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A Former Courthouse is Now Back in Session, This Time as Le Méridien Tampa

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  Site Where: 601 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL, 33602
July 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM | by | ()

Le Meridien Tampa gets serious about courting its guests, debuting in this massive former courthouse. But rest assured, those unpaid parking tickets will not be added to your bill.

Climbing the monumental steps of a courthouse can make anyone a bit queasy. However, when those same steps lead to the grand entrance of a hotel, unease turns into excitement. And that's now what we're experiencing looking at these new photos of the just opened Le Méridien Tampa, inside a former Federal courthouse in downtown.

We’re seeing a rise in Federal buildings becoming adopted and adapted into a hotel (example: Trump Hotels has overtaken a post office in Washington DC, and Drury Hotels is converting a Federal Reserve building in Pittsburgh.) Courthouses have many opportunities, and challenges, for re-use as hotels. Here's how Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture made the transformation from landmark 1905 courthouse to hotel at the Le Méridien Tampa.

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Mitt Romney's Unofficial Headquarters in Tampa is the Marriott Waterside Hotel

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  Site Where: 700 South Florida Ave [map], Tampa, FL, United States, 33602
August 29, 2012 at 9:03 AM | by | ()

Last night was a big night for Mitt Romney as he officially accepted the GOP's nomination for president. So how did he celebrate? Well, we don't know the specifics but it probably went down at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa which according to the NY Times is now "Camp Romney."

Mitt and his wife, Ann, are staying in a suite at the 719-room hotel as are their siblings. Word is they are strolling the halls spontaneously hugging people who sports "friends and family" Marriott tags.

Much like when we found out Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, stayed at a Fairfield Inn before his announcement, we're not surprised that Mitt and co. are in a Marriott. After all, he served on the board. (We have a feeling we'll be saying that a lot in the upcoming months.)

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InterContinental Tampa Sizzles With Hot Deal During Hottest Months

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  Site Where: 4860 West Kennedy Boulevard [map], Tampa, fl, United States, 33609
April 7, 2009 at 4:06 PM | by | ()

While summertime in Tampa, Florida is hot as hell, so are the hotel rates at the InterContinental Tampa hotel. The nearly two-year old luxury hotel is offering a "Buy One, Get One" (BOGO) free deal where guests can pay as little as $159 for two nights. The BOGO package also includes a disposable camera and a 5x7 picture frame, "so guests can document their fabulous summer escape to Tampa."

We have to say this is a pretty unreal deal for an Intercontinental Hotel, even when you're down their sweating your huevos rancheros off. BOGO! And especially when you consider that part of the luxury of living in the free world is that you are indeed free to blast in-room air conditioning at no extra cost. However some things to beware of are its location inside an office building that's close to the airport, say TripAdvisor reviewers. The pool is also kind of small.

The deal lasts from May 1 through September 30, 2009. Just in time for most of the rest of the country to start getting cold again! BOGO! (Sorry, this marketing term is growing on us.)

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Red Roof Inns in Tampa Have Special Rates for HotelChatter Readers

January 26, 2009 at 8:50 AM | by | ()

Still looking for a room for Super Bowl XLII? Well, since you are a reader of HotelChatter you are in luck. Three Red Roof Inns in Tampa Bay area have offered our readers a special discount. Mention "HotelChatter.com" when you call the hotel directly to get these discounts. This special HotelChatter Reader Deal is available at the following locations:

· Red Roof Tampa/Brandon(13.5 miles from stadium): $159 + tax per night after discount; Call 813-681-8484 to book.
· Red Roof Fairgrounds (10 miles from stadium): $189 + tax per night after discount; Call 813-623-5245 to book.
· Red Roof Busch Gardens (8 miles from stadium): $189 + tax per night after discount; Call 813-932-0073 to book.

A Red Roof rep assures us these rates are lower than other internet rates like Expedia (at least $10 less.) Fail or a Success? Let us know if you end up booking rooms at these hotels and how it all worked out.

Know of a hotel room open for Super Bowl? Tell us where right here.

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Embassy Suites Near Tampa Airport Has Rooms Open for Super Bowl

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  Site Where: 555 N Westshore Blvd [map], Tampa Bay, fl, United States, 33609
January 20, 2009 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Know of a hotel room open for Super Bowl? Tell us where right here.

Another day, another hotel has rooms open for Super Bowl XLIII. Today it's the Embassy Suites Tampa Airport/Westshore with availability. A rep from the hotel contacted us to say that the hotel currently has 25 rooms open for the Big Game.

While many hotels we've covered are further outside of Tampa, this one is two miles from Tampa Stadium. But that proximity is going to cost ya.

The required stay is 1/29-2/2/09 and the rate is $1,050 per night.

At that rate and with the three-night minimum, your total will come out to $3,150. The hotel does have a restaurant on-site, as well as cooked-to-order breakfasts and a nightly manager's reception that serves snacks and drinks. So we suggest splitting that rate and the two-room suites with a couple of friends.

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Hotel Rooms Still Open for Cardinals and Steelers Fans

January 19, 2009 at 10:06 AM | by | ()

It's official--the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers will be facing off against each other in this years Super Bowl XLIII. Since Steelers fans are crazy towel-waving fans and since Arizona has never made the Super Bowl before, the race is on for hotel rooms in Tampa Bay. Here are a couple openings that we've learned about:

· Barefoot Beach Resort: Located about 35 minutes from the stadium, this resort has a quaint full-sized condo available for $259 a night but there is a four-night minimum.

· Hotels.com: The booking site has a whole bunch of options available for the Super Bowl. Most are in St. Petersburg but in Tampa there are some La Quinta Inns and Red Roof Inns available in the $200+ range.

