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Westin Tampa Bay 4.0

Tampa, Florida, United States

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Pros

  • Waterfront location on Rocky Point Island, close to airport and restaurants 
  • Contemporary rooms have large windows and modern bathrooms
  • Local and global seafood dishes at Aqua restaurant
  • Lovely indoor pool and hot tub with wood seating
  • Some rooms have free continental breakfast, excellent ocean views, and kitchenettes
  • Coffee, pastries, and snacks at on-site Starbucks
  • 24-hour fitness and business centers
  • Free area and airport shuttle
  • Free Wi-Fi in public areas
  • Pet-friendly

Cons

  • Fee for in-room Wi-Fi for non-SPG members
  • Daily fees for on-site and valet parking
  • Beach is small and gets highway noise
  • Microwaves and mini-fridges by request (fees)

Bottom Line

The 244-room Westin Tampa Bay is an upscale, waterfront hotel on Rocky Point Island and close to the airport. Stylish, sunlit rooms offer minibars, iPod docks, and coffeemakers with Starbucks coffee as well as modern bathrooms with walk-in rainfall showers and soaking tubs. Some rooms also offer splendid ocean views, kitchenettes, fitness equipment, and free continental breakfast. The hotel's Aqua restaurant serves seafood in a stylish space, and there's an on-site Starbucks. The beach is small and gets highway noise, but there's a lovely indoor pool and hot tub, as well as a modern fitness center open 24-hours. Business travelers are well catered to with ample meeting rooms and event space, plus a 24/7 business center. Wi-Fi is free in the common areas, but in-room Wi-Fi incurs a fee for non-SPG members, as does parking. There are several comparable hotels in the area, like the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tampa Bay, so travelers might want to compare rates.

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Scene

A contemporary, beachfront hotel with exceptional Tampa Bay views

The Westin Tampa Bay is housed in a towering, waterfront building with lots of windows covering its facade and offering great bay views throughout the hotel. The open and bright lobby is filled with natural light courtesy of large windows and has sleek, wood paneled walls and contemporary furnishings that include pale green armchairs and couches arranged in small seating areas. A few beach items like coral and weathered wood also decorate the area, and free newspapers are on hand, plus potted plants and flowers add a pop of color.

Aqua, the on-site restaurant and bar, has waterfront views, an open kitchen, and a beautiful walk-in wine cellar with a chef’s table. A blue carpet covered in wavy patterns, white modern light fixtures, and green leather chairs also adorn the area, and there are floor-to-ceiling windows for ample natural light. At the bar, a blue countertop and leather chairs add to the beach theme, while flat-screen TVs are mounted on the walls. The on-site Starbucks has floor-to-ceiling windows illuminating the space along with a few wood tables and black chairs for seating. At the upper level Westin Executive Club, tan armchairs and wood tables fill the seating areas and there is free coffee, tea, and newspapers. The rooftop terrace offers panoramic ocean views and is filled with black wicker chairs and couches.

Location

Beachfront location with attractions, restaurants, and the airport a 10-minute drive away

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The Westin Tampa Bay sits on the waterfront of Rocky Point Island, right off the highway and within walking distance of several restaurants. Westshore Plaza Mall and Tampa International Airport are a five-minute drive from the hotel, while International Plaza and Bay Street, Raymond James Stadium, and George M. Steinbrenner Field are a 10-minute drive away. Tampa Convention Center, Amalie Arena, and the Port of Tampa are a 15-minute drive, and Busch Gardens can be reached in 25 minutes.

Rooms

Modern and bright rooms with handsome bathrooms and high-end perks

Stylish, contemporary rooms feature soft colors paired with sleek, wooden furniture that includes work desks and headboards with built-in nightstands framing large, plush beds topped with white comforters. White armchairs and black leather desk chairs provide seating and there are large windows filling the spaces with lots of natural light. Coffeemakers with Starbucks coffee sit on top of cherry wood furniture, while fully-stocked minibars are tucked inside. Mounted to the walls are 37-inch flat-screen TVs, plus all rooms have iPod docks, electronic safes, and free newspapers. Some rooms also have fitness equipment and jack packs to hook computers up to the TVs. Additionally, some rooms include a free continental breakfast and free bottled water; others have kitchenettes and marvelous ocean views. Microwaves and mini-fridges are by request only and for a fee. Large, modern bathrooms have lighted mirrors and offer both walk-in rainfall showers as well as tubs. Bathrobes and Heavenly Bath toiletries are also provided.

Features

Upscale restaurant/bar, on-site Starbucks, fitness center, indoor pool, and small beach

Local and global seafood is served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the upscale, waterfront restaurant/bar, Aqua, plus there's an on-site Starbucks. Cardio machines with digital displays in addition to a weight machine, yoga mats, and free weights are available at the 24-hour fitness center, while the 24/7 business center has a computer and printing services, plus there are several meeting rooms and event space available. Recessed lighting and a few wooden chairs adorn the lovely indoor pool area, and there is a small hot tub with blue tile as well. Access to a small beach is provided, with a few white lounge chairs for seating and boat and wave runner rentals, but guests complain the area gets highway noise. The hotel is pet-friendly, and dogs receive a welcome kit (waste bags, rubber gloves, food, and water bowls) in addition to a Heavenly Dog Bed; however, only dogs under 45 pounds are allowed. A free airport and area shuttle is provided, but the area shuttle only travels to specific locations. Free Wi-Fi is only available in the common areas and in-room for SPG members; non-members must pay a daily fee for in-room access. Additionally, all on-site parking incurs a daily fee.

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Address

7627 W Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, Florida 33607-1431, United States

Phone

813-281-0000

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