Stay Close to the Action at Amalie Arena



Amalie Arena is the city’s premier event venue hosting over 150 events a year. Looking stellar after $25 million in renovations in 2015 and 2016, 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 Twenty One Pilots to Tim McGraw to Neil Diamond. When the circus comes to town, it comes to the Arena too.

If you’re in Tampa 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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The recently renovated Barrymore Hotel at Tampa Riverwalk 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.


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The Floridan Palace Hotel has been located in downtown Tampa since 1927. Now meticulously renovated, this jewel of a hotel has been restored to its Jazz Age grandeur. The exquisitely restored plaster and woodwork brought to life by the seemingly endless number of chandeliers dripping with crystals. The hotel's 213 guest rooms are decorated in the elaborate beaux arts style while featuring contemporary comfort and amenities. Mediterranean and contemporary cuisine is featured at the Crystal Dining Room where the old-world decor provides a feast for the eyes before diners even open the menu. The hotel also features a bar and lounge, exercise facility and business center.


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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 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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Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Tampa, Le Meridien is one of the most unique luxury hotels in the country. Once a federal courthouse, this impressive 1905 beaux arts building is fronted with soaring columns and a grand staircase entry. Inside, the national landmark was carefully renovated to create a comfortable and contemporary ambiance while preserving key historic details. Named by Conde Nast as one of the world's best new hotels in 2014, Le Meridien features 130 beautiful guest rooms outfitted with state-of-the-art technology in what was once Judges Chambers. There is also an outdoor pool, exercise facility, Bizou Brasserie French bistro and Longitude Bar.


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The Hilton Tampa Downtown provides luxury accommodations in the heart of the city. Perfect for both business and leisure travelers, this recently renovated hotel features up-to-date technology, elegant accommodations, state-of-the-art exercise facilities and a beautiful roof-top pool. Nothing beats enjoying the Tampa weather lounging poolside with a fruity cocktail. Business travelers will also appreciate the fully appointed business center and services as well as the easy access to downtown businesses and the Tampa Convention Center. The hotel offers full-service dining options provided by the sophisticated yet cozy 211 Restaurant and Lounge. For those requiring their daily caffeine fix, there is also an on-site Starbucks.


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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.


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With urban decor and cutting edge design, Aloft Tampa is a boutique downtown hotel that caters to the young and hip. With large airy social spaces including a lounge, bar and 'back yard' with a pool and fire pit, this hotel was made for socializing. Rooms are also large and airy with high ceilings and large windows featuring comfortable beds and furniture as well as all the high-tech amenities a modern traveler needs. Located on the Hillsborough River, the hotel also affords great views of the water and local landmarks including the University of Tampa's iconic minarets. Just a short walk from downtown business and attractions, this hotel is great for business and leisure travelers alike.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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