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Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa, FL

Floridan Palace Hotel in Tampa, FL

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Located in the heart of Tampa. Built in 1926, this nineteen story hotel has been brought back to its original grandeur. Indulge yourself in old world charm, met with the modern comforts of today. With an eye for detail and a dash of flair, flawless service and luxury awaits you at every turn. The opening ceremony and ribbon cutting of this iconic landmark took place on July 28, 2012, making the Floridan, once more the "crown jewel" of the city of Tampa. Indulge in our delicious cuisine infused with organic ingredients and prepared by expert chefs. Ideally located in downtown Tampa, the Floridan features amenity-filled accommodations, and stellar food and wine menus. Add attentive, upscale, service and you can see why the Flordian is such a smart choice. And to help you get the most out of your visit, check out our special offers, all designed to ensure you enjoy the ultimate Tampa stay.

History

Established in 1926.

The Floridan Palace, Formerly known as the Floridan Hotel, or to locals, simply the "Floridan," symbolizes Tampa's growth as the epicenter of business on the West Coast of Florida. At approximately 240 feet tall the hotel was Florida's first skyscraper and remained the State's tallest building until 1966. It is the only historic skyscraper remaining in Tampa of the six constructed downtown between 1910 and 1930. In 2005, the hotel was under demolition order due to its poor condition. City estimates topped $18 million for the hotel's renovation, and nobody seemed interested in investing the money. That April, after selling 5 hotels on Clearwater Beach, Antonios Markopoulos, an internationally successful hotelier, restaurateur, and developer, saw the Floridan as a diamond in the rough. . He believed that, after its restoration, the hotel deserved a new and more fitting identity, so he named it the "Floridan Palace." On July 30, 2012, the Floridan Palace opened to the public.

 

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Rating: 3.37

Address: 905 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL, 33602

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    Comments (35):

    1. Neil M.
    After a show at the Straz Center, decided to go there for drinks with friends.  Everyone was very impressed with the renovation and the attention to detail.  Drinks were not way overpriced.  Love the live piano in the bar and decor in the Sapphire Room.  We will be back to try the food.

    08/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    2. Krystle M.
    I was intrigued by the building the first time I walked past it.  The building sat perfectly within my walking commute (parking lot to law office).  My co-worker and I would peer through the windows of the dilapidated building, wondering why it shut down and if it may be haunted or possibly house homeless people.  At one point, we saw a bat fly out of one of the many busted windows on a high floor; this prompted us to decide on the importance of remaining outside and on the ground. After conducting some research and waiting to hear what would become of this unique structure, I ran into a dead end and eventually lost interest.

    Finally, four years later, I discovered via Foursquare updates that this place had been purchased, remodeled and reopened!  I immediately went home, did a quick Google search and verified that this place indeed had been reopened.

    A friend and I went in the very next night and left so happy that I returned the following night with a different friend.  On the first night, we hit up the restaurant first. Not many customers there for a Fri night - which may scare potential diners, but nothing was stopping me from checking this place out. For the appetizer we had Calamari - fried perfectly though a little too salty.  We enjoyed a very delicious bottle of Cabernet out of Napa (only $35?!?).  My buddy had the steak au poivre and was very satisfied (this cut was a suggestion by the server). I had the 8 ounce filet cooked perfectly medium-rare (as ordered); the steak came with a sauce of your choice (the Bearnaise was wonderfully creamy), a house salad, a vegetable (broccoli), and starch (I chose the baked potato). I can't think of any other steakhouse or restaurant that offers a salad, vegetable and starch with just the purchase of the steak.  Too full for dessert, we engaged our server in wonderful conversation and headed down to the Sapphire room where we enjoyed more wine and cocktails - all of which were very reasonably priced.  I can see why clientele may not enjoy the ambiance of the dining room - but hello - crystal chandeliers in a Baroque style dining room - go to Bern's if you want to eat overpriced food in the dark.

    The one thing these guys are doing wrong: MARKETING. A native of Tampa, I relocated to NYC for a couple of years, and returned only to find out about this place reopening via FOURSQUARE?!  C'mon owners. The newspapers are only going to do so much for you.  Your loyal customers can only do so much.  You've spent millions remodeling and now spend a few more dollars and get the word out. Partner with Expedia and other sites where normal people look to make hotel reservations.  To only have 3 rooms booked out of 200 something on a Saturday night screams stubbornness.  Third party vendors are unfortunately what it will take for this place to get off the ground....or a better marketer than the one you have hired now.

