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

Add some extra bling to your Tampa visit by spoiling yourself with a stay at one of the city's poshest 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 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 new JW Marriott Tampa Water Street has it all. Part of the $3 billion Water Street development, they pulled out all the stops to create a stylish, modern hotel experience. The rooms feature amenities that promote wellness, the restaurant focuses on local, ocean-to-plate cuisine, and the on-site spa promises to relax the body and rejuvenate the spirit.

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.


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 Westin Tampa Bay is conveniently located on Rocky Point Island close to the airport. Focused on the business traveler, this well appointed hotel offers access to full-service professional amenities as well as deluxe leisure opportunities. Surrounded by Tampa Bay on three sides, the hotel even has its own private beach complete 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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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa
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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. The resort was recently expanded with a new 14-story tower that added over 500 new rooms bringing the total room count to over 800. You can take advantage of the free "Sound of Your Stay" program providing in-room access to legendary guitars and a tailor made soundtrack for your stay. If you wish to leave your room, you have over 200,000 square feet of high stakes games and the latest in slots, five high-end restaurants, and more casual dining, bars and nightlife options than you can count. After a long night, recover in the recently renovated full-service Rock Spa, or get away from the crowds by chilling poolside in a glitzy 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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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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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 Renaissance Tampa offers plush, contemporary accommodation and world-class cuisine at International Plaza, the city's most upscale shopping experience.

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Tampa Marriott Water Street
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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 one of the largest hotels in the area and also one of the most opulent. The comfortable, modern guestrooms are fully equipped with signature Stay Well features such as air purifiers, Vitamin C-infused showers, and special mattresses. In addition, many rooms feature balconies with stunning city and water views. The amenities are first class as well with a beautiful rooftop pool and lounge area, outdoor patios with fire pits, and a fitness center. Dining options include the waterside Anchor and Brine, Garrison Tavern sports pub, and the indoor/outdoor Cafe Waterside.

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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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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JW Marriott Tampa Water Street
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The recently completed JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is designed to meet the sophisticated tastes of modern travelers. The hotel features luxurious accommodations, world class dining, and a resort-style pool deck with private cabanas. The focus here is on guest wellness with well-appointed rooms outfitted to help visitors relax and re-energize following a long day. After a long day exploring Tampa attractions, soothe your aching muscles with a spa treatment or massage at the on-site Spa by JW. Finish your day with happy hour at Driftlight Lounge located in the hotel's stunning four story lobby. Dinner is a treat at either Driftlight on the lobby level, or Six that features indoor and outdoor dining with waterfront views.

Recommended for Luxury Hotels because: Part of the Tampa's new Water Street development, the JW Marriott features modern design and luxurious accommodations for the sophisticated traveler.

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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 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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