Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza
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Historical Traveler Reviews Renaissance Tampa Hotel International Plaza
Just returned from a three night stay at this hotel. It's a new property and very elegant. There is an inner courtyard for relaxing or enjoying a drink. The rooms were nicely furnished, clean and comfortable. The breakfast served in the restaurant was delicious, though a bit pricey. The lounge served reasonably priced drinks and light fare. The staff was friendly and helpful. The location was very convenient to the airport and is attached to a mall with numerous restaurants. Would definately recommend this hotel and would stay here again if I was in the Tampa area.
The Renaissance Hotel is a great hotel to stay at in Tampa...close to the airport, next door to a really nice shopping mall and restaurant area. This is a new hotel, with nicely decorated rooms in a colorful whimsical style and very comfortable. Nice fitness center that faces the pool. Even though this hotel is a mile from the airport, you never hear the airplanes.
Stylish, Friendly and Unpretentious - A Perfect Combo
My wife and I just returned from a wonderful trip Dec 21-24. Booked this hotel on PL based on the positive reviews on this and other sites. Got it for $65 per night and this was easily the best hotel value I have ever experienced. The hotel has lots of design touches that distinguish itself from every other chain hotel in the industry. The design is inspired by a Spanish mansion, so there are lots of bright colors everywhere and lots of cool furniture. Everyone on the staff was friendly and courteous - several of them asked us how we were enjoying our stay and if there was anything they could do for us - very nice touch. We were actually surprised at how down-to-earth the staff was for such a nice hotel - no snobbishness. The rooms were average size, but were very nicely decorated. The fitness center was just okay - 3 treadmills, a couple of eliptical trainers and an awefully complicated all-in-one weight contraption (that thing is really a piece of garbage). On the plus side, the large outdoor pool is heated and they have a nice hot-tub spa. Some would find it cheesy, but we really enjoyed the fact that the hotel is connected to the Tampa International Mall. Don't worry, you won't have shoppers trouncing through the lobby. The hotel has it's own keyed entrance to the mall and we found this to be a tremendous convenience. There were several nice restaurants, lots of high-end stores and a fabulous outdoor promenade that seemed like it's own little town. We felt that this really added to the hotel and should be listed as one of their best amenities. If you are with a bunch of friends, it's really fun to hang out but the fountain in the courtyard on a nice night. Another plus - the hotel is literally 5 minutes from the airport but we never heard one airplane the entire time were were there. Tampa is so easy to get around that you are about 5 minutes to any of the main highways/arteries in the city. You should also know that this hotel does not have it's own parking lot. It shares its parking with the rest of the mall, so you basically have to park in front of Neiman Marcus and then walk to the hotel. This is not as inconvenient as it sounds, especially at night when all the shoppers go home, leaving the entire lot for hotel guests. Still, I really think the hotel should look into having it's own self parking. All in all, I would definitely recommend this hotel and would gladly stay there again the next time I'm in Tampa.
A Renaissance experience
Not a cookie-cutter hotel. Somewhat unique. Attractive rooms. Lobby and common areas a bit cold in feel. Housekeeping imperfect. Poor in-house reservations staff. Good front desk staff. Poor restaurant staff. Bargains were not to be had the first week of December. IF you can get this hotel at the low rates others have mentioned, it would be a steal. At virtual rack rate, it doesn't meet expectations.
A great bargain and a great room
I got one night here for $68+fees at Priceline. A total steal. Large and clean room with a great work area. The restaurants were closed (very late arrival) but they pointed me to the mall which still had some stuff open.
I was sorry to be there for such a brief stay. I will say, I was not sightseeing so things like view were irrelevant.
Great new hotel
The Renaissance is a beautiful, new hotel centrally located in downtwon Tampa. We just stayed one night but really enjoyed it. Breakfast the next morning was delicious and the club level representative was terrific. The front desk staff was the only weak link. They need additional training and a bit more congeniality. We plan to return to this hotel.
