Hotels & Cruises in Tampa

by Lisa Fritscher

The Port of Tampa is the largest port in the state of Florida, although much of the port is dedicated to commercial shipping. The cruise port has three terminals that serve four major cruise lines. The port area is close to the Channelside shopping and dining area, and an easy streetcar ride from Tampa’s historic district, Ybor City. Some hotels near the port offer special rates or package deals for cruisers.

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Tampa Marriott Waterside

The Tampa Marriott Waterside is the closest hotel to the port, just steps from Channelside. Amenities include evening turndown service, a concierge desk, a car rental desk, a fitness center and rooftop pool, a full-service spa and a marina. All guest rooms feature HDTVs with premium cable, feather beds, bathtubs and sitting areas with a chair and ottoman. Suites offer additional living space with a sleeper sofa. High-speed Internet access is available for a fee. The hotel has six restaurants and bars.

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk

The Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk is one mile from the cruise terminal on the Hillsborough River near the City Market shopping and entertainment plaza. Hotel amenities include free wireless Internet, an outdoor pool, concierge service and a fitness center. Guest rooms feature balconies, cable TV and premium bedding. The pet-friendly hotel has dog beds available on request. A full-service restaurant and lounge are on site. The Sheraton's cruise and parking package includes a full American breakfast for two, round-trip shuttle service to the cruise terminal and parking for the duration of your cruise.

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District

Located in the heart of historic Ybor City, the Hilton Garden Inn offers a “Park, Snooze and Cruise” package that includes one night’s stay, five nights of parking and a full American breakfast. Hotel amenities include a pool and fitness center, a business center with free printing services, and a convenience store. Guest rooms provide microwave ovens and full-size refrigerators, ergonomic desk chairs, 32-inch HDTVs and granite countertops.

Hampton Inn and Suites Tampa Ybor City

Located in Ybor City, one mile from the cruise terminal, the Hampton Inn and Suites provides complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius of the hotel. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, heated pool, business center and free wireless Internet access. Guest rooms feature lap desks, plush bedding and curved shower rods. Some rooms offer full-size refrigerators, wet bars and separate sitting areas.

About the Author

Lisa Fritscher is a freelance writer specializing in disabled adventure travel. She spent 15 years working for Central Florida theme parks and frequently travels with her disabled father. Fritscher's work can be found in both print and online mediums, including VisualTravelTours.com. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Florida.

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