Family Getaway: Embassy Suites Tampa – Downtown Convention Center

by Carrie McLaren with 1 comment

Traveling with children is always an adventure. Adapting to a new ‘home away from home’, a break from routine and plenty of exploring too.

During our recent visit to Tampa, we stayed at the Embassy Suites Tampa – Downtown Convention Center and discovered many perks that were perfect for families. Here’s a look at our trip –

Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown - blog

Room to Relax

There’s nothing worse than sitting in a dark hotel room (or sitting in the lighted bathroom) once the kids have fallen asleep for the night. We didn’t have that problem at Embassy Suites Tampa – Downtown Convention Center.

At Embassy Suites, there’s a separate living space, bedroom and a mini-kitchenette with a mini-refrigerator, wet bar sink, coffee maker and a microwave. The living space included a pull-out sofa – making even more space for sleeping. With two televisions, the girls could watch what they wanted and we could watch something different in the other room. Perfection when it comes to traveling with little ones.

Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown convention center

Free Breakfast Buffet and Evening Reception

I’m such a big fan of breakfast buffets, especially when on trips. Free breakfast buffets are a ‘win’ for our family because it helps us save money and it’s easily accessible. The Embassy Suites provides a full-hot breakfast buffet with made to order omelets, bacon, waffles, cereal, yogurts and more.

Embassy Suites Breakfast Buffet

And in the evening, it’s time to relax after a day of exploring and traveling at the daily manager’s reception featuring complimentary beer and wine and snacks too. It was a great place for us to pick up a treat and juice for the girls and a drink for ourselves.

It was definitely a welcome sight to see the reception when we arrived to check-in on our first night. We enjoyed ourselves at the complimentary reception and then walked over to the waterfront to enjoy a nice, family dinner.

Embassy Suites Evening Reception

Location, Location, Location!

The hotel is only about two blocks from Amalie Arena – home to the Tampa Bay Lightning and tons of concerts and shows throughout the year. It is an easy walk to the arena, I’m hoping to make my way back to Tampa for some concerts — and when I do, I’m definitely staying at the Embassy Suites.

If you’re coming to town for a convention, the Embassy Suites is across the street from the Tampa Convention Center and there’s even a walkway above the street connecting it to the hotel.

Embassy Suites Tampa - close to Amalie Arena

Heading out on a cruise? The Port of Tampa is about one mile from the hotel. Definitely walkable, but with luggage – I would recommend a taxi or the TECO streetcar (more on that below). We were excited to be able to see the Carnival Paradise leaving town from our room.

Hop on the TECO Line Streetcar 

The TECO Line Streetcar connects Downtown, Channelside and the Ybor City area — and there is a stop right outside the front of the Embassy Suites Tampa – Downtown Convention Center. The streetcar line covers 2.4 miles making many of the city’s family-friendly attractions easily accessible without needing a car.

Embassy Suites Tampa TECO Streetcar

Visit the Florida Aquarium, the Glazer Children’s Museum, Ybor City, the Tampa Theatre and more. Be sure to check out the schedules and hours – as they do vary on weekdays and weekends. A one-way fare is $2.50 or buy a one-day unlimited pass for only $5.00.

Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown Convention Center Exterior

We loved our time at the Embassy Suites Tampa – Downtown Convention Center. We made some great family memories, enjoyed some time relaxing and managed to sneak in some pool time too.

Family getaways are always filled with fun — and discovering ‘new to us’ places makes even more exciting. I’m already looking forward to returning to Tampa again soon.

What amenities are important to you

when traveling with kids? 

 

** The Embassy Suites Tampa – Downtown Convention Center hosted my family and I during our time in Tampa. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. ** 

    Comments

  • talliana


    I look for suite hotels, free breakfast and accessibility to nearby attractions without having to drive. I love tampa and i know there is lots of things to do down there. We liked doing the drive in theater on weekends and going to the flea markets for great buys.

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