Tampa Hotels from Upscale to Budget-Friendly near Raymond James Stadium

By Skye Rodgers, Tampa Local Expert

Whether you're in town for a NFL football game, a monster truck rally, or a rock concert, there are plenty of hotel options near Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. The Stadium is centrally located in Tampa, close to the airport, Tampa Bay, downtown attractions and the historic district, so visitors can take their pick of the best hotels in town. Listed here are ten of the best options to choose from based on their distance from the Stadium, guest reviews and proximity to other area attractions.

There are a couple of hotel options located within walking distance of Raymond James and are a good choice if proximity is your priority. The Tampa Stadium Hotel is a 15 minute walk from the Stadium and offers all the comforts and amenities you need. In addition, this hotel offers free shuttles to the airport and to attractions within a three mile radius.

If you wish to take in other area attractions during your visit to Tampa, there are many wonderful hotels within a 15 minute drive of Raymond James Stadium. Depending on your taste and budget, choose from options on the Bay, in the historic district or in the heart of downtown. One luxurious option featuring world-class amenities, fine dining and panoramic views of the Bay is the Grand Hyatt located just a 10 minute drive from the Stadium.

10. Econo Lodge Airport at RJ Stadium

Tampa's Econo Lodge Airport at RJ Stadium is one of the few hotels within walking distance to both Raymond James Stadium and Yankee's Legends Field. Hotel freebies include Internet, coffee, local calls and a hot breakfast. Some rooms offer whirlpool bathtubs, microwaves and refrigerators. Non-smoking rooms are available. The hotel also features a fitness center and outdoor pool. While located away from many of Tampa's main attractions, shuttle service is available to take guests to the airport, Port of Tampa and Busch Gardens. The property features a business center with computer with Internet, copy and fax services. This hotel is pet-friendly.

9. Bay Harbor Hotel
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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.

8. Hampton Inn and Suites Tampa - Ybor City Downtown
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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.

7. Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore
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The Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Westshore is located across from the airport and close to great shopping and dining at International Plaza. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. This fresh and modern hotel features all the amenities including a large outdoor pool area and well-equipped fitness room. You can grab breakfast, lunch or dinner at their on-site restaurant, Coast. Business travelers will appreciate the 24-hour business center and complimentary printing service. The stylish and contemporary guest rooms are fully decked-out with all the conveniences including a mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker among others. There is also free wireless Internet service in the rooms as well as the public spaces.

6. Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Westshore/Airport
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The Residence Inn Tampa Westshore/Airport is located close to upscale shopping, fine dining, the business district, and Raymond James Stadium. A good option if you are planning a longer stay in Tampa as per night prices are lower for longer stays. The hotel is modern and recently remodeled Residence Located across the street from our hotel in Tampa Florida you will find upscale shopping and fine dining at International Plaza & Bay Street. The hotel is modern and recently renovated with studio, one and two bedroom suites fully equipped with kitchens, work stations, free Internet and flat panel TVs. Each morning there is a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. This property also features an outdoor pool, spa, fitness center and outdoor sports Court.

5. Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
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The Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore is located in the Westshore business district, convenient to downtown and the airport. This hotel is also walking distance to fabulous shops and restaurants. Major sports venues nearby include Raymond James Stadium and George M. Steinbrenner Field less than two miles away. Guests will enjoy the complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius. Property amenities include an outdoor pool, tennis court, and fitness center. Rooms are spacious and comfortable with all the extras including Serenity beds, flat screen TVs, and MP3 players. The hotel also features an on-site restaurant and lounge.

4. Tampa Stadium Hotel

Conveniently located a 15-minute walk from Raymond James Stadium, the Tampa Stadium Hotel is perfect for sports fans planning on attending a NFL football game. The Yankee's Legends Field is also quite close by. This hotel features convenient amenities such as fridges and microwaves in every room, an outdoor heated pool and a 24-hour Fitness Center and jogging trail. Visitors can also enjoy the free Express Start Breakfast Bar. Although a little farther from Tampa's main attractions than other hotels, there is complimentary shuttle service to Tampa International Airport and local attractions within a three mile radius.

3. Le Meridien Tampa
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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.

2. Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
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Located on the shores of old Tampa Bay, the Grand Hyatt rises splendid and sophisticated from its scenic surroundings. Conveniently located near the airport, this hotel provides luxurious accommodations for both the business and leisure traveler. The views are unrivaled, whether enjoyed in your room, or while soaking up the sun on the gorgeous outdoor pool deck. In addition to stylish and comfortable rooms, beautiful grounds, great views, and spectacular amenities, the Grand Hyatt is also known for its two well-known and popular restaurants. Armani's specializes in northern Italian cuisine and features one of the most inventive menus in town. There is also Oystercatchers, one of the area's best seafood restaurants.

1. Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
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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.