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Top 17 Boutique Hotels in Tampa Bay

Top 17 Boutique Hotels in Tampa Bay

Looking for boutique hotels in Tampa for your next vacation? With Tampa’s thriving downtown districts, thrilling nightlife, renowned museums, and famous theme parks, the question is not, “What can we do in Tampa?” The question is, “Where can we stay?” Luckily, there are a plethora of available options. Want a unique and folksy experience? Want to be pampered like royalty? Need to watch your spending? No problem!

Whether you are visiting Busch Gardens, the famed zoo/theme park hybrid, attending one of the numerous local festivals, or luxuriating on one of the pristine nearby beaches, these are the top 17 boutique hotels in Tampa, Florida.

17 Boutique Hotels in Tampa Bay

1. Hotel Alba Tampa-Westshore

Hotel Alba Tampa, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

With rates from anywhere between $120 and $320 a night, depending on the season, Hotel Alba is a perfect middle of the road option. The modern industrial designs in the rooms with their rough iron factory sliding doors and marble tiling in the bathrooms marry luxury and necessity without breaking the bank or sacrificing style.

The only potential downside to this option is its distance from some of Tampa’s main attractions. If you’re looking to stay within walking distance, this isn’t for you. If you don’t mind a 10-15-minute drive, however, then Hotel Alba should serve all your needs.

2. Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection

Epicurean Hotel Tampa

If you need the perfect blend of hotel and homestead and are not on a tight budget, then check out the junior and executive suites available at the Epicurean Hotel.

While not as glamorous as some hotels in Tampa, the Epicurean focuses on a unique blend of rustic history and modern luxury. In short, they provide an experience that leaves you relaxed and wanting for nothing.

Well, they don’t provide you with a stove, but with such excellent cuisine available both from the hotel and the nearby culinary masters at Bern’s Steakhouse, do you need one? In case the name, “Bern’s Steakhouse” doesn’t ring a bell, they were rated as the number one steakhouse in America by The Daily Meal.

3. The Birchwood

The Birchwood Hotel

While technically, in the neighboring city of St. Petersburg, the Birchwood Hotel places you in a unique position to explore both the downtown areas of St. Petersburg as well as Tampa’s many attractions. The Birchwood is only a short 35-40-minute drive from the heart of Tampa, so guests can easily maintain a loose schedule while staying at this classic 20’s styled hotel.

The rates are not low, being in the high $200’s and upward, but you get what you pay for here. I recommend this option especially to couples. After a day full of exploration, dress up sharp and head up to the rooftop lounge to enjoy a dinner and drinks with a full view of Tampa bay. Or you could skip all that and enjoy a nice soak in your over-sized bathroom equipped with a claw-foot tub. I know that’s what I will be doing!

4. Stay Alfred on Franklin St

Stay Alfred Franklin Street

With rates between $150 and $300 per night, Stay Alfred is a solid option for those looking for the comforts of home like a fully furnished kitchen as well as the conveniences of a hotel or resort. Stay Alfred in Tampa is also a short walk (short as in less than a mile) from the Tampa Museum of Art, the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, the Legend Field Complex, the Henry B. Plant Museum, and several other attractions that may have drawn you to visit this fine city! So, if you like being able to cook some of your meals, store leftovers, and still stay close to all the action in the revitalized downtown area of Tampa, this might be the one for you!

5. Le Meridien Tampa

Le Méridien Tampa

The modern, minimalist styled rooms at Le Meridien contrast nicely with the hotel’s more sophisticated and overall artistic décor. The dining rooms provide intimate lighting and an atmosphere of casual refinement as you enjoy the fine French-inspired cuisine offered by the hotel’s restaurant, the Bizou Brasserie. The hotel is also an excellent place to host a wedding or other event with its stunning exterior architecture. A final plus from staying here is the sometimes-offered complimentary admission to the nearby Tampa museum of art. All in all, if you enjoy French American cuisine, classical and modern art, and have a mid-range budget of $200 a night, then you should check this place out!

6. The Avalon

The Avalon Hotel St. Pete

Just a brief 30-minute drive across the bay in St. Petersburg lies yet another unique boutique hotel full of vibrant color and life. The retro design and lighting create a fun and lively atmosphere, and it does so at very affordable rates starting in the low $100’s per night. For those low prices, you can look forward to a hip time each night with staff known for their friendliness whether you’re on a boring business trip, with your special someone, or on a family vacation. The Avalon is a wonderful way to spice up your visit to Tampa and experience the local artistic culture.

7. Tahitian Inn Hotel & Café

Tahitian Inn Hotel & Cafe

While not the flashiest entry on this list, the Tahitian Inn offers a clean, affordable stay with some solid amenities like complimentary shuttle service to the Tampa airport which is only a short 5-10-minute drive away. Guests will enjoy the tropical themed rooms and restaurant as well as the highly rated spa and complimentary fitness center. If you enjoy staying in smaller more intimate hotels but still want to be close to downtown Tampa, this is a fantastic option for you.

8. Emerald Greens Resort

Emeral Greens Resort

The Emerald Greens Resort provides everything you need for a low hassle family vacation. When you stay at this classic American styled resort, you’re just 7-8 miles from Busch Gardens and ZooTampa at Lowry Park, you have access to a massive outdoor pool, lush golf course, and pristine tennis courts, and if you don’t feel like cooking, you can order room service or try The 1972 Bar and Grille. Also, at the end of a long day adventuring in Tampa, your kids won’t be trapped in a cramped hotel room.

