City Guide: Tampa

Tampa is a city for ''twenty-somethings''.

A luminary of students life – newspaper ''Washington Square News'' – found 20 things to occupy you with in Tampa – a city of thriving outdoors. The main draw of your holiday in Tampa can be the Busch Gardens or Ybor City once famed for its Cuban cigar factories, but today home to nightclubs, bars and shops.

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City Guide: Tampa

Tampa is a city for ''twenty-somethings''.

A luminary of students life – newspaper ''Washington Square News'' – found 20 things to occupy you with in Tampa – a city of thriving outdoors. The main draw of your holiday in Tampa can be the Busch Gardens or Ybor City once famed for its Cuban cigar factories, but today home to nightclubs, bars and shops.

You can find something for yourself in Tampa – a destination for all tastes from backpackers on. Booked.net will assist you with your trip, as in a click you can book any hotel in Tampa listed with maps, photos and secure forms on site.

''Washington Square News'' was the first, but not the last to put Tampa on the maps of must-see cities for every tourist. In 2008, Tampa was ranked as the fifth best outdoor city by ''Forbes'' magazine.

Since that time tourism has contributed hugely to Tampa’s economy along with phosphate mining, citrus processing, shrimping industries and shipping. You are in the commercial and industrial hub of Western Florida, remember?

Thus, volume of shipping and resulting wastes of fabrication make the air a bit tough to breathe and Tampa Bay unsuitable for swimming. However, industrially affected Tampa is, it is the basis of its prosperity, and locals have found better places to swim like St Petersburg to the north or Clearwater to the east.

Despite industrialization, Tampa is constantly attracting new residents, therefore its population is extremely multicultural. Just imagine the ethnic mosaic includes 67.2 percent White, 26.3 percent African American, 0.6 percent American Indian and Alaska Native, 3.6 percent Asian and on. With average annual growth of approximately 97,000 residents per year the city's population hit a mark of 4 million people in 2007.

The first inhabitants of Tampa were the members of the Seminole Indian tribe that relocated there from northern Florida and the soldiers that had to control the reservation. It remained a military town until the 1880s when Tampa was boosted by immigrants from Cuba, Spain and Sicily. Today the most of Tampa's past is reflected in its architecture even though post-modern touches dominate the city. Attractions include;

- Sulphur Springs Water Tower stands 214ft (65m) tall, with a foundation 45ft (14m) deep which makes it visible from the city limits

- The Busch Gardens, an amusement park and zoo

- Tampa Museum of Art preserves collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and contemporary exhibitions

You can find a hotel a stone's throw from any of these attractions easily with the interactive map of Tampa hotels at Booked.net.

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  • Tampa Airport Marriott

    3 star hotel
    Tampa International Airport, 4200 G, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    8.2 - Excellent
    Based on 9 reviews
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    The well-equipped Tampa Airport Marriott offers beautiful accommodation conveniently located in the proximity of AirHeads Trampoline Arena, The Upper Tampa Bay Trail and Q-Zar Tampa. The building was renovated in 2011. More details

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    US$182
    per night
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  • 10150 Palm River Road, Tampa, FL, United States, 33619 (Map)
    8.4 - Exceptional
    Based on 23 reviews
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    The 3-star Fairfield Inn & Suites Tampa Brandon offers fine accommodation in Tampa. 25 minutes away from McCormick's Waterski Wakeboard and Cable Park, Skatepark of Tampa and Eureka Springs Park. More details

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    US$117
    per night
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  • 700 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602 (Map)
    7.6 - Excellent
    Based on 58 reviews
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    A striking silhouette along the Channel Riverwalk, the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina in Ybor City overlooks Tampa Bay in the heart of Downtown, located adjacent to the Tampa Convention centre. Dining options at Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel and Marina include six restaurants. More details

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    US$223
    per night
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  • Ramada Westshore Hotel

    3 star hotel
    1200 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    6.0 - Good
    Based on 42 reviews
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    The hotel Best Western The Westshore Hotel provides good lodging in Tampa. Major Tampa attractions, such as Al Lopez Park, CineBistro @ Hyde Park Village and Raymond James Stadium are located nearby. More details

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    US$67
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  • 1301 East 7Th Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33605 (Map)
    7.8 - Excellent
    Based on 53 reviews
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    Hampton Inn And Suites Ybor City is situated in the center of Tampa right next to renowned attractions, such as The David A. Straz, Jr. More details

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    US$186
    per night
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  • 3705 Spectrum Blvd, Tampa, FL, United States, 33612 (Map)
    8.0 - Excellent
    Based on 54 reviews
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    Embassy Suites Tampa - Usf/Near Busch Gardens is a 3-star property that provides visitors with an outdoor swimming pool, a ballroom. Built in 1998, the business hotel was renovated in 2005. More details

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    US$154
    per night
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  • Hyatt Place Tampa

    3 star hotel
    11408 North 30Th Street, Tampa, FL, United States, 33612 (Map)
    8.2 - Excellent
    Based on 57 reviews
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    The welcoming 3-star Hyatt Place Tampa is set in the nightlife district of Tampa. The building was renovated in 2006. More details

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    US$116
    per night
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  • 11310 North 30Th Street, Tampa, FL, United States, 33612 (Map)
    7.0 - Very good
    Based on 29 reviews
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    Holiday Inn Busch Gardens is a 3-star accommodation in the center of Tampa providing guests with a courtyard, an outdoor swimming pool. The contemporary hotel was built in 1985 and renovated in 2008. More details

