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16 hours in Tampa

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16 hours in Tampa


As the title says we will just be spending a night in Tampa on our way to Puerto Rico. We will get in in the evening and leave the next morning.

We would like to stay somewhere within 20 minutes of the airport where we can have a nice dinner and get a feel for Tampa. Restaurant suggestions would be very appreciated as well! It would be nice for the hotel to be under $200 a night

I honestly know nothing about Tampa so I would love some help! Thank you :)

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1. Re: 16 hours in Tampa

The Columbia restaurant in Ybor City (a Spanish/Italian neighborhood with lots of clubs and restaurants) for dinner -- it's been in that location since 1905. If you can get a seating for the Spanish dance show, even better.

Any of the major-brand hotels in the downtown area are fine, and are just 10-15 minutes from the airport.

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2. Re: 16 hours in Tampa

If you want a hotel that has a shuttle from/to the airport look in the upper right column under Top Qs About Tampa.

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3. Re: 16 hours in Tampa

There is the Renaissance Tampa, International Plaza, which is located at International Plaza shopping mall. There are several places to eat here at Bay St. of the mall including Cheesecake Factory and the Capital Grill among other choices.

There are other choices for hotels at Rocky Point.

One is the Grand Hyatt with various on site dining choices: one is Armani's with views of Tampa Bay (if you want to do this make a reservation for the time of sunset when you visit).

There are many hotels in the Westshore/Airport area, some have shuttles to/from the airport - Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport, Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore and others.

You could from any of these hotels, still uber to Ybor City for the Columbia Restaurant, if you want to go, make advance reservations, esp. if you are interested in seeing the floorshow for flamenco dancing, which is available in only one specific dining room.

Another notable restaurant is Bern's Steakhouse. It has a sister hotel: Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection nearby.

This is also the Marriott Tampa Airport at the airport, you don't even leave the airport.

Not sure of the nightly rate for any of these hotels, you will need to check.

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4. Re: 16 hours in Tampa

The Epicurion hotel (we stayed last night) was $300 for a standard king bed room including taxes and fees so that may not meet the needs of the OP.

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5. Re: 16 hours in Tampa

Thank you so much for the tips! :)

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8. Re: 16 hours in Tampa

If you can make it 30-35 minutes from TPA you can stay/see downtown St Petersburg...... great vibe !!!!!

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