In this post I’ll detail a trip report to the InterContinental Tampa. We recently returned from a short trip to Tampa where we stay there for 1 night.
Check In / Lobby
The hotel was fairly busy the weekend we stayed at the hotel, apparently there was a “Buy American Real Estate” convention. The lobby was well decorated and modern. We stayed on points, and as a Royal Ambassador I asked the check in person what benefits would be provided and the associate suggested a welcome amenity, late check out, an upgrade and free mini bar beverages. This was a surprise because mini bar privileges are not supposed to be provided on award stays, but we rolled with her suggestion and the free Patron and martinis!
The check in process was quick and we were upgraded to a nice corner suit. The suite had a nice sitting area, large bathroom to the right, and a bedroom accessible from the bathroom and sitting room. A neat trick to battle the Florida heat is to work the InCom thermostat VIP code trick I described here and here to override the thermostat control making the room colder.
The hotel is situated on a fairly busy corner for Tampa, on the corner of West Shore and Kennedy about 5 minutes from the airport. The benefit of the location is it is just across the street from one of the Tampa malls and a few restaurants are near by. We went to the Seasons 52 across the street and really enjoyed it. Parking is not free at this hotel, but at the back of the hotel you can park for free in the Urban Parking Center spaces with no problems.
The hotel is definitely worth visiting if you are in town for a short visit and need a place to stay near the city or airport. I’m not sure it was worth the points since you can easily pick up a low $100 rate at this hotel, but the free mini-bar access definitely helped make up the difference.