    This place has what it takes: impeccable service, delicious drinks/food, reasonable prices, charm and age, etc. but without customers... this place cannot survive.

    Cliff's Notes-

    Go on a Friday/Saturday night and enjoy:

    -Delicious filet mignon
    -Very reasonably priced drinks
    -Knowledgeable and helpful service
    -A unique experience unmatched by the other chain hotels downtown

    Having not rented a hotel room, I cannot comment on their accommodations, but they are certainly doing the restaurant/bar right.

    02/12/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. Daniel D.
    This place has class and charm. It was built in the 20s and recently renovated with marble & chandeliers everywhere. The bartender was super nice and extremely accommodating to my awkward requests for several different kinds of drinks. Surprisingly, there were only a few other patrons there and it was a Saturday night.

    I ended up having one too many and stayed the night in one of the rooms there, and while it was expensive given the amenities, it was equally charming and classy as the rest of the hotel. I may have been the only one staying the night in the hotel room that night. I'm sure why this place isn't more successful. It really ought to be more popular than it is.

    14/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    4. Kyle G.
    I recently stayed at the Floridan Palace after attending an event in the hotel's ballroom (the hotel offered a discounted rate to party guests). The check-in process went smoothly, and the front desk was very accommodating. I requested the highest floor possible, and was elated to be on the top floor (19) in a corner room looking Northeast over Ybor City and beyond.

    The room, while still a tad small by today's standards, was very cozy. The furnishings are beautifully-crafted, and from my understanding, replicate those that could be found in the hotel when it originally opened in the late 1920s. This specific room had two beds, a closet, a full dresser, and a writing/computer desk, and a decent-sized TV. The bathroom was very luxurious and was good sized. Only gripe, the air conditioning system seemed to take forever to cool down (it's not central, just a wall-mounted unit), and the beds were a little on the stiff side.

    Aside from enjoying my stay at the Floridan, I have to rave about the lobby bar, as well as the Sapphire Room. Margie, the lobby bartender, made me two of the best Bloody Mary's I think I've ever had. She was very friendly and conversational without being overpowering or bothersome. She was also correct in suggesting the sampler platter that they offer as an appetizer, full of tzatziki, hummus, baba ghanoush, pita breads and assorted veggies (spectacular!).

    Later in the evening, the Sapphire Room seemed to be the 'place to be'. Their bartenders as well were very friendly and made great 'old-fashined' drinks (great dirty martini). The bar manager was very kind in bringing us a platter of assorted snacks from the kitchen, and couldn't have been any nicer.

    I'd highly suggest the bars and restaurant based upon my experiences; and as for the hotel, there are some that are a little plushier in downtown, but observing the history and beauty of the building was well worth it...

    02/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    5. Tim K.
    What an amazing hotel. Pictures do not do this place justice. We got a room on the top floor on the corner. The view all around downtown was breathtaking while sitting in a beautiful room. I have no complaints about this place at all. The staff was all very friendly and helpful. They have only been reopened for a year after a seven year renovation. I was very impressed with the attention to detail and the classic old feel throughout.

    17/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. JT H.
    Haven't had the chance to stay here but would love it tho.  We came here with a ghost tour and visited both the sapphire room and ball room.  Wow what a great job they have done inside and out!  I really want to go back and see what this between the sheets drink is all about at the sapphire, maybe it will be one my wife likes ;)  They also have a very nice looking restaurant up above the lobby that seems enticing enough to try.  Oh yeah and this place is haunted boo?!

    30/05/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    7. Michele R.
    First of all there sould be 2 Ps in Sapphire.and system won't change it!!!!
    With that out of the way.....

    Today was my 3rd time there....  and well... o boy... all 3 visits were charmed!   Bless them  Lord they sure have a home run!

    Ye who enjoy old world charm, courteous bartenders and servers and charming hosts ... Tampa has received another gift in the style of the Don Vincente in Ybor...

