampa, consider the following properties.
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Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
One of the most renowned luxury hotels in Tampa, the Grand Hyatt sits on a 35-acre nature preserve and enjoys gorgeous waterfront views. Its prime location sets it close to the airport, downtown landmarks such as the Florida aquarium, and golf courses. It’s also close to upscale shopping and dining venues. There are two excellent restaurants (Armani’s and Oystercatchers) in the hotel, too.
Amenities: Two pools, outdoor whirlpool, 24-hour fitness center, two in-house restaurants, waterfront views, nature trail, wildlife statuary, 37-inch flat-screen TVs, luxury sheets, concierge services, room service, shuttle bus service, business center, meeting room, and pet-friendly policies.
Emerald Greens Condo Resort
The Emerald Greens Condo Resort is one of the best hotels in Tampa for golfers. Located inside the Carrollwood Country Club, all of the condo-styled rooms are a step away from three world-famous golf courses. There’s also a junior Olympic-sized outdoor pool to enjoy Florida weather, tennis courts, and a fitness center that offers yoga, Pilates, and ballroom classes. In the evening, delight your palate at the Oasis Poolside Cafe or at 1972 Bar & Grille.
Amenities: Outdoor Pool, fitness center, tennis court, three golf courses, in-house restaurants, private balconies, full kitchen, customized Stay & Play packages.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel Tampa
The Hard Rock Hotel works hard to make its guests feel like rock stars. It’s known for endless entertainment options which even draw in crowds of locals and tourists staying at other hotels. Catch a rock concert, enjoy some of Tampa’s premier lounges, and try your luck at the casino.
But to truly enjoy your stay, take advantage of the perks that non-guests won’t get: Go to the spa and salon, splash in the pool, and enjoy the modern rooms decorated with music-inspired artwork. If you want to relax, ask for the complimentary Rock Om yoga kit, or the Sound of Your Stay music experience.
Amenities: Pool, complimentary Wi-Fi, Sleep Like A Rock bedding, Egyptian cotton sheets, bathrobes, in-house restaurant, in-house bar, spa and salon services, in-room safe, turn-down service, complimentary local newspaper, souvenir shop, workspace, refrigerator, coffee maker, Sound of Your Stay amenities, and Rock Om yoga kit.
Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza
One of the most renowned luxury hotels in Tampa, the Renaissance Tampa Hotel offers convenience and comfort. It is located close to the airport and the Tampa International Mall. Communal spaces are optimal for relaxation, and La Fuente Courtyard is welcoming and tastefully decorated, with Cuban, Spanish, and Italian influences seen throughout.
Pelagia Trattoria, the hotel’s in-house restaurant, is rated as one of the best Italian restaurants in Tampa, and its lobby bar, Gabrielle’s, offers coffee as well as signature cocktails. For more verdant scenery, head to the rooftop hydroponic garden.
Amenities: Complimentary airport shuttle, complimentary Wi-Fi, smart TVs, marble bathrooms, in-house restaurant, in-house bar, courtyard, rooftop hydroponic garden, outdoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, personal navigator, and meeting room space.
Tampa Airport Marriott
Want to enjoy Tampa on a layover? Head to the Tampa Airport Marriott. With a free shuttle service and in close proximity to the airport, it provides easy access to the city. Don’t worry about disturbing takeoffs—rooms are equipped with soundproof windows, so you can relax by binging on the streaming services available with your smart TV.
As for enjoying the city, the hotel is close to International Mall Plaza and other entertainment venues, and offers an outdoor pool with poolside dining options.
Amenities: Complimentary airport shuttle, airline reservation desk, breakfast buffet, shoeshine stand, safety deposit box, concierge desk and virtual concierge, gift/newsstand, soundproof windows, Smart TVs, Netflix and Hulu streaming available, in-house restaurants, outdoor pool, poolside dining, 24-hour fitness center, room service, and meeting room space.
The Westshore Grand
Conveniently located in the Westshore Business District, The Westshore Grand is close to restaurants, malls, and nightlife venues. A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, it boasts an in-house restaurant, Shula’s Steak House, as well as the No Name Lounge and Westshore Grand illy Caffe. What sets it apart from other luxury hotels in Tampa is that it has a distinct local personality with Florida-inspired design and architecture.
Amenities: Complimentary airport shuttle, in-house restaurant, in-house cafe, lounge, rooftop pool, fitness center, three private fine-dining rooms, and meeting room space.
Westin Tampa Waterside
A modern waterside hotel in the heart of downtown Tampa, it is close to local gems like the Amalie Arena, and some of the best dining and shopping options in the city. Its location makes it perfect for exploring Tampa and catching stunning views of the harbor. Enjoy the outdoor pool, delicious meals at Blue Harbour Eatery + Bar, and a number of luxury amenities.
Amenities: In-house restaurant, pool, fitness center, Wi-Fi, safety deposit box, meeting room space, and business services.
Le Meridien Tampa
This boutique AAA four-diamond hotel is housed in a historic building that was once a federal courthouse. Like its location, Le Meridien is full of soul and personality that make it one of the best hotels in Tampa.
Not satisfied with simply delivering a top luxury experience, Le Meridien Tampa also grants guests access to local cultural institutions through its Unlock Art Program. Spend time in the beautifully designed lobby and enjoy fine dining at Bizou Brasserie.
Amenities: In-house restaurant, outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, The Hub lobby, Unlock Art Program, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary newspaper, conference and event space, business facilities, room service.
The Epicurean Hotel is a hotel for the foodie who wants a boutique experience rather than a chain hotel. Part of the Autograph Collection, this hotel has a close relationship to the area, showcasing its flavors and styles in Bern’s Steakhouse, one of the top restaurants in the city.
Rooms are modern and chic, and boast reclaimed wood doors that were hand carved locally. Details like this are what earn the Epicurean its undisputed place amongst the best hotels in Tampa.
Amenities: In-house restaurant, in-house bar, spa, outdoor pool, fitness center, complimentary Wi-Fi, room service, concierge, and conference and meeting room space.
Saddlebrook Resort & Spa
While not technically in Tampa, the Saddlebrook Resort & Spa still deserves a spot on any list of the best hotels in Tampa (or, fine—near Tampa). This is the best Tampa area resort for those who want to escape from everything and enjoy a relaxing vacation without the noise of the city. Saddlebrook was designed with an emphasis on nature, with every room having its own balcony and patio.
Park-like courtyards, and a walking village layout, will make you feel light years away from the stress of daily life. The luxury rooms and suites welcome you with custom furniture and 220-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. You’ll also be able to enjoy the two golf courses, three pools, 45 tennis courts, and nature preserve. If you need even more relaxation, spend time at the European-style spa.
Amenities: In-house dining and entertainment, full kitchens in suites, private balconies or patios in every room, fitness center and sports facilities, spa, marble bathrooms, custom furniture, nature preserve, pools, golf courses, and tennis courts.
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– Original reporting by Mariana Zapata