15 Convenient Tampa “Park and Cruise” Hotels

With Tampa “Park and Cruise” hotels, you can save some serious cash on your vacation.

Parking at the Port of Tampa can cost a pretty penny. The official port lots are extremely convenient (right across from the terminal), but cost $15 per day. That means when you park for a week-long cruise, you have a $105 bill just for leaving your car.

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Independent parking lots near the port help take out some of the sticker shock. We’ve found rates as low as $4-7 per day with some lots. However, there is a way to save even more on your Tampa cruise parking.

There are a number of hotels near the port that cater to cruise passengers. In order to attract your business, they offer up perks such as free parking with a one-night stay or “Park & Cruise” packages that offer discounted parking rates.

To be sure, if you don’t plan to stay in Tampa anyway, then you won’t be saving money by selecting one of these hotels; it’s cheaper to skip a hotel and just pay for parking. However, Tampa has a lot to explore, especially near the downtown/port area and Ybor City. If you plan to book a hotel for before your cruise, then you’ll likely save a chunk of money using one of the hotels below.

Click the links to read reviews from Kayak.com. For parking packages you may have to book through the hotel website.

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Tampa Hotels with Park & Cruise Packages

Barrymore Hotel
Barrymore Hotel bends over backwards to cater to cruisers. The hotel is in downtown Tampa and offers a “Ship and Shore” package. The special includes complimentary transportation to the cruise port and free parking for up to 10 days. Given the $15 per day rate at the official port parking lots, that’s a $150 value. To book, you have to call the hotel directly (the package can’t be booked online). Call 813-223-1351 for more details or to book.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 2 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District
The Hilton Garden Inn in Ybor City (located just a few minutes from the port) is in the heart of a historic and entertainment district. In other words, it’s a great place to start your vacation before you cruise. The hotel charges $12 per night for parking.  Need a ride to the port? The TECO Streetcar runs right to the ships and has a stop just about a block away.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 2 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Hampton Inn Tampa Downtown Channel District
The closest hotel to the cruise ports is also one of the newest, putting you just about half a mile from Terminals 2 & 3, and even closer to Terminal 6. Best of all, it also offers a “Park and Cruise” package. With this deal you can park your car after your stay for up to 14 nights. Price checks were for about $30 over the base rate, meaning you can save a bundle versus parking at the port.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Home2 Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Channel District
Home2 and the Hampton Inn mentioned above are a bit unique in that they occupy the same building. With Home2 you get the option of staying a suite, making it ideal for those that want to have a little more space during their stay. It offers the same parking package as the Hampton Inn, with 14 nights of parking included for about $30 over the base rate.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center
With Embassy Suites in downtown Tampa, you can enjoy up to seven nights of parking with just one night’s stay if you book their park and cruise package. It’s also just minutes from the port via walking or the TECO Streetcar. The hotel offers covered parking if you are worried about leaving your car out in the elements. One note — we weren’t able to find this offer online, but a call to hotel reservations confirmed it was available.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 0.6 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5 

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
At this time the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel doesn’t offer a specific cruise package, but a phone call to the hotel informed us that they offer parking for $16 per day while you sail.  Given that official port parking is only $15 per day, you’d actually pay more to park here. Nevertheless, the hotel does get great reviews and is right on the water if you are looking for a potential place to stay.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 1 mile
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/Ybor City/Downtown
This deal at the Hampton Inn is great for travelers looking for a mid-priced room with parking in a cool area. Ybor City (pronounced ee-bor) is just a mile or two from the cruise port and has an active night life. With this deal you’ll get parking for up to one week and transportation roundtrip between the hotel and the cruise port. Rates we found for the package were about $25 above the regular rate.