    The sustenance was perfect each time....  In the different venues.  

    Appetizers and drinks after hours in the famed Sapphire Lounge (once nicknamed the Surefire Lounge by WW2 fighter pilots training and living in Drew Park  nearby) were tasty, affordable and inspiring!  The surroundings were amazing!  Back to a rich past for this newly redone hotel built in 1926.(Historic designation in the 80s i believe...)
     So, if you want to score with that special someone, don that jacket you keep in the trunk and escort your well dressed woman to the new happening place in town!  Tell her to dress up and bring on the heels  (2 parking lots adjacent)...   Piano bar.  Just the right atmosphere for the first date, steady date and maybe a forever date.  

    OK... Came during the RNC and sure enough there were others like me... FROM  the SOK mentality who braved our way and reaped our rewards...

    Had lunch there today with a group and ...  Lasagna and salad with a dessert that melted in my mouth.........  The scion of The Family was most charming to all and gave us a quick highlight of the property.  They can seat 650 in that GRAND  ballroom which they added when they turned the adacent post office into a MAGNIFICIENT 2 tier reception hall.    

    Bye bye Vinoy,  see you Don Cesar  (beach weekend is useless in the rain!)... This could be the new it place for any reception ....  Elvis supposedly slept there...

    One more thing...  Millions were spent on this renovation..   Seems to me that the pricing is fair thus far.  

    I hope that they will add regular entertainment.  I can't wait to go back-  reason to snap it up a couple of notch higher!    Yes, people.... Dress it up a notch or two.   You will feel right at home... and no, i do not work for the Floridan!

    24/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Tara S.
    My fiance and I decided we wanted to take a look around at the famed Floridan Palace.  Since we were there we decided to hit up the bar for a cocktail... which then lead to dinner. I ordered a cosmo (normally not my drink of choice) but must say, might be the best cosmo I've ever had.   We ordered the broiled octopus for an app and it was so tender and delicious.  He had the lobster bisque and would not shut up about it.  I had the chicken marsala. There was so much chicken and pasta on my place I was surprised.  I was so full but just kept eating.  I have enough leftovers to last another 2 meals.  There is no doubt that I'll be back.

    04/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    9. Harley M.
    Yes, lacking in amenities (no coffee maker in room, no city guide, shower stuff not replaced--but an ironing board, of course! WHY do hotels have an ironing board in every room? Who irons on a business trip or vacation???). But nice to be somewhere that looks like you're somewhere instead of looking like you're anywhere (cookie cutter chain hotel).

    Beautiful Lobby, free wifi, self parking next to hotel off Cass St. Giant carved wood bed is fun. Room spacious, but leaves you too far away from smallish flat screen to watch TV. And there is only ONE armchair.

    Fitness room minimal (one bike, one treadmill, free weights, mats & some gizmos). Never ate there--not sure how or when any food is served. Not quite there yet, but then neither is Tampa, so I am rooting for it!

    11/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    10. Aleema A.
    I felt like I needed to stretch before I started this review. This place is AWESOME.

    A friend and I decided to come here for dinner and I am so happy we did. First of all, it's one of the prettiest buildings downtown. The inside of it is nothing short of beautiful. I did not get a chance to see it before they revamped it, but they really did a fantastic job on it. The detail, the historic feel, the chandeliers and even the ceiling is simply breathtaking.

    We decided to go to the Sapphire Room before our dinner reservation. It had a very nice relaxed vibe to it. We learned from our bartender that the piano player in that bar was the same one that played 60 years ago! If that's not cool, then I don't know what is.

    We then headed up stairs to The Crystal Dining Room for dinner. We were instantly treated as if were on the Titanic (you know, the first couple days). The service was simply fantastic. Our waiter poured our wine for us, was very attentive and even came over and wiped the crumbs off our table if he saw any. We ordered Escargot for an appetizer. Top notch. For dinner, I ordered the pork chops and my friend ordered the Red Snapper.  We were both very very pleased with our meals. I also would like to mention that the prices for how wonderful the food was was not bad at all.

    I just want to add that for a Friday night, this place was not crowded at all. Do NOT let this gem of a restaurant escape!

