This was a pre-planned weekend get-away w/a special weekend getaway rate. We were pleasantly surprised at the free parking. Check-in staff were friendly, professional, and courteous. The view from our upper floor, bayside room was spectacular. The room itself was very clean and comfortable. Plenty of well-located outlets for our cellphones & laptops was an extra-nice added touch. We were glad for the included room safe - something I always look for and appreciate.
Concierge service is available, but we struck out on our own. We headed south across the Sunshine Skyway bridge for dinner on Anna Maria Island with a wonderful, sunset view of the Sunshine Skyway bridge itself. The night time view from our room upon return was beautiful looking across the bay.
The housekeeping service was immaculate, complete with turndown service & chocolates. In fact, housekeeping didn't mind our do not disturb sign the next morning, and just as unobtrusively took care of our room when we changed our sign to 'please service our room'.
The front desk staff were responsive, professional and followed up on questions. The hotel is centrally located just off of I-275 just across the bay from St. Petersburg and Clearwater, also fairly close to the airport, which surprised us as it was quiet. We breakfasted in Clearwater Beach, explored Ybor City and had dinner at Pane Rustica in town just down the street from our hotel. We highly recommend all of them. Getting around was a breeze. Our only disappointment was the rooftop pool: no shade, 1 umbrella & table always in use. A few more tables, chairs, umbrellas, a few palms and even a rooftop bar with shade would go a long ways to improving the space over the blinding white concrete there now.
The beds were extremely comfortable and the rooms well laid out. Wifi signal was excellent, with plenty of routers to connect to. The hotel bar service was very good and bar staff friendly. There always seemed to be an interesting mix of people in the lobby lounges and we met several nice couples also there for the weekend. Close to Ybor City, Downtown, The Pier, St. Pete & Clearwater Beaches and everything that the Tampa Bay area has to offer, all in all a good choice for either professional or personal travel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of the city, The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa is just minutes from the airport, within walking distance to shopping and centrally located to all area attractions including Busch Gardens, Raymond James Stadium, the Florida Aquarium, the St Pete Times Forum and the beautiful gulf coast beaches. Here is where excellence truly is the standard. The hotel features a rooftop swimming pool with spectacular views of Tampa Bay, complimentary Internet access, a fully-equipped fitness centre, 24-hour in-room dining, 'In the Know' Concierge services and the award winning Shula's Steak House. ... more less
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