I booked this hotel through Priceline's Name Your Own Price option. After inching my bid up over a number of days, this was the first place to bite, and even then, they were only giving me a 40% discount. But that aside, my advice is to be very careful of what officially designates certain star ratings, and to focus on the listed amenities. That said, many of the amenities on their website are simply untrue. These hotel owners have evidently put a lot of money into restoring a historic property only to learn they can't afford the business.
Location: Not great. Downtown Tampa is spotty at best anyway; this hotel is not on the hot spot. It is a few blocks from any convenient business in a less-than-impressive neighborhood.
One-star amenities you will NOT find at this hotel:
A Do Not Disturb sign.
A vending machine
A coffeepot in your room
The name of the hotel on the marquee
Two-star amenities you will NOT find at this hotel:
More than one staff person
Central air conditioning (instead some noisy misbehaving ceiling-mounted thing)
A hotel notebook of amenities and local references
A regional tourism magazine
Mini toiletries in the bathroom
Three-star amenities you will NOT find at this hotel:
A restaurant that serves breakfast
A gift shop/convenience store
Laundry/dry cleaning/shoeshine service
Other things I still seriously question:
If I am possibly wrong about any of the above (which I would encourage these sites to check through a random site visit) I wouldn't know because none of the usual communications were in place to identify these amenities. Primarily there was no hotel notebook listing and explaining amenities and services. Another example, if there was dry cleaning, there was no hanger with a bag on it in the closet with a list of services and prices. If there was room service, the hotel menu in the room did not indicate that there was, and there was no phone number indicated to call to order room service. I could not find a WiFi signal, nothing was said or provided during check-in and nothing in the room indicated it either. Etc...
I should also mention that room design was a concern. It took me three tries to find a room where the television was opposite the bed and even then it was off to the side. Each room has the same set of fiberboard baroque furniture that is put in the rooms however it will all fit, since the original room layouts were not designed for it. The bed jutted out into the walkway so that I would hit my shins on it. The full-length mirror was squished under a wall sconce so that my head and shoulders weren't in the frame. One of my window panes was painted over during renovation and never cleaned.
I may have seen as many as three other guests in the building while I was there. In general I felt like I was at The Overlook in The Shining; rather grand in an old-timey way that was not to my personal taste - but generally abandoned with no services and creepy feeling.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the legendary Floridan, located in the heart of Tampa. Built in 1926, this nineteen story hotel has been brought back to its original grandeur.Indulge yourself in old world charm, met with the modern comforts of today. With an eye for detail and a dash of flair, flawless service and luxury awaits you at every turn. The opening ceremony and ribbon cutting of this iconic landmark took place on July 28, 2012, making the Floridan Palace, once more the “crown jewel” of the city of Tampa. With historical expertise, and detailed craftsmanship, the hotel’s beauty and stature of its original state has been recaptured. The Floridan is one of the few hotels in the Tampa Bay area that is on the National Register of Historic Places. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Floridan Palace Hotel Tampa, Florida