    16/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Cristy R.
    My husband and I recently stayed at this hotel, and while the location is great we were very disappointed to learn that an item had gone missing from our room.  We brought it to the attention of the desk clerk upon checkout, and he assured us he would have the manager contact us.  We never received a phone call from anyone, and it soured our overall experience with this location.  I would not recommend this hotel as they do not seem to value the importance of their customers.

    31/10/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    12. Mike S.
    A true vintage gem, recently restored and re-opened in downtown Tampa.  Clearly loads of money, applied with good taste and attention to detail.   IN my opinion, this is the classiest bar in town, in the classiest hotel.  Drinks are served with assured professionalism and warm conversation.   Drink specials include a "Between the Sheets" cocktail from pre-Prohibition days to help soldiers and sailors get lucky with elegance. The  old wood bar and furnishings suggest opulence without pretense.   Drink prices are a bit higher than most hotel bars or the nearby Hub, but the quality is immeasurably superior.   Clearly this is not a place to hang out in cut-offs, t-shirts and flip-flops, but we were treated with attentive respect in business casual...not requiring coat and tie and evening gowns

    Did not have dinner this time but checked the menu and found several enticing dishes, many of Greek origin.  Will definitely be back to dine and impress guests/friends.  For my money, the ambiance here far exceeds Berns and other local  reputed paragons.

    30/11/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    13. shawn b.
    old hotel without the old hotel service ot ambience:
    Was informed upon check-in that the single bed room I booked would actually be a $40 up charge + tax.
    Parking was off site and required a 2 block walk with no bell/concierge to check bags before parking. walking 2-3 blocks with traffic, downtown setting is a joke.
    Television in the room is very small and outdated.
    Bathrooms are small compared to true 4* Hotels and cannot accommodate more than 1 adult.
    Location is not close to any restaurants, shopping, night life, or social attractions. Requires a cab to get any where of interest.

    Overall if the price per night is over $65 don't stay here. Even at $65 per night I would strongly consider some other downtown hotel location closer to the water

    09/11/13 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    14. Gigi S.
    Do I comment on the beauty of this creepy historic hotel, or the amazing bar service by Sybil, or the kick ass menu options?? I don't where to begin, so here's a first time solid five stars for service, history, renovation beauty AND conservation fun (circa 1920's)!

    13/08/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Laura W.
    I went to the Floridan to join a group of 25 or so people who had decided to meet in the lobby bar. The hotel is beautifully renovated. If you haven't stayed in a historic hotel, you may be used to the cookie-cutter chains. This hotel is so beautiful from the hand-painted designs on the ceilings, crystal chandeliers, gorgeous ballroom, dining room and lobby. The drinks in the bar were very good and the food from the bar menu was fantastic! There are many Greek items as well as burgers and seafood. The food was obviously not made from frozen, as is common in the chain hotels and the presentation was very good. I would highly recommend the Floridan for a drink and a meal at the bar or in the beautiful and fancy dining room.

    On-street parking is free after 6:00. The Tampa Theatre is within easy walking distance of the hotel.

    I always check the health inspection for a restaurant before I go. Check out your favorite restaurants on the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation.

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    17/10/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    16. Mark H.
    As a child growing up in Tampa, I always loved this building, even with its boarded up windows and sad disposition.  Knowing it's history of the one-time tallest building in Florida, I had always hoped to walk in and check it out.  So I became really excited to hear it was purchased and set for renovation a few years back.  The excitement I felt when I saw the neon lights atop the structure light up was a moment of hardcore Tampa nerdiness.  Since opening back up, my plans to go have always had a monkey wrench tossed their way, until last night.  La Chica, her twin sister and her fiancé accompanied me to the bar so that we could order up the hotel's signature drink from the 20's--Between the Sheets--described as a lemon drop martini with BALLS, and that's exactly what it is.  I'm not sure of the liquors involved, nor did I care.  I'm not a bartender, I just wanted to enjoy the drink; and I did.  It was delicious and I contemplated ordering a second, until a mysterious bottle in the corner of the bar caught my attention.  I asked the bartender about it and she seemed shocked that I had never seen one before.  It was some fancy, old school Italian stuff that tasted like licorice called Galliano. She went on to describe how it is a key ingredient in a popular drink from the 50's called a Harvey Wallbanger.  Intrigued, we ordered one and it was pretty damn good.  Not sure which drink we liked best, but they were both worth our time.

