The room, kind size bed, view, and amenities were all great. But for me, the human capital was the best part. I stayed during the Florida Bar, easily the most stressful days of my life. I had two different employees go above and beyond to make my stay great. One saw the stressed look on my face, and gave me a free drink voucher for the hotel bar. The other, a front-desk employee, instead of making me wait for housekeeping to be available (they were extraordinarily busy), personally brought tea to my room when I mentioned I needed it to sleep. That quality of service is what made my stay great, and why I'll be staying with them again whenever I return to Tampa (hopefully not to re-take the bar).
Upscale, clean, friendly staff. Nothing was included. Had to pay an outrageous amount per day to park, internet was also a fee (two days with that fee is what I pay for a month of internet at home). I expected normal mark-ups for food and drinks but to pay that much for simple amenities which should be free was ridiculous. But I guess it was my fault for not checking on that; I've just never stayed at a hotel where that stuff wasn't included.. especially for the price of this hotel.
Good location and customer service
Location can't be beat, pool is nicer than embassy across street. Valet service is also way better than embassy....that's what I pay more for. AC never gets real cold for me...I stay here a lot when I attend hockey games...I always stay here or embassy across the street. I've been choosing Marriott because the valet for embassy is a zoo and takes forever when you try and leave in the morning but if Marriott doesn't fix their AC I'm gonna have to find something else.
The woman who checked us in didn't seem to know what she was doing, but tried acting like she did. She charged our card for $489. When I told her we booked the room for $299 she said, "whatever I have on my computer is what you booked it for". I had to go back later that evening to have someone else adjust it. He was very friendly and saw that it was their mistake within seconds.
I called to extend my room. The agent told me that there were no rooms available, but when I checked online at their website they still had open rooms. I'm still not sure why I was declined to extend my stay. Also, we were unable to lower the air below 68 degrees in our room, and the shower took at least 10 minutes to get hot. Needless to say I will not be back to this location.
The club level rooms with river view are gorgeous! Located in between two bridges that light up and right in the middle of River Walk, it is a great stay. The club lounge has breakfast in the morning (eggs, grits, bacon, sausage) and snacks throughout the day. Bottles of water and soda cans available too.
Checking in was excellent. Jairo - at the front desk - did a superb job. Day manager on duty once really solved my problem in regards to charging my GPS - excellent customer service. Valet Parking people were superb in providing customer service - they really like what they are doing - no matter the time of the day. Cleaning people forgot to refill restroom with toilet paper. One day beds were not made up, and forgot to refill in-room coffee maker with bags of coffee for next day.