Top 13 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Tampa 2023

A holiday vacation favorite, Tampa a city located in Florida which offers year-round sunshine and a rich culture that includes a clear Cuban influence- from the historic buildings to the sounds of acoustic music and smells of Spanish spices drifting from city-center restaurants.

It’s also an increasingly trendy destination and the urban heart of Florida’s Gulf coast has been officially mentioned as being one of the hippest communities in the U.S. Head to Tampa Bay and you’ll find an abundance of craft breweries, coffee shops galore, cool restaurants, and plenty of funky fun.

There are also some equally special places to stay, from chic boutiques to trendy large hotels, here are my Top 10 cool and unusual hotels in Tampa, Florida (in no particular order)… 

Best For Instagrammable Design

Epicurean

Hipster hotel in Tampa

Fun hotel in Tampa

Modern hotel in Tampa

Nestled in the lively cityscape, this boutique hotel embodies the essence of gastronomic indulgence offering an extraordinary experience.

Epicurean Hotel Tampa is a masterpiece of design and hospitality. It effortlessly blends contemporary elegance with the timeless charm of an artisanal retreat.

Neutral colors and reclaimed wood provide the backdrop for enjoying locally crafted beers, top-level food, and an in-house spa. With its freshly made treatments, Spa Evangeline is the place to indulge the senses.

Or if you’re a foodie or wine connoisseur, you may enjoy the ‘Epicurean theatre’ a calendar of events ranging from learning about Florida oysters to a Thanksgiving dine-in.

The Élevage restaurant offers innovative dishes from around the world, with two more excellent sister restaurants around the corner. You can also enjoy the Tampa skyline from the hotel rooftop bar or pick something up from Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits in the lobby.

Every guest room and suite is meant to be a sanctuary of luxury, adorned with exquisite details. These rooms are inspired by the flavors and textures of the culinary realm.

Located in South Tampa’s vibrant SoHo district, full of boutiques, a wide range of restaurants and bars, there’s no shortage of things to do on your doorstep.

Pros

Epicurean Theater

Spa Evangeline

Very hip decor

Lobby has Bern’s Fine Wines & Spirits

Cons

No gymnasium

The pool area is a little loud

Best For Trendy Design

EDITION

The Tampa EDITION - one of the most extraordinaire and exotic hotels in Tampa The Tampa EDITION - one of the most extraordinaire and exotic hotels in Tampa1 The Tampa EDITION - one of the most extraordinaire and exotic hotels in Tampa2

The EDITION brings luxury on the grand scale to downtown Tampa, with a marble lobby full of lush tropical plants and a stunning spiral staircase that’s become an Instagram hit.

There’s a rooftop pool and spa in a setting of setting of cinematic splendor with pink flowering bougainvillea, fresh flowers throughout the hotel, and a range of upscale dining venues.

As you step into the grand lobby of The Tampa EDITION, it is instantly captivating. The hotel’s stunning beauty is a testament to the designer’s impeccable attention to detail.

Every element, from the meticulously crafted furnishings to the curated artwork adorning the walls, speaks to the hotel’s commitment to timeless style and uncompromising quality.

The interiors designed by Roman & Williams revel in simple color schemes: green and gold in the lobby, white and beige in the rooms framed by views of green trees and blue skies, and neon colors at the Arts Club Dance Floor.

The rooms are spacious and airy in the Florida style, with signature EDITION faux fur throws, white-lacquer Norman Cherner chairs, and surrealist prints by Rodney Smith. Some rooms and suites have balconies and garden terraces, and all have city or garden views.

Michelin-starred chef John Fraser is in charge of the seven onsite restaurants, lounges and bars. The Lilac restaurant specializes in Mediterranean dishes with local produce, and breakfast is served daily.

Pros

Suites designed by Roman & Williams-Florida style suites

White-lacquer Norman Cherner chairs

Marble lobby with tropical plants around

Cons

Overcrowded in events

No mini-fridges in the room

A bit expensive

Best For Millennials and Gen Zs

Aloft Midtown

Cool hotels in Tampa

Trendy hotel in Tampa

 As you step into the stylish lobby of Aloft Tampa Midtown, you are instantly greeted by an atmosphere of chic sophistication. The unique boutique hotel captures the essence of the city’s energetic spirit, with its unparalleled experience for the trendsetting traveler.