    The hotel itself was beautiful.  The restoration work that was done compliments the building's rich history, and you can tell they tried to keep as much originality as possible.  The mailboxes behind the front desk, the U.S. mail chute near the elevators, the cedar plank ceiling above the main bar and so-on all looked great.  The addition of the expansive ballroom was a great idea.  This area used to actually be the post office next to the hotel, so the new owners just swallowed that up and added it on to the hotel--geniuses.  

    Now I've been, and I wanna go back to stay the night and eat dinner.  The rooms were fantastic and the food on the menu all sounded seriously appetizing.  

    Thanks to the staff for tolerating our curiousness, and to Sybil at the bar.  She was the best.  Very informative bartender.

    29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Katy S.
    Stopped in for drinks before having dinner in the Crystal Room.  Wow - what an experience.  We sat at the bar and the bartender promptly advised us that their signature cocktail is called "Between the Sheets."  I'm telling you, this drink is tasty yet dangerous.  After just one of these, my friend and I felt quite light headed.

    This place has history and was a big pull back when the Floridan was originally popular.  The restaurant still has the old time charm with it's dimly lit atmosphere and mini chandeliers.  Although we were not there for the piano player, the bartender let us know that it is the same piano player that worked there 60 years ago.  Sapphire Room is a great spot to enjoy cocktails in a classy old Tampa atmosphere!

    14/04/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    18. Richard W.
    Beautifully restored old hotel with a terrible restaurant. We had a nice waitress who was doing her best, but if a grade school cafeteria served food like this, you would want your child transferred. None of us touched our food. The kitchen apparently could not have cared less. The food was inedible and the wine steward was clueless. It was almost funny, but there was a bill to pay at the end and it was too late to find another restaurant. Went to bed hungry, but no regrets over not eating what they served us.

    09/09/14 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    19. Robert H. N.
    This curious hotel has some very strong positives and some palpable negatives. Its downtown location, its excellent renovation, its spacious rooms, and its excellent looking interiors are positives.  The fact that its parking lot was unattended, that no bell staff was in evidence to help me, and that nobody greeted me at the door were negatives.

    When I checked in on a weekday at 9:15 p.m., I was advised that the hotel lounge was still serving dinner. The lounge instead advised me that the grill was closed. The restaurant also appeared closed. I am a business traveler, and one of my expectations for a hotel is that I be able to order food until 10 p.m. on a weekday.
    I was able to get the local Pita Pit to deliver me an excellent sandwich--and it is open until 4 a.m. on weekdays.

    On the other hand, I really liked my room and the historic feel of the hotel. The internet worked flawlessly, and the front desk was courteous and met my needs. The room was moderately priced for a downtown hotel.

    I would stay at the Floridan Palace again, but my "A-OK" experience could have been converted to a "Great" experience if the hotel had more staff on duty and proper food service well into the evening.

    07/05/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    20. Pamela G.
    Restaurant was exceptional the appetizers were done to order as were all the entrées! The table was spacious no bumping elbows. Would definitely go again!

    07/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    21. Vera S.
    Not the best hotel to stay in while in Tampa & for the price you pay here you can have a better hotel with modern amenities

    21/04/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    22. Angela H.
    Hmmmm....my first impression is that this hotel reminds me of The Shining. It definitely has a creepy vibe and I can't help but not want to check in again because of it.    If you queue the twins and the Jack Nicolas ax scene and it would fit right in place. Other than that, it's beautiful here. The furniture is sophisticated and is the perfect place to impress someone.

    Their restaurant is FANTASTIC. I ordered center cut pork chops with rice. I loved it. My entree accompanied fresh bread, a salad and veggies. The pork chops were thick and seasoned just right. The restaurant is perfect for a date or celebration.

    Random thoughts from the rest of my stay:
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    The towels and linens smell fresh, like lilac.
    The neighborhood is a little suspicious. I wouldn't wander too far alone.
    I wish there was a pool. No pool and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
    No mini fridge or coffee maker.
    The king sized bed is huge! Pillow fights would be fun here.
    Free parking and wifi

    13/08/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Mallory B.
    While the building is beautiful I would never pay $235 a night to stay in a hotel that didn't have a blanket on the bed and when I asked for one at the front desk said they didn't have any, just offered two extra sheets.

