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Tampa is a Gulf Coast
city in the U.S. state of Florida. It serves as the county seat for Hillsborough
County. Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida.
current location of Tampa was once inhabited by various indigenous cultures,
most recently the Tocobaga. It was spotted by Spanish explorers in the
early 1500s, but there was no permanent American or European settlements
in the area until 1824, when the US Army established a frontier outpost
called Fort Brooke at the site of today's Tampa Convention Center. The
village of Tampa began as a small group of pioneers who settled near the
fort for protection from the Seminole population in the area.
Today, Tampa is a part of
the metropolitan area most commonly referred to as the Tampa Bay Area.
For U.S. Census purposes, Tampa is part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater,
Florida MSA. The four-county area is composed of roughly 2.7 million residents,
making it the second largest metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the
state, and the fourth largest in the Southeastern United States, behind
Miami, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta. The Greater Tampa Bay area has
just over 4 million residents and generally includes the Tampa and Sarasota
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Tampa has a number of sports
teams, such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL, the Tampa Bay Lightning
in the National Hockey League, and the Tampa Bay Rays in Major League Baseball.
It also has many tourist attractions.
In 2008, Tampa was ranked
as the 5th best outdoor city by Forbes. A 2004 survey by the NYU newspaper
Washington Square News ranked Tampa as a top city for "twenty-somethings".
Busch Gardens is the name
of two amusement parks in the United States, and a planned amusement park
in Dubai, owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a division
of Blackstone Group. One of the parks is in Williamsburg, Virginia, and
the other is in Tampa, Florida. There was also previously a Busch
Gardens park in Pasadena, California (1905–1937), Van Nuys, Los Angeles,
California from (1964–1979) and Houston, Texas (1971–1973). Busch
Gardens parks were initially developed as marketing vehicles for Anheuser-Busch
and featured hospitality houses with samples of Anheuser-Busch products.
They also included stables that housed many of the company's Clydesdale
horses, which have been associated with Anheuser-Busch since 1933. Eventually,
rides and attractions were added to the parks and overtime were developed
into full theme parks while still promoting Anheuser-Busch. Busch Entertainment
Corporation, now called SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, was created
as a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Companies to run the various parks in
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HOTELS, FLORIDA, USA
the full list of Tampa Hotels
Western Bay Harbor Hotel, Tampa
Located less than one mile
from the beach, the Bay Harbor Hotel in Tampa, Fla., is four miles from
Rocky Point Golf Course and the shops of Westshore Plaza. Visitors are
within nine miles of the Tampa Museum of Art and the Tampa Convention Center.
The hotel is three miles from Tampa International Airport and complimentary
shuttle service to the airport and area shops is available. The impressive
marble lobby of the Bay Harbor Hotel features colorful artwork and seating
areas ideal for relaxation. Leafy potted plants decorate the molded columns.
Crabby Bill's Beach Club serves seafood in a casual environment for breakfast,
lunch and dinner.
Suite Hotel Tampa
Chase Suite Hotel Tampa
is located in Tampa, Fla. Nearby attractions include Busch Gardens, Lowry
Park Zoo, Adventure Island, International Plaza, Raymond James Stadium,
and Florida Aquarium. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and spa tub, as
well as manager's receptions and complimentary breakfasts. Chase Suite
Hotel Tampa also features a private fishing dock overlooking Old Tampa
Bay, sports court, and barbecue area. Transportation to Tampa International
Airport is complimentary. Suites provide refrigerators, microwave ovens,
stoves, dishwashers, coffeemakers, cookware, dinnerware, and utensils.
Other amenities include high-speed Internet access (fees apply) and cable
Garden Inn Tampa North Busch Gardens
Positioned in the northern
Tampa (Fla.) suburb of Temple Terrace, the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa North
is located within a nature preserve, 16.5 miles from downtown Tampa. Casual
American fare is served for all three meals six days a week at the Great
American Grill. Breakfast is served on Sundays. The hotel lobby bar prepares
cocktails each evening by a double-sided fireplace. The hotel features
a 24-hour including complimentary high-speed Internet access. Conference
rooms are offered and event catering is available. The hotel boasts a landscaped
sundeck, surrounded by an outdoor pool and spa tub. The on-site fitness
room overlooks the pool area.
Tampa Airport Westshore
The Hilton Tampa Airport
Westshore (Fla.) is located in the Westshore Business District of Tampa,
Fla., across the street from the shops at International Plaza, one mile
of Raymond James Stadium and two miles from the Tampa International Airport.
The hotel offers complimentary scheduled transportation to and from the
airport and within a three-mile radius of the hotel. Daily buffet-style
breakfasts and lunches and a la carte selection for all three meals are
served at the Key West-style Hemingway's Restaurant. The Bay Breeze Lounge
offers cocktails and light snacks from a lobby bar overlooking the outdoor
patio and pool.
Johnson Plaza Tampa
Located in downtown Tampa,
Howard Johnson Plaza is adjacent to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
and less than a mile from the convention center. Busch Gardens is
about 6 miles away. This Tampa hotel features an outdoor pool and a fitness
center. The on-site Waterworks Lounge and Restaurant serves breakfast,
lunch, dinner, and evening cocktails. Complimentary transportation is available
to attractions within a 2-mile radius. Guestrooms offer complimentary wireless
Internet access; local calls are also free. TVs include premium cable channels.
Microwave ovens and compact refrigerators are available upon request. Pets
are permitted for a surcharge.
Quinta Inn Tampa Airport
The La Quinta Inn Tampa
Airport (Fla.) is located across the street from International Mall and
one-half mile from the Tampa International Airport. The hotel provides
complimentary airport transportation. The La Quinta Inn Tampa Airport serves
complimentary continental breakfasts featuring fresh fruit, pastries and
coffee each morning. The hotel offers a discount to the restaurant on the
hotel premises. Meeting space and business services are available. The
hotel hosts an outdoor pool. Guestrooms are equipped with complimentary
high-speed Internet access, desks and cable television.
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