I need to book a room (rooms) for 4 of us in Tampa for the night before our cruise. I'm considering trying Priceline - but I've never used it before. Can anybody give me advice on how I enter the Location for a nice 3 or 4 star hotel. Would we enter it as "airport" area - and then just plan to grab a cab the next day to the port? Or do we go by "downtown"? Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated - as we are not at all familiar with Tampa. Of course, we do want to try for something in a decent area - I was advised to stay away some areas (such as North Mabry) - any other advice?
Hyatt dt, Mariott and Radison Riverside, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino are all suppose to be excellent. I have pics. of the exterior of the Radisson and Hard Rock Casino. You can email me and I'll send them to you. Make sure you put in your subject line that you are from cruisemates so I don't delete your email. I know other cruisers who have used one of those on line sites and got really cheap rates for the Hyatt.
On another website someone had posted they received a room at the Radisson RiverWalk for $59.00. It's very nice and they have a free shuttle that goes within a two mile radius of the hotel. Cruise terminal is less than a mile! You also have a trolley that goes to Ybor City. (a great Tampa excursion)!! Their are plenty of downtown hotels so I would save the money and not stay near an airport hotel.
I have lived in Tampa my whole life so let me know if you have any questions. I will be glad to help.