    28/02/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    24. Marie P.
    BOY oh BOY do I have a review for you.

    I travel a lot for work and stay in A LOT of hotels. I am lucky enough to be able to book my own travel and decided to use Priceline for this trip (PS: I won't do that again, but that complaint is not for this review).

    I checked into the Floridan for a three night stay while traveling to Tampa for work.

    I was a little worried when it seemed I was the ONLY guest staying in the hotel, but l like to reserve judgment until I've actually had the experience of a stay. Unfortunately, my stay here was less than stellar - to say the least.

    The room I checked into had 2 queen beds. My first night there, only one of the beds had a blanket on it. Keep in mind, they both only had sheets. One bed had a fleece type blanket rolled up at the foot. I didn't want to complain as it was only me and I only need one blanket.

    THEN we come to the next night...when both beds had blankets. Unfortunately, they were both stained. I don't know many people that like to sleep in dirty bedding with unidentifiable stains. I called the front desk and was told there was ONE blanket they could give me and I would have to come downstairs to get it. I explained after a long day at work, I was already in pajamas and really did not feel comfortable walking downstairs. I was given an excuse of "this is a family owned business." I'm not exactly sure how that makes dirty blankets ok.
    The only other option I was given was to speak with the manager who would be in between 7:00am and 8:00am the next morning, and was told they would not do anything because I booked my room through Priceline.

    At 7:00am, there was no sign of the manager. I was told the manager wouldn't be in until 3:00. At 3:00pm, I was told the manager wasn't coming in at all and had taken the day off.

    After 3 separate calls with Priceline, I was informed the manager refused to offer any sort of resolution and I'm stuck paying full price for sleeping in a dirty bed.

    Hopefully exfoliating till I bleed won't leave too many scars.

    15/03/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    25. Tracy B.
    So, we arrived in Tampa at 6:43 but we were unable to check in until 2. Called and asked for an early check-in, was advised that 4 is the normal check out time.  One of the front desk clerks, Denise I believe her name is, was rude from our first hello. Thankfully the guy that was with her, took over and got us into our room. The room was quite spacious on the 19th floor. Decorations and furnishings reminded me of the Victorian era. It works for a 1-2 day stay, anything  more than that, take your business elsewhere.

    19/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    26. Katie R.
    The Floridan...where do I begin? As a Tampa native, I had always hoped someone would buy the neglected diamond in the rough and save it.  It is a beautiful and treasured piece of Tampa history. I now live in Atlanta and while visiting over the Thanksgiving weekend, my husband and I decided we were going to stay at the hotel for a night to experience this recently renovated gem.
    Well... I am sad to report that while the hotel is still standing and has been renovated/saved, it really leaves a lot to be desired. The hotel was built in 1926 and unfortunately, other than the lobby, this time period was lost in the renovation. Let's start with the Sapphire Room. This bar has so much potential. It should be a cozy, rich, opulent bar with a "clubby" vibe. It should have wood paneling on the walls and columns. It should have artwork and photographs of Tampa landmarks or other pertinent hotel history framed in ornate frames throughout the bar.  It should have the hotel emblem etched in the mirror behind the bar. It should have heavy wood doors as you enter the bar. Here's what it has instead: textured white drywall columns and walls that remind you of a 1990's styled beach resort. Vinyl (yes, vinyl) lettering on the mirror behind the bar, wavy glass doors which look like they are right out of the 1990's hotel beach resort, and haphazardly placed black and white photographs in varying sizes hung around the room in cheap frames. It is evident that there was zero professional design assistance in the process. It is really so disappointing. What could have been so cozy, romantic, and handsome is so white/stark, characterless, and cheap looking.

    31/03/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    27. Frances F.
    I really wanted to give this place a chance to be better than the reviews. Alas, it just didn't make it. The beds are so firm, it was difficult to sleep. Two beds means two doubles (no queens in this hotel). There is no coffee maker in the room (and the bar downstairs isn't open in the morning LOL). The room is pretty though, I'll give you that. It would be a lot prettier if the maid service would actually make up the bed. I was here for 5 days, and the maids made the bed twice. Also, don't get in a hurry for the Internet. I would have been willing to pay for good Internet service, but it's free, slow, and often disconnects.

