We stayed here for one night before our cruise. We used the hotel shuttle from the airport. The hotel is off airport in a complex that contains a parking lot and several hotels. At first glance I was disappointed because it did not appear that there was anything within walking distance and there was only the one restaurant at this hotel. However -- we were pleasantly surprised that there were two gigantic shopping malls a short distance away and the hotel's shuttle made regular trips to both of them. We went to the International Mall, which consists of an outdoor street area filled with nice restaurants and an indoor mall with lots of shops. In fact, the International Mall is within walking distance, about one mile, and has sidewalks most of the way.
Later we saw the other Mall (forget the name) when the shuttle stopped to pick up people -- that one seemed to be more of an indoor mall but also had great restaurants like Maggianos and Seasons 52.
The hotel itself was great, met expectations of a Hilton Garden Inn. The woman at the front desk was very helpful with information about the shuttle and she even made reservations for us at Brio's restaurant. We would definitely stay in this hotel again if we were in Tampa for a short time without a car.More