The Best Hotels to Book in Tampa, Florida

Find the perfect place to rest your head after seeing the sights in Tampa
Find the perfect place to rest your head after seeing the sights in Tampa | © Brian Jannsen / Alamy Stock Photo
Amanda Ogle

On Florida’s Gulf Coast, Tampa is known for its impressive mix of outdoor activities, museums, history and coastal cuisine. It’s also a thriving business center, meaning its visitors have plenty of options for work and play. Dine on divine seafood, spend the day in the historic Ybor City neighborhood or head to the water for marine-animal sightings and water sports. Whatever your style of travel, there’s a Tampa hotel perfect to return to after a long day. Read on for our guide to the best places to stay in Tampa, bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Hyatt House Tampa Downtown, for suites with a view

Hotel

Pool area with tan-cushioned lounge chairs, brightly painted mural and city views at Hyatt House Tampa Downtown
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If you’re looking for hotels in Tampa’s center, this is a great choice in the heart of the action. The suites here are styled for longer stays, with kitchens, sofa beds and sweeping views. If you do fancy being cooked for rather than self-catering, the Corazon Bar and Restaurant is all about tapping into Tampa’s Latin roots via dishes such as crispy yucca with creamed avocado.

2. Hotel Alba Tampa, Tapestry Collection, for art and brews

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Hotel

Lush outdoor space with fire pit flanked by lime green chairs, lounge area and pool in background at Hotel Alba Tampa
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This Hilton-branded hotel sits in Tampa’s Westshore District, close to craft breweries and the boat-studded bay. Rooms are bright and spacious with good views. Elsewhere, the hotel sets itself apart with an on-site art gallery that showcases local students’ work. Fuss-free restaurant Buffalo Bayou is your spot for grab-and-go bites, and there’s also the Spaniard for southern Florida fusion food.

3. Epicurean, for endless dining options

Spa Hotel

Stylish lobby with polished floors and reception area built with wine crates and wine racks at the Epicurean Hotel, Tampa
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At the Epicurean, you are surrounded by outstanding dining options – the restaurant Élevage produces dishes inspired by Mediterranean, Asian, Indian and other cultures and whips up aesthetically pleasing dishes like lobster ravioli with Maine lobster and a sherry sauce. Bern’s Fine Wines and Spirits boasts over 1,000 labels of wine and liquors, and Edge Rooftop Cocktail Lounge features Tampa-area microbrews and craft cocktails. Little Midway Ice Cream and Pastry Parlor offers sweet treats like cinnamon crunch or s’mores cones.

5. Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, for connecting with nature

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Pool area with white lounge chairs in front of palm trees lining the shore of the Gulf of Mexico at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
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Reconnect with nature at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, which is located on a 35-acre (14ha) nature preserve. Go bird-watching on the boardwalk or try and spot a manatee by the boat dock. There are also almost 10mi (16km) of bike trails, plus water access for kayaking, paddle boarding and jet skiing. Find a nice spot along the nature trail for dolphin-watching and peach-hued sunsets.

6. Westshore Grand, for business amenities

Resort, Hotel, Luxury

Stylish seating area with blue chairs, grey couch, framed artwork and designer floor lamps at the Westshore Grand, Tampa
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Near the Westshore business district, the Westshore Grand is great for the business traveler – it’s less than 10 minutes from Tampa International Airport. The Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the University of Tampa are both less than 20 minutes away, and, if you are looking to conduct business within the hotel, there are 10 meeting rooms and almost 18,000 square feet (1,700sqm) of event space to choose from.

7. Hotel Haya, for boutique hotel touches

Boutique Hotel

Lobby area with concrete columns and partial atrium lighting up red velvet chairs and grey couches at Hotel Haya, Tampa
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For a boutique hotel in Tampa with thoughtfully curated amenities and locally designed features, Hotel Haya fits the bill. Coffee enthusiasts love the cold and nitro brews from Made Coffee in St. Petersburg that are available at Haya, and the round lamps in the guest rooms come from resident glass artists at Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop – bonus points for mimicking the street lamps that line Seventh Avenue. Guests will also find artisan collaborations from T2TheS studio in the Café Quiquiriqui bar – a nod to the area’s cigar culture – and other wares in the hotel’s retail space.

8. Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, for shopaholics

Chain Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

Upscale pool area with black lounge chairs, black daybeds with orange cushions and potted palms at Renaissance Tampa
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Steps from prime shopping spots, the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel is situated next to International Plaza and Bay Street, where you’ll find more than 200 stores and restaurants, including Louis Vuitton, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. Shop to your heart’s content, then head back to the hotel and spend the afternoon by the pool. Here, you can do it all within walking distance.

9. Tampa Marriott Water Street, for central convenience

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Comfy double room in white decor with wood floors, over-bed artwork and city views at Tampa Marriott Water Street
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Got a packed itinerary and need somewhere central? The Tampa Marriott Water Street is a great place to anchor as you explore Tampa. The hotel is adjacent to the convention center and within walking distance to the Tampa Riverwalk, the Florida Aquarium, Sparkman Wharf and Amalie Arena. Take a nap by the rooftop pool in between your activities, then head out for waterfront and family fun.

10. The CURRENT Hotel, for water sports

Chain Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

Large king room with dark wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows with bay views at the Current Hotel, Tampa
Courtesy of the Current Hotel / Expedia

Adventure seekers head to the Current Hotel for its numerous outdoor pursuits and killer views of Tampa Bay. Watch the sun fade into the bay at the beach area, and warm up by the fire pit at night. Hit the water for fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding. Access to the 16mi (26km) Courtney Campbell Causeway West Trail is nearby, which offers paved trails for biking and walking.

Vesna Maric contributed additional reporting to this article.

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