    21/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    28. Pamela S.
    I'm glad I didn't really look at the reviews during my stay, I knew there would be references to The Shining... Anyway, looks like there are very few reviews and most aren't for an actual hotel stay. I was here for three nights in early June. Looked up things to do/see in Tampa and turned out that my hotel is listed as a historic landmark! While of course I like modern hotels with more "luxurious" amenities, I also enjoy old, iconic hotels. There's something about knowing there is rich history in and so many stories that have floated through the hotel. Check-in was quick and effortless. Room was very simple with ornate furnishings - I had a king bed and it was very comfortable. Free wifi. Main complaint would be that there is a lack of TV channels.  
    Close to Florida Av, where there are some restaurants, and walking distance to Curtis Hixon Park, museums, and the riverwalk.

    26/07/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. Chantelle M.
    It's cool that this place is a Historic Landmark. (Built in 1926/1927)
    It's cool that it still has that historic feel and decadence. (I feel like I was a passenger on the titanic, almost)
    It's cool that the place is so ornate; even the rooms.

    What's not cool is how paper thin the walls were that I was awaken at 3 in the morning to a woman moaning so loudly it was almost as if she was in my room!
    I KID YOU NOT.

    Couple next door sure had a fun night. Me? not so much. I have never slept in a hotel where the walls where THAT thin. I could hear the man sneezing in the morning, I heard hear the TV being played from both sides of my room.

    I get that this was built in the prohibition era or whatever but sheesh.......

    20/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    30. Ginger H.
    The strange:
    Wow...someone before me read my mind---think, "The Shining!"

    The facts:
    Let me start by saying I'm Hyatt  platinum and HH gold and due to family emergency could not book ahead and had to resort to a non-branded hotel given last minute booking. It was the only available game in town!

    The good:
    The entire....ok the few staff they had were genuinely nice and said ALL the right stuff but the actions and resolution was non-existent!  

    The bad:
    Stayed 4 nights...  luke warm water at best, the safe for valuables didn't work, pillows were absurdly "fat" and way too firm, the mattress was hard, fitted sheet was thin and the waterproof mattress cover made the sheet slide (no pillowtop), two sheets to cover up with and a full sized blanket rolled at foot of bed as spread/comforter,  and boxsprings were exposed and no soap holder in bathroom. Cosmetically, everything looked great but it was all for show and NOT comfortable in reality.

    The fix--
    They plugged in the safe and it worked next day.

    The ugly:
    Desk clerk personally checked water...agreed not as hot as could be and said owner was coming in to turn up temperature--- NEVER fixed for all 4 days. My days were long and stressful and all I wanted to do was come back each night to a nice hot shower and comfortable bed.  
    My solution for pillows (they admitted others had complained too) was a second blanket...they provided.

    The uglier:
    4 days ..only made the beds! Didnt empty trash, didn't tidy our things on sink or in room and didn't replace towels...

    I asked for discount given i had no other compensation options and was given the owner's email. I was told that due to booking online, I could not get a discount but rather could on next stay.  WHY WOULD I EMAIL THE OWNER?  SHOULDN'T THEY CONTACT ME?  I won't be coming back.

    This was a very strange experience!!!  As for the renovated historical building...its beautiful and spacious but that means nothing if its intended purpose is not met...a comfortable, inviting space to rest and relax that is accomodating and clean--- especially when you're paying $189 a night!

    17/05/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    31. Bertram F.
    Went to Tampa with friends and wife during Easter week. Couldn't believe the value we received booking with hotel directly. Everything was fine and we had a wonderful stay. Hotel is right downtown and close to shopping, museum, restaurants...The only con was we opted to pay extra for a lake view--room was much smaller than I anticpated. Would not do that again.

