Getaway to romance at a top Tampa hotel

Enjoy some quality time with your special someone at one of Tampa's most romantic hotels. With spectacular scenery, luxurious accommodations and intimate dining options, Tampa is home to many hotels that are guaranteed to heat things up. To help you find the hotel that is right for you and your loved one, 10 Best has researched the options and created a list of ten of the best options the city has to offer.

If color-soaked sunsets are your jam, there are several options available including the very chic Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Ask for a room with a view of Tampa Bay to secure a front-row spot for the sunset, order in some room service, and let the romance begin.

For those that are looking for a little historical romance, step into the Floridan Palace Hotel and the glamorous Jazz age. Restored to its original glory, the grand opulence of this Tampa landmark has to be experienced to be believed.


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 you can 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 Romantic Hotels because: Tampa's Saddlebrook Resort is the perfect place for a weekend getaway providing privacy, luxury, and plenty of outdoor activities.

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The Floridan Palace Hotel has been located in downtown Tampa since 1927. 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 are featured in 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Step back in time to the romance of the gilded age at the meticulously restored Floridan Palace Hotel in downtown Tampa.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Couples looking for budget-friendly privacy will love Sailport for the spacious suites, waterfront views, and full kitchens, no need to leave the room!

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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 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.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Perfect for young couples, Aloft Tampa offers urban sophistication and romantic views of the Hillsborough River.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: You can treat your lover like a rock star with a romantic stay at Tampa's sexy and sophisticated Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: Tampa's Marriott Water Street Hotel offers romantic water views and attentive service in the heart of downtown. Perfect for spoiling your loved one.

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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 Romantic Hotels because: The Renaissance Tampa offers luxurious accommodations adjacent to upscale shopping and sophisticated dining. A good spot for engagement ring shopping!

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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. 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 the Longitude Bar.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Le Meridien combines historic style with modern luxuries offering drama and romance in the heart of downtown Tampa.

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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 boasts penthouse views and northern Italian cuisine, while Oystercatchers is one of the area's best seafood restaurants.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay offers romantic views, romantic restaurants, romantic walks, and romance specials. It doesn't get more romantic than this.

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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, craft cocktails, and an extensive wine list in the on-site restaurants and lounges. After indulging, guests are invited to relax and restore at the Epicurean Spa that features pampering in keeping with the culinary theme. Guest rooms are comfortable, classic and contemporary and also feature a culinary theme. 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 Romantic Hotels because: If food is the gateway to your libido, then the Epicurean, a luxurious boutique hotel in Tampa's trendy SoHo district, will definitely light your fire.

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