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Tampa is the largest city in the Tampa Bay area on Florida’s west coast. Tampa boasts both a large number of business travelers and tourists. Tourists are attracted to the city for a number of reasons, the biggest being the sub-tropical climate and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico beaches. Most of the other top reasons for such a large tourist industry are also related to outdoors activities including the Busch Gardens theme park, Lowry Park Zoo, and Hillsborough River State Park. Tampa is also a center for shopping with several top malls. Business travelers arrive to Tampa for MacDill Air Force Base, as well as a number of financial institutions and headquarters of Fortune 500 corporations. Because visitors to Tampa are so numerous and diverse, hotels range from motels to luxury 4-diamond hotels. The luxury accommodations in Tampa are all so spectacular it is impossible to name a single Tampa area hotel as the best. In no particular order, here are the top three:

Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel

4200 Jim Walter Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
Reservations: 800-644-2685
Phone: 813-877-9200
Fax: 813-877-3000

The Renaissance is located in the heart of the city’s shopping district, just outside one major high-end mall, International Plaza, and near another, Westshore Mall. Westshore also is home to Tampa’s largest business district outside of downtown. The style of the hotel is a glamorous and luxurious blend of Mediterranean and Cuban. Reds and yellow play over hand-painted tiles and Italian crystal, giving the hotel the look of a European mansion. Guest dining is provided by one of the finest restaurants in the city – Pelagia Trattoria. The Pelagia features an open-air kitchen and serves exquisite Italian cuisine.

Intercontinental Tampa

4860 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33609
Phone: 866-915-1557
Fax: 813-286-4053

The Intercontinental takes the prize for being the most sophisticated Tampa area hotel. Service is efficient, professional, and courteous. Guests include both travelers for business and pleasure. The hotel is located in the Westshore district and is near both downtown and the Tampa Convention Center. The airport is also only 3 miles away. Guest rooms are decorated in the ultra soothing colors of the blues and sands and include 32” LCD TVs and pillow-top mattresses. Dining options include Shula’s Steak House for a full meal, No Name Lounge for drinks and appetizers, and Caffe for coffee, snacks, and sandwiches.

Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn

1915 Republica de Cuba, Tampa, FL 33605
at 14th St. and 9th Ave.
Reservations: 866-206-4545
Phone: 813-241-4545
Fax: 813-241-6104

Don Vicente de Ybor takes the award for being the most romantic Tampa area hotel. This is one of the few true boutique hotels in the city. Only 16 guest rooms are available among elegant decorations that include Persian rugs and rich, hardwood furniture. Four-poster beds with canopies are the center of the rooms. Guests can sink into the beds and cover themselves with the luxurious down comforters. Complimentary breakfast is provided each morning while dinner can be purchased in an elegant dining room of polished wood, brick and antique chandeliers. Drinks can be had in the underground lounge, often referred to as an old-time speak easy. Last but not least is the Grand Salon – an elegant room for relaxation amid artifacts from around the world.

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