Clean, sharp lines and soothing colors create the contemporary décor in this new Aloft hotel, located in Tampa Midtown.

Alongside minimalism, there are also elements of geometric design, and the suspended spheres as you go up the stairs feel like they could have been lifted from an art installation.

Inside the bedrooms, pure white walls and Mondrian-inspired patterns help give even the smaller bedrooms an airy feel. All guest rooms and suites at Aloft Tampa Midtown are a testament to modern comfort and functionality.

Every space is designed with a blend of minimalist aesthetics coupled with the accentuating cutting-edge technology which sets it apart from many other hotels in the city.

On the rooftop, you can sip crafted cocktails by the pool while soaking up the Florida rays or enjoy modern Latin food at the Sal Y Mar restaurant. Not far from downtown Tampa and the International airport makes this a convenient spot. Amenities-wise, there is also a fitness center, pool table, and 24hr-snack pantry. 

Pros

Billiards Table

Mondrian-inspired patterns on suite walls

On-site Sal Y Mar restaurant

Close to downtown Tampa

Cons

Hard mattress

Some rooms have street noise

Best For Boutique

Hotel Haya

Hotel Haya Tampa Florida

Cool places in Tampa

Hip boutique hotels in Tampa

 It is a modern haven with a storied past. The boutique hotel captures the essence of Tampa’s diverse cultural tapestry, complete with its captivating experiences that seamlessly blend history, art, and contemporary luxury.

Hotel Haya is a new boutique hotel, not the biggest, but exceptionally rated and full of charm. Contemporary design meets comfort with cozy touches such as the wall of books and the sunny glass conservatory.

The Valencia Ballroom is not to be missed – an impressive setting for events, featuring a two-story-high ceiling with whitewashed brick and full-length windows.

The private courtyard pool is perfect for relaxing, or you could try the restaurant and café which serve up tasty bites from Cuban to Italian, Spanish to Mediterranean, inspired by the local area.

All guest rooms and suites at Hotel Haya are meticulously designed with the intention of making them a sanctuary of comfort and tranquillity. Spaces are thoughtfully adorned with curated artwork fused with locally sourced furnishings, guaranteeing an immersive experience celebrating the city’s vibrant artistic community.

Located in Ybor City, just 2 km for Tampa’s center, this abode is perfectly situated for exploring the different sides of this vibrant area. Other onsite facilities include a fitness center, garden, and meeting rooms.

Pros

The Valencia Ballroom

Private courtyard pool

2 km for Tampa’s center

Cons

Street facing rooms are noisy

No coffee maker in the room

Best For Music-themed

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Cool themed hotel in Tampa

Amazing hotels in Tampa

Coolest hotels in Tampa

 Starting with its iconic guitar-shaped tower, the sprawling resort redefines the concept of luxury. If anything, it sets the stage for an escape into the world of gaming, dining, and live entertainment.

This is one of the big daddies on the Tampa hotel scene. The signature Hard Rock décor at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel features memorabilia from Beyonce to Bowie, setting the scene for fun times.

Starting from when you step into the grand lobby of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, it envelops you in an atmosphere of opulence and sophistication.

As you make your way through the expansive casino floor, you can almost feel the rhythmic sounds of slot machines. Probably even feel the anticipation of the next big win creating an electric ambience that is truly captivating.

There’s top-draw entertainment, too at the Hard Rock Event Center, a music-themed casino, and no less than 5 restaurants and 3 bars. The restaurants and bars cater for every taste – American fare, sushi bar, deli, poolside grill, noodle bar, and Sugar Factory to finish for those with a sweet tooth.

Cementing its place as one of the biggest hotels in Tampa, the accommodation towers 17 stories high, housing 550 guest rooms and suites.

You can choose from 4 levels of luxury – up to the Gold Suite level – depending on the level of rockstar lifestyle you’re looking for.

Pros

Guitar-shaped tower

On-site Casinos

Hard Rock décor

Memorabilia from Beyonce to Bowie

Cons

The gold suite is a bit overpriced

Some rooms lack a balcony

Best For Couples

Le Méridien

Unique hotel in Tampa

Upscale trendy hotel in Tampa

Chic boutique hotel in Tampa

Once an old courthouse, this imposing, stone-fronted building is now a gorgeous boutique hotel in downtown Tampa, cleverly blending a mix of historic architecture, marble hallways, and original oak with modern-day tech and comfort.

