I am sure my fried brain has already asked this. But can anyone suggest a hotel near the port of Tampa? Or one near some fun things within walking distance. We fly in the day before. I figure it's getting close so I better hold something.
I would also like to know where to stay in Tampa that is close to the port and has a cruise and park program. I did find that the Embassy Suites - Downtown has a cruise package. I don't know the rates. My cruise is so far off I can't even get rates right now. If you find something let me know.
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Since I live near Tampa, and work over there, I guess I should know this, however, I don't use the hotels so I have an excuse.
I've seen posts that list the Sheraton Riverwalk, as a possibility. I do know that it's right downtown, and is an older building, but I would think that it's probably O.K. Another one mentioned is the Howard Johnson Downtown. Once again, I'm not sure about either of these, but they are both within a mile of the port (probably less) and I've seen others post about these as offering shuttle service to the port. Good luck.
I recently stayed at the Hyatt REgency downtown (2 weeks ago); the flat fee for cab fare to Channelside was very reasonable, it was under $10.00 per person; I can't remember the exact cost but it may have even been as low as $3.00 per person (I think 20 bucks covered four of us and the tip). This is a very nice/clean hotel and believe it or not there is a pool; it is just on the 5th floor.
it is within walking distance to the trolleys (.50 cent) and trams (?? $1.50) that service Channelside and Ybor City; and if you are lucky you may get a room with the view of the port. If you stay there, have the desk clerk go over the trolley/tram route as the valet person gave us wrong directions and we hiked out of our way .
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Most of our group will be staying at the Hampton Inn Ybor City in September, the other 3 coouples will be staying at the Holiday Inn Express. Both hotels offer park and cruise packages and a hot breakfast in the morning. Hampton Inn charged us $99 for the room and $45 for the parking. Holiday Inn Express was $119 for the room and $25 for parking.
I can let you know after the cruise how the hotels were.