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Located on the state’s (mostly!) idyllic Gulf of Mexico coast, Florida’s third largest city, usually thought of in conjunction with the wider Tampa bay area, is one of the many reasons that Florida has become one of the world’s favourite family destinations - its fame bolstered by its position as one of the most popular cruise terminals in the USA. The best places to stay in Tampa provide the perfect base to soak up all that this exciting place has to offer.
Tampa is a city on the up and up, which prides itself on its liveability, and is home of NFL stars the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Its surrounding area offers a whole load of attractions, from the highly cultural to the simple pleasures sought after by families with young kids to keep happy.
An outdoorsy kind of place with trails and parks a plenty, it’s also a notable centre for animal-watching, with attractions headed by the famous Florida Aquarium and the Safari Wilderness Park. The best places to stay in Tampa reflect the city’s youthful enthusiasm and ebullience of one of America’s great outdoors cities.
For luxury lovers
- Le Meridien, a former classical courthouse, where people received harsh sentences, has become a place of luxury and ease. Sleek and modern but retaining the marbled interiors of a more opulent, pompous age. It offers a mix of heritage and modern, with cool pool, gym and great eateries, located in the liveliest part of this happening Southern city.
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Le Meridien 130 rooms from $197Tampa
This renovated former courthouse is now one of Tampa's most grand and imposing hotels. Featuring modern, sleek interiors with marble accents in the bathroom and large windows, the hotel owners have managed to marry traditional architecture to an eye for contemporary design. Pool, gym, restaurant.Sights nearby - Not far from Tampa Theatre or Tampa Museum of ArtSwimming Pool - Seasonal outdoor poolLively area - In the thick of the action.