  • Price: $$-$$$
  • Distance to Port: 1.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa East – Ybor City
Ybor City is about 10 minutes from the cruise port and is a historic district with numerous shops and restaurants. For many, it’s a can’t miss in Tampa. This hotel is near the area (though outside the historic area) and offers up a “Park and Cruise” package with a number of perks. With the package you’ll get parking for up to 14 days, plus roundtrip transportation and free breakfast. You get all that for only about $40 more than the regular rate.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 4.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds, Ybor City
Not everyone is looking for a fancy downtown hotel. Some folks just want something affordable and comfy to stay. If that sounds like you, then this hotel may be exactly what you’re looking for. We found rates for its “Stay Park and Cruise” deal for under $150 for weekend night; that’s among the cheapest we’ve found anywhere. For that rate you get a room, 14 days parking, and roundtrip shuttle service to the port. If you’re simply looking for inexpensive and highly rated, it’s hard to beat this deal.

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Port: 4.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Fairfield Inn & Suites Tampa Fairgrounds/Casino
Coming to Tampa from Orlando? The Fairfield Inn is one of the most convenient spots to stay. It’s right off of Interstate 4, which connects Tampa to Lakeland and Orlando. We called the hotel and the front desk told us that it would be no problem to leave the car while cruising. Keep in mind you will need to arrange transportation to the port, located about 15 minutes away.

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Port: 6.5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Quality Inn Airport – Cruise Port
Just want somewhere simple and affordable with parking? This Quality Inn is among the least expensive on our list, gets good reviews, and is just a few miles from the port. The hotel offers a “Park and Cruise” deal with 14 days of parking while you sail. In addition, transportation is included to and from the cruise port.

  • Price: $-$$
  • Distance to Port: 4 miles
  • Review Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Comfort Suites At Fairgrounds-Casino
This hotel is near the Seminole Hard Rock Casino (giving you an entertainment option) and offers a parking package with shuttle to the port. So you can stay, save on parking at the port, and get a ride to the ship. Plus, you can spend the evening at the casino if you like to gamble. Best of all, it gets strong reviews.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 8 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

SpringHill Suites Tampa/Brandon
Sitting east of the cruise port near I-75, this location is convenient for those that are driving down the interstate and don’t want the hassle of navigating Tampa to get to their hotel. Highly rated, SpringHill offers a cruise parking package that includes seven nights of parking while you cruise. 

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 9 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

Courtyard by Marriott Tampa Westshore/Airport
The Tampa airport sits about 15 minutes west of the cruise terminals. In that area, there are a number of hotels that appeal to air passengers with parking offers, but cruise passengers can also take advantage. Case in point is this Courtyard. It is among the highest-rated hotels on our list and offers a “Park Here” deal that includes 10 days of parking. During our search, the parking rate was just about $35 over the base room rate.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 5 miles
  • Review Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore
Another option near the airport, you are still only about six miles — or 15 minutes — from the cruise terminals in Tampa. It’s also within walking distance of a number of restaurants. The Embassy Suites offers a “Park and Go” deal with parking for up to seven nights at a rate that’s just $25 more than the regular nightly rate in our search.

  • Price: $$
  • Distance to Port: 6 miles
  • Review Rating: 4 out of 5

More on Cruising From Tampa

Getting to the Port of Tampa — Transportation options from airports and the area to the cruise port. Everything you need to know to get to the port and start your vacation.

Tampa Cruise Parking — Parking at the port? We’ve got you covered with all your parking options, including costs and discounts.

Tampa Park and Cruise Hotels — If you plan to stay in the area the night before your cruise, look at this list of hotels that offer cruise parking with a one-night stay.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. We used the Days Inn at I75 and it was clean rooms and good breakfast with shuttle to and from (free) and unlimited days of parking (free).

  2. These hotels still CHARGE you for parking? Ridiculous. I’ve gone to many hotels where parking and shuttle to and back are included with your stay. This is no deal at all.

  3. You did not mention Port Canaveral with hotel and parking. We will be leaving out of Port Canaveral next year. We are driving down and will be staying the night before our cruise.

    Can you suggest some places to stay in Port Canaveral?

    Thanks

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