Motels in Tampa

by Mark Heidelberger Google

Tampa, Florida, offers a number of comfortable, affordable motels that provide easy access to the beach, downtown and the Tampa International Airport. These motels are especially attractive to out-of-towners who want the dependability and predictability of nationally recognized, brand-name chains. Amenities and services are often basic, but close proximity to highways and attractions make these motels a solid, practical choice for visitors operating on a budget.

Howard Johnson Hotel Tampa Airport/Stadium

The Howard Johnson Tampa Airport/Stadium is within walking distance to Raymond James Stadium, home of the Buccaneers, as well as Legends Field, where the New York Yankees hold their annual spring training. Guests make use of an outdoor swimming pool, complimentary breakfast bar, high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the property, and a free shuttle that runs to the airport and back every hour between 5:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. In addition, short-term parking for cars, trucks and RVs is provided at no extra charge. Dining options on site include the Longhorn Steakhouse and Thai Terrace Restaurant. Each spacious guest room is outfitted with a microwave, fridge and private safe. Also, pets are welcome to stay for an additional nightly fee.

La Quinta Inn Tampa Bay Airport

The 121-room La Quinta Inn Tampa Bay Airport sits across the street from the International Mall and is convenient to area attractions like the Florida Aquarium and WestShore Plaza. Property amenities include an outdoor swimming pool with sun deck, airport shuttle operating from 4:45 a.m. to 12:45 a.m. daily, and a 500-square-foot meeting facility for business travelers. Guests enjoy a free continental breakfast with eggs, waffles and fresh fruit, while several lunch and dinner options are right across the street, like The Cheesecake Factory and Blue Martini Restaurant & Bar. Both smoking and nonsmoking room are available, all with irons and boards, cable TV and data-port phones. Additionally, discounts are available for seniors, government employees and AAA cardholders.

Motel 6 Tampa Downtown

The Motel 6 Tampa Downtown is situated about midway between Vandenberg Airport and Tampa International Airport, while attractions such as Busch Gardens and the Museum of Science and Industry are only three miles away. The property features a swimming pool, guest laundry, unlimited morning coffee and free outdoor parking. For meals, restaurants such as the Jerk Hut Jamaican Grille and Shanghai Express are just a short drive down Fowler Avenue. Standard room amenities are basic, including cable TV with premium channels, direct-dial phones with free local calling and Wi-Fi access for a small daily fee. Handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request. Check-in by an adult 18 years of age or older is required, but any children with them stay free.

Super 8 Tampa

The Super 8 Tampa is conveniently located off I-275 in close proximity to Adventure Island, University Square Mall, Lowry Park Zoo and the Tampa Bay International Indoor & Outdoor Flea Markets. Guests have access to property amenities like a year-round outdoor pool and coin laundry facility, while knowledgeable staff assist out-of-towners in navigating the area. Bus and RV parking is limited, and pets are only allowed in designated rooms for an extra charge. A light breakfast is served adjacent to the lobby each morning, while restaurants like the Proud Lion and DJ's Seafood are right down the street. Standard single or double rooms are available, as well as two-room suites with microwaves and mini-fridges. Redeem Wyndham Rewards points here for free stays.

About the Author

Mark Heidelberger has been writing for more than 22 years, from articles and short stories to novels and screenplays. He is a consummate foodie, loves to travel and has run several businesses, all of which influence his work. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA.