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Over the holiday break, we had the chance to try out the Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection in South Tampa, Florida. This hotel is a smaller boutique hotel across the street from one of our favorite restaurants, Bern’s Steak House. The hotel is Category 5 and we stayed on points. At the time of booking, the going rate was about $450 per night plus tax for the classic king room. Here are my thoughts on the property and our stay.
Hotel Review Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection
The hotel offers valet only which is a little annoying as the line to valet would get backed up during peak times. The cost to park overnight was $20 which was not terrible.
The lobby was smaller but, nicely decorated for the holidays. It has a wine theme as there is a bottle shop attached to it.
We were escorted quickly to our room without having to do the normal check in process. When we walked though the lobby, we were offered wine, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Rose. Each of us received a small complementary pour.
We asked if there was a Platinum upgrade possible but, we’re denied stating that the hotel was fully committed. Our first room was a very small Classic king with no view to speak of. We were only staying for 1 night so we didn’t care very much. But, we had our 2 young children with us, so when we called to ask about rollaway beds (2 needed) the front desk attendant nicely offered us a room with 2 queens. Apparently, there was one left that she was able to switch us into.
Our second room was much bigger, a 2 queen corner room. It was much more comfortable for our family.
Again, no view to be complementary about here.
For breakfast, we were offered complementary continental breakfast for 2 or points. We asked for breakfast, but wanted it for all 4 and they nicely accommodated the request.
The breakfast was fantastic! You were able to get continental breakfast (coffee, juice, croissant or toast and fruit) for $8 or the certificate would give you $8 towards any entree. We ordered 2 classic breakfasts $14 (eggs, meat of choice, potatoes or grits and English muffin) and 2 continental breakfasts and we had plenty of food for all 4 of us.
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Overall, our stay here was nice. I wouldn’t not recommend it for someone who is looking for a quiet and peaceful stay with a view. There is little to no view to speak of at this hotel. The walls are also pretty thin, so it wasn’t the quietest stay I’ve had. Our second room was right next to the Crosstown expressway which was also quiet noisy with cars zooming by, if that type of noise bothers you. I would recommend this hotel for people who might be looking to go out in S. Tampa to a nice dinner, drinking, etc. This location is really good for that and the hotel itself was nice enough and had a good vibe.