The Westshore Grand, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Tampa
What We Love
- The Filet Mignon Trio at Shula’s Steakhouse
- 24-hour room service
- Morning swims in the hotel’s rooftop pool
What To Know
- The hotel is popular with business travelers thanks to top-notch meeting facilities
- Located in Tampa’s Westshore business district
- Guestrooms have a cheerful teal and white color scheme and mod cons such as minibars and iPod docking stations
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The InterContinental is a favorite for business travelers thanks to top-of-the-line meeting facilities and a convenient location in the Westshore business district, a short drive from the Tampa Convention Center. Still, the 323 guestrooms have a relaxed Floridian vibe thanks to a cheerful teal and white color scheme and modern artworks portraying sea creatures and shells, plus mod cons such as minibars, iPod docking stations and coffeemakers. Hit the rooftop pool for a swim, then head to Shula’s Steakhouse for breakfast. Decorated in honor of the 1972 Miami Dolphins’ “perfect season,” Shula’s also serves lunch and dinner, while the No Name Lounge works well for post-meeting cocktails and catching the game on one of five plasma TVs.
In the Area
The concierge recommends heading west toward Clearwater Beach, about 30 minutes from the hotel. After a stroll on the sand, travel down Gulf Boulevard to John’s Pass at Madeira Beach for souvenir shopping. Next, drive to Fort De Soto Park for a swim at one of Florida’s best beaches, and then on to lunch at Fresco’s Waterfront Bistro in St. Petersburg. Spend the afternoon strolling around the Salvador Dalí Museum, home to nearly 100 of the surrealist painter’s works. Back in Tampa, opt for dinner at Italian favorite Donatello, which also features live jazz.
How to Get There
the folks who work in this hotel are tops. Even when I had a problem with the safe in my room, they were there in minutes to fix it. The servers in Shulas restaurant were extremely helpful, especially Jerald Randall. The bartenders were also the best. Ashley, Samantha, Sean and Tammy made me feel very welcome. Can't wait to go back next spring.
Great location near the airport with free shuttle that arrived on time and got me to my terminal quickly. Lovely room with beautiful design and high quality amenities, helped me feel relaxed and recharged after a work trip. Enjoyed spending time at the sports bar, great food there (special thanks to Loryn for the excellent service there). My only regret is not staying more than 1 night - would repeat!
We visited her last November for our honeymoon and then again this year for our anniversary. Both times we got a free upgrade and a wonderful suite. The hotel is very clean and modern and the rooms are spacious. We really enjoyed our stay. Its convenient, friendly, and fully-equipt. Pam at reception was great and even recommended some restaurants where we could celebrate. Overall, its a wonderful and reasonably priced hotel. Its not too far from the airport, Clearwater beach, or St. Petersburg.
Easy check-in, free parking next door, very clean and modern rooms, a pleasant staff! Very nice sports bar adjacent to Shula's steakhouse, which was packed with pleasant people when we watched football on Saturday afternoon! We had a great price, so it was perfect for a short weekend stay. A large shopping mall across the street...Grimaldi's Italian food in walking distance...a nice stay!
What did I like about my stay? The staff was friendly and efficient. Our suite was clean and well appointed. Check in and check out was prompt; I used the Starwood app to checkout. Unfortunately, there were several issues with our stay. First, the layout of the room was odd. The mini-fridge was in the bedroom, while the closet was near the entryway. The bathroom had insufficient shelf space. The traffic was noisy at times. As for the availability of snack foods/drinks, nope. No vending machines. There is a snack bar in the lobby that closes mid-afternoon. Also be careful in the parking garage. There are some crazy drivers. Would I stay there again? Probably not. But my issues may not matter to others. The hotel certainly is convenient to the airport and to downtown.