A hotel in Tampa is a perfect base to explore the treasures of Florida’s west coast. Read on to figure out where to stay…
Sprawling around Tampa Bay in the Sunshine State of the United States of America, Tampa would be the playground of Florida, were it not for fun-time favourites such as Orlando and the Florida Keys.
But it's hard to narrow down a list of top five Tampa attractions when you've got a directory that includes the Florida Aquarium, Ybor City, Busch Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, the Tampa Museum of Art, the Henry B Plant Museum and Bayshore Boulevard, plus a hearty mix of entertainment venues that are open every day and night. While it can't rival the Disney-inspired magic of Orlando, Tampa sure has a lot going for it.
Tampa accommodation offers great value for money and is of a good standard. Read our guide to where to stay, below, to discover where you’ll find your ideal Tampa hotel and then compare hotel deals using the TravelSupermarket search tool. If you book well in advance you can often make big savings on the best places to stay in Tampa.
Typical of American accommodation standards, even the most basic Tampa hotels offer oodles of space and good amenities...
The best hotels – and the city is home to many fine four- and five-star hotels – offer much more besides. At these palaces of sumptuousness you'll find spa treatments, golf courses, swimming pools, gyms and top-class service.
Budget hotels in Tampa are easy to come by, with many cheap hotels and motels dotting the main roads in and out of the city.
Well-known brands are easy to find in the area and you can check in to hotels from the likes of Best Western, Quality Inn, Marriott, Hampton Inn, Fairfield, Hilton, Wyndham, Westin, Comfort Inn, Days Inn and Clarion.
The attractions of Tampa are spread far and wide around this city, so it might not be a concern as to where you stay. Most visitors hire cars to get about – it's a doddle to get from A-B in your own vehicle in the States. If you don't plan to drive, and want to be close to nightlife, consider booking hotels in Downtown, Ybor City or SoHo, all of which feature restaurants, bars and nightly entertainment.
If you can't find your ideal hotel in Tampa, consider a stay across the bay in beautiful St Petersburg or a little further north in Clearwater.
Get to grips with Tampa’s top attractions to get under the skin of this fascinating destination...
Top five attractions
Feel the Hispanic vibe in one of the oldest parts of Tampa, which was founded on the cigar industry established by Cuban and Spanish migrants.
Thrills and spills abound in 335 acres of fun-packed theme park. It's one of America's best.
Home to what is claimed to be the world's longest sidewalk – 4.5 miles of sea to one side, and a huge city on the other.
Tampa Museum of Art
This is a superbly thought-out art space housing some wonderful pieces from all over the world.
Henry B Plant Museum
Genius museum focusing on the swanky lifestyles of former guests at this one-time plush hotel.
There’s never a dull moment in Tampa, not with a line-up of annual events that includes these treasures…
Gasparilla Pirate Fest; January: Quite simply the ultimate pirate event in the civilised world. If you're a fan of pirates, then this is a must. Buy an eye-patch, stick a toy parrot on your shoulder and join in the whacky, but brilliant, fun.
Sant'Yago Knight Parade; February: Spin-off event from the previous month's Pirate Fest, but no less fun. Thousands turn out to cheer on a parade of illuminated floats and then party the night away.
Strawberry Festival; March: Eleven days are spent worshipping that tastiest of fruits – the strawberry. Harvest time across Florida brings much of the produce to the city with contests, cultural shows and demonstrations on how to get the best out of Tampa's favourite fruit.