Sometimes all you want from a vacation is to bum around doing absolutely nothing. You’re so committed to this that you don’t want to waste your precious time driving to the beach. If this speaks to your heart, then a beach resort is what you need.
The Best Tampa Beach Hotels
Start your pre-vacation relaxation by not working too hard on finding beachside accommodations. We’ve already picked the best Tampa beach hotels for you.
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The Don Cesar
You’ll be treated like royalty at this majestic pink palace on the beach. Built in 1928, The Don Cesar is undeniably unique among Tampa beachfront hotels. Its glamour has brought in guests like F. Scott Fitzgerald and earned it roles on the silver screen in films like Once Upon a Time in America, starring Robert De Niro, and Forever Mine.
Rent a private cabana at the beach and get your drinks delivered directly there, or immerse yourself deep in the ocean at the AAA four-diamond Maritana Grille, which is decorated by large aquariums. With historical charm and modern luxuries, this is the place for those who like their beach hotels with a little personality.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, pools, private beach, Jacuzzis, fitness center, in-house bars, in-house restaurants, poolside bar, private cabanas, pool concierge, full-service spa, concierge services, complimentary cruiser bike, water sports rental, game room, kids day camp, special pet services, babysitting services, safe-deposit box, business center, retail and gift shop, and room service.
Sheraton Sand Key Resort
This is the kind of resort you won’t ever need to leave if you don’t want to. Spend your vacation lounging on the beachfront pool deck while sipping signature cocktails from the Turtle Bar, or get some salt water in your hair at Clearwater Beach. If you want to get active, there’s not only a fitness center, but also tennis and beach tennis courts. Relax by getting a massage at the resort spa or by going shopping at the resort’s stores.
Hungry and looking for variety? The Sheraton Sand Key Resort offers numerous fine dining options that can provide a different taste for every meal.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, beachfront pool, beach access, fitness center, in-house bar, in-house restaurants, spa, shops, room service, and business center.
The Inn at Little Harbor
Very popular with those looking for Tampa resorts, this hotel offers incredible amenities at reasonable prices. Escape the crowds at the private beach, bask in the sun at one of the three pools, or relax at the Jacuzzis.
Beach bums will appreciate eating and drinking poolside, and spending evenings with live music and beach cocktails. Thrill seekers can enjoy the basketball, beach volleyball, and tennis courts. Go fishing at the resort’s pier, or get into watersports like kayaking and jet skiing. If nothing else, attack the Sunset Grill’s chocolate fountain.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, three waterfront pools, two Jacuzzis, private beach, two fitness centers, in-house bar, in-house restaurants, spa, concierge services, airport shuttle, bike rental, basketball court, beach volleyball court, five tennis courts, safe-deposit box, and business center.
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Enjoy a private strip of Clearwater Beach as you get cocktails from the Tiki Bar situated right on the sand. Delight in fresh seafood and local cuisine without leaving the beach view for a single second, and pamper yourself at the full-service spa.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, pool, private beach, fitness center, in-house bars, in-house restaurants, spa, concierge services, bike rental, jet skiing rental, water sports rental, paddle tennis table, playground, safe-deposit box, business center, shoe shine stand, gift shop, and room service.
Luxury and comfort are the signature qualities of Sandpearl Resort. Spend your time at a cabana at the beach, at the zero-entry pool, or enjoying fine dining at Carreta on the Gulf, Clearwater Beach’s only 4-Diamond restaurant.
For more immersive experiences, join one of the resort’s enrichment programs, which include food and wine tastings, dolphin encounters, and tours of the resort’s art collection. At night, hear the sound of the waves crashing on the shore as you keep warm by the beachside fire pits.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, zero-entry pool, beach access, fitness center, in-house bars, beachside fire pits, in-house restaurants, poolside bar, private cabanas, full-service spa, concierge services, water sports rental, private boat slips, kids camp, in-room safe, shoe shine services, turn down services, 24-hour in-room dining, room service, and daily newspaper.
Quality Beach Resort
If you’re thinking about skipping the beach resort because of the prohibitive prices, don’t overlook the Quality Beach Resort. This Quality Inn is located on the shores of Clearwater Beach. For a budget-friendly price, you can enjoy all the amenities of the best Tampa beach hotels, like a beachfront pool, a beach bar, and private balconies. Oh, and you can also get IHOP delivered to your room.
Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, beachfront pool, beach access, sunroom, in-house bars, in-house IHOP, business center, balcony or patio in every room, in-room safe, and flat-screen TV.
Postcard Inn on the Beach
The cookie-cutter beach resort life isn’t for you? Go straight to Postcard Inn. This vintage boutique boasts uniqueness in experience and design. The lobby is decorated by modern bookshelves filled with books and board games for the guests, surf boards make part of the decor, and every single room is different from the others. With the oldest bar on St. Pete Beach, it’s also the place for a great party.
Amenities: Outdoor pool, beach access, fire pit, in-house bar, in-house restaurant, business center, bicycles, two gyms, sports facilities, and live entertainment on weekends.
TradeWinds Island Grand Resort
A sizeable 20-acre resort that has everything you need and then some, TradeWinds makes it a point to ensure guests have more than enough of everything. From five pools to 11 restaurants to its very own private river, this resort does nothing small. All in all, it’s one of the Tampa beach hotels that offers guests the most experiences.
Amenities: Five heated pools, 11 restaurants, paddleboard rental, beach volleyball net, two tennis courts, two hot tubs, fitness center, full-service spa, kids’ club, 24-hour babysitting services, and free Wi-Fi.
Shephard’s Beach Resort
If you’re looking for a relaxed beach getaway, this resort is not your scene. On the other hand, if what you want is to stay up until the sun comes out and then recharge at the beach, this is where you want to go. A hip young crowd keeps the Shephard’s Beach Resort vibrant, fueling the concerts held at the Tiki Bar, and flocking to the in-house nightclub, Wave, every night.
Amenities: Pool deck, beach access, beach bar, two story club, in-house restaurant, water sports gear rental for jet skiing and kayak, parasailing, scooter, bicycle, and mini coupe rental, boat tour, and free Wi-Fi.
Thunderbird Beach Resort
A family-owned resort, the Thunderbird is committed to keeping alive the charm of its origins. Though the hotel offers all the modern amenities you could want, it does so without compromising its vintage ambience that takes you straight into the 1950s beach party scene. Located in Treasure Island, the Thunderbird is a landmark that has amassed quite a following of loyal vacationers who come back year after year.
Amenities: Oversized pool, quiet pool, hot tub, complimentary WiFi, Tiki beach bar, live music, athletic club, in-house restaurant, beach access.
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– Original reporting by Mariana Zapata