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“This Place is a Winner! Excellent Pre-Cruise Choice!”

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Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
Ranked #8 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Brooklyn, New York
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“This Place is a Winner! Excellent Pre-Cruise Choice!”
Reviewed 15 April 2012

We stayed here for one night before a 7-day cruise out of Tampa. Right at the airport, but an unbelievably quiet hotel. Didn't hear any plane noise either in the room, or on the property.

Arrived at the hotel on a Saturday, departed for the cruise on a Sunday.

Picked up at car at the airport, drove to a Yankees game (they lost against Tampa Bay), returned to the hotel and enjoyed a great night's sleep.

If you need a hotel pre or post-cruise, this place is a delight. Cheery staff, first-rate hotel and my 9-year-old and wife certainly enjoyed the hot tub.

Only weird part of our stay was the confused breakfast service. They had set up breakfast on Easter Sunday in the bar and it was confusing as all hell. (I think the normal restaurant was going to be used for a more elaborate lunch/ brunch.)

There were people waiting outside the bar area for a table, but no one seemed to be keeping any sort of a waitlist, even though there were a few tables available for seating.

We sat down and had a highly confused waitress who couldn't seem to get anything right, including dropping off menus, getting beverages or even stopping by to take an order. We were told the cappacinno machine was out of order, but fortunately a more-seasoned and effective waitress was able to sort out the mess and get us our breakfast (and a latte!) (My anecdote certainly doesn't help you decide whether this is a good place to stay, but just wanted to let you know it wasn't all smooth!)

That said it's a great hotel and would thoroughly recommend it for a leisure or business stay. Marriott apparently thinks so too because they recently bumped it up from a category 4 to a category 5!

Enjoy your cruise, if you're taking one, and you can book this hotel knowing you'll be welcomed and get a great night's sleep.

Room Tip: Ask for a runway view if you like watching plane movements.
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, 17 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such an excellent review, inspite of the challenges you experienced with breakfast service during Easter Brunch! We are delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed the services and amenities provided by the hotel. As you stated, our location is convenient to Tampa International Airport, the Cruise Terminal and Steinbrenner Field. We certainly appreciate your positive feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel on a future visit to Tampa!
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

We chose this location for the start of a Florida vacation because of its proximity to nearby spring training baseball sites. While very close to Tampa International Airport, the windows were thick and blocked all outdoor noise. The bathroom was large and included quality soap and shampoo products. The flat screen TV was large – about 42” and included some channels in HD as well as a peripheral box to allow a laptop or other device to be viewed on screen. The hotel is directly adjacent to the upscale International Shopping Plaza that included several restaurants. There’s outside access to restaurants such as Champps and Cheesecake Factory and inside the mall there are the traditional (and more affordable) food court offerings such as Sbarro and Subway. It’s just a short walk up a flight of stairs to access the mall. The outdoor pool was large and uncrowded during our stay and the hot tub was just the right temp. While there was valet parking, there was also plenty of free parking that was in a portion of the mall parking lot close by. The hotel was quiet and had an upscale feel. The only negative was the $13 daily Internet fee which we opted out of so I can’t offer my usual commentary on the quality of Internet access.

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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, 13 April 2012
We are delighted that you chose the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel as the starting point of your vacation and are pleased that you were satisfied with the services and amenities provided. As you stated, we are ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, and a martini bar with nightly entertainment. Thank you for your positive feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back on a future visit to the Tampa Bay area!
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Nashville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 7 April 2012

For business this is a slightly above average destination. The staff is very hospitable and attentive. The hotel is up to date , clean and is located next to an upscale mall.
The meeting rooms and food are good bit not exceptional. The airport shuttle is a nice perk

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled on business
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, 10 April 2012
Thank you for your positive review! We are pleased that you enjoyed the services and amenities provided by the hotel. As you stated, our location is convenient to Tampa International Airport and is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar. We appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

We recently stayed at the hotel. We are a family of 4 (11 and 13 yo) who choose to stay. We came into town for spring break before heading off to orlando for a few days of family fun. The hotel was great. Very very clean!!!The kids enjoyed the pool and hot tub. The break buffet was included with our room and was good. Staff was really friendly and we felt safe the entire time. This hotel is right near the international mall which has tone of great places to eat. We ate at the cheesecake factory and capital grill - you should try to eat at least one of them. We self-parked which was easy. My only compliant was paid wifi. Why do we still have to pay for wifi...it's 2012 for crying out loud.

Room Tip: We got upgraded for free to club level (7th and 8th) floor. This includes a lounge with free apps a...
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, 9 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your family's recent stay at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. We are delighted that you enjoyed the services and amenities provided. As you stated, our location is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Tampa!
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Great hotel. Great location. Fresh and new. Service was excellent as well. I stayed just one night for business but was very impressed with the property. Very clean, updated and stylish rooms.

I would certainly stay again. Lucked out and got a great deal via Priceline.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled on business
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, 2 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review! We are delighted that you enjoyed the services and amenities provided by the hotel. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

Me and my girlfriend stayed here my last night in Tampa after a 5 night trip, cause I needed to be close to the Airport and I can tell you right now, this might be the best Hotel in the Tampa area. Exquisite taste in every room, very nice, the beds are like Clouds, the Staff couldn't be more helpful. Bottles of Evian water waiting for you in each room? Lol. The TV was a HUGE flatscreen. TOP NOTCH and EXCELLENT LOCATION right next to Everything. Westshore is SO MUCH NICER than downtown Tampa.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, 26 March 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the services and amenities provided by the hotel. As you stated, our location is convenient to Tampa International Airport and is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel!
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

My two day stay at this hotel was excellent. Overall the hotel and the rooms were extremely clean and the staff was very friendly. Great drinks were available at Gabriella's and the Pellagio restaurant served fabulous food. The International Plaza Mall was a few short steps away from the hotel lobby and it housed both low and high end stores to accomodate most everyone's budget. The hotel was right off the highway, minutes from the airport, downtown Tampa, the Yankees training camp and a short drive to Treasure Island beach. Although moderately priced, I still plan to stay at this hotel during my next visit to Tampa.

Room Tip: Rooms facing the airport are surprisingly quiet. There was no noise from airplanes taking off or la...
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NinaH066, Guest Relations at Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel, responded to this review, 22 March 2012
Thank you for such a wonderful review! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the services and amenities provided by the hotel. As you stated, our location is convenient to everything Tampa has to offer, and is ideally located adjacent to International Plaza and Bay Street with its upscale retail stores, food court, full service restaurants, sports bars, a wine bar and a martini bar. We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to welcoming you back to the Renaissance International Plaza Hotel on your next visit to Tampa!
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Property: Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
Address: 4200 Jim Walter Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607-5778
Region: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Tampa
#3 Luxury Hotel in Tampa
#5 Green Hotel in Tampa
#7 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#19 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 293
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