Family-Oriented Resorts and Hotels
Most of Tampa's hotels are chain properties catering to the business traveler. If you're looking for a fun-in-the-sun resort or are on a budget, head to Saint Petersburg and the beaches.
DoubleTree Guest Suites Tampa Bay
Built to look like a Mayan temple, this contemporary 203-unit hotel offers spacious two-room suites with all modern conveniences, including breakfast, plus a restaurant, outdoor heated pool, health club with Jacuzzi, sauna, and weight training and cardiovascular equipment.
Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/Ybor City
Located in Ybor City, this 138-suite hotel offers a contemporary base in the most historic part of Tampa, featuring one-bedroom suites with a king or two double beds, sleeper sofa, bar sink, refrigerator, and microwave oven, plus complimentary hot breakfast and high-speed Internet access.
Radisson Bay Harbor Inn
Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, this 257-room hotel is the only one in Tampa with a beach. Amenities include private balconies, restaurant, lounge, sailing and windsurfing rentals, tennis courts, and a pool.
You'll find a variety of condominium and villa rentals, ranging in price from $600 to $1,600, in and around Tampa. To make a reservation, visit the Web sites of either Value Vacation Rentals (www.vacationhomerentals.com/vacation-rentals/Tampa-gulfCreek-Central-Florida.htm).