Good quality, great rates at popular Tampa hotels

Visitors to Tampa will appreciate the city's hotel rates no matter what their budget. Relative to other large North American cities, Tampa is very affordable and for $250 to $300 a night travelers can take their pick of the most luxurious accommodations in town.

However, for those traveling on a more modest budget, there are many comfortable and convenient options to choose from. To help you out, 10 Best has gathered ten of the top hotel choices that represent the best balance between quality, location and price. All hotels on this list usually go for $200 or less per night and some for significantly less than that. However, some rates may top the $200 mark a little during peak season falling between February and April.

If you're set on staying downtown where rates are always more expensive, check out the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk. Located in the heart of downtown along the scenic Hillsborough River, this hotel features great views and first-class amenities. Although it's one of the older hotels downtown, they have recently renovated their public spaces and some guest rooms. Beware though, because of its premium location, rates here will still be fairly pricey, especially during peak season.

If you're looking to make the most of a limited budget, move out of downtown and stay at the Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds-Casino. For a very budget-friendly price, you get a clean and comfortable room, many free perks, and a central location with convenient access to many Tampa attractions including the Hard Rock Casino, Fairgrounds, and Busch Gardens. 


The Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds - Ybor City is located just minutes away from the Hard Rock Casino, Mid-Florida Amphitheater, Florida State Fairgrounds and Ybor City. In addition to fantastic rates, this well-regarded hotel features several free perks including a hot deluxe breakfast, wireless high-speed internet, weekday newspaper, local calls and free parking. There is also an outdoor heated pool and onsite gym. Business travelers will appreciate modern conveniences like the public computer with Internet access and copy and fax services. The guest rooms are warm and inviting and feature all the amenities. Handicap accessible and connecting rooms can be requested. This is a pet-friendly hotel although fees apply. Laundry facilities are available for guest use.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The well-regarded Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds and Ybor City is centrally located and very easy on the budget.

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Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
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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 which the hotel is named. Guests will enjoy the spacious and newly renovated rooms and public spaces of the hotel. Amenities include a riverfront outdoor pool, fitness room, and expertly prepared dining options available at the Ashley Street Grill. Complimentary high-speed wireless internet access is provided in all guest rooms and public spaces. There is a charge for parking; however, the hotel does provide limited-distance free shuttle service.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Superbly located in the heart of downtown Tampa, right on the river, the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk offers great rates, especially in the off-season.

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The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch is adjacent to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and its sister water park, Adventure Island, and is also close to the University of South Florida. While staying at this tropically landscaped Tampa hotel, you can enjoy the premium amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, a business center and a complimentary, hot breakfast bar. The well-appointed rooms come complete with a microwave and mini-fridge. Pets under 30 pounds are welcome. This hotel is committed to providing accessible facilities under the American Disabilities Act. Free parking is available.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Visitors to Busch Gardens or the University of South Florida will enjoy the convenience and budget-friendly rates of this Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

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Sailport Waterfront Suites
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Sailport Waterfront Suites is located on Rocky Point Island with each suite featuring stunning waterfront views and private balconies. Recently renovated guest rooms feature full-size kitchens, flat-screen TVs and free WiFi throughout. Perfect for longer stays, the property features a well-stocked Ships Store, on-site laundry and complimentary parking. Great for families, there is plenty of space in the one and two-bedroom suites for kids to spread out and plenty of outdoor amenities to keep them occupied including a stunning beach, heated pool, beach volleyball and games area. This reasonably-priced hotel offers daily, weekly and monthly rates.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Close to downtown attractions, the Westin Tampa Harbour Island offers good rates, comfortable rooms and a waterfront location.

