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Our Favorite Hotels for the Perfect Tampa Bay Staycation

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Whether you need some time away from your downtown Tampa apartment, or you and your friends are itching for a vacay without the travel costs, a staycation in Tampa Bay is the solution.

A quick road trip away and you’ll be able to escape from reality and enjoy Tampa Bay’s outstanding white-sand beaches, iconic attractions, top restaurants, and more. From amazing views at clearwater beach to a local, community neighborhood of downtown Dunedin, there’s a Tampa staycation for you.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to pack your bags and check in at these 10 best places for a Tampa Bay Staycation 🏖

Don Cesar Hotel Resort

For a sophisticated beach staycation, The Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach is an ideal option. The Don CeSar offers amazing views of the Gulf of Mexico, two beachfront pools, comfy lounge chairs at the soft, white-sand beach, 6 restaurants, a lovely spa, and more.

Let’s not forget how instagrammable it is! Florida’s pink palace is a prime location to relax poolside with a mimosa while waiting for your afternoon spa. 

📍 3400 Gulf Blvd, St Pete Beach, FL 33706

Fenway Hotel

Step back in time at Fenway Hotel in Dunedin for a charming, 1920s experience. From the brimming natural light to the lovely waterfront views, Fenway Hotel has been offering luxurious rooms since 1927. The Fenway has so much history that it that gives off nostalgic character to your already charming getaway. Be sure to check out the sunset from the rooftop and enjoy a delicious steak at their restaurant, HEW Parlor & Chophouse.

📍 453 Edgewater Dr, Dunedin, FL 34698

Current Hotel Tampa

The views at Current Hotel in Tampa are unlike any other. Current Hotel is known for its expansive, panoramic views of the beautiful Tampa Bay and the city’s skyline.

If you’re looking for a fun and energetic staycation in Tampa, this is your spot. The rooftop bar is the place to be and has so many Instagram-worthy spots to get that perfect photo. A nice hot day isn’t complete without relaxing near the pool while sippin’ on one of their refreshing craft cocktails. 

📍 2545 N Rocky Point Dr, Tampa, FL 33607

Epicurean Hotel

A foodies dream, Epicurean Hotel in South Tampa is a trendy, food-focused boutique hotel. Epicurean Hotel offers on-site culinary classes, state-of-the-art eateries, and a spectacular rooftop bar.

Balance your food coma out with a gym pump at their cutting-edge fitness facility, then dive into their beautiful pool. The spa has options for everyone whether you’re looking for a romantic couple’s massage or a hydrating HydraFacial. Epicurean Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of SOHO with plenty of restaurants and bars to check out in the area.

📍 1207 S Howard Ave, Tampa, FL 33606

The Karol Hotel

Located in Feather Sound, The Karol Hotel is a simplistic boutique Hotel that brings a dazzling rooftop with views of Tampa Bay, 123 quaint guest rooms and suites, and an outstanding pool to relax by. You’ll want to spend some time at the K Club Bar and the K Club Bistro for fantastic food and drinks. Plus, The Vantage Rooftop Bar is the perfect place to catch a beautiful Florida sunset.

The Karol Hotel is pinpointed near the center of Clearwater, making the commute to Tampa or St. Pete super convenient!

📍 2675 Ulmerton Rd, Clearwater, FL 33762

The Vinoy Renaissance Resort

Another beautiful pink hotel on the list, The Vinoy in downtown St. Pete offers a luxe spa, golf course, 5 restaurants, and an amazing location. This resort and spa has been around since 1925 and has an elegant atmosphere to enjoy a lovely weekend away from home.

When you aren’t soaking up a refreshing facial or sitting poolside, we recommend renting bikes across the street and riding to the new St. Pete Pier for a day of fun, then heading back to The Vinoy for drinks and dinner at the rooftop restaurant, Pauls Landing.

📍 501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Opal Sands Resort

With Gulf views in every room, you’ll never want to leave Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater. It’s perfect for dolphin watching right from your bed! This upscale and modern resort makes for an amazing staycation in Clearwater beach for a high-class, seaside getaway.

After building up an appetite from a day at the white sand beach, zero-entry pool, or relaxing spa, head over to Sea-Guini for an impressive Italian dinner with freshly caught fish and traditional pasta dishes. 

📍 430 S Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33767

AMI Locals

Live like a local in Anna Maria Island even if it’s your first time here! AMI Locals is a vacation home rental agency with everything from beachfront rentals to pet-friendly villas. With a passion to ensure every visitor experiences the best of the best at Anna Maria Island, AMI Locals will exceed your expectations by providing you with the most perfect staycation rental. A weekend in Anna Maria Island is ideal for a tropical oasis with small-town charm.

📍 9801 Gulf Dr #5, Anna Maria, FL 34216

Art Ovation Hotel

Art Ovation Hotel is a hip and artsy hotel in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Imagine amazing architecture, a stunning rooftop, live painters in the lobby, a delightful brunch, and much more. Being located in the bustling downtown Sarasota, we recommend venturing out to the restaurants, bars, fine arts venues, and so much more, to fully dive into the city.

📍1255 N Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236

Hotel Alba Tampa

Hotel Alba is a one-of-a-kind hotel in the heart of the thriving Westshore’s business, dining, and shopping district. This beautiful hotel features three restaurants including The Spaniard, Buffalo Bayou, and the poolside bar. The rooms at Hotel Alba are modern with spectacular city views. The location of Hotel Alba is perfect if you’re looking to explore Tampa Bay and everything it has to offer from shopping at local boutiques to walking the riverwalk, with restaurant, breweries, and bar options galore! 

📍 5303 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33609

10 Best Places for a Tampa Bay Staycation

Living in Tampa Bay means you have optimal opportunities to go explore the little bits of paradise right at your fingertips.  For a great staycation in Tampa Bay, use this guide is to book your next trip! 

Let us know where you end up staying! Tag us in your beachy resort house or luxurious high rise at @stufftodointampabay on Facebook or Instagram

Haley Haman

Haley Haman

Haley is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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