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Like any Florida resort area, Tampa and its surrounding environs are brimming with lodging options. People visit the area for a variety of reasons - from a short, romantic weekend at the beach to an extended family vacation to a business trip – so the area boasts hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, inns, and other accommodations that are appropriate for each visit, no matter the reason.
Visitors who have a preference for a certain hotel chain will probably be able to find that particular brand. Most major lower- to mid-priced chains – like Hilton, Sheraton, Marriott, Holiday Inn, Comfort, Best Western, Days Inn and all their subsidiaries – can be found in the Tampa Metro Area. You'll also find a number of upscale hotel options in the area as well, including Hyatt, Radisson, Wyndham, and others – offering business and leisure travelers a bit more luxury at a higher price.
If, however, you prefer the small Mom-and-Pop establishments typical in many beach communities, you won't be disappointed. Many frequent Tampa area visitors have favorite small motels and hotels that they return to each year, preferring the familiarity of a family-owned establishment to the formalities of a large chain hotel/motel. They may not boast as many amenities as the larger accommodations, but most are clean and welcoming and often quite close to the beach.
Downtown Tampa hotels are geared more towards business travelers. They offer amenities that such travelers need, including room service, wireless internet, fax services, fitness facilities, and a variety of other business-related items to meet the needs of their busy clients. Many beach area hotels also offer these amenities but attract more of a leisure clientele. Smaller motels may just offer basic amenities such as a pool and fitness room.
While you won't find the same sort of Bed and Breakfast and historic or country inn presence in Tampa as you would in perhaps the New England states, there are a number of good B&B/inn establishments in the metro area, particularly in historic Ybor City, where the atmosphere is decidedly Cuban and quite lively. Of particular note is the historic Don Vincente de Ybor Inn, with its grand carved-wood bar and tastefully appointed rooms. There are also several B&Bs in St. Pete Beach, many located near the water.
Some Tampa area hotels have established a reputation as being among the best in the area. Reasons vary. For some, it's their exemplary service offered by a dedicated staff that sees to the guest's every whim. For others, it's their exceptional accommodations, fine restaurants, or proximity to attractions or beaches. Here's a list of just a few of the finest.