Stepping into the grand lobby, you are enveloped in an ambience that exudes sophistication and artistry. The restored building, now a hotel pays homage to its rich history.

 The features of Le Méridien Tampa tell the story of 100 years of history – from the original witness stand in the Bizou Brasserie to the elegant gold elevator doors.

The courthouse ballroom boasts original oak paneling, and floor-to-ceiling windows, and the gold eagle emblem has remained untouched, lending a regal feel to any event.

Soothing slate greys and mahogany woods create a calming environment in the bedrooms that fit with the hotel’s dignified atmosphere. Contemporary facilities include a business center, range of meeting rooms, pool, and a 24-hour fitness center.

Le Méridien Tampa offers an array of luxurious accommodations, each thoughtfully designed to provide the utmost comfort and style. However, beyond the elegant confines of the hotel, the vibrant energy of Tampa awaits, in fact, it almost calls to you to experience it, which is what makes this location so strategically important for visitors.

Pros

Courthouse ballroom with oak paneling

Slate grays and mahogany woods in room

1.6 km from the Port of Tampa Cruise Terminals

Stone-fronted building

Cons

No coffee machine in room

No fitness center

Best For Industrial-chic Design

Hotel Alba

Modern boutique hotel in Tampa

Stylish boutique hotel in Tampa

Hotel Alba Tampa

Chic hotel in Tampa

 Nestled amidst the vibrant energy of Tampa, Hotel Alba stands as a beacon of modern sophistication and timeless charm. It’s not hard to see why this hotel is exceptionally rated. Large windows fill the Hotel Alba Tampa with light in the lobby, the restaurant, and the bedrooms.

The hotel’s thoughtfully curated collection of artwork, inspired by the local culture and heritage, creates a captivating atmosphere.

The simple, but super-stylish decor beautifully sets off a stunning collection of local student artwork. Strong community links can also be found in the two restaurants which focus on local ingredients, serving Florida cuisine with a Spanish fusion. 

Indulge your palate at the hotel’s highly-rated signature restaurant. It is here that culinary excellence meets artful presentation. The talented chefs showcase their creativity and expertise through a menu using the city’s freshest ingredients fused with innovative flavours.

To unwind, try a poolside drink in the Tampa sunshine or relax under one of the cute straw huts offering some shade. If you prefer to venture further afield, downtown Tampa is just a short drive away.

The hotel regularly holds events thanks to their dedicated events team, 600-person ballroom, and host of meeting rooms.

Pros

Super-stylish decor

Local heritage inspired artwork

The Spaniard Restaurant

Steps away from the Westshore Plaza Mall

Cons

Busy roads around Hotel

Dated equipment in gym

Can be some road noise

Best For Aparthotel

Roost

Roost Tampa - a modern, bright and well-designed aparthotel Roost Tampa - a modern, bright and well-designed aparthotel1 Roost Tampa - a modern, bright and well-designed aparthotel2

The Roost Tampa is a boutique hotel inspired by the spirit of Tampa. It is a haven of style, comfort, and artistic allure.

The perfect home away from home for hip millennials and indeed for anyone who prefers spacious and homelike accommodations, Roost Tampa is located in the Water Street district.

Starting from the time you enter Roost Tampa; it transports you into a world of understated elegance and urban sophistication. The meticulously designed interiors blend modern aesthetics in line with Tampa’s rich history and cultural heritage.

The neighborhood is worth exploring on foot or by bike, with downtown Channelside, the Arena, the History Museum and Riverwalk within walking distance,

The pet-friendly apartments have studio, one- and two-bedroom and coliving options. They have high ceilings and large windows that let in natural light, and the minimalist modern design is accented with green living plants, intriguing artwork and comfortable seating.

There are all kinds of practical amenities like free wifi, a full kitchen and laundry machines.

Shared spaces include a garden, outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, lounge, gym and business center. The grilling area with outdoor TVs is especially popular, so you don’t have to miss your favorite program or game while picnicking.

