Tampa, Florida Hotels Near the Airport

by Cicely A. Richard

Tampa International Airport is located approximately six miles from Tampa’s central business district. This Florida airport has an on-site hotel, Tampa Airport Marriott. Within five miles of the airport, Tampa features hotels near businesses and shopping centers. Most provide transportation to and from the airport. Tampa International serves as a hub for Gulfstream International Airlines and Southwest Airlines and offers 71 nonstop flights.

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Tampa International Airport Hotel

Tampa Airport Marriott is inside the airport, connected by a third-level walkway from the terminal to the hotel lobby. The hotel features a rotating rooftop restaurant that offers views of the Tampa skyline. Hotel amenities include a concierge desk, room service from 6 a.m. to midnight and an outdoor pool. Gold’s Gym is approximately four miles from the property. Guestrooms have triple-pane soundproof windows and cable television. The Marriott charges a fee for wired and wireless Internet access.

Pet-Friendly Hotels

Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore, three miles from the airport, offers free shuttle service to the airport and the surrounding area. The hotel is also three miles from Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Sheraton’s lobby features tropical plants, and guests may bring pets up to 50 lb. at no additional charge. A fee is charged for Internet access in the business center and guestrooms. Select rooms have sofa beds. La Quinta Inn Tampa Bay Airport is less than a mile from the airport, and International Plaza and Bay Street is across the street. International Plaza has more than 200 shops and open-air restaurants. The hotel accepts pets up to 25 lb. at no additional charge. La Quinta provides airport shuttle service and has an outdoor pool. All rooms get free wireless Internet access.

AAA Three Diamond Hotels

Hyatt Place Tampa Airport/Westshore is three miles from the airport and six miles from downtown. The hotel provides airport shuttle service. One mile from the hotel, Westshore Plaza contains clothing stores, restaurants and a movie theater. On-site hotel amenities include a 24-hour convenience store, a 24-hour fitness center and an outdoor pool. Guestrooms feature 42-inch flat-panel HDTV with high-definition channels, games and music. Doubletree Hotel Tampa Westshore Airport is less than two miles from the airport and offers 24-hour airport shuttle. Guests get fresh-baked cookies when they register. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection recognizes Doubletree as a Green Lodging Certified facility. Hotel amenities include babysitting services, children’s menus, the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market and a gift shop. Select suites have boardrooms with 52-inch HDTV wired conference tables for business presentations.

Extended-Stay Hotels

Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport-Westshore is in the Westshore Business District, approximately two miles from the airport. The hotel’s website provides a downloadable grocery shopping list; staff will purchase the items before guests check in, and the grocery bill is then added to the hotel bill. Homewood Suites allows pets up to 75 lb. for a nonrefundable fee and provides pet walking services. All suites have fully equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerator, two-burner stove, dishwasher and microwave. Extended Stay Deluxe-Tampa-Airport is three miles from both the airport and Raymond James Stadium. The hotel allows one pet per guestroom for a daily cleaning fee of $25. Extended Stay Deluxe provides weekly room cleaning; guests are charged a fee for additional cleaning. Guestrooms have kitchens with refrigerator, microwave, stove top and dishwasher. The hotel charges a weekly fee for Internet access.

About the Author

Based in Tucson, Ariz., Cicely A. Richard has been writing since 1996. Her articles have been published in the “Arizona Daily Star” newspaper and “ForeWord Magazine.” Richard earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and journalism from Louisiana State University. .

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