Villa-Style Suites Steps from Tampa Bay
Though Tampa Bay has an adventurous past—legend has it the Spanish pirate Gasparilla ransacked its coastline in the late 18th century—these days, the harbor acts as a peaceful backdrop to a city with world-class attractions. At Chase Suite Hotel Tampa, you can take a quiet stroll along a dock that extends into the bay’s glittering waters, and then set out to explore all Tampa has to offer. Numerous family-friendly activities lie within a half-hour drive of the hotel, including Busch Gardens, Tampa Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, Adventure Island water park, and Raymond James Stadium, home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
For those with an early flight out of Tampa International Airport, the included Park ‘N Fly package lets guests park their car at Chase Suite Hotel Tampa for up to 10 days. A complimentary shuttle (6 a.m.–10 p.m.) will transfer you to and from the airport to defer the cost of airport parking.
Each spacious queen studio suite has been stylishly decorated in soft, earthy hues and comes outfitted with a full kitchen. In the morning, guests may enjoy a complimentary breakfast with fresh fruit, cereal, and pastries, and on select weeknights, the hotel hosts a weekly reception with hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine. Tropical plants line the hotel's bayside dock, where guests have been known to fish in the calm waters or read books beneath the shade of large table umbrellas. Alternatively, the outdoor pool provides a tranquil spot to lie under the sun.
Tampa, Florida: World-Class Attractions and Latin American Heritage
Tampa rests on Florida's west coast, where several pristine beaches curl around Tampa Bay. Visitors often make the trek to Tampa to visit the part-theme park, part-zoo Busch Gardens, where you can ride jungle-themed roller coasters after watching giraffes, rhinos, tigers, and other exotic animals. Cool off across the street at Adventure Island, home to 30 acres of water slides, wave pools, and lazy rivers.
In downtown Tampa, bright-yellow trolleys navigate past the city’s downtown and Channelside districts. These trolleys—called TECO Line streetcars—are part of an electric-streetcar line that began in 1892 and was revived in 2002. Hop on the streetcar anywhere in downtown Tampa, and get off at Centennial Park Station to visit the dynamic Ybor City neighborhood, the epicenter of Tampa's rich Latin heritage.
Founded in the late 19th century by Cuban cigar makers, Ybor City still features many of the industry’s historical warehouses along its main drag, Seventh Street. Now, these spacious brick buildings house artist lofts, international restaurants, and nightclubs, giving Ybor a reputation as a lively late-night destination. Each fall near Halloween, the area hosts the Guavaween Street Festival, which pays homage to Ybor's Latin culture with a colorful parade, costumed performers, and live music.