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Surf & Sun Tampa Style: DoubleTree Suites Tampa Bay

Pasco to Salt Lake City (SLC)
SLC to Los Angeles (LAX)
LAX, “The Bump,” and Torrance Marriott
LAX to Atlanta
Atlanta to Tampa
Hotel Review: DoubleTree Suites Tampa Bay
Exploring Tampa Part 1: Honeymoon Island
Hotel Review: Tampa Marriott Waterside
Bern’s Steak House Tampa
Exploring Tampa Part 2: Cigar City Brewery and Clearwater Beach
Hotel Review: Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel
Exploring Tampa Part 3: Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center and Ybor City
Tampa to New York (LGA)
New York to Minneapolis (MSP) to Pasco, WA (PSC)

After exiting the SkyClub, I headed to the baggage claim office to claim my bag, which had arrived almost 12 hours earlier.  I called the hotel, considering they offer a complimentary shuttle, and the van arrived fairly quickly.

Within 5 minutes we pulled up to the front entrance to the hotel, which I forgot to take a picture of.  What I found impossible to not take a photo of, was the reason for which I choose this hotel–the fact that it sits right on Tampa Bay.  PHENOMENAL!

Overlooking Tampa Bay

Hotel review aficionados, fear not, I have included entrance and lobby photos, courtesy of kayak.com:

DoubleTree Suites Entrance, Courtesy of kayak.com

Double Tree Suites Tampa Bay Lobby, Courtesy of kayak.com

Upon checking in, I was greeted by a delightful Italian, who’s name tag said he was originally from Rome.  He asked me where I was from, and when I told him Washington, he responded “Ah, right around the corner.”  It took me a second, but I soon caught on.  “Take a left to California,” I responded, “then take a right, and if you come across those strange folks known as Canadians, you have gone too far.  I take it you are from across the pond?”

After checking me in, he inquired if I was allergic to anything.  I quickly responded “Italians.”  Unknown to me, Double Tree Suites is famous for giving out warm cookies, and wanted to make sure I wasn’t allergic to nuts.  Only him–just kidding, it was a very enjoyable check-in.

When I reached my room on the 6th (top) floor, I was pleased to find a small welcome amenity waiting for me, in addition to my cookies:

Welcome Amenity/Kitchen and Desk Area

The room rate was fairly reasonable (~$150), especially considering the standard room is a decent-sized suite of about 650 square feet.  The living room area is fairly spacious:

Living Room

To the right is the entry way to the bedroom area:

King Bed

Down the small hallway to the right is the closet area where I ran into my twin…

The Lorax, My Twin??

As I noted at the time, I was treated to a nice complimentary breakfast due to my Gold status with Hilton.  Really just the food was free, as I was charged for orange juice and coffee, but still a pretty good deal:

Breakfast Plate 1

And why not a little more free food?

Double Tree Suites Tampa Bay Breakfast

Overall, the hotel has some drawbacks, as it is certainly not the most glamorous location to stay.  And there are a couple of restaurants and other hotels around, but the property lies on a peninsula separated from town by a 6-lane highway.  But it still was a pretty good place to for starting my trip in Tampa, with decent service and an EXCEPTIONAL view.


My Stay Enhanced By Hilton HHonors Gold

Good morning from sunny and warm Florida!

When booking my stay, one of the key factors was location.  And I was really excited about the location of DoubleTree by Hilton Guest Suites Tampa Bay, as this is the view I was treated to when waking up this morning:

Not the most astounding view I have ever witnessed, but at least a decent view.  I will feature a full trip of report of each of the 3 hotels I stay while here in the Tampa area.  But for now I will leave you with a complimentary benefit of having been loyal to Hilton Hotels looking up the first six digits of VISA Infinite Card numbers on the internet, as I mentioned back in December:

And despite Hilton’s efforts to crack down and limit the free Gold status offer to only Visa Infinite card members, there still are loopholes, according to this post by Gary.

Now off to Clearwater Beach!  Thanks for the reader suggestions, I will announce the winner of the 5,000 point Chase Ultimate Rewards giveway soon!

Hilton Gold Status Offer and Merry Christmas!

First off, Merry Christmas!  I have had an excellent day with my family, and hope your Christmas went well also.

Merry Christmas!

Hilton Hotels is giving out a “Christmas present” of sorts right now.

Right now Hilton has a promotion to earn HHonors Gold Status FOR FREE!!, which usually requires 16 stays, 36 nights, or 60,000 base rewards points.  The status updates instantly after signing up.

The only catch is that you must “have” a Visa Infinite Card and provide the first six digits of your card.

HOWEVER, if you do not have one of these cards, you can search the internet for the starting digits, known as a bank routing number, for specific cards.  While it appears there are a number of “Infinite” cards, I have found that 411945 will do the trick.  Tip of the hat to One Mile At a Time for this tidbit.

Tip of the Hat from My Bro

Typical benefits of HHonors Gold Membership may include:

  • 25% HHonors base points bonus for each stay
  • Complimentary high-speed internet access
  • Welcome amenities at certain Hilton properties
  • Space-available room upgrades and breakfast
  • Executive lounge access

Additionally, there is another bonus attached to this protymotion–4 Hilton Hotel stays between January 1 and May 31 earns 40,000 HHonors points.  This deal is certainly not quite as lucrative as the Radisson 50,000 Gold Points promotion, given that more than one stay is required.  Yet I would still consider this a fairly good deal.

To put this in perspective, a typical Hilton hotel room in New York City that usually goes for $250/night can be booked for around 50,000 Hilton HHonors points.  So, at the very least you would be on your way to a decent award stay, especially if you take advantage of any hotel stays you have or will have planned.

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