Tahitian Inn Hotel Cafe & Spa
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Historical Traveler Reviews Tahitian Inn Hotel Cafe & Spa Tampa
Suburban Retro Chic Always Calls You Honey
I have family in Tampa, so, over the years, I have often stayed at the Tahitian Inn. I loved its retro funkiness before it was redesigned and renovated, and I love it still in its new, proto-hip incarnation as a boutique hotel and spa. The new central building, with the soaring, safari-styled lobby, and hidden spa and massage rooms, is truly glamorous. The new cafe is fancier than the old coffee shop, but the breakfasts are still big, inexpensive, and the waitresses will still call you "honey." The pool is nicely landscaped, and the rooms are big and comfortable. The staff is always ready to provide service - we needed DVD player, and they quickly installed one in our room and showed us how to work it. If you want the cookie-cutter blandness of the big chains, be my guest, but if you want the personalized service that you can only get in a privately owned, newly renovated, suburban hip boutique hotel, I will see you at the Tahitian Inn.
Okay for business travelers who have their own transportation
I had to stay here for 3 days for a business trip. I picked the hotel from the internet because of its proximity to the airport, the price and it's spa services. The problem was that the hotel provides no shuttle service. For the price you pay, you expect it to be a full-service place as far as a shuttle is concerned. It had a nice pool, but no hot-tub. The Sauna rooms are separated by sex and located in the bathrooms in the Gym area. The sauna in the women's room was awesome. I tried to get some spa treatments while I was there, but they could not accommodate me - no evening hours. It looked very nice and the products are Yon Ka - very high quality products that I have used before from France. The staff at the front desk was not going out of their way to assist me or provide information. Finally, on the second night, the front desk lady took pity on me and assisted me with some questions. I had to request information from them about any services other than checking out. They don't assist you with bags and if you stay in the back of what used to be the motel - that is a hike. The bartender in the restauarant and the waitstaff provided outstanding service and accommodated me as I was late getting there from the train depot. The dinner food was pretty good and the drinks were also. They have room service - but it closes when the restaurant closed - so what is the point? The room was large and the bathroom was good. The gym had nicer bathroom sundries than the room. Plenty of towels in the room and the bed slept very well. The housekeeping staff is not always thorough as my blanket in the closet had some kind of "creamy-yuck" on it. The taxi costs $15 either to downtown or the airport, and the neighborhood is commercial and you need to take security precautions. Overall, I was disappointed from the ad's representation on the internet. And, I had emailed them 2 weeks ahead of time to request appointments for the spa and assistance with getting transportation provided - but they never replied.
I have always picked great hotels when my husband and I travel. However this time I didn't do the research and ended up in a 2 star hotel. They give you free breakfast but it is not worth it. The cook is an older lady and anothert family member, they need lessons or they should let you cook your own meal. The room had a bathtub that was rusty and the drain was clogged up. The place needs to be brought up to date. The door was hard to open, each night we had to take turns trying to open it by the fourth night we finally figured it out. Parking is terrible it was rare for us to get a spot close to our room without having to walk around the entire hotel. The hotel had potholes in the parking lot.
The hotel had no internet so I had to go to IHOP and eat breakfast also to check my email.
Great Hotel, Perfect location
This was a wonderful hotel - our room was upgraded for no extra charge and we loved the extra space. Location was close to the airport and also downtown Tampa, near restaurants, shopping etc. Our only complaint is that while the pool was lovely, it was very cold so our children did not enjoy the swimming.
Loved the Tahitian
My wife and I stayed at the Tahitian Inn for three nights in March 2005. We upgraded to the queen executive room, which we must highly recommend. The rooms have marble floors, contemporary "island style" decor, a jacuzzi tub, a balcony, and lots of space. There is a microwave, sink, and refrigerator as well. The TVs come with a TV/VCR should you spend much time in your room while in Florida. In short, the room was very elegant.
The steam rooms in the fitness room area were a really nice touch, and the fitness center itself is quite amply furnished - moreso than many hotels twice the size (and price) of the Tahitian. There is a computer near the front desk with free high-speed internet access and a printer.
One of the greatest features is an onsite spa where you can get a massage, manicure, pedicure, etc. during your stay! The prices are particularly reasonable for this type of service...much lower than you'd expect for an on-site spa. The staff there are really wonderful! My wife and I both treated ourselves to this and loved every minute...a nice touch!
Another nice touch is the Tahitian Cafe on the premises. The staff is very friendly and the food is pretty good, although a bit pricier than necessary. However, they more than made up for the food cost with their all-day 2-for-1 well drink special! A nice hangout, although there are plenty of food options of all types within a very short driving distance.
