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The Best Places to Stay in Tampa for Gasparilla Weekend

It’s almost time for the biggest pirate party of the year! Gasparilla is right around the corner and from parades to brunch, there’s a whole lineup of fun events. Between the swashbuckling festivities and beautiful weather (65 and sunny, anyone?) it’s the perfect time for a trip to Tampa.

Here are some places to stay that are walking distance or a just short Uber ride to Pirate Fest.

To learn more about Gasparilla and all the event surrounding it, check out our Ultimate Guide to Gasparilla!

The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk

111 W Fortune St, Tampa, FL 33602

Located along the Tampa Riverwalk, the Barrymore Hotel is just a short stroll to many of the experiences Tampa has to offer. Along with being close by to the Gasparilla Parade, guests can also find food and entertainment at Armature Works, the Straz Center, and museums and restaurants in the downtown area. The Barrymore is also pet friendly.

Aloft Tampa Downtown

100 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

Overlooking the Hillsborough River, this trendy hotel is just a short walk from the Gasparilla Parade, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, and all the food and entertainment downtown has to offer. Guests can keep the party going at the W XYZ lounge with craft cocktails, small plates, and live music poolside.

Hilton Tampa Downtown

211 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602

This posh downtown Tampa hotel offers modern lodgings with a rooftop pool, fitness center and other exciting amenities. Located in the heart of downtown, this hotel is close to Harbour Island where the Gasparilla boat parade takes place. It’s also just a short walk from the Gasparilla Pirate Fest. Keep the fun going in the nearby Soho district or explore downtown.

Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Downtown

102 E. Cass St., Tampa, FL 33602

The Courtyard by Marriott places you in the heart of Tampa just steps from Tampa Riverwalk and Glazer Children’s Museum. This hotel is also only 0.2 miles from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and 0.2 miles from the historic Tampa Theater.

Tampa Marriott Water Street

505 Water St, Tampa, FL 33602

For those that want to be right in the middle of Tampa’s metropolitan area, Tampa Marriott Water Street is an excellent option. This waterfront hotel sits around the corner from the Tampa Riverwalk, Sparkman Wharf, and Amalie Arena, all of which have endless dining and entertainment options. Along with being close to all the restaurants and bars downtown Tampa has to offer, this property is located waterside so you can enjoy rooms with a view. Gasparilla includes a boat parade, which goes right by nearby Harbour Island, so you’ll have the perfect vantage point.

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street

510 Water St, Tampa, FL 33602

Prefer a swankier stay? Connected to the aforementioned Tampa Marriott Water Street by way of a sky bridge, the new JW Marriott Tampa Water Street offers upscale amenities like a spa, 6th floor resort pool, multiple restaurants, and waterfront views. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day and night of Gasparilla fun.

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk

200 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602

Another waterfront hotel in downtown Tampa, the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk provides easy access to downtown’s 2-mile waterfront promenade. Besides waterfront views and walking access to Gasparilla festivities, you’ll also enjoy the hotel’s onsite restaurant and outdoor pool. Nearby Tampa attractions include the Tampa Museum of Art, Straz Center, Oxford Exchange, and the Henry B. Plant Museum. The hotel is also located conveniently between Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and MacDill Park, both of which feature live music stages as part of this year’s Gasparilla Pirate Fest festivities before and after the invasion and parade.

The Westin Tampa Waterside

725 S Harbour Island Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602

This well-established Tampa hotel focuses on blending modern luxury and quality guest service. Located on Harbour Island, this hotel is located right next to popular dining options, American Social and Jackson’s Bistro. As a downtown waterside location, this hotel provides excellent views and a great place to watch the boat parade. A quick Uber ride or stroll through downtown will bring you to Bayshore Blvd where the Gasparilla parade takes place.

Le Meridien Tampa

601 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Another downtown option, Le Meridian is a historical federal courthouse reimagined as a four-diamond chic hotel. With 130 spacious rooms, this centrally located hotel is around the corner from bars, restaurants, and the setting for the Gasparillla parade. Built in 1905, Le Meridian offers a taste of Tampa’s historic charm while offering all the comforts of modern amenities. Make sure to check out French restaurant Bizou Brasserie during your stay.

The Floridan Palace Hotel

905 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602

Located in the heart of downtown Tampa, The Floridan Palace is in a great location for anyone looking to celebrate Gasparilla. Originally built in 1926, this nineteen story hotel is one of the only hotels in Tampa that is on the National Register of Historic Places. With its ornate details and historical touches, you’ll get the old world feel alongside modern comforts. Expect luxury and a stay at.

Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection

1207 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33606

Epicurean is a boutique hotel that is perfect for couples looking to stay at a trendy and unique spot. Enjoy rooms with special touches like reclaimed locally carved doors, artisan pantries stocked with local beer, and two top notch restaurants and bars located in the hotel. Located down the street from Tampa’s Soho district where many bars are located, couples can keep the party going before and after the Gasparilla parade. The Epicurean hotel is also a short walk from Bayshore Blvd. where the Gasparilla parade takes place.

There are also tons of AirBnb and VRBO rentals in the area, for those who would prefer a more home-like visit.


Brie Gorecki
Brie Gorecki
Brie has been writing for websites and local publications for over 10 years. A USF graduate, she has worked for several major companies in New York, Atlanta and here in Tampa. You can read her articles on Tampa Bay Parenting, Tampa Bay Date Night Guide and Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a Disney fanatic, an animal lover, and is a huge foodie who loves trying all the amazing restaurants around Tampa Bay. She’s a proud mom to a sweet little Star Wars and Godzilla-loving boy, and to her “fur-babies,” a rescue dog and cat from Humane Society of Tampa Bay. She loves spending time with her family, whether it’s a date night out with her husband or a day filled with roller coaster rides at a theme park.

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