DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Tampa Bay
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It's spring break time and we wanted to do something with the kids, unfortunately for me though my kids would be with their mom this year :o( I missed them allot.
So Vera and I took off with Jennifer and Melanie to the Tampa area. We stayed at the Double Tree Suites located on Tampa Bay. Before arriving in Tampa we stopped by Grandma and …
... truly enjoyed ourselves there last year and felt totally at home! We can't wait to go to the "Crab Bag" and have a "crabby experience"!!! All I can say is, crabs, shrimp and oysters you better hide because we are coming...
For now, we are slowly driving up...with of course, a stop in Richmond, Virginia to see Alexandra!
This should be a very happy week!
... I am loving it!
Like I said...I grew up in a small town, so living in a major city that the people from here classify as "small" is crazy to me, but unlike anything I have ever experienced. Everything is better here. The weather, the architecture, the scenery, the food, the overall atmosphere.
So far...I feel like I am on a permanent vacation. I look out my bedroom window and see palm trees swaying in the light breeze. I walk outside and am able to ...
Back home today. Didnt have wifi access while in England on the boat so couldnt post. Too busy and tired last 3 days in Scotland Wrote up experiences each day though and will post a few at a time shortly It was a great and different adventure Now on to planning for ...
... than Dean. In fact, she got completely soaked on one ride and then got soaked again on another ride. It took her more than four hours to dry out.
We were glad that they closed the park for the day at 5:00. This gave us a chance to gat back to the campground and pool after haircuts and some shopping. Off to see Mickey and Minnie tomorrow.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Tampa Bay
Unpublished Additional Costs & Difficult to do business
Hotel is nice with spacious rooms. Internet service is promised, but no prices can be found. At most Hiltons (DoubleTree is a subsidiary) Internet Service is free. Here they want exhorbitant fees and they have no business center as an alternative. The staff has a rude & uncooperative attitude. We are not used to this sort of treatment and found it most unpleasant. We usually spend 15 to 20 nights a month on the road. I am asking my employer to no longer book us at the DoubleTree Guest Jail in Tampa.
We stayed in Tampa for 2 nights at the Doubletree and enjoyed it. Our suite was spacious, with a small wetbar/sitting area on one side of the living room. Bedroom and bath was behind two double shuttered doors. The bed was very comfortable and there were plenty of pillows. Some of the furniture in the sitting area was old and nicked up and the refrigerator never got really cold. The hotel's restaurant closes at 10, so we went to the Radisson across Rocky Point Drive and ate. There is also a Bahama Breeze nearby, and several places to eat toward Clearwater.
We stayed at this hotel for three nights in early July, 2005 on our Florida vacation. We paid $105 a night, including tax, which we thought was a bit pricey. Our room was above average in size and quality, and appeared to be newly remodeled. It was comfortable, clean and spacious, with a great shower and plenty of closet and drawer space. It included a kitchen and eating area with a table and chairs (which we never used). The view from our room window of Tampa Bay and the pool below was wonderful. I'm guessing that due to the angle of the hotel, most rooms had a view of the bay. We had two complaints about our room. The bifold doors between the bedroom and the living room were shuttered (allowing sound to pass between rooms) and did not close properly. Also, some of the hooks holding the upscale drapes in the bedroom were the wrong size allowing the drapes to sag at the top and allow light to come through. This was a shame for such an otherwise elegant room. We ate breakfast at the hotel restaurant on the morning of July 4th, and that was a big mistake. The restaurant was understaffed and disorganized. This resulted in long waits for seating, beverages, etc. The breakfast buffet was mediocre and a bit overpriced. (We paid for our breakfast, unlike some guests in earlier reviews who got it free.) Overall, we enjoyed our stay at this hotel and would highly recommend it to others.
Nice Place to stay
This hotel was very clean and roomy with a medium sized fridge. The breakfast buffet was good. We had a first floor suite with a patio overlooking the pool and the bay. The hotel was only 5 minutes from the airport and centrally located between Clearwater and St. Petersburg. They had jet ski rental onsite and many nice restraunts and nitelife nearby.
Was happy with my suite, some things could be better
The room is spacious enough, bed was comfortable.
I had a first floor suite, so I could walk out and was about 20 steps from the bay as well as the pool. One morning I saw what looked like a dolphin fin poke out of the bay water, maybe it was floating trash...it was early.
Things that could be better: Lighting - it could use a few more lights it was kinda dark. Shower drain - the water pressure was great, but the drain couldn't keep up.
Breakfast was included in the price and was outstanding. Nice outdoor pool area and they have jetski's to rent. Good location. Five minutes from the airport but it feels like five hours away. BIG room. Took the family on a business trip and this was perfect for all the bodies.
Stayed on Thanksgiving day with the hotel at 20% occupancy on a special holiday rate. Gorgeous property with all room facing on an inner bay, the other side is all office buildings. Our room was on 7th floor bay view (as requested) and was at an almost perfect level to be where the resident Osprey hovered. The room was a nice two room setup - the main room is very large with dining room / family room setup and very large picture windows. The bedroom was a bit smaller but made up for it with a usable hallway between the bathroom and the bed. The doors between the two rooms could have been an issue for us (with an infant needing silence) since they are slotted shutters, but we were ok. The appliances (fridge and TV in the bathroom) are obviously older, but everything else was updated. We noticed that the ground floor rooms on the other side of the hotel were gutted and being re-walled, so I would assume they have a big upgrade. The hotel is far enough away (and not on a flight path) so that you don't hear or see any planes. The highway can be heard from the front of the hotel, but not the rooms or pool area. Cable includes Starz and HBO with 25/27 inch tv's in both the family room and bedroom.
The hotel is located on the water and, although the common areas are nice, the interior corridors and rooms are dirty, old and tired.
Stunning Property, Spotty Service
My husband and I stayed here for three days last month. The property is beautiful - great suites, stunning pool overlooking the bay, gorgeous lobby. We did see manatees and dolphins from the pool area - it was great. (I found that the pool got plenty of sun.) However, service was spotty. Room service totally screwed up our order, maid service did things like take away our bath mat and not replace it (so we had to use a towel), we asked for 3 pillows and only got 2, etc. It wasn't terrible but for the price, you'd expect a little better. Overall, the location and quality of the facilities made the service issues not quite such a big deal - I would stay here again.
Reasonable Hotel with OK location, relatively nice spacious rooms and decent service. Pool is nice in the photos, but stays in the shade most of the day.
Overall a decent value