Great Hotel! A review of Hyatt Regency Tampa
I stayed at this hotel for a convention from November 17-November 19, 2004 and I am very glad the convention was held here.
The check-in process was very smooth and efficient. I arrived at 1:00pm and went to the front desk to see if I could check in early. They only had smoking rooms at that time, so I declined. She let me sign all the paperwork so all I had to do was go back to get the room key at the appropriate check-in time. I went back at 2:45pm and the key was ready. The front desk staff were very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. The girl that assisted me (Jennifer I believe) provided me with exemplary customer service.
I was given a room with one king size bed on the 8th floor. I found the room to be very spacious, well-appointed, and smelling very nice. The entire room was very clean. I did not notice any wear and tear or signs of aging. The people that noted that in the prior reviews must be inspecting every nook and cranny of the hotel. The housekeeping staff did a wonderful job.
Now in regards to parking. When I arrived valet was already full ($13.00 with in and out privileges). The young valet attendant was very friendly and detailed in giving me directions to the parking garage. The parking garage is connected to the hotel by a walk way to the third floor. It is $9.50 per day with no in and out privileges. When you stay at a hotel in a large urban area you have to expect to pay parking fees just as the ones charged by this hotel.
The lobby is nice with lighted landscaping and cascading waterfalls. The banquet staff were very prompt and courteous. The food during the banquets was phenomenal. I did not eat at the restaurant in the hotel (Avanzare) or visit the pool or work out facilities on the 5th floor, so I am unable to comment on those.
The location is right in the heart of Downtown Tampa in an area known as Tampa City Center. We walked to some downtown restaurants for lunch and we walked a few blocks to take the trolly ($3.00 round trip) to Channelside and Ybor City for dinner.
I would recommend this hotel to all of my friends, family members, and work associates. I was with 20 people from my job and everyone commented about the positive experience they had at this hotel. Great customer service, spacious clean rooms, and a great downtown location makes this hotel one of the best in Tampa Bay!