The Best Hotels With Pools to Book in Tampa, Florida

Grab a poolside cabana at the Godfrey on your next trip to Tampa
Grab a poolside cabana at the Godfrey on your next trip to Tampa | Courtesy of the Godfrey Hotel and Cabanas Tampa /
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Surely, it’s common knowledge that you’ll probably need a pool to cool down in during your trip to the Sunshine State? To help you out, we’ve collated a list of the best Tampa hotels with pools, bookable now with Culture Trip.

It’s not fair that Tampa plays second fiddle to Orlando in the eyes of the uninitiated. Far from just a sports city – though they do lay claim to the biggest prizes in the NHL and NFL – Tampa is a haven for art, music, museums, theme parks and food. Oh yeah, and they just so happen to have a gorgeous stretch of Gulf coastline just waiting for you to wade into. Pack your swimsuit because these awesome Tampa hotels with pools will change your opinion on the Big Guava.

1. Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown


The outdoor pool area at the Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown has orange-hued walls and id fringed by tropical plants.
Courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown / Expedia

Courtyard by Marriott puts you within a doggie-paddle of the best Tampa events at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. You’ll likely hear the commotion of a food festival or music performance as you swim laps in the outdoor pool. Dry off in your guest room, taking in the sights of the city and hopping around the Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children’s Museum and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts surrounding the park.

2. The Current Hotel, Autograph Collection

Chain Hotel, Hotel, Luxury

The exterior of the Current, Tampa, as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico.
Courtesy of the Current Hotel / Expedia

However you want to go with the flow, let the Current keep you in calm waters. Jutting out of Tampa’s mainland, you’re good to float in their outdoor pool or paddle your way over to the narrow Ben T. Davis Beach. Before the sun sets, breaststroke as fast as possible back to the hotel so you can watch the sunset on Tampa Bay’s tallest rooftop lounge, Rox Rooftop Bar, alongside the fresh catch of the day.

4. Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Pool


Pool area with white lounge chairs in front of palm trees lining the shore of the Gulf of Mexico at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
Courtesy of Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay / Expedia

You won’t miss your flight when you stay at Grand Hyatt even if you try. Their complimentary shuttle will get you there before the boarding gate opens. You’re welcome to push the envelope as much as you want, though; hang out at the pool until the tan lines disappear, scoot your way over to the sands of Clearwater Beach, or simply let time slip by as you sip coffee in your waterview room. You’ll still hit the terminal before the ink is dry on your boarding pass.

5. Saddlebrook Resort

Resort, Golf Hotel

The large pool and palm trees at Saddlebrook Resort, Tampa.
Courtesy of Saddlebrook Resort / Expedia

Saddlebrook Resort knows that you’re not going to spend all of your time at the pool, though they’ll gladly take you if you do. From the tennis court to the golf course, you’ll be quite busy soaking up the Florida sunshine in as many ways as possible. The links give you two opportunities to work on your game, both Arnold Palmer Signature Courses. Prefer to make love, not par? The tennis program is available for aspiring adults and prodigy juniors.

6. The Don CeSar

Spa Hotel, Hotel

The exterior of the castle-like pink-hued Don CeSar sits on its own private beachfront as seen from the water.
Courtesy of the Don CeSar / Expedia

Hang out in Tampa, but spend your nights spoiled in St. Pete Beach at the Don CeSar. “Poolside concierge service” are the magic words that’ll keep you relaxed from early morning swims to late-night dips. The SandDollar pool bar will help keep you pruny. A beach house suite may be a half-mile (0.8km) from the actual hotel, but it’s well-worth the walk for anyone who wants to discover the dreamy lifestyle that is living on the Florida Gulf.

7. The Westin Tampa Waterside


Dining tables with parasols are arranged on one side of the palm tree-fringed outdoor pool area at the Westin Tampa Waterside.
Courtesy of the Westin Tampa Waterside / Expedia

Visiting Tampa to see the Bolts bring the thunder to the ice? The Westin Tampa Waterside is within icing distance. When you’re not watching the Lightning go for yet another Stanley Cup, you’re free to bum around their pool or admire the city, harbor or bay views from your room. You can lounge about in your two-piece in both places, but we do suggest wearing shoes if you want to catch a late dinner at the Blue Harbour restaurant.

8. Sheraton Sand Key Resort

Resort, Hotel

Blue-striped, bell-shaped parasols provide shade for the sun loungers that trim the beachfront pool area at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.
Courtesy of Sheraton Sand Key Resort / Expedia

Clearwater Beach is regularly ranked as one of the best beaches in the country, so you can stop reading now and confidently book a stay at the beachfront Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Need further convincing? This Tampa hotel with a pool has hiking trails, beachfront location, a children’s pool, fishing piers, kayak launches and white sand shores right outside your suite. Go ahead, book the room, and then think it all over while you’re staring at the Gulf from the fire pit.

9. Tahitian Inn

Boutique Hotel

A straw-roofed pool bar is seen at the far end of the pool with the hotel building beyond at the Tahitian Inn, Tampa.
Courtesy of Tahitian Inn / Expedia

While 3mi (4.8km) may not be far, the distance between the Tahitian Inn and the Tampa Riverfront will give you the freedom you need to break away from the bustle of the city. It’s island time around the clock here, especially at the poolside Torch Bar where they’re slinging mai tais like there’s no tomorrow. Speaking of tomorrow, don’t spend it all in the cabana king suite no matter how tempting the California king bed may be.

10. The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas Tampa


The outdoor pool area with cabanas and lounger pods at the Godfrey, Tampa.
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Surrounded by water so soothing you’ll just want to dive right in, the Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas makes living in a pair of swim trunks effortless. The only time you’ll climb out of their two outdoor heated pools is to grab another Cigar City beer. The WTR Pool & Grill is a great place to eat a basket of fish and chips while the sun sets, but you might find us appreciating the crimson skies from a quiet spot on the private dock.

Looking for more places to stay in Tampa? Check out our guide to the best hotels in Tampa, bookable on Culture Trip.

This is a rewrite of an article originally by Diann Johnson.

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