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Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina Review: Serving as the anchor to the revitalized Channel-side area of Tampa, this hotel is ideally located for visitors to The St. Pete Times Forum, home to professional ice hockey and a number of touring shows and indoor sports events. The hotel is also close to the Channelside entertainment complex. It attracts a balanced mix of businesspeople and patrons of the nearby arenas and concert halls. With 27 floors, this is one of the tallest buildings in Tampa. It exudes a sense of style from the moment you enter the wide, expansive lobby with an escalator that ascends to the meeting areas. These areas contain 31 rooms totaling more than 50,000 square-feet. The 717 guest rooms and 36 suites include 681 accommodations specifically designed for the business traveler. They are equipped with work desks and lamps, speaker phones, data ports and voice mail. TVs come with all-news channels and movies. A free newspaper is delivered weekdays. There are nine in-house eateries, including a Starbucks and three sit-down restaurants.