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The Barrymore Hotel at Tampa Riverwalk is conveniently located across the street from the Straz Center for Performing Arts. Guests are also close to other downtown attractions such as the Tampa Museum of Art and the Glazer Children's Museum. The hotel runs a complimentary shuttle to and from various local attractions and has a fee-based shuttle for airport travelers. The 312 guest rooms offer modern amenities and some offer scenic views of downtown and the Hillsborough River. The hotel features dining at the Waterworks Bar & Grill and serves a morning breakfast buffet. The fitness amenities include a swimming pool and a workout space. In keeping with its visual and performing arts focus, the hotel features an art gallery. Parking is available onsite for a fee.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Adjacent to the Straz Center for Performing Arts and the Riverwalk, the Barrymore Hotel offers the best rates in downtown Tampa.

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Downtown Tampa is within a few minutes of this bay-front hotel, with many other destinations and activities within a short distance, including the airport and Raymond James Stadium. The hotel's location on scenic Rocky Point Island also offers access to water view accommodations, trendy dining and nightlife, and water-sport rentals. Each guestroom at the Hampton Inn Tampa/Rocky Point - Airport is conveniently equipped with wireless internet access and satellite television. Amenities include two swimming pools, a complimentary continental breakfast each morning, business facilities, and a fitness area. Guests are also offered access to the onsite laundry facilities.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Budget-friendly Hampton Inn Tampa/Rocky Point Airport offers convenient access to dining, nightlife and the warm waters of Tampa Bay.

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The Westshore Grand features contemporary design and gracious, elegant spaces. Conveniently located close to the airport, downtown, and great shopping and dining options, the Westshore Grand is a favorite among business and leisure travelers alike - although they cater primarily to business travelers. It is also the location of Shula's Steakhouse in Tampa, one of the best steakhouses in the city. Hotel amenities include a large pool area, a 24-hour health and fitness center, and a full range of business services. Guests can receive free transportation to and from the airport, or if arriving by car, free self-parking is available.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Westshore Grand is a popular and reasonably priced business hotel located in the Westshore business district close to shopping and dining.

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This Hampton Inn is located in Tampa's historic district, Ybor City, close to historic and cultural attractions, eclectic shopping options, and great dining and nightlife. Perfect for business and leisure travelers, there is a full range of business services as well as family amenities such as cribs and high chairs for families. Each clean and comfortable room features a fridge and microwave. While there is a charge for parking, the hotel offers free hot breakfasts, high-speed internet access in every room, and shuttles anywhere within a 3-mile radius (including downtown). There is also a nice outdoor pool area and access to a fitness room.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: With a central location and budget-friendly pricing, the Hampton Inn and Suites Tampa - Ybor City Downtown is the perfect home base for Tampa explorations.

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The West Wing Hotel is a modern, all-suite, boutique hotel owned by the Choice Hotels chain. Featuring a contemporary interior design and full-service amenities, guests will enjoy the on-site restaurant and bar, fitness center, and business center. Also, there are tons of perks including free hot breakfast, free parking, free shuttle service (within 3 miles) and delivery services provided by a robot butler. Yep, you read that right, a robot butler delivers to the door of your room. This hotel is a perfect option for travelers visiting the University of South Florida or Busch Gardens - or just want to stay in stylish accommodations at a very good price.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The West Wing Hotel offers travelers reasonably-priced sophisticated accommodations with lots of free perks that is located close to USF and Busch Gardens.

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At the Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds-Casino hotel, business and leisure travelers can enjoy spacious and reasonably-priced accommodations close to many Tampa attractions. The Florida State Fairgrounds and Mid Florida Amphitheater are both less than a mile away. The world-class Hard Rock Casino and historic Ybor City are also located close-by. Guests can get around by taking advantage of the hotel's free shuttle service. Other free amenities include a weekday newspaper, WiFi, local calls and parking. A full, hot breakfast is available, and if you're leaving early, bagged breakfasts are available. Guests will also enjoy the outdoor heated pool and the on-site exercise room, and corporate travelers will appreciate the convenient business services. The well-appointed guest suites are comfortable and come with all the perks.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Comfort Suites at Fairgrounds - Casino offers great value for money being both reasonably-priced and centrally located to many of Tampa's top attractions.

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