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10 Best Hassle-Free Snooze and Cruise Hotels in Tampa



If you’ve booked a cruise out of the Port of Tampa, take advantage of the opportunity to spend a couple extra days exploring all the Tampa region has to offer. Even if you don’t have time to tack on extra days, chances are you will need somewhere to stay for at least one night. Thankfully, there are plenty of great hotels located nearby.

To help you decide on your best option, 10 Best has put together a list of the top ten hotels to choose from. These hotels represent a variety of budgets and were chosen for their prime locations, top-notch rooms and amenities, and special offers or discounts for people heading out or returning from a cruise.

All of these hotels offer convenient access to the Port of Tampa as well as to popular attractions, shopping, dining, entertainment and nightlife options. You can take your pick depending on your interests. Choose the Renaissance Tampa located convenient to the airport and next to the best shopping in town, or seek relaxation and beautiful views of Tampa Bay at Safety Harbor Resort & Spa


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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.


Tampa's Chase Suite Hotel is located on Rocky Point Island, convenient to the airport and downtown, but away from the hustle and bustle. A quite place where you can enjoy the peaceful shores of Tampa Bay amid lush tropical landscaping. Amenities include an outdoor pool, private dock, fitness center and waterfront views. Each spacious residential-style suite features a full-size, fully-equipped kitchen, work desk, and free high-speed internet access. Guests can also enjoy free breakfast in the morning and a Manager's reception, Monday through Thursday evenings. Complimentary shuttle service is also provided to points within a five mile radius.




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.


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The Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore hotel is located in the heart of the Westshore business district, close to the airport and convenient to downtown. Take advantage of their free shuttle service for destinations within a three mile radius. Recently renovated, the hotel features contemporary décor with a tropical flair. There is a fully-equipped 24-hour business center if you need to get some work done, and a pool and fitness center to help you unwind. There is also an on-site restaurant and lounge, bar700 and a marketplace for convenience food and beverages. If you're travelling with a pet you can stay here. The Holiday Inn is pet-friendly for animals up to 50 pounds.




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 radius. Guest rooms were renovated in late 2012. Business travelers will appreciate the free wireless Internet access and large work areas in each room as well as the 24-hour business center. All guests will appreciate the nicely-appointed outdoor pool and fitness room, perfect for relaxing after a long day. All-day dining options are available at the Bistro and the on-site Starbuck's.


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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 Wi-Fi 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 sunning beach, heated pool, beach volleyball and games area. This reasonably-priced hotel offers daily, weekly and monthly rates.




This Hampton Inn is located in the Ybor City historic area of Tampa, close to historic and cultural attractions, eclectic shopping options, and great dining and nightlife. Perfect for both business and leisure travelers, there is a full range of business services or you can take advantage of the cribs and high chairs available for families. In addition, each clean and comfortable room features a fridge and microwave. While there is a charge for parking, the hotel offers free hot breakfasts, free high-speed internet access in every room, and free shuttles anywhere within a 3-mile radius (including downtown). There is a nice outdoor pool area and access to a fitness room.




Safety Harbor Resort and Spa is located on the banks of Old Tampa Bay and anchors the quaint and charming downtown area of Safety Harbor. This resort is all about having fun and living healthy, with a 50,000 square foot fitness center and spa facility, a fine dining restaurant, and an outdoor Tiki bar and grill. Built in the early 1900's, the spa was designed to take advantage of the restorative and soothing effects of the area's abundant natural springs. Since then it has been lovingly restored and remains one of the finest spas in the country. Three pools on the property, as well as some of the spa's treatments, put the natural spring waters to good use.




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 guestrooms are fully equipped and many feature balconies offering some of the best views of Tampa Bay in the city. The amenities are first class as well with a beautiful rooftop pool and lounge area, outdoor patios with fire pits and water views, and a fitness center. Dining options include The Waterside Grill, Champion's Sports Bar and an on-site Starbucks cafe.




Built in 2006, the Renaissance Tampa is located at International Plaza and Bay Street, very close to Tampa International Airport. Featuring over 200 upscale stores including Nordstrom's and Neiman Marcus, International Plaza is a shopper's dream, while Bay Street features some of Tampa's best dining and nightlife. The beautifully decorated rooms are ultra-comfortable and after a good night's sleep, you can enjoy one of the best breakfast buffets in town at the hotel's Pelagia Trattoria. It's not free, but it is good. Pelagia features wonderfully prepared modern Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Other amenities include a large resort-like pool area and fully-equipped fitness center. Parking is free.


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