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The Westin Tampa Bay
The hotel is next to the water and has a nice reflection at night. 8.80 Florida ratingStar
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The Westin Tampa Bay Hotel is a refined hotel on the north part of the bay and only a few miles from Tampa airport, a free airport shuttle is offered. The hotel was built in 2009, has 244 rooms and 16 floors. There are approximately 20 suites. Amenities include a full-service restaurant, meeting rooms, an indoor pool and a small beach. Equipment rentals such as jet skis and paddle boards are available at the beach. The hotel has a polished, stylish, and contemporary look. It draws business traffic during the week. Weekends tend to be less busy. Small pets are welcome.

The hotel is located in Rocky Point, a short drive west of downtown. Rocky Point is an upscale commercial area, with restaurants, bars and hotels. Access to Tampa Bay is good here and beautiful sunsets are common. The hotel has a relatively small footprint, and there is limited green space, though a local park is nearby. The beach connects to Tampa Bay north of a causeway, so the bay is partially enclosed and seems more like a lake.

Rooms are upscale with separate showers and tubs, comfortable bathrobes, and plush beds. The room size is modest at around 370 square feet; junior suites are 50 square feet larger and include mini fridges and microwaves. Highway noise and hallway noise were noticeable but not excessive. If you prefer a quieter stay, request a non-connecting room and one on a higher floor. Rooms are located on floors 8-15. Other floors are used for meeting space or parking. The stay was enjoyable; the room was very clean; facilities worked well; the bed was very comfortable; service was attentive. Waterfront properties and high-end amenities have higher costs and the Westin is no exception. Rates vary widely by day of week and time of year but expect to pay between $160-330, plus an extra cost for parking. If you prefer a more luxurious accommodation in a trendy part of Tampa and don’t mind parting with some cash, the Westin delivers the goods and the sunsets.

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