Best Luxury Hotels In Tampa Bay

December 28, 2013 7:00 AM

(Credit: Mike Hennessy)

Tampa Bay is a traveler’s paradise offering business people and tourists a wide variety of accommodations. For those who thrive on top-of-the-line amenities and location, there are plenty of choices. We’ve put together a list of some of the most beautiful hotels. All of the hotels offer a great combination of luxury and location.

905 Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 225-1700

Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, the Floridan was a weekend mecca during WWII for young soldiers and flyers-in-training at nearby MacDill Field. Its luxurious lobby and plush accommodations led to many a war-time romance. After the war, the Floridan began a long, slow decline that saw it sit vacant and become a magnet for pigeons and vagrants. That changed in the mid 2000s when developers bought it and began a painstaking restoration that paid off when it reopened to rave reviews during the 2012 Republican National Convention.

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Intercontintental Tampa (Credit, Mike Hennessy)

Intercontinental Tampa
4860 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 286-4400

The Intercontinental anchors Tampa’s West Shore business district at the corner of Kennedy and Westshore Boulevard. Along with top-quality rooms and suites, the Intercontinental also offers a magnificent dining experience in the form of Shula’s Steakhouse. The brainchild of legendary football coach Don Shula, Shula’s offers the best in steaks and seafood.

Westin Harbour Island
725 S. Harbour Island Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-5000

Tampa’s Harbour Island district is at the pivot point between downtown Tampa and the Ybor City Latin district. The Tampa Convention Center and the business districts of downtown Tampa and West Shore are a short drive away. The Ybor City trolley is a short walk away, making it easy to enjoy Tampa’s party district without worrying about a car. The hotel itself boasts oversize suites and beautiful views.

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Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay (Credit, Mike Hennessy)

Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay
2900 Bayport Drive
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 874-1234

If your business or pleasure agenda includes stops on the Hillsborough and Pinellas sides of Tampa Bay, you won’t find a better location than the Grand Hyatt. It’s built on the Tampa Bay shoreline, offering stunning views and a chance to see an amazing variety of birds. Just a short drive from Tampa International Airport, the Grand Hyatt offers easy access to Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Along with its great location, the Grand Hyatt lives up to the finest standards of the Hyatt name, with great rooms, friendly staff and fine dining.

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Vinoy  Hotel
50 5th Ave. N.E.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 894-1000

Located on the fabulous beaches of Pinellas County, the Vinoy is a link to the days of one of Florida’s first big booms. During the Depression and early post-war years, the Vinoy was a winter playground for some of America’s most famous (and infamous) figures. Politicians, movie stars, baseball stars and gangsters at one time or another used the Vinoy as their private winter-time playground. Like so many other landmarks from the same era, the Vinoy faded away into a less-than-glorious role as a low-rent flophouse before movers and shakers in the public and private sectors decided it was a treasure worth saving. Today the “Pink Palace” is not only a reminder of glory days long gone, but a first-rate, modern hotel.

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