9. Floridan Palace Hotel

Floridan Palace Hotel

Want to be transported back in time? The opulent ceilings and ornate décor in this local historic landmark will surely bring a smile to your face and awaken a longing for times past when dancing in ballrooms was commonplace. Staying in this historic landmark will be similar both in price and quality to staying in a bed and breakfast that is also a palace.

10. Gram’s Place Hostel

If you’re looking for something a little different, actually… A lot different than the normal hotel experience, try Gram’s Place Hostel. This won’t be for everyone, but for the $55 a night price tag, if you’re feeling adventurous and outgoing and enjoy quirky experiences, you might be one of the many people who fall in love with this place! The shining reviews from previous guest speak for themselves as they laud Gram’s Place as a brilliant way to experience local culture through meeting new folks and watching live entertainment hosted in the hostel’s intimate showroom.

11. West Wing Boutique Hotel

West Wing Boutique Hotel

This is one of my favorite options here on this list. If you just need a nice place to stay that blends into the background like a beautiful soundtrack to your vacation, then this is for you.

Begin your day at the West Wing by clearing your mind through a stroll in the peaceful Zen garden. Take a 5-20-minute drive to some of Tampa’s hottest attractions like Busch Gardens, the Raymond James Stadium, or the Florida aquarium. Come back and receive room service from the hotel’s literal robot butler (I’m not kidding).

Enjoy the conveniences of having a small but functional kitchen equipped with a portable induction stove. Don’t just take my advice though – check out their rooms on their site for yourself. They have excellent short videos of each type of suite they offer for incredibly low prices (low $100s).

12. Belleview Inn

Belleview Inn

Offering fine views from many of its classic southern styled rooms, the Belleview Inn located a short drive away in St. Petersburg boasts such fine amenities as fresh baked breakfast baskets delivered to your door each morning, golf packages, and access to Clearwater Beach. You might not be right in downtown Tampa, but it’s hard to argue with the pros of staying in a mansion right on the beach only 30 minutes away from Tampa with twice daily room service.

13. AC Hotel Tampa Airport

AC Hotel Tampa Airport

With its simple, modern European design, no matter what you’re doing, this hotel will accommodate you with luxury and comfort. Rates start around $125 per night, and the fresh European breakfast buffet will usually cost about $15. While not offering many onsite amenities beyond the usual fitness center and outdoor pool, the AC hotel offers supreme comfort and places you within 10-15 miles of Tampa’s more popular attractions as well as many golf courses, spas, and restaurants.

14. Behind the Fence Bed & Breakfast

Behind the Fence is a cozy little cottage with 17th century bed chambers nestled 20 minutes outside of all the action in downtown Tampa. This somewhat quaint B&B offers a beautiful glimpse into the past albeit a romanticized one as they don’t fully abandon modern amenities for your convenience. If you area history lover or have kids this is an incredibly unique experience that is absolutely worth your time. This place is basically an attraction all on its own and isn’t too far off the beaten path in Tampa.

15. The Current Hotel, Autograph Collection

The Current Hotel, Autograph Collection

Having just opened this year, this hotel boasts a state-of-the-art fitness center, rooftop restaurant/lounge, and all the basic amenities you can think of. Every room in the hotel has a view of the private beach, and the rooftop lounge is the tallest in the city. This hotel is out to impress, so if rates starting at the low $150s aren’t too high for you, this is yet another solid option for a fantastic stay in Tampa, Florida.

16. Aloft Tampa Downtown

Aloft Downtown

Like many of the other hotels in Tampa, Florida, Aloft features contemporary, sleek design in its interior and rooms. This particular hotel offers a trendy minimalistic experience for those just looking for a restful, spacious place to spend their nights after exploring Tampa.

Now, if you’re planning a family trip with young kids, Aloft might have more to offer you just from a location standpoint as it is a brief 4 minute walk over to the Glazer Children’s museum.

Another plus, if you’re interested in fine art, you are also only 5 minutes away from the Tampa Museum of art. So grab a smoothie from the nearby Tropical Café and go check out some classical antiquities!

17. Tampa Marriott Water Street

Tampa Marriott Water Street

This hotel has it all – onsite spa, rooftop pool, light and airy modern design with classic flare, abundant food options, and an onsite Starbucks to boot. The room options range from $200-$600, and each room is outstanding. If you aren’t worried about price, you should check out their Luxury Suite.

And if Tampa’s restaurant options weren’t enough to choose from, this hotel features a casual experience at their Pool Bar & Grill, a sophisticated time at their newest restaurant, Anchor and Brine, and a wildly entertaining time at their virtual Topgolf Swing Suite in Garrison Tavern. Like I said, if you aren’t worried about price and you want a top tier experience at a hotel with tons of great reviews, this hotel is for you. And there you have our list of boutique hotels in Tampa worth giving a try!

Ben LaBerge is the marketing and communications manager at Golden Rule Properties, a newly emerging property management company. In his spare time, he engages his true passion - stories. Everyone and everything has a story waiting to be told, so whether writing fiction, research articles, or blog posts, he writes with that in mind. Also, having recently graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business, he has given up limiting himself. In what remains of his spare time, he indulges his irrational desire to train himself in entirely too many other skills, including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, illustrating, leatherworking, cooking, martial arts, and yes, graphic design. He has decided to fulfill Cyrano De Bergerac’s words, “I’m going to take the simplest approach to life of all… I’ve decided to excel in everything.”

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