Finally, the pool was nicely done as well. There is a small tiki hut with tables as well as two hammocks for those that like to nap outside. The pool is heated should you visit during a cooler month.
The price is more than reasonable for what you get at the Tahitian - a great value. We haven't stayed many places in Tampa, but it's really hard to imagine a better value in the metro area than this - if you upgrade to the Queen Executive Room.
Just so nobody accuses me of being blind to possible criticisms: Thanks to the start of Spring Break, ALL the soft drink vending machines were empty our entire stay (Coke's fault, not the Tahitian) so getting something besides tap water after the Cafe closed was difficult. Also, one corner of the building (where we stayed) is next to a row of dumpsters...which they evidently empty around 6AM! A very loud awakening! Finally, you should keep in mind that this is near downtown Tampa and about 30-45 minutes from Clearwater Beach, depending on traffic.
We couldn't recommend that you stay at the Tahitian on your next visit to Tampa...I know we will!
The Tahitian review
This is a beautiful newly renovated Motel, Yes Motel.... Although there is a newly built hotel attached to the front of the Motel (no more than 10 hotel rooms) for most people staying here this should be considered a motel. Now dont let the Motel designation scare you... as really the motel like set is quite convient as it allows for parking directly in front of your room if you are on the first floor (total of 2 floors). The "INN" also has beautifully renovated LARGE hotel-like motel rooms, the rooms are very nicely decorated and feel more like hotel rooms then motel rooms. Another wonderful feature of the Tahitian Inn is the beautiful pool area, makes you actually feel like you are in Tahiti rather then in between parking lots A and B. Again this is going to be the nicest motel that you have ever stayed at. The landscaping is very beautiful, and the hotel entrance is incredible, there is also a very nice boutique restauraunt and spa located inside the hotel. However, the "SPA" is really just an on-call massage room. The girls are on Call, not staffed at the INN (make an appointment). The staff was incredibly friendly, and overall are experience was enjoyable. However, the night that we stayed there seemed to be an excessive amount of noise and partying...although I would believe this to be an isolated incident. The actual location is directly in the middle of the main part of Tampa. Half way between downtown, ybor, and the airport. No more than a 5-10 minute drive in either direction. If you stay in the Motel part.. ask for a room on the first floor as It is much more convient for unloading and loading luggage. Overall I would rate this hotel a 10/10 for LOCATION, CLEANLINESS, ROOM SIZE, DECOR, AND DESIGN. However, the price was too high for what was essentially a very nice motel. I would stay here again if the PRICE WAS RIGHT.
Very Very Nice
We truly enjoyed our stay at the Tahitian Inn... Wonderful Room, clean and spacious, super breakfast at the cafe... highly recommended, can't wait to return... close to the airport... easy to find just off I-275 Dave & Jan From Vermont
My husband and I and a friend stayed here in March of 2002 and loved the place! The staff were wonderful, nice and polite. We asked for a room close to the pool and was not disturbed at all by any noise. It was an older style room but done nicely and was very clean and roomy. This was especially nice since we had had to leave another motel early as it was filthy and unsafe.
The pool was beautiful and clean and warm and we spent the whole day there as we had to head north the next day. What a great way to end our vacation! And we met some really nice people, also from Maine that evening, and enjoyed a late evening swm and visit with them! If we go back to Tampa, this is where we will stay again!
A tale of two hotels
Stayed at Tahitian for 5 nights in Jul 04 in one of the rooms with two double beds (had 2 kids). Property is really two hotels with an old section (50's stye rooms remodeled) and new section (upgrated rooms). Older rooms were pleasantly remodeled. Cost is very reasonable however mattresses in older rooms were some of the worst I have experienced in a hotel (and I never complain about a matress). Additionally, pool area was very pleasant and clean although extremely noisy late into the night (2 AM) on 2 of our nights and the hotel did not control noise or close pool. Restaurant was excellent and there is also an Einstein Bagel shop 100 yards away as well as several fast food options although I enjoyed their restaurant (Super service thorughout hotel) the best. A "Chickfilet" is next door. They even had real freshly squeezed orange juice in restaurant. Overall a great choice if you select the upgraded rooms which I took a peak at otherwise I would select another hotel which I did after 5 days. I did not use the SPA facilities or other house services although they were quite delux looking.
Wanted to move in!
Visited Tampa in Feb 2004; Accomodations in main hotel were amazing; nicer than any hotel I've ever stayed in before, including all the big chains! Well worth the extra $$$ over regular rooms for real bedroom furniture and linens, spa tub and tile throughout. (Only negative is that with all the tile, sound echoes in from other rooms)