Stayed for 2 nights at the Riverwalk hoping to find some nightlife or things to do. Its location is Downtown so we thought there would be plenty - not so however. Starting with the hotel - the lobby is very inviting and they have a nice restaurant and outdoor pool. That's about the end of it though. The property was remodeled 5 years ago but you would never know it - the rooms are very dated and have mis-matched furnishings - the bathroom lighting is almost non-existent, the rugs could use shampooing and the lamps had stains on the shades. The newest thing in the rooms were the flat screen TV's but they aren't Hi-def or digital - everything was analog and not many choices on the TV. They do offer free WiFi which is a nice plus. Our room was on the 2nd floor and on the bayside, however, we couldn't appreciate the view because they put us in a room that overlooked the roof of the extension for their conference area and it was overtop of the parking garage so we heard cars starting and getting locked all the time. The entire 2nd floor has those type of obstructed views except for the center rooms. So if you go, do not let them put you on the 2nd floor!! The restaurant had very good food and we sat at the bar one night which was ok - one TV with nothing special on it - there are only about 12 seats at the bar so if you get there late, you don't get a seat. Now, the area - downtown Tampa is a very depressed area - lots of closed stores and doesn't seem safe at night. We went to the Channelside Area, which was within walking distance of our hotel. But the area you walk past is a little shady to say the least. Once we got to Channelside, half of the stores and/or restaurants that were once pretty cool looking, were closed and/or out of business. This should be a thriving area on the waterfront but its not. Parking lots are overgrown with weeds and mostly empty. The Riverwalk area is nice but you can't walk along the river, they have it fenced off. We walked over to the University of Tampa's campus which was right across the bridge from the hotel - that area too had a lot of vacant and closed stores and shops. I am sure that Tampa is suffering from the economic downturn and its really sad to see. We did, however, go to Ybor City and that was a good choice - good restaurants, entertainment and lots of trendy bars. Something for everyone. It appeared that all the money and efforts of the entire city of Tampa are hinging on Ybor City being successful - and that's where all the people are so its working. Don't think I'll be back though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel is conveniently located near the Port of Tampa and Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers. Onsite we also have over 10,000 sq ft of meeting and event space. Ideally situated on the Riverwalk and featuring thoughtful amenities like delicious New American dining at Rivers Edge restaurant, a picturesque waterfront outdoor pool and a 24-hour Sheraton Fitness Center. Unwind after a busy day exploring Tampa in one of our 277 pet-friendly guest rooms and suites, all of which feature our Sheraton Signature Bed® and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tampa Sheraton
- Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel Florida