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Where to stay in Tampa

If you're a first time visitor to Tampa, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a local neighborhood could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the hotels may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about neighborhoods and places to stay in Tampa.


What's the best area of Tampa to stay?

The top mentioned neighborhoods and areas that people talk about in and around Tampa are: Clearwater Beach, Ybor City, Clearwater, Downtown, St Pete Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Hyde Park, and Treasure Island.

Here's what Trippy members had to say:

"One of my favorites is Clearwater Beach."  See More

"Since I suspect you are quite a lot younger than we are, I am going to suggest Clearwater Beach, just a 25 minute drive west from Tampa International Airport."  See More

"4 My favorite beach is St Pete Beach beach."  See More

"Another one of my favorites and a little less popular is Indian Rocks Beach."  See More

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  1. Clearwater Beach
  2. Ybor City
  3. Clearwater
  4. Downtown
  5. St Pete Beach
  6. Indian Rocks Beach
  7. Hyde Park
  8. Treasure Island
What are some good hotels in Tampa?

Depending on the neighborhood you choose, you may want to research hotels in the area. If you'd rather start with the most recommended hotels in Tampa, here's a list to get you started.

Here's what Trippy members had to say about hotels:

"Ulele is a cool new place opened by the family who founded the Columbia Restaurant"  See More

"We have beautiful beaches , fantastic weather 🌞,girls galore in bikinis 👙 Great seafood( it's stone crab season now👍🏻) major sport teams , 🏈⚾️⚽️🏒theater🎭, nightlife🎺🎷, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 🎰 Horse racing 🏇"  See More

"Haven Motel, Ulele, EDISON: FOOD+DRINK LAB, Ava & Fodder & Shine are all fantastic and all very different"  See More

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  1. Columbia Restaurant
  2. Columbia Restaurant
  3. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
  4. Haven Motel
  5. Westin Harbour Island
What if I want to explore Tampa further?

If you're open to researching even more areas, some suggestions that might be less common but interesting to explore are: Pinellas County, Tarpon Springs, Holiday, and Don Cesar.

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  1. Pinellas County
  2. Tarpon Springs
  3. Holiday
  4. Don Cesar
Where did you get these suggestions?

Trippy is a great resource for planning your trip because you get advice from real travelers. We suggested neighborhoods and hotels based on the recommendations of the Trippy community. This gives you a quick overview, but if you're looking to do more research, here is a question that we used to find this information.

 Katie MCarthy from Columbus asked:
Weekend ideas for a first timer in Tampa  (5 answers)

What if I plan my trip around food?

If you're a foodie or just love to eat when you travel, you might decide to stay in a hotel close to a restaurant you want to try. Here are some places to eat in Tampa.

Want to research more popular restaurants in Tampa? Click the blue button below.

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  1. Ulele
  2. Piquant Hyde Park
  3. Oxford Exchange
  4. Bern's Steak House
  5. Ava
What if I don't have a car?

Maybe you're looking for a happening area with lots to see and do, or you want to be walking distance from tourist attractions. Check out some of these places and see there's a hotel nearby.

Want to research more popular attractions in Tampa? Click the blue button below.

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  1. International Plaza and Bay Street
  2. Busch Gardens Tampa
  3. Tampa Riverwalk
  4. South Howard Ave
Where can I find out more about Tampa?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Tampa locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Tampa.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

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