· Omni Orlando at Championsgate: Yes, this hotel is in Orlando which is about an hour away from Tampa (probably more considering traffic) but if you want to make it a real Floridian vacation you can go to Disney World after the Super Bowl. Hopefully, your team's QB will be going there too. Rates start at $289 $249 a night and there's a sports bar inside the hotel called David's Club.

Know of any hotel rooms still open for Super Bowl XLIII? Keep us informed.

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Step Right Up and Get Your Super Bowl Hotel Rooms Here

January 15, 2009 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

It's Super Bowl Hotel Season again. While Jaunted has you covered on actually getting to Tampa, we are rounding up the hotel rooms that are still open. Got a hotel room? Let us know where and for how much.

Yesterday we rounded up three hotel option in the Tampa Bay area and it turns out, there are even more hotel rooms left. While some of you aren't quite sure if you team is going to actually be in the Super Bowl, we do advise booking your room the minute, no wait, the second that your team makes it. These open rooms will start to go fast once the two teams are locked down.

· DoubleTree Beach Resort: This DoubleTree is located in North Reddington Beach, between Clearwater and St. Pete Beaches. So it's roughly about 30 minutes from the stadium. Right now the hotel is offering a Super Bowl and Beachside Tiki Package from January 29th to February 1st. It's really not much of a package, just two frozen drinks of your choice per day, per person. Accommodations also include a private balcony. As of yesterday, an advance purchase rate of $341.05 was available online or you can pay $365 a night for the rack rate. HHonors members can also earn triple points.

· Hampton Inn St. Petersburg: Located on 34th Street North, this hotel has rooms for $349.00 a night plus 12 percent tax. The rooms are nonrefundable and a paid-in-full deposit is required at the time of booking. Rooms are still open from January 29th to February 1st and there is no minimum nights stay.

Know of any hotel rooms still open for Super Bowl XLIII? Keep us informed.

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Super Bowl Hotel Rooms Opening Up for NFL Fans

January 14, 2009 at 10:45 AM | by | ()

It's Super Bowl Hotel Season again. While Jaunted has you covered on actually getting to Tampa, we are rounding up the hotel rooms that are still open. Got a hotel room? Let us know where and for how much.

If your team has a 50/50 chance of making it into the Super Bowl and you wanna be prepared to see them go all the way, there are some options opening up. As usual, the further away you are from the stadium the better the chances of finding a cheap hotel room. Here's a few to get you started:

· The Plantation Golf Resort and Spa: $149 a night. The hotel is located in Crystal River, Florida, which is about an hour north of Tampa. This actually looks like a peaceful retreat which you might need if you are a little too tense about the game. And if you want to make the most out of your Florida vacation, the hotel offers a swim with manatees experience.

·Bayview Plaza Waterfront Resort: This teeny hotel is right on Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg (about 30 mins. from Tampa) on a little island called St. Pete Beach. It even has its own little private fishing pier. Rooms are going for $150 a night and there is a 3-night minimum but we just want you to carefully peruse the hotel's website before you book. Jimmy Buffett fans might approve but your wife may not. Its sister property, Plaza Beach, also has similar rates for its rooms.

· JUST ADDED: Extended Stay Hotels: Extended Stay Hotels has four properties within four miles of the Super Bowl Stadium ranging from $249-$399 a night. The Extended Stay Hotels in St. Petersburg and Clearwater start at $199 a night. Visit the website for more information.

Any hotel rooms still open for Super Bowl XLIII? Keep us informed.

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Where To Get Super Bowl XLIII Hotel Rooms in Tampa

January 12, 2009 at 10:01 AM | by | ()

Know of a hotel room open for Super Bowl? Tell us where right here.

The four teams have now been solidified for the NFL playoffs--Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Arizona and Baltimore--meaning fans from all of those cities will be hoping their team makes it to the Super Bowl on February 1 in Tampa Bay. The hope and excitement can run so high that these fans will be online searching for hotel rooms in the Tampa area "just in case."

They might be disappointed.

Already room rates are getting jacked up. On a cursory search on Expedia.com, for the dates Jan. 30-Feb.3rd, we found only budget hotels still with availability and everything was in the mid-hundreds. When a La Quinta Inn can charge $239 a night and a Holiday Inn $450, it's bad.

Over at SuperBowlHotelRooms.com, a sort of hotel broker for big events like this, the site has listed the Hilton Resort and Spa for $600 a night, the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk for $999 a night (three nights minimum) and the Hard Rock Seminole at $1,800 for three nights. Yikes. It will be very interesting to see whether Americans will pony up those big bucks in this economy.

Got any Super Bowl XLIII hotel room info? Keep us informed.

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Even More Gas Packages:: Hotels in Tampa Want to Pump You Up

May 12, 2008 at 1:15 PM | by | ()

If the SUV is tanking your plans for a summer getaway, these are some hotels in Tampa, jumping on the gas-free bandwagon to help get those motors running.

Check into the Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa for two nights and receive a $25 gas card.  Not a bad way to work on your Gulf, er golf game. And you can park the gas guzzler during your stay. The hotel provides guests with a free shuttle service around the historic Ybor City. Rates range $99-139.

If you're a gambler and want to take the action up a notch, you're eligible to win a $100 gas card with any stay in June at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Rooms start at $169.

Flying into Tampa? Rent a car to get around without anxiety. The Intercontinental Hotel near the airport earns you a $40 gas rebate from May through September. Rates from $104.

So come on, rev up your engines. Summer doesn't have to be such a bumpy ride after all.