10Best 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 of 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


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.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Chase Hotel is conveniently located on Rocky Point Island and offers a great snooze 'n cruise package with airport/port transportation, breakfast and 7 days parking.

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Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
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The Hotel 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 River's Edge Restaurant and Lounge. 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 a limited-distance free shuttle service.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The Hotel Tampa Riverwalk has a great location on the riverfront in downtown Tampa and is a close commute to the Port of Tampa.

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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 Cruise Port Hotels because: The Barrymore is a budget-friendly hotel located downtown on the Riverwalk that offers a Ship and Shore package with parking and transportation to the port.

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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 d├ęcor 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 traveling with a pet you can stay here. The Holiday Inn is pet-friendly for animals up to 50 pounds.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Convenient to the airport and downtown, the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore offers up to 21 days of parking for guests who are taking a cruise.

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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 an 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 Cruise Port Hotels because: This popular budget-friendly hotel offers great value close to Ybor City and the Hard Rock Casino, with shuttle service to the Port of Tampa.

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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 from attractions such as the Tampa Art Museum and the Tampa Bay History Center. There are 360 guest rooms at this hotel designed as two-room suites. Rooms include air conditioning, cable television service, high-speed Internet access, telephones, and radio alarm clocks. Hotel perks include a free, cooked to order breakfast, evening cocktails in the bar area, heated outdoor pool, indoor Jacuzzi and workout zone. The hotel has its own business center, and conference space for meetings and events is available.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Located just minutes from the Port of Tampa, Embassy Suites in downtown offers a Park and Cruise package that includes 7 days of parking.

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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 complimentary shuttle that will take you anywhere within a two-mile radius. Guest rooms are comfortable and business travelers will appreciate the free wireless Internet access and large work areas, 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 Starbucks.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: In addition to a convenient downtown Tampa location, this Courtyard by Marriott offers a sleep and cruise package that includes 7-day parking and transportation.

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Tampa Marriott Water Street
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Located on the waterfront in downtown Tampa, the Marriott Water Street's most unique feature is their 32 slip full-service marina. At 27 floors, this is one of the largest and also most opulent hotels in the area. The comfortable, modern guestrooms are fully equipped with all the extras, and many feature balconies offering some of the best water and skyline views in the city. The hotel 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 casual Garrison Tavern, the seafood-forward Anchor and Brine and an on-site Starbucks Cafe.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The Marriott Water Street offers a downtown waterfront location and a park and go package with complimentary/discounted parking and transportation to the Cruise Port.

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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. 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.

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: The all-suite Sailport offers beautiful bay views, reasonable prices and a great snooze and cruise package with round trip transportation and 7 days parking.

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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. Both the public spaces and the guest rooms are chic and sophisticated with their visitor's comfort and convenience in mind. The onsite restaurant, Gabriella's Bistro, features Mediterranean tapas and craft cocktails in addition to a delicious breakfast buffet. Other amenities include a large resort-like pool area and a fully-equipped fitness center. Parking is free!

Recommended for Cruise Port Hotels because: Cruise-goers staying at the Renaissance Tampa can take advantage of a package that includes a complimentary room upgrade, late checkout and 7 days free parking.

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