Can an airport feel posh? Apparently, sometimes they can: I've been pretty lucky given the fact that my home airport is pretty great (I won't go on about it here, but suffice it to say I bounce around airports quite a bit and it's always a joy to come home for reasons other than the end of a journey). That said, it's pretty seldom that I come across an airport that feels like more than anything other than some sort of temporary weigh-station, a redirect off some sort of tilted offramp toward another stop.
Not so with the Tampa International Airport, where the clean lines and occasionally ambient glows of the terminal give way to modern touches throughout. None of that would matter, I suppose, were the airport not reasonably efficient, and in my experience, it's been just fine. I made the joke while I was here that the airport was in fact nicer than my hotel room, and that much is an iron-clad lock. And that's worth a repeat visit, don't-cha think?
There are noticeable differences between hotels that specialize in personalized, boutique-style service, and there are hotels that do volume business. They each have their advantages, but I'll let you take a moment and decide which one (in my opinion) the Tampa Marriott Waterside is.
Got it sorted? Cool. This behemoth waterside stopover is situated more or less across the street from the hockey arena, and what that means is that they're churning bodies through here. I tend to find the front desk to be the gateway to my emerging opinion of a hotel, and while the desk folk were accommodating here, they were also mostly perfunctory. I managed to get in here in between home games of a playoff series, which meant that while they were cranking them through the hotel, they apparently weren't as nuts as they get when the Lightning is at home. So bear that in mind when you book.
I was told via a number of folks that I spoke with that this hotel is close to some fun and interesting things to do in the Tampa area - that may well be true, but I can't corroborate just yet. What I can say is that I'd stay here again. It was perfectly clean, the beds were comfy and it was quiet when it needed to be. But a little more smiling at the front desk wouldn't have hurt anything, either.
I basically lived here for about two days and really got a kick out of this place. Perched in Ybor City, it's a short walk to grab a bite (or, I guess, a drink or a cigar), but I found the staff genuinely friendly and engaging from the word go. It was an ideal spot to talk a little shop while sipping on my seventh italian soda.
The layout's pretty simple and straightforward as coffee shops go: plenty of open seating most days, open and airy ambiance, which lends itself to being able to chat while others do the same (one thing that can be rather challenging about coffee shops in my experience is those that are super quiet and highly echo-inducing). There's a small patio out back if the weather's too inviting to be denied. But in a pinch, you'll be hard pressed to find a spot that doesn't seem comfy right away.
|Various stops in North Texas that may not easily fit on other lists ~||Livin' it up in Cowtown: a sampling of some of the trouble I've managed to find so far...|
|In case your kids ask "hey, where do cocktails come from?" Here are answers.||A hopefully growing collection of venues that are either smoke free or seem to be. Subject, of course, to change. And to that end, aren't we all.|
|Subject to evolve over time: my ideal jaunt around the city from daybreak to sundown ~||From bars to restaurants to coffee shops, find a slice of FW character here|
|Places I've perched in Portlandia, home of the quirk||When what you eat is as important as the fact that you're eating. That isn't always, is it?|
|Grabbing a slice of life while we still have parking ~||Like on your TV, only larger and just as striking|
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