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    US$110
    per night
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  • 2506 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    7.0 - Very good
    Based on 93 reviews
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    The family-friendly Sailport Waterfront Suites Hotel with its a patio, a volleyball court and BBQ facilities is a nice place to stay in historic Tampa on holiday. Since 1982, it has been a prominent hotel in the heart of Tampa. More details

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    US$109
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  • 513 S Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602 (Map)
    7.8 - Excellent
    Based on 24 reviews
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    Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center is a 4-star contemporary hotel offering spectacular views of Tampa Bay. The property is located in an entertainment of Tampa, close to SoHo, Tabanero Cigars and Splitsville. More details

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    US$261
    per night
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  • 10110 Horace Avenue Tampa; Fl 33619, Tampa, FL, United States, 33619 (Map)
    7.8 - Excellent
    Based on 14 reviews
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    The deluxe Hampton Inn Tampa Brandon is rated 3 stars and provides visitors with a fitness room, an outdoor swimming pool. Founded in 1995, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2010. More details

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    US$109
    per night
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  • 4817 W. Laurel St., Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    8.0 - Excellent
    Based on 35 reviews
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    The excellent 3-star Hampton Inn Tampa-Int'L Airport/Westshore is set in the nightlife district of Tampa. Founded in 1988, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2011. More details

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    US$129
    per night
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  • 3035 N Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    8.4 - Exceptional
    Based on 45 reviews
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    The business Hampton Inn Tampa Airport/Rocky Point offers 70 air-conditioned guest rooms as well as a cloakroom, a lift and a safe deposit box. Founded in 1998, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2011. More details

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    US$122
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  • 5628 West Water Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33634 (Map)
    7.4 - Very good
    Based on 23 reviews
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    The family Hampton Inn Tampa-Veterans Expressway is a great place in a downtown area of Tampa. Founded in 2000, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2003. More details

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    US$117
    per night
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  • 8210 Hidden River Parkway, Tampa, FL, United States, 33637 (Map)
    8.2 - Excellent
    Based on 48 reviews
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    The quiet Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa-North is rated 3 stars and provides visitors with an outdoor swimming pool, a casino. Since 1997, it has been a prominent hotel in the center of Tampa. More details

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    US$122
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  • 4500 West Cypress Street, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    6.8 - Very good
    Based on 7 reviews
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    The intimate Double Tree Westshore Hotel is placed on the beachfront. Founded in 1974, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2011. More details

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    US$126
    per night
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  • 555 North Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, FL, United States, 33609 (Map)
    6.8 - Very good
    Based on 38 reviews
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    • 1-50

    The sophisticated Embassy Suites Tampa Airport Westshore offers stylish rooms in a beach area of Tampa. Founded in 1986, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2008. More details

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    US$160
    per night
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  • Grand Hyatt

    4 star hotel
    2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    7.4 - Very good
    Based on 44 reviews
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    • 1-50

    The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay hotel is considered to be a family-friendly, providing all you need to feel comfortable. The hotel is part of a resort covering an area of 14 hectares. More details

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    US$171
    per night
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  • Chase Suite Hotels

    3 star hotel
    3075 North Rocky Point Drive East, Tampa, FL, United States, 33607 (Map)
    8.2 - Excellent
    Based on 47 reviews
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    • 1-34

    The budget 3-star Chase Suite Hotels offers non-smoking guestrooms. Major Tampa attractions, such as Countryway Golf Club, Q-Zar Tampa and Upper Tampa Bay Park are located nearby. More details

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    US$136
    per night
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  • 111 W Fortune Street, Tampa, FL, United States, 33602 (Map)
    6.4 - Good
    Based on 25 reviews
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    • 1-24

    The affordable Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk is situated in the center of Tampa right next to such attractions as Florida Aquarium, Tampa Convention Center and South Tampa. You can see Tampa Theatre, The David A. More details

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    US$82
    per night
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  • 9719 Princess Palm Avenue, Tampa, FL, United States, 33619 (Map)
    8.0 - Excellent
    Based on 18 reviews
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    • 1-26

    Residence Inn Tampa Sabal Park/Brandon is a 3-star designer hotel offering large accommodation steps away from Wat Mongkolrata Temple, AMC The Regency 20 and Boing Jump Center. Founded in 1998, the hotel underwent a complete renovation in 2012. More details

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    US$137
    per night
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  • 8210 Hidden River Parkway Tampa Fl, Tampa, FL, United States, 33637
    8.2 - Excellent
    Based on 48 reviews
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    • 1-43

    The comfortable Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa-North is a great place in a business area of Tampa. The property comprises of non-smoking rooms well-appointed with a seating area, a microwave and a sofa. More details

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    US$121
    per night
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  • 1001 N Westshore Boulevard, Tampa, Fl, 33607, Tampa, FL, United States (Map)
    8.0 - Excellent
    Based on 34 reviews
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    • 1-40

    The 3-star TAMPA MARRIOTT WESTSHORE offers fine accommodation in Tampa. The hotel is set in close vicinity of Steinbrenner Field, Raymond James Stadium and Henry B. More details

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    US$321
    per night
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  • Intercontinental Tampa

    4 star hotel
    4860 West Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, FL, United States, 33609 (Map)
    8.6 - Exceptional
    Based on 42 reviews
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    • 1-50

    The Intercontinental Tampa Hotel enjoys a prime setting in the downtown Tampa, in a convenient proximity of upscale shopping, dining and entertainment venues. More details

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    US$159
    per night
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  • 3751 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL, United States, 33612 (Map)
    8.6 - Exceptional
    Based on 110 reviews
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    Wingate By Wyndham Tampa Usf is located in an entertainment area of Tampa in close proximity to Babe Zaharias Golf Course, Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club and Grand Prix Fun Center. The hotel was built in 1999 and renovated in 2009. More details

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    US$134
    per night
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