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Where to Stay in Tampa - From Luxury in the City to Budget-Friendly Near the Parks

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The sprawling layout of Tampa means there's a wide range of accommodation available. Are you looking for a romantic bed-and-breakfast on the waterfront? Or do you want your stellar views with a side of city nightlife? Families should consider a stay near Busch Gardens, while fashionistas may want to be near the shopping action.

Downtown Tampa


This section of Tampa is ideal for travellers who want to be in the middle of the action. Tampa International Airport is a 15-minute drive, but once you're downtown, you'll have plenty of attractions to visit on foot. The area offers a range of restaurants, shops, and nightspots, and is convenient to the museums, parks, and spectacular views of Tampa Riverwalk.


Many of the hotels you'll find here will be chic and modern, and offer perks like local shuttles, grilling areas, and outdoor pools. If your morning coffee tastes best with seagulls shrieking in the background, there are several waterfront hotels in Downtown Tampa.


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Busch Gardens


Clearly the famous theme park is the reason most people flock to this area, so family friendly is the name of its game. You'll find many dining options nearby, from local barbecue joints to Italian chain restaurants. For days when the family needs to cool down, Adventure Island - 30 acres of water park fun - is across the street from Busch Gardens.


About a 30-minute drive from the airport, accommodation near Busch Gardens is planned with family vacations in mind. Most hotels will have simple decor and a laid-back vibe, though there are higher-end options with suites and piano bars. Breakfast buffets and outdoor pools are almost standard, and some hotels offer local shuttles.


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South Tampa


A stay in South Tampa places you amid some of the city's best shopping. Upscale boutiques at Hyde Park Village are a 10-minute drive, while 200 specialty stores and restaurants await at International Plaza and Bay Street, a 20-minute drive north. If you need a day off from the shops, a 25-minute drive takes you to Weedon Island Preserve for kayaking and canoeing. And the sapphire waters and bright white sands of Clearwater Beach are an hour by car.


Tampa International Airport is about a 20-minute drive from South Tampa, and many hotels offer airport shuttles. Most locations provide no-fuss accommodation, with pools and continental breakfasts easy to come by.


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