    15/05/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    32. Shawn J.
    Gorgeous Hotel! We have stayed in a lot of  very nice hotels, all over the place, and this is in our top three. We have always stayed at the Hyatt in downtown or the Marriott, but no more, screw our rewards. This is our hotel for downtown Tampa from here on out. The décor is elegant antique. Everything was clean, and the employees acted as if they truly enjoyed working there. Smiles from everyone we met. Our room was very nice, large, and clean. The woodwork on the furniture is exquisite. The bar was a special treat. The bartender we had was so cool. He explained everything to us so patiently. He made this Expresso Martini that I damn near fell out of my seat with excitement from the taste. This thing was the greatest drink my wife and I have ever had. It even had a couple of coffee beans floating on the top of it. I rather liked the parking lot, because it is so quick and easy to retrieve your vehicle from. Three minutes drive from Ybor or Channelside with a much faster parking system than the other hotels. We are fans of this Hotel!

    22/05/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Colleen B.
    My fiancé and I were looking forward to staying at this hotel for Valentines Day. Our good friends were getting married and they chose this hotel to accommodate all their guests. Because we were wedding guests, we had to call the hotel to make a reservation and say we were with the wedding to receive a discount for our stay....sounds simple, right? Wrong.

    Even though we made our reservation a week in advance and gave our credit card information to them over the phone, they lost our reservation. As we're standing in the lobby (me in my evening gown and my fiancé in his tux) the front manager told us there were no rooms available and that there was nothing they could do about this "human error". They asked us for our confirmation number, which we never received because we made the reservation over the phone. Were we supposed to ask for a confirmation number? Ridiculous.We told them that we chose this hotel because we were guests of the wedding and the woman we talked to didn't seem sympathetic at all that we were homeless for the night. She offered to "try" and find us a room at a different hotel but because she seemed less than eager to want to genuinely help us, we just left. After the wedding reception my fiancé and I ended driving back home that night instead of enjoying our stay in Tampa for Valentines Day like we wanted to.

    My fiancé and I will NOT be choosing this hotel to accommodate our future wedding guests. We have guests coming from out of state for our wedding and can't afford to have any careless "human errors".The last thing I need is for my guests to not have a place to stay. I suggest that anyone who wants to use this hotel for a wedding or any other event, think again.

    16/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    34. Becca B.
    Update: I was moved to a fresher smelling room, so I have moved this review up one star. The other issue has not been addressed.

    Original: The inside of the hotel is lovely, and the prices are competitive for downtown...or they were, until they started charging $15 a night for parking in an exposed parking lot. Additionally, the room smells like stale cigarette smoke, like it used to be a smoking room for years and only recently became non-smoking, and like no-one thought to run an air filter to clear it out.

    I booked this hotel over a month ago for a conference. I picked it specifically for the free parking, since I'm here on my employer's dime and trying to keep costs down. Then I arrived and found out that, between then and now, they instituted a $15/night parking fee. What?? I understand other hotels charge for parking. I have no problem with your hotel making that choice. I have a HUGE problem, however, with not being notified, discovering when I pull up, walking in to ask about it, being told I have to wait until the manager gets there, and then having the manager tell me I'm welcome to check out if I can find a better deal elsewhere.

    A month ago, when you made this change, I could have found a better deal. Tonight, on the spot, after having driven 3 hours to get here & while needing to prep for my conference, I cannot. Everything is now booked except for airport hotels miles away. So now I will be stuck with an unexpected $60 parking bill , since I'm here for 4 nights, that I can't expect my employers to pay since it wasn't part of the costs they approved me to travel on.

    I can guarantee I will not stay here again.

    17/03/15 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    35. Miss. R.
    I stayed the weekend at the lovely Florida Palace Hotel for work, and although my experience started off terribly, I am pleased to say it ended wonderfully.

    The reason I gave four stars is because I made my reservation through another site, and when I arrived at the hotel to check in the girl at the front desk was a monster with me ( because she couldn't find my reservation). I was in shock because she had such a terrible,  condescending attitude. I believe her name was April, and I've never seen such a miserable person working front desk at a hotel. She wouldn't stop talking to me like I was a peasant and didn't belong at the hotel. Honestly, I didn't start with a very good impression of the hotel because of her.

    Luckily, I met other employees who were the complete opposite. EJ, was such a sweetheart. He truly went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable. Always friendly and helpful, he completely changed my mind on Floridan Palace Hotel.

    21/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0