Start-ups and established corporations alike are based in Tampa, a city in Florida that’s becoming an increasingly major business destination. With features like boardrooms and banquet halls, these eight Tampa hotels are the best for business travelers.
Quality restaurants, above-average amenities, and an attractive location on a nature preserve easily make the Grand Hyatt the best airport hotel in Tampa. With that said, the clientele are mainly business travelers, who come for gatherings in the hotel’s ballroom, outdoor pavilion, and 19 boardrooms. The property also sees a fair share of leisure travelers and families, who are drawn to the private casitas and lovely grounds.
An upscale business hotel in Tampa's Westshore business district (and near the airport), the 323-room InterContinental Hotel Tampa is a destination for conferences. Contemporary rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, minibars, and flat-screen TVs; business suites offer meeting tables. Hotel features include a steak house, bar lounge, coffee shop, private dining, 17 meetings spaces, and a business center. Wi-Fi is only free for InterContinental Hotel members, but anyone can join the program.
With a culinary theme that permeates throughout the entire hotel, the stylish Epicurean undoubtedly attracts many foodies, as well as business travelers using the on-site meeting rooms for conferences and various events. The legendary Bern’s Steakhouse, across the street, is a convenient spot for talking shop and making deals; Bern’s owns a wine shop at the hotel called Bern’s Fine Wine and Spirits, which has a large selection and regularly hosts tastings and events.
A central, downtown location on the riverfront; 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space (including two ballrooms); a computer center, and free property-wide Wi-Fi are big draws here for business travelers. Rooms are a bit run-of-the-mill, but they come with features like flat-screen TVs and iPod docking stations. The best views are from the fifth and sixth floor Club Level. These rooms cost slightly more and include access to the Club Lounge, which has an outdoor patio with river views and serves free breakfast, beverages, and snacks.
The 126-room Hyatt Place Busch Garden is a modern, mid-range chain hotel for Busch Gardens visitors and businesspeople. The hotel is in a commercial area between I-75 and I-275, and it runs a free shuttle to attractions and businesses within a three-mile radius. Rooms come equipped with swiveling flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, and coffeemakers. Hotel features include plenty of meeting space; free buffet breakfast with hot items; a bar serving Starbucks coffee, beer, and wine; and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
Business travelers are well catered to at this upscale 244-room hotel, with ample meeting rooms and event space, plus a 24-hour business center. Located on Rocky Point Island and close to the airport, the waterfront offers splendid ocean views from some of its rooms. The hotel's Aqua restaurant serves seafood in a stylish space, and there's an on-site Starbucks. Wi-Fi is free in the common areas, but in-room Wi-Fi incurs a fee for non-SPG members, as does parking.
The mid-range, 171-room Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore is a modern, well-maintained hotel with free 24-hour shuttle service to Tampa International Airport. A meeting room and a 24-hour business center are convenient for business travelers, and the hotel also has an outdoor pool, hot tub, gym, and 24-hour market. Homey, traditional rooms feature mini-fridges, microwaves, and Keurig coffeemakers; One-Bedroom Suites have separate living rooms, and some King Suites have whirlpool tubs. Aircraft noise can be heard, but the hotel is generally quiet.
This 84-room hotel primarily attracts guests attending events at the neighboring Florida State Fairgrounds and MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. It's popular choice with business travelers, who can take advantage of the business center and fully-equipped meeting rooms. Bright and modern interiors are clean, colorful, and, true to the hotel’s name, comfortable, with flat-screen TVs, microwaves, mini-fridges, and free Wi-Fi in every room. Note that the hotel lacks a restaurant and the surrounding area has sparse dining options.