June 12, 2009


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Tampa is one of the largest cities in West Central Florida, and it sits right on Tampa Bay, so it should not be surprising that this city has become such a popular tourist destination in an already popular state. But Tampa’s reputation as a vacation spot began back in the 1880s, so it should also not be surprising that, in addition to the more high-end luxury resort hotels, there are also tons of cheap hotels in Tampa to choose from.

While there are independently run hotels in the area that are not part of big chains, this is the kind of place where chain hotels dominate – especially when you are talking about the cheap hotels in Tampa. They may lack character, but they are adequate when all you need is a clean and safe place to sleep at night. After all, unless you are planning to spend your whole vacation in your hotel room, clean and safe is really all anyone ever needs in a hotel! Unfortunately, if you are looking for hotels with a little more individuality, you will almost always also be looking at higher prices.

Attractions abound in Tampa, whether you are thinking about golf, theme parks, or museums. The famous Busch Gardens is here, which includes amusement park rides, a zoo, and the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdales. Animal lovers may also want to check out the other zoo in town, Lowry Zoo, and the Florida Aquarium. The historic area of Ybor City is interesting for both window shopping by day (not to mention actual shopping) and club-hopping by night. There are enough golf courses in the area to keep most any golfer happy, too.

Some of the cheap hotels in Tampa which are worth your consideration for your trip are Hyatt Place Tampa/Busch Gardens (half-mile from Busch Gardens, free continental breakfast, fitness center, free WiFi and internet access, outdoor pool), Best Western All Suites Hotel Tampa (1 mile from Busch Gardens, near University of South Florida, all rooms are suites, free breakfast, outdoor pool, hot tub, game room, on-site restaurant, internet access available), Residence Inn Tampa Downtown (in downtown Tampa, free breakfast buffet, free internet & WiFi access, suites include fully equipped kitchens, free shuttle available for destinations in a 2-mile radius), Motel 6 Tampa Downtown (in downtown Tampa, outdoor pool, internet and WiFi access available, kids stay free, pets allowed, laundry facilities, free morning coffee), and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Tampa (on the shores of Tampa Bay, 88 guest rooms, free breakfast bar, free internet access, WiFi available, free parking, fitness center, heated outdoor pool).

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