Welcome to Florida's Gulf Coast city of Tampa! Situated near St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Tampa adds cultural richness and a variety of popular attractions to the area known collectively as Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay is the perfect starting point for a drive down Florida's scenic west coast, or plan a family outing at the beach or the ballpark!

Downtown Tampa Hotels offers great rates on over 50 hotels in the downtown Tampa area. All of our hotels have been approved by AAA and the Mobile Travel Guide, the authorities in hotel inspection. All hotels offer a generous savings off of regular hotel rack rates. Whether you are coming as a tourist or business traveler, Downtown Tampa Hotels offers great hotels in the city's downtown district!

Downtown Tampa Hotel Map

Featured Hotel:

Westin Tampa Harbour
Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown
Welcome to the Courtyard Downtown Tampa hotel! Located in the heart of downtown, near the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. We are here to make your stay in Tampa most enjoyable.…more

Additional Hotels:

Westin Harbour Island
725 S Harbour Island Blvd.,
Tampa, FL 33602

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
200 North Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602 US

Marriott Tampa Waterside Hotel and Marina
700 South Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602 US

Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown
102 East Cass Street
Tampa, FL 33602 US

Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa Downtown
101 East Tyler Street
Tampa, FL 33602 US

Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa
513 S. Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602 US

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa
111 W Fortune St
Tampa, FL 33602 US

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa-Ybor City, FL
1301 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605 US

Tahitian Inn
601 S. Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33609 US

About Tampa

Tampa, Florida, is one of the states biggest cities, and is part of Hillsborough County. The Hillsborough River and Tampa Bay are important features of this growing Florida city. Its waterfront continues to serve as a bustling center of activity for local residents and tourists, in addition to its role in commerce.

The famous explorer Ponce de Leon and other Spanish expeditions landed in Tampa Bay in the 16th century. The Spanish didn't settle in the west, choosing the eastern side of the land instead. The original inhabitants of the area populated the region for more than 3,000 years prior to the explorer's arrival. The Calusa, Seminole and Tocabago are among the Native American tribes of the region.

Fort Brooke was the first settlement. Dating from 1823, it occupied what is now the city's center. During the nineteenth century Tampa evolved into a key center of culture, commerce and trade for the area.

The discovery of phosphate in the late 19th century improved the area's economic conditions. Phosphate remains a key export and Tampa is known as the world's phosphate capital. Connection to the railroad in 1884 fueled further growth and began the area's popularity as a tourist destination.

One of the city's nicknames is the cigar city, for its role in cigar production and distribution. In 1885, cigar production began in Tampa. The railroad and steamship access coupled with the good climate proved ideal for working with tobacco. Although other industries have come to the fore since the days when the cigar factories reigned, the city retains this rich part of its history.

In recent years, Tampa's development and redevelopment efforts have resulted in revitalization of its downtown and greater amenities for locals and tourists. According to the census, Tampa's population has grown from 975 in 1850 to more than 335,000 by 2010's count.