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.
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