I was staying in Tampa for the weekend and my usual place, close to work, was sold out for the weekend. The prices of other hotels in the same area were way up and I looked for alternatives. I found the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Unfortunately, it’s located on the wrong side of town for me but since it was a weekend I was hoping that traffic wouldn’t be that bad. So I booked this amazing Hotel for $20 less than the other hotels where my project site is. At the time of booking, I didn’t know what great place I just booked.
After flying into the Tampa International Airport and picking up my rental car, I took the short drive of about 8 minutes to the hotel. I like airport hotels anyway. You have to I guess as an aviation geek.
I drove up this nice and beautiful driveway to the hotel where I passed an office building first. A valet greeted me and I asked if I could leave my car there for the check-in process. He acknowledged and told me that I would have to leave the keys with him just in case the have to move the car. Done!
I grabbed my wallet and phone and headed inside. Not knowing where to go I was greeted by a concierge and had to ask him where the check in counter is. The counter is located to your left as soon as you walk in. You can’t see it from the entrance. I was the second one in line. The receptionist was amazing. She immediately recognized my Globalist membership level with Hyatt. I had booked a two double-bed room, this was the only one available for the cheapest price, and she asked me if I am by myself. As I acknowledged she was trying to put me in a King Room with Bay View but unfortunately there was no room available for the timeframe of my stay. Two doubles are not a problem for me and I got my room key.
If you an aviation geek you might want to consider getting a room with an airport view. The hotel has a great position to watch planes landing and taking off, especially on runway 1L/19R.
The bay view rooms are really great for everyone else. You get to see the sunset and a partial view of the backyard of the hotel including the pool.
Since I could not leave my car there while I would take my bags up to my room, the valet offered me to unload my bags at the curb and he will watch them while I park my car. I just like to park myself. I am not a big valet fan. Sometimes valet parking takes even longer to get your car as just self-parking. Anyway, I parked in the parking garage next door and came back to pick up my bags and headed towards the elevator. The elevator is located past the check-in counter to your right.