Le Meridien Tampa
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Le Meridien Tampa in Tampa (Downtown Tampa), you’ll be minutes from Tampa Theater and Tampa Museum of Art. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and Glazer Children’s Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 130 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and LCD televisions. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected, and digital programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, and housekeeping is provided daily.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and bicycles to rent. Additional features at this hotel include wireless Internet access (surcharge), wedding services, and a television in a common area. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 3.00 mi.
Food & Drink
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel’s restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily from 6 AM to 11 AM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, express check-in, and express check-out. Planning an event in Tampa? This hotel has facilities measuring 4000 square feet (372 square meters), including meeting rooms.
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I chose this property for its reputation and my past history of staying at Le Meridien's in other cities. I have never had a problem with this hotel chain before, so I feel it necessary to point out that this review says more about this location than the Le Meridien brand.
Check in was fine. The room was adequate. Two complaints: very dark (insufficient lighting) and throughout the night I heard random "pings" and "dings" from the HVAC system that made sleeping difficult. Also the bed and pillows were excessively soft, making sleep doubly difficult.
I like to work out when I am on business trips, so I was disappointed that the workout facility had limited equipment (two elliptical machines, but neither functioned properly: resistance levels fluctuated randomly on BOTH machines and neither ear phone jack worked. If that isn't enough, the room's water cooler ran out of water. When I pointed this fact out to the on-service desk agent, he told me there was nothing he could do about it since "there is no one here to take care of that." It didn't seem like an insurmountable problem, and I believe his attitude was far below the level of responsiveness a hotel of this quality should exhibit.
Food at the hotel was below average. I ended up having to eat a lunch and dinner there.
This hotel is permanently off my list of options when i come to Tampa, and i will be sharing my thoughts with my business partners who also frequent the city.
We booked this hotel through Snap Travel. When we arrived they had no record of the reservation. That was not their fault it was snap travels fault. Night supervisor Destiny was extremely helpful in solving the issue and in the end honored the price quoted by snap travel even though we had to start from scratch. I’d give her alone 5 stars. The other front desk people also very helpful when we checked out but wanted to hang at the pool awhile before our flight. So staff was great. Hotel is very clean. Beds very comfortable but the room was small and dark. Walls painted gray. Modern but not a cozy feeling. AC vent aimed right at my head with no way to adjust it.
The hotel says that all of it's rooms are different, as it is a historical renovation.
The room I received was on a hallway with marble floors, that greatly amplified conversations and footsteps. It was near the elevator lobby, where people coming and going from the restaurant/bar and banquet room (hosting a wedding reception); generated a lot of carry over noise from boisterous guests. When the noise finally calmed down, early in the morning; I could still hear background music, from the public areas at the elevator.
The hotel's upper floors have incredibly high ceilings, and the room I stayed in was actually taller than it was wide. The bottom of the only window in the room, was approximately seven feet off the floor, so you couldn't see out at eye level, only up. With one wall painted dark grey, and another with dark wallpaper; I felt like I was in the bottom of a pool.
Other issues: The bathroom and shower tiles were dirty, as was the only window. The dark walls showed a build up of dust.
Air conditioning blew directly at the bed.
From reading other reviews that commented on it, I gather that Le Meridien hotels do not make their beds with top sheets. Mine did not have one. My room's bed had a flat bottom sheet, over a couple of loose/bunched up mattress pads; then a light comforter on top of that. The hotel response to those other reviews, is that you can ask for a top sheet.
The room had a price list for a mini bar, but the refrigerator was empty.
There was a card telling me to enjoy the complementary, in room coffee; but there was no coffee, or machine.
The closet was tiny, and had less than a foot or so, in which to hang clothes.
The desk was counter height, as was the single chair at the desk. There were no other chairs in the room.
Constraints from restoring a historical building, resulted in a lobby, and first floor rooms; with very low ceilings.
Valet parking utilized a remote parking lot, or parked your car on the street. There is no, on site or secured parking.
Front desk staff wasn't very welcoming.
Bar staff was nice and proficient.
Hotel shuttle was convenient for getting around, and the drivers were helpful. I believe they go two miles out from the hotel, which gets you to Ybor City and other downtown areas.
I appreciated that there was an onsite restaurant and 24 hour room service.
If you still want to go; don't bring your car, ask for a room on a higher floor, away from the main elevator, with a carpeted hall, that has 2 or more windows. And ask for a top sheet.