As we stayed in Florida, we checked out the Bay Harbor Hotel in Tampa, in a complex that also includes Beach Bar and Restaurant as a good dining option. If you are traveling say, to Busch Gardens or The Florida Aquarium, this hotel is an excellent choice, and I am going to tell you about our stay.
Location, Location, Location
Even though Tampa is on the bay, there are not a lot of hotels that have their own beachfront, and this is one of those, right in the middle of a trip between Busch Gardens and St Petersburg. That way you can go anywhere and be a short drive distance to wherever you want to go. (20 – 40 minutes to every attraction)
The Room: The room is cozy and complete. And the view is gorgeous. In order for you to have a better feel of it, we did a room tour video. (Note we did it after we saw the view and we´ve already taken a little nap and settled in, so pardon the mess)
As you can see, the view is gorgeous, and it is very convenient if you are renting a car. It may be a little farther if you are not planning on renting one, so take notice of that before deciding.
- The Bar is great, as I already reviewed; but, on the weekends the music can get very loud. I´d recommend you to ask for a room farther from the bar.
- Private Beach area
- Swimming Pool
- Free Parking for guests
You can also rent kayaks, jetskis and boats at the front desk and enjoy the waters of the Bay.
Who would I recommend Bay Harbor Hotel to?
- For Couples: if you are on a honeymoon, anniversary or just traveling together, it is indeed a very romantic place. Ask for a beachside view!
- For Families: The rooms are big and comfortable, you have everything you need from activities, to good food, the pool and the beach. But make sure you go with a car in that case.
- Groups of friends: It has the beach and the cool bar. You will probably spend little time in the room, so you won´t need the beachside view. You can ask for non view rooms.
As you can see it is a great option for travelers with transportation.