Stay Close to the Action at Amalie Arena

Amalie Arena (formerly the Tampa Bay Times Forum) is the city’s premier event venue hosting over 150 events a year. Looking stellar after a $40 million renovation in 2011, the Arena is also considered one of the best venues in the country attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.

Home to the Tampa Bay Lighting NHL hockey team and the Tampa Bay Storm arena football team, the Arena also hosts most of the area’s major concerts and shows from AC/DC to Garth Brooks to Andrea Bocelli. When the circus comes to town, it comes to the Arena too.

If you’re in town for an event, check out this list of the 10 best hotels near the Arena. Chosen by 10 Best for their proximity to the venue and other areas of interest, quality of rooms and amenities, and including various budget levels, you will be sure to find the perfect spot to stay.

If price is no object, then consider the nearby Marriott Waterside. With its beautiful views, modern rooms, and sumptuous dining, you will enjoy staying in the lap of luxury only a block or so away from Arena. If you want to combine your stay with a night exploring the Ybor City entertainment district, then the Hampton Inn is a good bet. It's convenient to all the clubs and bars, reasonably priced, and the Arena is only a quick trolley ride away.

The recently renovated Barrymore Hotel at Tampa Riverwalk (formerly Howard Johnson) is conveniently located across from the Straz Center for Performing Arts. Guests are close to other downtown attractions such as the Tampa Museum of Art and the...  Read More

The Floridan Palace Hotel has been located in downtown Tampa since 1927. Recently and meticulously renovated, this jewel of a hotel has been restored to its Jazz Age grandeur. The exquisitely restored plaster and woodwork brought to life by the...  Read More

The Courtyard Tampa is located right in the heart of downtown, close to cultural attractions, the Tampa Convention Center, and the Port of Tampa. Getting around is easy with the complementary shuttle that will take you anywhere within a two mile...  Read More

Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Tampa, Le Meridien is one of the most unique luxury hotels in the country. Once a federal courthouse, this impressive 1905 beaux arts building is fronted with soaring columns and a grand staircase...  Read More

The Hilton Tampa Downtown provides luxury accommodations in the heart of the city. Perfect for both business and leisure travelers, this recently renovated hotel features up-to-date technology, elegant accommodations, state-of-the-art exercise...  Read More

The Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk is conveniently located downtown on the riverfront. The hotel is adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center, and close to the Port of Tampa, cultural and historic attractions, and the beautiful downtown Riverwalk, for...  Read More

With urban decor and cutting edge design, Aloft Tampa is a boutique downtown hotel that caters to the young and hip. With large airy social spaces including a lounge, bar and 'back yard' with a pool and fire pit, this hotel was made for...  Read More

The Westin Tampa Harbor Island is located on an exclusive residential island just across the bridge from downtown Tampa. For people who want to be close to the hustle and bustle, but not in it, this hotel is a good choice and offers both...  Read More

The Embassy Suites Tampa Convention Center is in the middle of the downtown entertainment district. For visitors to Tampa's Convention Center, the hotel is conveniently connected via pedestrian walkway and guests are also only a short walk away...  Read More

Located on the waterfront in downtown Tampa, the Marriott Waterside's most unique feature is their 32 slip full-service marina. At 27 floors, this is the largest hotel in the area and also one of the most opulent. The comfortable, modern...  Read More


Meet Skye Rodgers

Skye has lived in Tampa for over 16 years and spends much of her time exploring the region and discovering its hidden treasures. As a native of Canada, Skye has happily embraced the no cold, no...  More About Skye

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