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August 12th, 2004, 11:10 AM
We are planning a cruise on the Miracle next year and am wondering about hotels in Tampa area? Have never been to this part of Florida - are the hotels on the beach? Can anyone suggest a nice hotel for a precruise stay>
August 13th, 2004, 03:39 PM
Kathy....Hi, we are taking our first cruise out of Tampa on the Miracle this December. We (family of four) have booked a room at the Chase suites by Woodfin. It is located 2 miles from the airport. We are driving so this is not a consideration for us. It was recommended to me by someone who cruised out of Tampa and stayed at this hotel. We have a nice room reserved for the day/evening before our cruise. The rate of $119. includes breakfast, free parking at their facility during for the duration of your cruise, and free roundtrip transportation to/from the hotel to your ship. Since this hotel came highly recommended, I booked a room for our family. I hope this helps.
August 13th, 2004, 04:15 PM
If you're willing to skip the beach (won't you see plenty of sand on the cruise?) and would like a more interesting experience, I'd highly recommend staying at the Don Vicente Historical Hotel in downtown Ybor City.
Ybor is the old spanish part of Tampa (home of Hav-A-Tampa cigar) and over the past 10 years has been gentrified and has become a real hotspot for fun. Nice restaurants and clubs, interesting places to walk to, art galleries and shops.
The Don Vicente was built a few years ago in one of the old landmark buildings and is a boutique hotel with only 16 rooms, some with balconies. The public rooms - lounge, salon, restaurant are quite large. Price includes a continental breakfast.
There is a nearby trolley which will take you to various parts of Tampa and I *think* it might even take you to the cruise ship port.
Have a look at www.donvicenteinn.com
August 16th, 2004, 01:02 PM
Thanks for the suggestions - I will check them both out!!