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Spoil yourself by staying at one of Tampa's leading luxury hotels



Add some extra bling to your visit to Tampa by spoiling yourself at one of the city's posh luxury hotels. Whether you are looking to explore downtown attractions, play on the water, or take advantage of the city's best golf opportunities, there are indulgent accommodations just waiting for you. To help you find the best choice, 10 Best has put together a list of the top ten options.

Sophisticated travelers will agree that the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay has it all. Delux rooms sport stunning views of Tampa Bay and world-class dining opportunities are available at two on-site restaurants, Oystercatchers and Armani's. Combine these attractions with fabulous amenities and you have the perfect recipe for a wonderful vacation.

If you're looking for a hotel that is more family-friendly, then the Saddlebrook Resort may be just the place for you. The resort features two championship Arnold Palmer golf courses as well as world-class tennis facilities to indulge everyone's love of sport. Parent's will enjoy the resort's kids club with fun activities for the younger ones in the family. At the end of a long day of activities and sport, there is a first-class European-style spa with deluxe services just waiting to pamper.

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The Westin Tampa Bay is the new kid on the block in terms of hospitality, having opened in 2009. It is focused on the business traveler and is located only a couple of miles from the airport on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. It is surrounded by Tampa Bay on three sides and even has its own private beach with jet ski rentals. The gym is first-class and its restaurant, Aqua, features seafood flown in fresh daily. There are also plenty of other restaurant and nightlife options located nearby on Rocky Point Island. This hotel option strikes a sophisticated balance between beach and city.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Trendy and stylish, the Westin Tampa Bay offers luxurious accommodations and one of Tampa's best seafood restaurants.

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Tampa's Saddlebrook Resort is a luxurious getaway for those who like to spend time outdoors. It boasts two Arnold Palmer-designed golf courses, 45 tennis courts in all of the major surfaces, and three heated pools, including the massive 500,000-gallon SuperPool. A 5-acre ropes course rounds out the activities available. After you work up an appetite, you can indulge at one of the seven on-site restaurants before relaxing at the European-style spa. Then retire to one of the resort's 800 luxurious guest rooms that all feature private patios or balconies, and are clustered around courtyards and park spaces giving the resort a charming village atmosphere.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Tampa's Saddlebrook Resort is a full-service getaway, perfect for families, offering world-class golf and tennis and beautifully appointed suites.

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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 well-appointed guest rooms at this hotel designed as two-room suites. 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 Luxury Hotels because: Conveniently connected to Tampa's world-class convention center, this unique Embassy Suites hotel offers both superb amenities and well-appointed suites.

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Ready to party like rock star royalty? Check in to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa. Guests are greeted upon entry with a 50-foot guitar and a sample of items from the Hard Rock's extensive rock memorabilia collection. The rooms are luxurious, well-appointed and feature the latest technology. You can amplify your stay by taking advantage of the free "Sound of Your Stay" program providing in-room access to legendary guitars and a tailor-made soundtrack for your stay. When you leave your room, you have 170,000 square feet of high stakes games, the latest in slots, five high-end restaurants, and a variety of bars and nightlife options. After a long night, recover in the recently renovated full-service Rock Spa or get away from the crowds by chilling in a Chickee poolside cabana fully equipped with a TV, fridge, and other cool stuff.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Party like a rock star at Tampa's glamorous Seminole Hard Rock Hotel featuring access to Florida's largest casino.

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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina


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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Tampa Marriott Waterside offers first-class service and luxurious amenities with fabulous views and boat access to downtown waterways.

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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 wonderfully 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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: With luxurious accommodations and updated amenities, the Hilton Tampa Downtown is perfect for both business and leisure travelers.

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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 were once Judges Chambers. There is also an outdoor pool, exercise facility, Bizou Brasserie French bistro and Longitude Bar.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Le Meridien is Tampa's most luxurious hotel in a beautifully restored federal courthouse located in the heart of downtown.

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The Renaissance Tampa is located in the business district, very close to Tampa International Airport. The beautifully redecorated rooms are ultra-comfortable and feature marble baths. After a good night's sleep, be prepared to shop at Tampa's premier shopping mall, International Plaza, featuring over 200 upscale stores including Nordstrom's and Neiman Marcus. International Plaza is also the location of Bay Street, featuring some of Tampa's best dining and nightlife. On-site, Gabriella's Bistro features wonderfully prepared Mediterranean tapas and craft cocktails for lunch and dinner. Other hotel amenities include a large resort-like pool area and fully-equipped fitness center. Parking is free.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The beautifully remodeled Renaissance Tampa offers plush, contemporary accommodation and world-class cuisine at International Plaza, the city's most upscale shopping experience.

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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.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: First-class accommodations, stunning views and two of the city's best restaurants make the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay one of the most luxurious hotels in town.

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The Epicurean is an upscale boutique hotel located in Tampa's trendy SoHo neighborhood. Infused with a culinary theme, this hotel is a mecca for foodies, where you can indulge your senses with exceptional cuisine and carefully curated wines in the on-site restaurants and lounges. The restaurant, Elevage, is the hotel's award-winning flagship restaurant, complemented by the popular Lobby Bar and Edge Rooftop Bar. After indulging, guests are invited to relax and restore at the Epicurean Spa that features pampering, also with a culinary theme. Guest rooms are comfortable, classic and contemporary. To complete the foodie experience, the hotel features an on-site culinary school where guests can learn everything from mixology to cooking techniques.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: The Epicurean is a unique and indulgent culinary-themed hotel located in Tampa's fashionable SoHo neighborhood.

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