Located in downtown Tampa, the Tampa Convention Center hosts around 300 events per year, which brings visitors in for various workshops, conferences and expos. Luckily for visitors attending an event, Tampa boasts a collection of wonderful hotels within a 15-minute walk or short drive from the convention center, offering alluring perks for business travelers and a bit of pampering for those offline hours. Here’s our pick for the top hotels near the Tampa Convention Center.
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One of the closest hotels to the Tampa Convention Center, Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown is a two-minute walk away and connected via a sky-bridge. The hotel features two-room suites with a separate living area with a TV in each room as well as a sofa bed, well-lit work table, refrigerator and coffeemaker. You’ll find plenty of places to satisfy your cravings, from the made-to-order breakfasts to the complimentary Evening Reception with beverages and snacks. Explore Tampa’s downtown area, relax in the sunshine at the pool deck, then grab a bite to eat at Trolley’s American Cafe or explore some of the downtown attractions on foot.
Less than a 10-minute walk from the Tampa Convention Center, the Hilton Tampa Downtown is also within easy access to the Amalie Arena and the University of Tampa. The hotel’s spacious suites come with separate living areas, kitchenettes, and whirlpool tubs, while the One King Bed has a flat-screen TV and on-demand movies. Bask in the sunshine at the rooftop swimming pool and sundeck, then work up a sweat in the 24-hour fitness center or get your caffeine fix at the on-site Starbucks. At night, enjoy a classic cocktail in the trendy 211 Lounge, then dine on modern American cuisine at 211 Restaurant.
The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina is only a two-minute walk from the Tampa Convention Center, with its prime location offering easy access to downtown attractions, Ybor City and Tampa Riverwalk. Unwind in one of the spacious rooms or suites, which feature spacious layouts, plush bedding, mini fridges and the biggest highlight – balconies with water or skyline views. You can also upgrade to a Stay Well room for air purifiers and vitamin-infused showers or Concierge-level rooms for lounge perks. Take a plunge in the rooftop pool, then refuel on succulent seafood at Waterside Grill or grab a quick coffee to go at the on-site Starbucks.
The Westin Tampa Waterside is perched on the waterfront in downtown Tampa, only a five-minute walk from the Tampa Convention Center. Recently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, this hotel boasts remodeled rooms and suites, many with bayside views. Rest easy on a plush Heavenly Bed and enjoy amenities like writing desks, mini fridges and coffeemakers. Amalie Arena and Raymond James Stadium are just minutes away, while the hotel’s on-site restaurant Blue Harbour Eatery + Bar serves fresh seafood. Spend your after work hours in the sparkling pool or grab a handcrafted cocktail. For a pick-me-up, enjoy cold-brew coffee and snacks at the on-site Marketplace.
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel is less than a 10-minute walk or a three-minute drive from the Tampa Convention Center, beloved for its convenient location along Tampa’s Riverwalk and easy access to the Water Street District and Ybor City. Unwind in the spacious rooms and suites that boast spectacular views of the Hillsborough River and also include signature beds, comfortable furnishings and modern amenities. The pet-friendly hotel also includes an outdoor pool and on-site restaurant serving New American cuisine.
Aloft Tampa Downtown is a trendy boutique-style hotel that offers easy access to Tampa’s museums, parks and restaurants, and is a 10-minute walk from the Tampa Convention Center. Overlooking the Hillsborough River, modern rooms feature ultra-comfortable signature beds, walk-in showers, mini fridges and flat-screen TVs. Enjoy a drink at the W XYZ Bar or indulge in a sweet or savory treat at Re:fuel by Aloft. Make a splash in the outdoor pool, then take a leisurely walk to explore the nearby Riverwalk area.
Courtyard Tampa Downtown is located in the heart of Tampa a 15-minute walk or three-minute drive to the Tampa Convention Center. Business travelers will appreciate the large in-room workstations and 24-hour business center, while all guests will want to take advantage of the breakfast and dinner options at the on-site Bistro that also serves Starbucks coffee. When you’re ready to venture out, hop on the complimentary shuttle that operates within two miles of the hotel.
Le Meridien Tampa is one of Tampa’s most unique accommodation choices, as it has been converted from a century-old historic federal courthouse into a luxurious boutique hotel. Built in 1905, this downtown hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to spacious and modern rooms with pillowtop mattresses, ergonomic desks and mini fridges, it boasts an on-site restaurant serving French-inspired dishes. Unique touches include a witness stand turned hostess stand and former jury deliberation table turned into bar furniture. If you’re attending an event at the Tampa Convention Center, you’re in luck because its only a five-minute drive away.
Boasting lavish ornate detailing, the Floridan Palace Hotel is a historic gem that dates back to 1926. This 19-story hotel has been brought back to its original glamour in its dazzling Sapphire Lounge and handcrafted lobby bar. Rooms and suites boast timeless elegance with custom gold-trimmed furniture in the Beaux-arts style, marble bathrooms and a writing desk. Adorned with crystal chandeliers, the elegant Crystal Dining Room serves Mediterranean cuisine while customized hotel tours offer insight into its rich history. It’s also a short 15-minute walk or short drive from the Tampa Convention Center.
Residence Inn By Marriott Tampa Downtown near the Tampa Convention Center, offering stylish studio and one and two-bedroom suites. Both business and leisure travelers can enjoy the perks of this pet-friendly hotel, which include spacious rooms with fully-equipped kitchens, a complimentary hot breakfast and a central location. Cool off at the outdoor pool, grill on the barbecue or attend the Residence Inn Mix for a chance to socialize with light bites and cold beverages.