You don’t need to spend the night in order to enjoy the amenities at Tampa Bay’s most luxurious hotels and resorts. Pretend you’re on vacation (if only for the day) with our guide to Tampa Bay hotel dates that don’t require an overnight stay.
TAMPA BAY HOTEL BARS
This newcomer hotel in the St. Pete/Clearwater area is great for a romantic staycation. But equally enjoyable is a standalone visit to the beautiful, climate-controlled rooftop bar. Take the elevator to the hotel’s 12th floor for scenic views of the Tampa skyline and Old Tampa Bay. On the menu you’ll find local craft brews and creative cocktails. Vantage will be reopening November 11, 2020.
Fenway Hotel is a fixture of downtown Dunedin, an ideal locale for dining, soaking up the sun at the nearby pristine beaches, and exploring the Pinellas Trail. The relatively new hotel boasts a top-notch restaurant and the open-air Hi-Fi Rooftop Bar. It’s also got amazing views of nearby Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island. Toast to the sunset while enjoying live jazz entertainment and indulging in shareable small plates.
Rox Rooftop Bar is situated atop the chic Current Hotel and is the tallest rooftop bar in the city. Take in sweeping 360-degree views of Tampa Bay while sipping on a signature cocktail inside or out on the terrace. Rox is currently open Thursday-Sunday beginning at 4pm. For the ultimate date night, combine drinks with dinner at Julian Restaurant, which is open daily for lunch and dinner.
Make it a downtown date with a stroll along the Riverwalk and a visit to Aloft Tampa Downtown’s colorful W XYZ bar. Expect lively music, craft cocktails and modern finishes. Drinks can be sipped indoors or enjoyed outside on the pool deck, which overlooks the Riverwalk. The lounge is currently open Fridays and Saturdays from 5-11pm.
This lively local favorite is open day and night atop the Birchwood. Cabanas, fire pits and plush seating lend an upscale vibe. Besides drinks, the menu includes a selection of light bites like flatbreads and sandwiches. If you’re hungry for something more substantial, combine drinks with reservations at the Birchwood’s on-site restaurant, Birch & Vine. Hot tip: visit the rooftop bar during happy hour (weekdays from 4-7pm) to save a few bucks on drinks.
RESORT POOL DAY PASSES
Located in Tampa’s SoHo district, this stylish hotel boasts a top-notch restaurant, open-air rooftop bar, a relaxing spa and heated outdoor pool. Day passes start at $15 and include full access to the heated hotel pool with a reserved lounge chair, plus free wifi and parking. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Make it a complete day date with dinner at Élevage, where Executive Chef Jason Bamford serves up inventive global cuisine. The hotel is also within walking distance of many SoHo and Hyde Park restaurants and bars.
Take in beautiful views of Tampa Bay while lounging by the WTR Pool at The Godfrey Hotel & Cabanas. Book a day pass for pool access, shaded seating, poolside food and drink service from the pool bar and grill, a 10% discount on food and beverage from WTR Pool & Grill, complimentary water and fruit platter and more. Free self parking is available on weekdays or you can valet for a fee on weekends. Daybed rentals begin at $50, and cabana rentals start at $150.
Whisk your date away for a beach day at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa. Besides being able to relax in the heated pool (complete with poolside service), day pass perks include beach access, discounted parking, and a discount on spa services and bike rentals. Combine your relaxing day with a visit to Pier 60 for the beloved daily sunset festival. Day passes begin at $30.
Read our guide to Day Passes to Tampa Bay Hotels with ResortPass for a full list of our favorite local resorts and hotels offering day use access for non-overnight guests.
Relax like a rockstar with music-inspired and immersive treatments at this hotel spa. The spa’s signature Rhythm & Motion treatments incorporate music for a one-of-a-kind rejuvenating experience. Try the Synchronicity massage, which invites you to pick your own massage soundtrack, piped in through the dome-shaped speaker above the massage table. The VIP suites are a highlight for couples, available to book for half and full days of blissful relaxation side by side. Limited spa services are currently available Friday-Sunday; call 813-627-7650 to book a treatment.
St. Pete’s iconic “Pink Palace” has been undergoing a host of renovations currently set to be complete in December 2020. Improvements include a brand new rooftop deck, pool bar, new restaurant, room renovations and more. Relax and unwind at the on-site spa, Spa Oceana. Highlights include two couple’s treatment rooms with Gulf views, a rooftop terrace overlooking the water, seasonally-inspired treatments and more. The spa is currently open with a limited treatment menu, enhanced safety guidelines and reduced capacity.
Relieve your stress by the beach at the Wyndham Grand Clearwater Beach. The hotel’s Pallavi Spa offers couples a variety of ways to unwind in tandem, including dual massage tables, a spa tub with ample room for two and a shower experience. The spa is currently open Thursday-Sunday with a limited treatment menu. Call (727) 281-9577 to book.
Calling all wine lovers! Epicurean Hotel’s luxurious Spa Evangeline features notable offerings, several of which incorporate vino into the treatment. Treatment options customized for couples include a Cabernet grape-rich body scrub, flutes of champagne served while soaking in an oversized Jacuzzi tub, and aromatherapy massages. The spa is currently closed Mondays and Tuesdays and offering a limited treatment menu. Call 813-999-8742 to book a treatment.
TAMPA BAY HOTEL RESTAURANTS
Foodies will be right at home at Élevage, the Epicurean Hotel’s upscale eatery. The menu highlights global fare from Executive Chef Jason Bamford, to be enjoyed on the restaurant’s patio or inside of the well-appointed dining room. There’s also a notable Sunday brunch. While you’re here, stick around for drinks at the lobby bar. Or, head upstairs to Edge, the hotel’s rooftop bar. The latter is set to reopen on November 6, 2020.
The original Fenway Hotel in Dunedin was built in 1927 and recently underwent a full reconstruction just a few years ago. The on-site restaurant, HEW Parlor & Chophouse includes a parlor bar specializing in whisky and Scotch, an open kitchen, and chef-driven menu. Check the hotel’s events calendar for the live music lineup and special events, like beer and spirits pairing dinners.
Multiple resort properties along St. Pete Beach comprise TradeWinds Island Resorts, the RumFish Beach Resort among them. This tropical getaway property is home to the namesake RumFish Grill, where you can dine next to a 33,500-gallon aquarium. Indulge in the seafood-centric menu for lunch or dinner.
Take your pick from two noteworthy date night eateries within Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay. Oystercatchers makes for a romantic date to dine and watch the sunset. This upscale restaurant features a dockside lounge, outdoor deck & seating, a private beach and an interior that is framed by large windows.
Alternatively, make your way to the hotel’s top floor for a fine dining experience with views of the water at Armani’s, a romantic restaurant serving Italian fare. Taste your way through the antipasto bar and the dazzling desserts, including tiramisu and a chocolate hazelnut bar. Note: Armani’s is temporarily closed.
ORLANDO RESORT DAY TRIPS
Planning a day trip to the theme parks or just want to get away without going far? Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is just a 1-hour drive from Orlando and a 20-minute drive from the Disney parks. This Four Diamond resort property is home to multiple resort pools (including an adults-only pool), an 850-foot long winding lazy river, multiple on-site restaurants like David’s Club and Zen, and two championship golf courses designed by golfer and architect Greg Norman. The pool is yours to explore with the purchase of a day pass beginning at $35. Golfers can play the championship courses for $90 per course.
From Disney hotel properties to resort crawls, pool day passes, date night-worthy restaurants and more, check out our guide to Orlando Resort Dates Without an Overnight Stay for more day trip ideas.
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