A friend and I stayed at this hotel for a short girl's weekend get-away when we went to Tampa in early May. We chose this hotel based on proximity to area shopping we were planning to visit.
Check-in was quick and efficient and the desk staff were polite. Parking is in a garage (free with room key) just across the courtyard shared with another hotel in this complex. I am not sure why some of the other reviewers describe this as being inconvenient, as to me it was nothing of the sort. The walk is very short (see photo taken standing under the lobby portico looking towards the blue and white garage) and it isn't a massive garage where you might forget which level you parked on. While I didn't have the need to use it, there was a rack at the door with umbrellas which guests could borrow, presumably to get to the garage in rainy conditions.
In the lobby there is a bar and restaurant as well as a small convenience store area with microwavable foods and other staples to enjoy in your room. There was also a complimentary table set up with cups and beverages in dispensers in the lobby (there was a fruity iced tea and fruit infused water one afternoon). There was a small business center and exercise room along the hallway to the elevators. It was a very rainy weekend while we were there and we didn't have an opportunity to check out the pool.
The room was a decent size. Ours had two beds with a nightstand between, a chair with ottoman and side table, desk with chair, dresser with flat screen TV, a hutch with mini fridge, microwave and Keurig coffee maker with 4 K-cups (we had 2 reg coffee, 1 decaf, and a tea) and a closet with mirrored sliding doors with a small safe inside. The pictures on the wall were related to airplanes, a nod to the nearby Tampa airport. The room and bathroom lighting were fine. The bathroom had Neutrogena products, a wall mounted hair dryer, and ample towels.
One negative was the Garden Sleep System Bed. One of the two beds (mine) in the room didn't appear to work at all with the controller, and the other, which did have a noticeable difference between the firm and soft side, was nothing to write home about. I thought the bed was generally uncomfortable and would certainly not seek out a hotel specifically to stay in one of these beds.
The hotel is a short drive from both the Westshore Plaza (6 mins) and International Plaza (3 mins) malls, both featuring many dining options. There is also a Target, Walmart, and Whole Foods within about 8 minutes drive. It is about 17 minutes from the Hard Rock Casino and FL state fairgrounds.
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