700 S Florida Ave., Tampa, FL 33602
More in this neighborhood: Downtown Tampa
This 3-star waterfront hotel sits directly in downtown Tampa within a mile of the University of Tampa, the Straz Center for Performing Arts and many hotspots for local music talent. The 27-floor building has 719 recently renovated rooms, including 36 suites, some of which are waterfront, with wi-fi available in every room. The luxury hotel boasts three restaurants, a spa, valet parking, fitness center, pool and a 32-slip full service marina. During major events like Gasparilla, the lobby and bar area are a buzz of activity. Its rooftop pool is an oasis open to the public if they patronize its bar.