Best Areas to Stay in Tampa, Florida

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Where to stay in Tampa – A guide to “The Big Guava”

Tampa is a city in the state of Florida, known as the birthplace of Death Metal, thanks to the world famous groups that emerged from this cultural city.

Staying in Tampa allows travelers to enjoy unforgettable experiences.

Among its popular areas, Ybor City stands out because it is ideal to enjoy sunny days on the beaches and watch the dolphins.

The best way to get around Tampa is to rent a car since, although it has public transport such as buses and trams, these tend to be very scarce, even in crowded areas.

The central area of the city has become a meeting point for artists, thanks to the Salvador Dalí Museum.

The warm Tampa presents long hot summers, with plenty of sun for days on the beach. The good thing is that the winters are short and fresh, so the visit to the city can be done in any month of the year.

The nightlife in Tampa never rests, especially in the Downtown, considered the best area to stay in Tampa. (See accommodation in Downtown Tampa).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Tampa, Florida.

The best areas to stay in Tampa, Florida

1. Our favorite area: Downtown Tampa

Downtown Tampa is also known as a historic area in the city.

The Downtown houses small neighborhoods of great fame in the city such as Ybor City, a historic place that is home to the famous Cigar Museum.

This area has some bus routes. However, it is recommended to stay with your own car or a rented vehicle since the Downtown has a lot of parking spots available.

The district is also popular with hipsters because of its alternative bars, skating areas, shops, and restaurants.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Downtown used to be full of cigar factories that, nowadays, function as museums and galleries.

The Downtown is recommended as the best area to stay in Tampa because it is easy to know the main attractions of the city.

Best areas to stay in Tampa - Downtown

Best areas to stay in Tampa – Downtown

Accommodation in Downtown Tampa - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Downtown Tampa – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Tampa, Florida:

  • Heart of the city
  • Cigar Museum
  • Alternative area

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk

    Este hotel está situado en el centro de Tampa, junto al centro de artes escénicas Straz y el río Hillsborough. Ofrece restaurante y bar de servicio completo, además de habitaciones con WiFi gratuita.

    from US$149
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    Le Méridien Tampa

    Este hotel se encuentra en el centro de Tampa, Florida, y ofrece centro de fitness. El hotel está a solo 850 metros de la Universidad de Tampa. Todas las habitaciones del hotel Le Méridien Tampa incluyen TV por cable de pantalla plana, una nevera pequeña y baño privado.

    from US$249
 

 

 

2. Tampa Bay Harbor

Tampa Bay Harbor is a commercial, eco-friendly district.

This neighborhood offers spectacular views, hotels near the pier, restaurants, and terraces where you can enjoy excellent dishes and cocktails, regardless of the hour or season.

In Tampa Bay Harbor, you can enjoy shows, exquisite wines, craft beers, modern stores, museums, historical places and much more, making it one of the best areas to stay in Tampa.

Tampa Bay Harbor houses the Tampa Riverwalk, a pedestrian promenade where several attractions of the city are located, offering impressive views and many sites of interest.

In this area, there is also the Amalie Arena hockey stadium and shopping centers.

Tampa Bay Harbor is the best accommodation option for those who want to enjoy the fresh air and open spaces next to the bay.
 

Where to stay in Tampa, Florida - Tampa Bay Harbor

Where to stay in Tampa, Florida – Tampa Bay Harbor

Accommodation in Tampa Bay - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Tampa Bay – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Tampa, Florida:

  • Tampa Riverwal
  • Great views
  • Great for outdoor activities

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Sailport Waterfront Suites

    This all-suite hotel is located on the coast of Old Tampa Bay, Florida, and features a heated outdoor pool and a beach. It also has a private balcony, full kitchen and free WiFi. Tampa International Airport is 4 miles away.

    from US$169
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    Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

    This Tampa hotel is 1 mile from Tampa International Airport and 8 miles from the Amalie Arena. The property offers 2 outdoor swimming pools, 3 restaurants and a 24-hour fitness center.

    from US$429
 

 

 

3. Westshore & Tampa International Airport

The Westshore area and the Tampa International Airport is another great area to stay, especially for travelers on a stopover or for short stays.

In this area is the large shopping center Westshore Plaza, known for its variety of fashion stores and multiple food venues.

Near Westshore is the Raymond James Stadium, so, those who stay here, can enjoy football games during the season of games in the city.

Near the airport, you’ll find important chains of restaurants where you can taste international and local cuisine.
In addition, this area allows the traveler to rent cars to move to other areas of the city or take a tram or bus at their stops.

Because it is close to the airport, Westshore is also one of the best places to stay in Tampa for business travelers.

Best areas to stay in Tampa, Florida - Westshore and surroundings of the airport

Best areas to stay in Tampa, Florida – Westshore and surroundings of the airport

Accommodation in Westshore and near Tampa International Airport - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Accommodation in Westshore and near Tampa International Airport – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area for a stay in Tampa, Florida:

  • Best area for a stepover
  • Good for shopping
  • Near the airport

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Ramada by Wyndham Tampa Airport Westshore

    This hotel is located in Tampa, 1.6 km from Tampa Airport and 4 km from WestShore Plaza Shopping Center. It offers free shuttle service during limited hours, a place to eat and an outdoor heated pool.

    from US$109
 

 

 

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