Historical Traveller Reviews of InterContinental Hotel
Very happy with our stay
We recently stayed at the Intercontinental in Tampa and were very happy with our stay. The hotel is very modern having recently been renovated. There is free parking in a multi-story car park next to the hotel. We had a standard king bed room which was immaculate and quiet. The room had a flat screen television and free wi fi. There were very nice toiletries in the tasteful bathroom and good quality towels. When we entered the room for the first time a relaxation cd was playing which was a nice touch. The room had a safe and tea and coffee making facilities. A bathrobe and towels were provided for guest use. Each night there is a turn down service including chocolates on your pillow. We found the staff to be helpful and polite. We enjoyed drinks and food at Shula's bar in the hotel. The hotel is well located near two nice shopping malls. The one just across the street has a cinema and several good restaurants. The hotel is close to the airport but there was no aircraft noise in the room. The hotel has a rooftop pool but it is very small and therefore the leisure facilities are limited. Although the hotel appears to cater primarily for business guests we enjoyed staying there on holiday. We enjoyed exploring the area around Tampa including the coast and seeing some Manatees. I also particularly liked visiting the Ringling Museum in Sarasota and the Henry Plant Museum in Tampa.
Wonderful Time at the InterContinental
My family (husband, and two sons 9 and 12) spent a weekend at the InterContinental while in town for a family wedding. The location couldn't have been more convenient as it was minutes from the airport, close to the Causeway to Clearwater, and across the street from a lovely mall. The room was gorgeous, immaculate, and distinctively decorated. The beds may have been among the most comfortable I have ever slept in. The staff was gracious enough to put us on the same floor as the pool since we had children with us. The parking was free, covered, and easily accessible. There is a Shula's steak house in the building, as well as an illys coffee shop. This hotel was recently renovated, in fact there is still some renovations ongoing, but nothing that affected our stay. Note that this hotel is connected to an office building, our room overlooked an atrium shared by the offices. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this hotel for vacationing families, it's more geared toward the business person. We just happen to enjoy superior hotels, and since our main purpose for being in Tampa was a wedding and related festivities, this was a good choice for us.
Not Great but Not Terrible
My wife and I stayed here from Wed. Feb 20th - Sunday February 24th. I had business in Tampa on Th. the 21st so I brought my wife with me so that we could spend the weekend in Tampa Bay. I lived in Tampa in the mid 90's so I am familiar with the area and knowing the location of this recently renovated hotel I figured it would be best for my business and keep us centrally located, close to beaches, nightlife and airport.
In a sentence this hotel is strictly a business hotel and the renovations are not 100% completed. We stayed on the 4th floor and our room was right next to the elevators. Overall the room was clean but noisy being next to the elevators. We asked to be moved to a room not so close and they put us in a room in a corner with a smaller bed and less room so back we went to the first room we were in and put up with the noise for the weekend. Not terrible but for the price I would expect a little bit more. They were relatively friendly about the whole ordeal but they could have been more accomodating as I know the hotel was not sold out.
Positives of hotel:
1. Free wireless
2. Relatively clean
3. Free self parking (valet will cost you)
4. Great location for business travelers (close to airport and downtown, as well as good restaurants)
Negatives of hotel:
1. Maid service was not great. Missed are room one day and we had to call down to complain. Sloppy job in making up our room all other times.
2. There is nothing going on in the hotel except for a few people at Shula's bar.
3. Shula's steakhouse was a great disappointment in my mind. I did not like the food and felt the service was not up to par.
4. The lobby and inside of the hotel for that matter is not very enticing. Very blah and boring.
Bottom line in my opinion: You can do better in Tampa put this hotel down on your list but ok place to stay if you can't find anything else downtown.
Things not to miss if your in the area:
- Ft. DeSoto Park (beautiful beach)
- Cleawater Beach (touristy but nice walking beach)
- Old Hyde Park Village (shopping - chain stores)
- The University of Tampa (great campus)
- Bayshore Blvd. for a walk or jog
- Ybor City (if you like nightlife, occasional trouble in that area)
- Spring Training (Yankees, Phillies, Rays, BlueJays etc.)
Heaven in Tampa!!!
I absolutely loved this hotel!!! I stayed for only 1 night out of my 3 night stay in Tampa and I'm sad I didn't discover this awesome hotel sooner! I got a great AAA rate and was there on a Friday night. I think I got such a great rate because this hotel is located in the Westshore area of Tampa, reserved mostly for business travelers. My room was very nicely decorated in dark wood and blue fabrics and very good-sized with a huge king sized bed- (I had to hop onto it because it was so high and piled with lots of pillows), a desk and a lounge chair & ottoman. There is a huge flat screen TV on the dresser, and the dresser itself housed the honor bar as well as the coffee maker. The bathroom was nicely appointed and felt like a bathroom at home, with a nice dark wood vanity. After I checked in, I changed and went up to the rooftop pool. The weather was perfect so I spend a few hours up there lounging in the sun (this pasty Midwesterner has missed the sun this winter!). The pool itself is pretty small, but adequate, as this doesn't really seem like a hotel with a huge pool crowd. After burning myself to a nice shade of lobster red, I went back down to my room, showered and went down to the 4 computers they have in the lobby area to research area restaurants for dinner. There is a pretty good sized mall right across the street from the hotel and they have a lot of good restaurant options. When I returned after dinner, I came into my room and heard soft music playing and was utterly confused. Upon entering my room fully, I see that the shades have been drawn, my robe and slippers have been laid out for me, my bed has been turned down and there are 2 chocolates on my pillow. I was very pleasantly surprised as I didn't realize they had turn-down service! The bed was very, very comfortable and I had a great night's sleep. The next morning I went to work out at the fitness center. The hotel is in a huge office building built in a courtyard style, so the fitness room looked into the center of the courtyard. There were plenty of treadmills, a few ellipticals, some bikes and weights. The cardio machines had TV monitors built in and there are towels, bottles of water and headphones available. The hotel has a coffee shop in the lobby, as well as a full service restaurant, but I opted to walk across the street to the Panera to grab some breakfast. I packed up and got on the free shuttle to the airport (they run on the 1/2 hour) and was very sad to leave the hotel!
