Thumbs Up to Renovation of Tampa Hotel! A review of InterContinental Hotel Tampa
I'd previously stayed at this property many times as the Wyndham Westshore and was kind of sad to see it go. However, upon my last visit to Tampa - was very impressed by the extensive renovation done in its re-branding to Intercontinental Hotels. They closed the hotel for a few months and really did a major renovation to all areas. We only stayed one night, and to be sure there were signs and smells of new renovation. I guess the hotel had been reopened less than a week. Fresh paint smelled in my guest room, but the positive changes were many. A modern look and well thought out furniture made the small guest rooms very functional. A small entertainment cabinet had room for clothes, as well as a flat screen tv on top of unit. In various parts of it were a laptop sized safe, a fully stocked mini-bar, as well as ice bucket, glasses (both wine and cocktail), wine opener, etc. The bed was very comfortable, wireless internet worked flawlessly. Nice big desk work area as well as plug-in's on the lamps on desk and near bed for your laptop and/or wireless phone. The bathroom is again small, but very servicable with lots of good amenities including high end lotions/shampoo/soaps, a nice bathroom scale, salon style blow dryer - large shower/tub in my bathroom. 24 hour room service, Nightly Turndown Service, Helpful concierge, Fast Bell Staff and Efficient Front Desk Staff all impressed me. The restaurant is still Shula's Steakhouse which is a bit pricey, but excellent steaks, seafood and attentive service. Sports Bar is still near rear parking area, and Shula's No Name Bar in lobby has renovated as well - with more comfortable furniture, barstools and large flat panel HD Tv's to watch sports. Nice health club and pool are on 9th floor. Parking is free if self and good valet is available. Location makes this a great property. It's across the street from Westshore Plaza which has shopping and great restaurants. A short drive to Downtown Tampa, Raymond James Stadium and less than a mile from the bridge to St. Pete. For the price, I really like what you get at this property! Rooms run a bit higher for outside and bay views, but the cheaper interior view rooms are just as nice for less money! If you liked the Wyndham, you will love this renovation. If you didn't, you may want to give it a try - a new lobby, better service, faster elevators, and nicer accommodations await you.