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!
Hotel review aficionados, fear not, I have included entrance and lobby photos, 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:
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:
To the right is the entry way to the bedroom area:
Down the small hallway to the right is the closet area where I ran into 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:
And why not a little more free food?
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.