A Great stay (under less-than-great circumstances)
Trapped in Tampa by the 4th hurricane of our Florida season (thus far), we felt distincty fortunate to be at the Renaissance. The atmosphere was one of a terrific high-end summer camp; kids EVERYWHERE, adults lounging in the lobby playing cards, and terrific food at their multi-star restaurant on the premises. Snacks freely available; good communication from the staff and a very relaxed atmosphere, despite what was happening outside.
Perhaps the fine staff learned from previous errors. The hotel is new and extremely well-appointed. The rooms are a good size; not excessively large but not cramped either. Decor is a funky Florida mix of faux-Mediterranean swirled with Mid-century American Modern. Surprisingly pleasant, and very well thought-out. No cookie-cutter airport hotel feel here! Given that once at the Mall, there's little reason to go elsewhere in Tampa, the Renaissance does a terrific job of making itself invaluable to your stay. Places to 'hang out' in the lobby, around the atrium or in the bar or restaurant make this resort-like. We'll be back again and again!
(hint to parents of kids at any of the colleges in the area -- stay here! Your kids will thank you even if your wallet doesn't!)
A Steal at $79 a night!
The Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel deserves an A+ rating. The hotel is brand new and beautiful. The hotel is connected to the International Mall, which is convenient to say the least. There are lots of restaurants and a bar or two located in a little area in between the hotel and the mall entrance.
Rooms: The room was very nice. Everything was very clean. The bathrooms are gorgeous and don't feel anything like a hotel bathroom. It is more like a bathroom you would see in a big fancy house. The room had plenty of space and the beds were comfortable. We were in room 528, which was nice b/c it overlooked a big courtyard with a fountain where they hold events.
Concierge: The directions which were given to us by the concierge were not very helpful when we were trying to locate a grocery store. Other than that, we also had a minor miscommunication problem when trying to order a taxi to pick us up. I think next time, we would just arrange for the taxi by ourselves.
Common Areas: The lobby, restrooms, halls and everything else were gorgeous. They even had a pretty stand set up with free gourmet olives to try. The furniture and decorations are all very pretty and clean.
Definately a steal at $79 a night, plus tax. Well worth it, would definately stay again.
Only one gripe: The hotel is NOT as close to Ybor city as they would have you believe on the website. It is somewhat far and a pretty hefty cab fare. I think it took us about 20 minutes, maybe more, and about $35 to just get there.
My immediate family our close friends had the distinct pleasure of staying at the Renaissance International Plaza on Saturday, September 4, 2004 for two (2) nights (9 in total-3 rooms). We had been looking forward to this stay since it was originally booked in June 2004 (prior to grand opening). Although we learned of the impending storms accompanying Hurricane Frances days before our check-in, we decided to move forward with our original plans.
The day of checkout the winds were roaring, as storm left via Tampa, I was, however astonished when the day we were originally due to check out (MO Sept. 6, 2004), I called the front desk to ask for an extended check-out, beyond the customary 12 pm, to 1-2 pm (until winds subsided). I was then informed that the hotel was not granting extensions but "half-day" rates. Upon questioning this further, I was transferred to "Jeff" who explained the "half-day" rate was 50% off of a day's rate and extended checkout until 3 or 4pm. Shocking-By then I was very confused since I had previously extended our-check out to Tuesday, September 7, in the event that the storm prohibited us from leaving. Therefore, our room was blocked until Tuesday, should we need it, so no guest was arriving to occupy it. It was then that I made the determination that this "half-day rate hassle" was reason enough for us to checkout, so we left the premises ASAP.
As a Marriott Rewards member, I expect a little higher level of service, particularly when I am away from home under the stresses of tropical force winds. Hospitality should have been extended to the guest of the hotel, not "half-day"
rates. I wrote the GM a letter, and I have NOT heard back... Nontheless, as it is convenient to shopping, I will add that we have made plans to visit the hotel again in NOV, and hope that this shoppin visit will be pleasurable.
Luxury in the mall
If you are you looking for a new, luxury, friendly, service oriented hotel with no self-parking, located in a shopping mall with views of parking lots and freeways, then you've hit the jackpot. My mid-day walk-in rate was $179. I left the next day and checked into the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay at $139 with a spectacular view of the bay. It was luxurious, friendly and service oriented, and free self-parking steps away in a covered garage. It's a total no brainer.
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