905 N Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
More in this neighborhood: Downtown Tampa
Looking up, it's a visual smorgasbord: shimmering chandeliers, ornate gilded wrought-iron balustrades and immense white and gold-trimmed drapes Scarlett O'Hara could have made a whole wardrobe out of. But the best is the ceiling, hand-painted medallions and cupids and scrolled crests that nearly take your breath away. The food at the hotel’s Crystal Dining Room is tasty but a bit incongruous, very homey Greek dishes like sturdy moussaka and spanakopita, as well as a housemade galaktoboureko, which is one of the loveliest, most homemade-tasting desserts around, a lush, creamy custard enfolded in the gentle embrace of brittle, paper-thin, buttery phyllo.
Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.