Pros

Pet-Friendly apartments

Fully equipped kitchen

400 meters from Amalie Arena

Hot tub and sun terrace

Cons

Small parking fees

A bit noisier

Hard bed and pillows

Best For Pet-friendly

Hyatt Place Downtown

Hyatt Place Tampa Downtown - a laid-back and sleek hotel Hyatt Place Tampa Downtown - a laid-back and sleek hotel1 Hyatt Place Tampa Downtown - a laid-back and sleek hotel2

You’ll find chic Florida style with a Latin flair in this downtown Tampa hotel, winner of a TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice 2022 award. Hyatt Place Tampa Downtown is located near the Riverwalk, Tampa Museum of Art, Amalie Arena and you can take the free streetcar to Ybor City with its nightlife and entertainment.

The Hyatt Place’s sleek design, coupled with exceptional service, and its prime location, makes it a contemporary hotel that embodies the spirit of the city. It offers a seamless blend of comfort and urban exploration.

The interiors are spacious and full of light, with colorful artwork and an emphasis on comfort. Rooms come with couches and workstations, and a TV that swivels from seating areas to the bed. A mini fridge and coffee maker will help keep you fueled, and some rooms have a full kitchen. There’s a 24/7 gym and a heated outdoor swimming pool on the fifth floor with a great view of the downtown area.

The Corazon Bar & Restaurant will satisfy cravings you didn’t know you had for favorite foods like burgers, tacos and fish with a Cuban flavor, and it has patio outdoor seating as well as a cozy interior.

A complimentary breakfast is served every morning with delicious fresh tacos, scrambled eggs, and fruit.

Pros

24/7 gym

Heated outdoor swimming pool

The Corazon Bar & Restaurant

Pull-out couches in suites

Cons

The pool is a bit small

The breakfast has no gluten-free products

Best For Sustainability

Element

Element - a contemporary, stylish and refined hotel Element - a contemporary, stylish and refined hotel1 Element - a contemporary, stylish and refined hotel2

The Element is a modern oasis that seamlessly blends contemporary design, eco-conscious practices, and an unwavering commitment to guest comfort.

When Element Hotel meets hip Tampa style, you get airy spaces full of natural light, the blues of sky and water alongside the lush greens of tropical foliage, and understated, laid-back luxury. Plus a great midtown location, buzzing with energy and great shops and restaurants to explore.

The moment you step inside, the building transports you into a world where style meets sustainability. This creates an unforgettable experience for the urban traveller.

The rooms have signature Heavenly Beds, ergonomic workstations, 65″ Smart TVs and a kitchenette or full kitchen. The gorgeous rooftop bar Sal y Mar has tapas and handcrafted cocktails, and a poolside setting.

The lobby welcomes guests with its sleek lines, natural textures, and vibrant greenery, which effectively sets the tone for the hotel’s distinctive ambience.

Other amenities onsite include free bikes, private parking, a fitness centre and a healthy Rise breakfast buffet. The Restore: Gourmet Pantry has everything you could need for nutrition on the go with drinks, healthy snacks and grab-and-go meals.

In the heart of Tampa’s bustling downtown, a hidden gem awaits! 

Pros

Handcrafted cocktails

Rooftop bar Sal y Mar

Kitchenette

65″ Smart TVs

Cons

Expensive paid parking

Rooms are a bit noisy

Best For Rooftop Pool

The CURRENT

The CURRENT Hotel in Tampa Luxury hotel in Tampa

The CURRENT Hotel is a cutting-edge boutique hotel designed with the modern traveler in mind. Everything from its design to what’s it serves guests for lunch transcends the boundaries of traditional hospitality.

The hotel and its staff are essentially offering an immersive blend of art, technology, and urban sophistication.

Polished woods, rich brown leathers, and open spaces give the lobby an immediate feel of luxury and warmth. But what sets this hotel apart are the fabulous views.

The CURRENT is thoughtfully curated meant to both inspire and delight with innovative installations, immersive digital displays. This approach challenges the conventional notions of a hotel.

Every room has a ceiling-to-floor view of Tampa Bay, and the restaurant and ballroom offer panoramic views of the calming waterfront – as does the pool. If you enjoy soaking up stunning sunsets – or sunrises – this is for you. As if that’s not enough, the hotel has its own private beach area for guests to relax in.

Beyond the elegant confines of the guest rooms, The CURRENT offers a plethora of captivating spaces for socializing and relaxation.

To refuel, there’s either Tampa’s tallest rooftop bar or the Julian restaurant serving locally inspired light options. A state-of-the-art fitness center, meeting rooms, and business services complete the amenities package.

