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 between $200 and $250 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 go for less than $150 per night, except for peak season February through 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 guest rooms. Beware though, because of its premium location, rates here will vary from $99 to $200 a night during peak season.

If you're looking to make the most of a limited budget, move out of downtown and stay at the Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City. For a price of $70 off-season and $150 peak-season, 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. 

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Downtown Tampa is within a few minutes of this bayfront hotel in Tampa, with many other destinations and activities within a short commuting distance including the airport and Raymond James Stadium. It's Rocky Point location also offers access to dining, nightlife and watersport rentals. Each guestroom at the Hampton Inn Tampa / Rocky Point - Airport is conveniently equipped with wireless Internet access and satellite television. Guests are offered access to the onsite laundry facilities. Some rooms have bay views. Amenities include two swimming pools, a complimentary Continental breakfast each morning, business facilities, and a fitness area.

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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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 and Historic Ybor City is three miles away. Free shuttle service is also available. Guests will also appreciate the free amenities such as the weekday newspaper, wireless high-speed Internet, local calls and parking. A full, hot breakfast is available, and if you're leaving early, a Your Suite Success Grab & Go bag is available for the two hours prior to breakfast. Guests can soak up the sun at the outdoor heated pool or stay fit in 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. For added convenience there are coin-operated laundry facilities.

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

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The Hampton Inn Tampa International Airport/Westshore is budget-friendly and located close to the airport, Westshore business district and downtown attraction. Each room at the hotel is thoughtfully equipped and features premium bedding, irons and ironing boards, refrigerators, hair dryers, clock radios, cable television, in-room movies, and complimentary toiletries. Guests with disabilities may reserve accessible accommodations. The Hampton Inn Tampa International Airport / Westshore offers several amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, a well-equipped fitness center, and complimentary breakfast in the morning and cookies in the evening. Business travelers may avail themselves of the meeting space, the high-speed Internet, and the office equipment.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The Hampton Inn Tampa International Airport/Westshore is located close to the airport and business districts for a price that's easy on the wallet.

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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 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 river. Non-smoking rooms are available. The hotel has its own restaurant on site, Waterworks Bar & Grill, and serves a morning breakfast buffet. The fitness amenities include a swimming pool and workout space. In keeping with its visual and performing arts focus, the hotel features its own art gallery. Parking is available on site 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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The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch is adjacent to Busch Gardens/Adventure Island and is the closest hotel to the University of South Florida and University Community Health Hospital. While staying at this tropically landscaped Tampa hotel, you can enjoy the premium amenities including an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, business center and 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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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 city-view and water-view rooms. This 3-star hotel offers 299 guestrooms that come fully equipped with hair dryer, coffee maker, and internet access. Hotel amenities include 725 South - a top-notch restaurant, laundry service/dry cleaning, and room service. This is a non-smoking hotel. To unwind, guests can enjoy the leisure facilities provided on the hotel's property, including a gym and outdoor pool.

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 Bay Harbor Hotel is located on Rocky Point Island, convenient to both downtown Tampa and the airport. The 260 spacious guest rooms feature views of either the city skyline or the waters of Tampa Bay. Hotel amenities include a pool and fitness center. The hotel's beautiful waterfront location offers access to the Bay with a sandy beach area and pier featuring onsite watersport equipment and boat rentals to take full advantage. There is also a full-service restaurant and bar called The Beach that offers tons of outdoor seating, a Tiki bar, beach volleyball and fire pits.

Recommended for Budget Hotels because: With waterfront views and an extensive outdoor entertainment area, the Best Western Bay Harbor offers Florida sunshine at a great price.

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The Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds - Ybor City is located just minutes away from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Mid-Florida Amphitheatre, 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 on-site 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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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 the 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 Westshore Grand features contemporary design and gracious, elegant spaces. Conveniently located close to the airport, downtown, and great shopping and dining options, the Intercontinental 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 steakhouse chains in the country. 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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