Set on the east bank of the Hillsborough River, this six-story hotel remains one of Tampa's better lodgings. Half the rooms face west and have lovely views from their (unlighted) balconies of the Arabesque minarets atop the Henry B. Plant Museum and the University of Tampa across the river -- quite a scene at sunset. These rooms cost more but are preferable to units on the east side of the building, which face downtown's skyscrapers and lack balconies. Rooms were newly renovated in 2008 and feature Sweet Sleeper beds. Set beside the river, the Ashley Street Grille serves indoor-outdoor breakfasts and lunches, then offers fine dining in the evenings. There's also wireless Internet in all public spaces of the hotel. Unless you're here on business or are intent on staying downtown to be close to a specific attraction, such as the performing-arts center, there's not much here to entice a mainstream traveler. The hotel is also completely smoke free.
- © Frommer's 2013
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