Pros

Tampa’s tallest rooftop bar

Julian restaurant with traditional cuisines

Ballroom with waterfront’s panoramic view

Cons

The downstairs bar closes at 9 pm

No shuttle service

Best For Airport Hotel

AC Tampa Airport

AC Hotel Tampa by Marriott Tampa Airport

Trendy places to stay in Tampa

The AC Hotel blends timeless elegance with contemporary design. The stylish hotel offers a seamless fusion of European charm coupled with the vibrant energy of the city.

Flooded with light, and decorated in whites, creams and neutral shades, the interior of the AC Hotel Tampa is simple, streamlined, and chic. Carefully curated decorative pieces add subtle touches of color and interest. The exterior of the hotel is also impressive with a huge digital board, lighting up the night sky.

The modern and sophisticated decor, coupled with plush bedding and upscale amenities, help create an oasis of relaxation amidst the urban buzz.

Style meets convenience with a range of meeting rooms, events rooms, and media salons. Or you can enjoy the 24-hour fully-equipped fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows or the outdoor pool in the famous Florida warmth.

The AC Kitchen serves a European-style breakfast, and craft beers, cocktails, and tapas are available in the lounge.

Not far from downtown Tampa, the AC Hotel Tampa is in a great spot for exploring Tampa’s most iconic attractions and vibrant neighborhoods. You can experience the excitement of downtown or choose the pristine beaches of Clearwater. Each of these locations has something different to offer.

Pros

Plush bedding and upscale amenities

24-hour fully-equipped fitness center

European-style breakfast

Craft beers and tapas

Cons

AC is a bit noisy

No microwave in the room

Best For Outdoor swimming pool

The Westshore Grand

Unique hotel in Tampa

Best boutique hotels in Tampa

The Westshore Grand is best known for its distinctive architecture and luxurious amenities. The iconic hotel embodies the essence of sophistication offering guests and patrons an elevated experience.

Sleek on the outside and with a comfortable, chic interior punctuated with pops of colour, the Westmore Grand is suited for business or pleasure. The opulent chandeliers, exquisite artwork, and tasteful furnishings create an atmosphere boasting of both glamour and comfort.

The private courtyard is especially lovely for a bit of reading, chatting, or working, surrounded by vibrant greenery and calming water features. Or you might prefer to take in views of Tampa from the heated rooftop pool.

The hotel is also a haven of wellness and tranquillity. The sundeck provides a serene oasis where guests can bask in the Florida sunshine and take in panoramic views of the city. It is the perfect place to spend a few hours taking in the view with friends and family.

Situated in the Westshore business district, but only a few miles from downtown Tampa, the hotel is in a great location whatever your purpose.

From the meeting rooms and business center to the ballroom all options for events are covered. Spacious bedrooms, fitness center, and fine dining restaurant make for a comfortable base to explore the Tampa area.

Pros

Private courtyard

Heated rooftop pool

Proximal to downtown Tampa

Cons

Suites are a bit expensive

Pillows are not much comfortable

No mini bar

Most Unique Hotels in Tampa Compared

The top 14 Cool and Unusual Hotels in Tampa have been discussed distinctively in the following table. 

Hotel NameLocationPrice Range (per night)Fitness FacilitiesDistance to Attractions (km)Nearby Restaurants
Epicurean1207 South Howard Avenue$397-$401Yes2.93
EDITION500 Channelside Dr.$544-$5538Yes0.95
3
Aloft Midtown3650 Midtown Drive$205-$228Yes3.93
Hotel Haya1412 East 7th Avenue$228-$353Yes1.91
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino5223 North Orient Road$680-$1236Yes7.03
Le Méridien601 North Florida Avenue$342-$365Yes0.93
Hotel Alba5303 West Kennedy Boulevard$203-$249Yes7.03
Roost1050 Water Street$269-$403Yes1.03
Hyatt Place Downtown325 N Florida Avenue$318-$392Yes0.653
Element3650 Midtown Drive$234-$260Yes3.93
The CURRENT2545 North Rocky Point Drive$547-$577Yes11.03
AC Tampa Airport4020 West Boy Scout Boulevard$690Yes5.03
The Westshore Grand4860 West Kennedy Boulevard$249-$385Yes6.03
LEAGUE 704 at West Shore4504 West Spruce Street--No5.7510