The Best Hotels With Pools in Tampa, Florida

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina is close to Ybor City, the Riverwalk, the cruise terminal and Amalie Arena
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina is close to Ybor City, the Riverwalk, the cruise terminal and Amalie Arena | Courtesy of Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina / Expedia
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13 April 2018

Tampa is not only home to beautiful beaches, it’s full of refreshing pools as well. Whether you’re looking to party at a resort, lounge near nature or swim laps to get ready for your triathlon, we’ve rounded up the best pools in Tampa and beyond.

Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown

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In downtown Tampa, the Courtyard by Marriott is a reliable retreat with comfortable rooms and a clean-lined decor. At the heart of the hotel is a suntrap courtyard painted in a tropical peach, with loungers to match. In the middle is a heated pool, perfect for taking a dip in between sunbathing sessions. More aquatic fun is found nearby with the Florida Aquarium, just a five-minute drive or 30-minute walk away.
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The Current Hotel, Autograph Collection

Chain Hotel, Hotel, Luxury
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The Current is a modern high-rise with views over Tampa Bay. It has a stylish, L-shaped infinity pool, from which you’ll be able to view those same waters. Or, better yet, grab a lounger and a cocktail for a more relaxed afternoon. More water-based fun can be found on the beach, where you can huddle around a firepit or go on a paddleboarding, kayaking or fishing adventure.
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Le Meridien Tampa

Chain Hotel, Luxury
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Once a federal courthouse, Le Méridien has been transformed into a design-forward hotel. Reminders of its former life remain – marble hallways, original oak doors and a judge’s desk now used by the concierge – but there are plenty of modern delights. That’s particularly true of the petite yet uber-stylish swimming pool, flanked by palms and sunloungers. You’ll also find a brasserie serving French-American cuisine, a 24-hour fitness center and a varied art collection.
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Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Pool

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This pool overlooks 35ac (14ha) of preserve and stunning Tampa Bay all the way to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Relax, order a drink and enjoy the big, blue water view. Pool bars also serve food, and there are umbrellas, palm trees and a whirlpool bath.

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Saddlebrook Resort

Resort, Golf Hotel
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Saddlebrook Resort is located 20 minutes north of Tampa and offers one of the best resort-style lagoon pools in the area. This huge pool is large enough for swimmers and people looking to get lost in the sun for a few hours. There are cabanas for rent, a poolside cafe and hot tubs nearby. There is also a swim shop in the hotel if you’ve forgotten any items.

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The Don Cesar

Spa Hotel, Hotel
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Affectionately called the pink castle or pink palace, the stylish Don Cesar hotel has been pleasing guests since 1928 with its Spanish and Moorish architecture. Its large pool overlooking the white-sugar sand of St Pete Beach is an oasis of refreshment. If you’re looking for beach-level calm and the sound of crashing waves, this pool is here for you.

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  • The Westin Tampa Waterside

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    Surrounded by palms on the corner of Harbor Island, this pool overlooks downtown, the Seddon Channel and Davis Island. It includes a poolside bar and lounge chairs and is steps from the Riverfront District in downtown. It is very convenient to events downtown and the cruise terminal.

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    Sheraton Sand Key Resort

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    This pool is set among palms and cooling umbrellas, overlooking 13ac (5ha) of spectacular white-sand beach and blue ocean. There is a 12-person hot tub and a kiddie pool. Food and drinks are available from a poolside cafe or Slo Joe’s Turtle Bar.

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    Tahitian Inn

    Boutique Hotel
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    The Tahitian Inn offers a downtown tropical oasis, with its walled pool decorated with palm trees, cabanas, tiki torches and tiki umbrellas. The Tahitian Cafe and the Torch Tiki Bar offer soothing waterfront dining and tropical drinks in this boutique hotel setting.

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    Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina

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    This rooftop pool, bar and cafe setting is near the city but still offers beautiful views of the marina and water. Because it is set above the action it offers a bird’s-eye view below. The hotel is close to Ybor City, the Riverwalk, the cruise terminal and Amalie Arena.

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    Sam Murray contributed additional reporting to this article.