Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
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Krissica stayed here on Oct 20, 2011 during their trip titled: Krissica's Great Adventure.
Well, here we are, back in the United States for almost 2 weeks now and enjoying every single minute of it. After spending a few days with Sebastien in Ft. Myers and catching up with him and his life, we ended up spending our Floridian time in Tampa and plopped our backpacks at our very good friends's house Keith and Diane who again generously welcomed us into ...
Left The Keys, warm, around 80, got to Miami and it started to rain, geared up, heading north, went through about 4 different storms, we got soaked, stopped and decided to head to Tampa. Got down the road about 30 mins and it started to monsoon, could hardly see the road. Stopped at the first motel, and had to dry everything.... Went through ...
... of the Tampa Bay. I drive five minutes and I am on Bayshore Boulevard, the Country's longest (4 mile) walkable sidewalk that lines the Tampa Bay. This has truly been an eyeopening and amazing experience so far, and can't wait to see what the future holds for me here in Florida.
If you have never travelled here, it definitely is a place you want to see. I don't think people know how beautiful our country is. You can truly be "on vacation" here without leaving the country.
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 ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
New management -- work to be done!
Hotel has recently acquired new management, and they are kind enough to be putting up senior citizens from Port Charlotte, Florida who were displaced because of major damage done to their apartments by Hurricane Charley. Kudos to them! However, I wouldn't want to stay there unless I had to (my mother is one of those senior citizens) until they upgrade their facilities.
Misrepresents itself as a hotel
It is not a typical Radisson hotel. It is more like a skilled nursing facility that rents rooms out. They do not tell you that when you book the room. The place is full of seniors citizens who live there. Lots of folks in wheelchairs and walkers. It is not a place to go if you are looking for a romantic get-a-way or if you have children. If you are looking for a retirement home- then this is the place for you. I wish I had known before I committed to stay there. I was very disappointed.
I stayed at this hotel 6/25/2004 thru 7/1/2004. First of all there is no riverwalk, so why is that in their name???? The hotel states transportation available. This is true but you may wait an hour and then they suggest you get a cab. They don't show up and you need to call again...then the driver says he was there. Nothing is within walking distance. The hotel has a business center but... good luck getting on the 1 computer because kids are on the computer and will not get off. The front desk was no help!! They need a time limit. At the restaurant the food was cold and expensive. As far as the rooms go, nothing good or bad-- just ok. Stay somewhere else.
Old, ugly, and nothing special.
I stayed in this hotel on 5/25/04 and I was extremely unhappy with it. The hotel itself is very old, the rooms are small and dingy, the pool is small and unattractive, and the cafe on the 1st floor is a joke. Valet parking is your only option, (there is no self-park), and it will cost you $10 per day. There also is no "riverwalk" at the hotel, so the name of the hotel is very deceiving.
I would definitely not recommed that you stay at this hotel. I have stayed at the Marriott Westshore for about the same price and that hotel is new, beautiful, extremely clean, and in a completely different class than the Radisson Riverwalk. Do yourself a big favor and don't waste your money at the Radisson Riverwalk.
Hotel Fine, Area Horrible
I stayed at the Radisson Riverwalk in May 04. While the hotel itself is fine, and it's nice having a room over the (definitely urban) river with a balconey, the surrounding area leaves much to be desired. I attended a conference at the Conference Center, about six blocks away, and while there are 3 major hotels in the area, there are NO restaurants to be found anywhere, except in the hotels. The downtown is basically a ghost town at night. The 'Riverwalk' is also a misnomer--there is a river walk, but not anywhere near the Radisson.
I stayed here for business one night in March 2004. The inside of the hotel is nicely decorated, the rooms were nice. I needed to use the "business" center, which was nothing more than a computer with printer set far away from the check-in desk. The computer was continually occupied by students checking email. There was no system for waiting to use the computer, nor was there any type of sign-in sheet. I did ask if there was another computer I could use, and a sales staff member let me use her personal computer. But it was a hassle. In addition, the front desk was not very helpful with a few items I had requested. Overall, it was not a bad hotel but it's not one I would rush to go back to. Also, I felt sorry for those who had to park there - the valets were overwhelmed and it took a while to get your car.
We got a steal of a deal using Priceline for this hotel. It was very nice --- exceptionally clean with lots of nicer hotel amenities. Room was big, great view too. Pool is small but nice --- although extremely cold! Pool bar was great and convenient. We did not use the restaurant or the bakery (which was open less often than times specified). We did use room service and it was very slow. Plus staff was less than accomodating on requests for extras. BIG DRAWBACK--- Valet parking is the ONLY option! You must pay $10 per day to park. Valets were quick and very nice, but one night the hotel hosted a conference (people were not hotel overnight guests) and we were not given any preferential treatment by the staff or valets in getting our car --- so it took an extra half hour. I thought they should have informed guests of the delay or had a separate valet for hotel guests. Otherwise hotel was very convenient to everything --- Busch Gardens, beaches (as convenient as it gets if you stay in Tampa) and Ybor city. It's NOT within walking distance of anything though as advertised. Overall, highly recommend for clean, comfortable, convenient stay in Tampa.
Clean and Accomodating
Stayed night prior to cruising. Right downtown Tampa. Hotel was clean and rooms were fine. Staff very accomodating. Right on river but no walk. Had deli and fancy restaurant. Free shuttle to port. $18.00 taxi ride from airport. Would stay again if got another Priceline bid or good deal.
Rooms okay, but needs some help on service. Advertised as "Riverwalk" there is no "Riverwalk." We asked for directions to area with nice shops/restaurants we could walk to. After passing through several areas with "urban unfortunates" sleeping/urinating we headed back to the hotel and took our car to Ybor City. Valet parking only leads to $10 charge plus several dollars tip for the attendant each time you want your car. We were attending a wedding event there and were promised the manager would call us with the wedding event room rate...never heard from him/her? Rooms were clean, but we won't be heading back soon...nothing special.