All in all, this is one of the nicest hotels I've stayed at in a long time. There is such attention to detail here and you can tell the main focus is to make the guest as comfortable as possible. I HIGHLY recommend the Intercontinental Hotel and will definitely be back if my travels ever take me back to Tampa.
I previously stayed at this hotel for a seminar, Oct 2006 and that following December my company booked rooms for our Christmas party here. I refused to stay and booked myself and 3 staff members at a local marriot instead. This year I was assured the hotel had been renovated and was much nicer. That was an understatement, the rooms were completely redone and there was nere a trace of the old Wyndham thank goodness. I quite enjoyed seeing the pics from another poster for the corner rooms. They were previously dreadful and now I want to go back and stay in the new ones.
Stayed at the Intercontinental on business and was very impressed. The staff is friendly and efficient. Furnishings in the room were of very high quality, with thick towels and nice bed linens. The room was also spotless. On checkout, a minor issue with the bill was quickly and courteously resolved. Free parking is a real bonus, and the location of the hotel is excellent. Highly recommended.
Top of the Line
Very nice and pleasant stay. Great rooms with all the bells and whistles. Highly Recommended to anyone staying in Tampa.
Best value I got in the states.
As has been said before, this is a really nice, newly renovated hotel with friendly motivated staff. The rooms are spotless and offer everything you might ask for. They got flat screens and a big variety of channels to choose from. Plus you can plug everything from ipods to notebooks into the TV. Some rooms even have a alarm clock radio where you can plug your mp3 player in – if like me you are to lazy to confront yourself with all the technology. There also is a rooftop pool and a small but well equipped gym. The hotel is conveniently close to the airport (they have a free shuttle) but you never hear a plane in the rooms. Tampa centre is only a short drive away. If you want you can even jump on the highway just a few blocks from the hotel and you are there even faster. International Plaza, also a short drive away, offers excellent shopping. You can have breakfast at Shula’s steak house right next to the lobby. The buffet breakfast (w/ free flow of coffee and orange juice) looked OK but I opted for steak and egg breakfast. The beef was EXCELLENT and is not to be missed – of course also available for dinner.
I stayed here twice and on both occasions I was upgraded to one of there junior corner suites although I had reserved the cheapest room rate (about 130$ incl taxes). These rooms have a sleeping room and a separate living room (no door in-between). The flat screen in the living area is even bigger than the one in the bedroom. The view from these rooms is also really nice.
On the first occasion I was placed in a standard room by mistake. So I can say that these rooms, too, would have been very good value for money. After a call to reception they offered me to change rooms and immediately made up for their mistake by sending a huge fruit plate and a few bottles of water up to my new room. Also at one occasion the internet in my room did not work properly and had to be fixed. But I still give this hotel the top rating for its friendly staff, the good value for money and the superb equipment of the rooms.
Very comfortable place to stay. Convenient and quiet with all the amenities. Staff is friendly and helpful. Parking was easy and free and the hotel is in a great location.
My only complaint about the place is that the bar is basically in the lobby, is ALWAYS crowded, and is loud. If you want a quiet bar in the hotel to sit , relax, have a drink and eat dinner, this probably isn't the hotel. Also, be forewarned... because the restaurant there is a nice and well-known steakhouse, there really isn't any such thing as a "quick bite" in the restaurant, either.
Awesome Makeover---new favorite for Tampa
They did more than add a paint job to the former Wyndham! The new InterContinental is hip without being pretentious. The rooms are fabulous. The location still feels rather business-like (many rooms look into an office courtyard!) yet could easily be mistaken for a new-hip boutique hotel. Free wireless in the room worked great for me and the Hi-Def Flat Screen TVS with HD reception and hookups for all your personal electronic gadgets is really nice touch. We stay in Tampa a lot and I can honestly say this is the new go-to hotel as it beats the socks off the Marriott, Hyatt, and Westin Harbor Island.
Top Local Tips for Tampa
Stay somewhere else...
Seriously, take my advice. Stay elsewhere to enjoy your trip to Tampa.
Lots of Choices
Steaks = The Palm (across from hotel), Shula's (in hotel), Berns Steakhouse (less than 4 miles) ..... BUT, a must while in Tampa is The Columbia (oldest restaurant in the State) - great Cuban/Spanish Food. The original is in Ybor City - but for a more elegant locale try St. Petersburg Pier location. Chicken w/Yellow Rice or Paella are both excellent!
STAY ANYWHERE ELSE!
Try the Holiday Inn Express in New Tampa, same size rooms but they don't smell and the staff is fabulous!