Tampa Journals

Tampa, a Shockingly Quiet Place

A February 2007 trip to Tampa by JesusW

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Quote: The downtown area can be stressfully quiet, life unplugs at 6pm weekdays.

Tampa, a Shockingly Quiet Place

Overview

City of limos Photo, Tampa, Florida
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Yes, Tampa means a lot of fun for lots of people, like cruise ships, the Busch Gardens, the nice beaches, the Lightning's games, even a trip to Orlando. But there is another face to this city: the downtown area can be very lonely in the afternoon-evening.Quick Tips: Although the streetcar line passes just in front of the hotel (not on rails, but still a streetcar) and that this is the center of the city, downtown Tampa can be quite boring after office hours. Take a cab to Ybor city to dine and watch some shows or go to Channelside for night entertainment. During the day you have the Florida Aquarium or go to Busch Gardens.Best Way To Get Around: Most of the restaurants and cafeterias...Read More

Hyatt Regency Tampa

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Hotel

Hyatt Regency Tampa Photo, Tampa, Florida
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My stay in the Hyatt Downtown was a pleasant one, the rooms are clean and the beads are very soft, you get 4(veeeeery soft) pillows per bed and a small cushion. And I as a non-smoker loved a small detail, in your non-smoking room is totally prohibited to smoke, there is a $250 fine if you do, yahooo!We used the conference rooms for breakfast and some interviews, the service was excellent and the food was good, nothing out of this world but fresh and prepared right. The staff was courteous and helpful. My only "complaint" in this department is that the silverware is way too big and heavy to eat.The restaurant serves Starbucks coffee, for me is not a big deal as I don't enjoy their coffe...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 28, 2007

Hyatt Regency Tampa
211 North Tampa Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
(813) 225-1234

Moxie's Cafe

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Restaurant | "Moxie´s cafe"

Moxie's Cafe Photo, Tampa, Florida
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Moxie´s is a great place, and very popular with the locals, I went there at 1pm and the place was packed. It took me around 20 minutes from the moment I crossed the door until I got my food in front of me, but it was worth it.The place is in the downtown area of Tampa, full of banks and offices, so I recommend avoiding lunch time, the line was a long one, even though they were taking orders along the line to relieve some pressure at the cashier and to have the food done faster.As some friend recommended, I had the Cuban Sandwich pressed and "all the way". I got a hot, fat, short baguette stuffed way too much with sliced ham, cheese, tomato, and lettuce. Fortunately I didn't ord...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 1, 2007

Moxie's Cafe
514 North Tampa Street
Tampa, Florida 33602
(813) 221-4510

Tampa International Airport

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Story/Tip

Internal airtrain Photo, Tampa, Florida
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A beauty!A lot of friends told me that this airport was the best, I can now agree with them.Easy to navigate, people flow is easy, you don't get lost so easily as in other airports. An extra nice touch is to divide the airport in Blue and Red areas depending on the airline you are flying with, so the lounge, the airtrain and the satellite will be color coded and you just need to know your airline and gate to be ready to go. On the arrival side, it is much easier, you disembark and follow the color/airline to your carousel in a route that will be straight forward. Vehicle flow was a breeze due to the correct planning of all the access and the layout of the departure ...Read More