The Best Hotels With Suites to Book in Tampa, Florida

Make the most of your time in the sun in Tampa by staying in a spacious suite at Tampa Marriott Water Street
Make the most of your time in the sun in Tampa by staying in a spacious suite at Tampa Marriott Water Street | Courtesy of Tampa Marriott Water Street / Expedia

Tampa is a city that buzzes with an electric atmosphere, unfurling beside the glittery Gulf of Mexico on the west coast of Florida. In all likelihood, you’re here for a night before boarding a cruise – that’s one of its main attractions. But Tampa also has beaches and nightlife and plenty of other reasons to stay awhile. So stay somewhere spacious – why not a suite with a kitchen? – and make the most of your time in the sun. Here are the best Tampa hotels with suites, bookable via Culture Trip.

1. Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, for shopping ops

Chain Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

Upscale enclosed outdoor pool area with lounge chairs at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
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Easily reached by complimentary hotel shuttle from Tampa International Airport, this place has “relax and recharge” written all over it – not to mention shop, shop, shop, as it’s adjacent to the International Plaza and Bay Street mall. Opt for a room overlooking the Spanish-style courtyard or the expansive Tampa skyline, and curl up on your plush bed, snug among pure cotton linens. Try the club-level suites for perks including breakfast at the bistro downstairs, as well as access to the lounge, which turns out endless tasty snacks and drinks.

2. Delicious dishes at Sailport Waterfront Suites

Boutique Hotel, Resort, Hotel

Exterior of Sailport Waterfront Suites on the bay at sunset in Tampa, Florida
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Just beyond the Westshore district, you’ll find some of the very best Tampa suites here – Sailport is part of the tiny Rocky Point island along the Courtney Campbell Causeway that runs for 10mi (16km). You’ll be close to key points – the airport, say, and downtown Tampa – but you’ll get a full-on beach breakfast. Suites stretch to 500sqft (45sqm). Dip in the outdoor pool, get a group to play beach volleyball or head to the Big Bamboo Bayside restaurant for conch fritters, jerk tacos and a pizza topped with Mexican pico de gallo salsa.

3. The Current Hotel, for spectacular sunsets

Chain Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

Spacious living/dining area with wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows with expansive bay views at the Current Hotel, Tampa
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Tampa hotels with suites don’t get much better than this Marriott property – far from your standard chain-hotel proposition, the boutique style here turns heads the moment you step in. The wavy, carved-wood ceilings in the lobby show you what’s to come: views of gentle waves crashing over the bay, seen from your room. Suites carry the theme one step further with carved-wood desks inspired by driftwood, spotlight-like lamps and blue-and-gray prints hung above beds. Best of all, the rooftop bar and infinity pool have views of the finest sunset in the city.

4. Aquatic activities at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor


Outdoor pool area with lounge chairs at Harborside Suites at Little Harbor in Tampa, Florida
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One of the nicest hotels with suites that Tampa has to offer is actually about half an hour beyond the city proper, across the bay from St. Petersburg. These marina-side suites on Bahia Beach are a great retreat easily accessible from town. They deliver the works, from full-size kitchens to standalone tubs and hypoallergenic bedding – some suites are particularly spacious-feeling with airy open-plan configurations. Check in, settle in and cool off in one of the three outdoor pools, or rent a kayak, play beach volleyball and grab a cue and play some shuffleboard.

5. Hilton Tampa Downtown, for city exploration


Luxurious lobby area with chandeliers, plus sheating and design-forward tables at Hilton Tampa Downtown
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Explore downtown Tampa right outside this Hilton, steps away from the Riverwalk. Some rooms look out over the hotel’s two courtyard pools, while others have flash-for-the-cash touches including granite and marble countertops, backlit mirrors and tufted headboards. The hotel’s exterior is dazzling, with an all-window facade, and you’ll want to explore the sun deck, grab an on-site Starbucks or lose a couple of hours in the intimate wine room at 211 Restaurant. Top food tip: order the French-cut chicken or the delicious steak burger, which comes topped with garlic aioli and caramelized onions.

6. Pit-stop perfection at Hotel South Tampa & Suites


Gated pool area with lounge chairs and shaded seating at Hotel South Tampa and Suites
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These low-key suites in South Tampa are perfect if you want to get around: you’re in a prime position to check out the action in downtown Tampa. Head across the bay and discover St. Petersburg, or ride along nearby Bayshore Boulevard. Whether your stay is just a quick pit stop before heading out on a cruise (the hotel has packages that include a ride to the port) or if you want to stick around awhile, you won’t get bored – the complimentary hot breakfast is worth the stay alone, plus there are en-suite kitchenettes and prime lazing by the heated outdoor pool.

7. Tampa Marriott Water Street, for water’s-edge dining


Large rooftop pool area with shaded daybeds on platforms in pool and city views at Tampa Marriott Water Street
Courtesy of Tampa Marriott Water Street / Expedia

This alluring tower of a hotel rises right beside the water in the heart of Tampa’s downtown district. For good reason, the rooms have the moniker Stay Well – health-giving novelties include an en-suite air purifier, circadian lighting and a Vitamin C infusion in the shower head. Feeling pepped up? Time for dinner on the bay at the restaurant’s waterfront restaurant, Anchor and Brine, for pan-seared scallops or aji amarillo honey grouper, best savored with a glass of top-of-the-line Italian wine.

8. Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Brandon


Modern living and dining space with view toward kitchen at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Brandon
Courtesy of Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Brandon / Expedia

Head east to this hotel on the outskirts of Tampa, off Interstate 75 and close to the town of Brandon. Suites sleep up to six and are eye-catching spaces, with designer touches such as lunar prints, striped carpets and textured bedspreads. Your stay also comes with bonuses including made-to-order breakfast, evening snacks and drinks, and you’ll be near plenty of neighborhood joints for lunch or dinner. Mango’s, the hotel restaurant, serves up some fine Floridian-inspired dishes, with locally caught seafood a favorite.

For more plush hotels in Tampa, check out our pick of the best hotels in Tampa, Florida, bookable on Culture Trip.

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