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“Excellent location!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Ranked #19 of 162 Hotels in Tampa
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Inverness, Florida
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35 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent location!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Booked a room for Metrocon...$149 for a city facing room with 2 double beds (our room overlooked the convention center, and we actually had a glimpse of the water from our balcony.) Staff was very friendly and we were able to check in VERY early (around 11:00 am) The room itself was very clean, but there were cigarette butts on the balcony. Bedding was superb..fresh and super- comfy. In-room coffeemaker was pathetic- I would think Marriott could afford better quality, but the coffee actually tasted better than most in-room coffees. The pool area is fantastic. Pergolas are a nice touch for people who need a break from the Florida sun.My main complaint was the elevators...only four for 20+ floors of guestrooms.....no express elevators to higher floors like I've seen in some hotels.We waited a LOOONG time, every time.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

This is a very nice and comfortable Marriott in downtown Tampa. The lobby is large, with ample seating for business or socializing. The service in the lobby, both in the seating area and at the bar, was somewhat inconsistent. At times it was efficient, and at other times painfully slow. The rooms were very comfortable, clean and up to date. We had a nice view of the bay. No complaints here. The concierge lounge was quite large and generally had decent offerings. The morning buffet seemed to be somewhat more plentiful than the evening. While there was lots of seating, it was fairly sterile and lacking in character...but I'm being quite finicky in making this point. The one drawback to this property is that the Italian restaurant was not open, and there were very limited dining options on site. I've eaten in this restaurant in the past and found it to be quite good, so I was disappointed that it was closed. It was unclear to me whether it was closed for good, or just while we were there. The hotel is right in the middle of town, in close proximity to pretty much everything. I ran outside, but my wife reported that the fitness facility was good. Definitely worth a stay!

Room Tip: High floor overlooking the bay.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

This is a nice property. The view of the city scape and water is fantastic! The folks in the Concierge Lounge were very accommodating and helpful, especially Carl Fuller. You cant beat the views from the 24th floor patio. I look forward to bringing my wife back for weekend stay.

Room Tip: Try and get a high floor with a water view.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Alameda, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

This waterfront hotel is a star in the Marriott chain. All the staff are courteous and helpful, greeting me each time I pass them. Carl Fuller Jr in the Concierge Lounge was a real standout. He handled the morning breakfast crowd with great efficiency and patience. The desk clerks were also wonderful, taking care if small issues with a smile and a quick apology.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the water side
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Green Features: Towel "saving" Linens changed every 3 days unless otherwise requested Energy saving light bulbs
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Terrie K
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Key Largo, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

I stayed four nights for metrocon convention. We had lots of luggage and costumes. Valet was so careful and nice about unloading our things. The hotel was booked solid for this event and in every dept. anyone that I dealt with always had a smile on their face and what can I do to make you happy attitude. Some of our costumes needed an extra person to help put together and the concierge desk was so helpful. The breakfast buffet was wonderful, and so was the food in the sports café. If you get a high floor facing the city the view is beautiful at night. The top of the sun trust building and bridges changing colors is really beautiful. A special THANK YOU to Peter the hotel manager and Frank, you are both very sweet. This hotel has some of the best customer service I have ever seen and I travel a lot.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank julie j
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

The staff is very patient and nice! (Even the Valet are nice and patient.) The rooms are cozy and nice. We stayed in the King Size Standard room on the 21st Floor. We had a wonderful view and clean room with a cute sweet note from our housekeeper Norma!

The only thing I would suggest for this hotel is to put a thicker layer of fabric between the down top fluff of the bed. The feather stems will make you itch and get poked since they find their way through the cover. Other than that is was so comfortable to sink into the sheets and pillows.

They have their own starbucks, which is a good place to sneak too if you want a quicker line than the Embassy's, and a few places to eat that were reasonably priced. The views are outstanding, especially from the back of the hotel where you get to see the cute town houses and such. Thank goodness their elevators are so wonderful as well. They zip right along!

Excellent place to do photoshoots as well for the fancier cosplays thanks to their ballroom halls and overall welcoming atmosphere. (So many cozy chairs to chill in and wifi!) Actually might have convinced a friend to move over from the Embassy to here as well.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pickyparty
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Redondo Beach
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33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

I really like this Hotel. I stay here whenever I come to the Tampa area. The staff goes above and beyond to see that you are truly treated like a guest. Joyce in The Concierge Lounge is especially nice, she always remembers you as does Rick Acosta, who works on the staff in the lobby. I highly recommend this hotel if you are in Tampa.

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Life2Shrt
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Additional Information about Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Property: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Address: 700 S Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602-5404
Region: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Tampa
#7 Business Hotel in Tampa
#10 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#13 Family Hotel in Tampa
#14 Green Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 3.5*
Number of rooms: 717
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A striking silhouette along the Channel Riverwalk, the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Ybor City overlooks Tampa Bay in the heart of Downtown, located adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center. This world-class Downtown Tampa hotel's 50,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting space, full-service spa, and several delicious restaurants such as Café Waterside and Champions, make it the perfect destination for work and play. Part of the Channelside District, the Tampa Marriott is among the most luxurious of hotels in Tampa, Florida, with newly renovated rooms and suites offering private bay or city view balconies. After a busy day, unwind in one of this Tampa, Florida hotel's lounges or enjoy culinary excellence at Il Terrazzo. For ultimate relaxation, try our spa, jacuzzi, or rooftop pool! Boaters can dock and stay using the 32-slip, full-service Marina at the exclusive Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina near Ybor City. ... more   less 
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