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Old 05-03-2021, 05:18 PM   #61
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    Re: **Official Florida 2021 / Tampa & West Palm Beach**

    I probably already asked this but I forget.

    Places to stay. Just in Tampa Wednesday night. Ybor looks fun, but is it too college aged/bourbon street crap? Iím older, just looking at the cigar stores, etc.

    Downtown Tampa on the river looks nice, like across canal/bourbon in NOLA feel. Not close to the commotion.

    And then the Seminole hard rock. Looks like you can walk to/from the venue, but itís the round way about?

    Only a few hours in tampa before the show so really doesnít matter. Might just to airport hotel but if you can walk safely to/from hard rock, Iíd do that.
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    Old 05-04-2021, 01:54 PM   #63
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    Re: **Official Florida 2021 / Tampa & West Palm Beach**

    Downtown St Pete is very cool
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    Old 05-04-2021, 02:55 PM   #64
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    Re: **Official Florida 2021 / Tampa & West Palm Beach**

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    I probably already asked this but I forget.

    Places to stay. Just in Tampa Wednesday night. Ybor looks fun, but is it too college aged/bourbon street crap? Iím older, just looking at the cigar stores, etc.

    Downtown Tampa on the river looks nice, like across canal/bourbon in NOLA feel. Not close to the commotion.

    And then the Seminole hard rock. Looks like you can walk to/from the venue, but itís the round way about?

    Only a few hours in tampa before the show so really doesnít matter. Might just to airport hotel but if you can walk safely to/from hard rock, Iíd do that.

    Donít stay in Ybor. The downtown hotels are all really nice, and the Riverwalk is great. Staying at Hard Rock would certainly solve the transportation problem, I just donít know how nice the hotel is. They just added on a huge new wing recently so Iím sure itís nice, itís just not my scene so I never go there. I do know itís a little more expensive, but if youíre saving on ride-sharing, it evens out.
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    Old 05-04-2021, 02:56 PM   #65
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    Downtown St Pete is very cool

    Itís easily my favorite part of this whole region, and itís not particularly close.
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    Old 05-04-2021, 03:43 PM   #66
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    Re: **Official Florida 2021 / Tampa & West Palm Beach**

    Thanks guys!

    St. Pete would be my first choice but itís kind of far for just one afternoon and going back and forth.

    Got it - No Ybor. Seems people either love it or hate it, like bourbon street.

    Downtown is where Iíve been looking, the river walk seems really cool to explore. So either that or Hard Rock. Hard Rock isnít my scene at all but itís new and renovated and close.

    Thanks again!
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    Old 05-04-2021, 04:16 PM   #67
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    Re: **Official Florida 2021 / Tampa & West Palm Beach**

    Also vote no on Ybor. It's neither "nice" nor close.

    There's also the Holiday Inn Express right across from the venue if you end up prioritizing convenience. It's probably 10 min less of a walk than the casino, and right now it's $50 cheaper. Just FYI.
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    Old 05-04-2021, 04:54 PM   #68
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    Ybor is just seedy and sketchy. I worked down there for a couple years, you see some shit after dark.

    During the daytime there are plenty of good restaurants and bars, just call it an early night and avoid the crazies.
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    Old 05-04-2021, 05:11 PM   #69
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    Ybor is just seedy and sketchy. I worked down there for a couple years, you see some shit after dark.

    During the daytime there are plenty of good restaurants and bars, just call it an early night and avoid the crazies.
    Been there so many times on the weekends for concerts/stand up, and it's like the trashy circus came to town.

    No worse than the shit I saw on Beale Street when I lived in Memphis though.
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    Old 05-07-2021, 10:13 AM   #70
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    Re: **Official Florida 2021 / Tampa & West Palm Beach**

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    Thanks guys!

    St. Pete would be my first choice but it’s kind of far for just one afternoon and going back and forth.

    Got it - No Ybor. Seems people either love it or hate it, like bourbon street.

    Downtown is where I’ve been looking, the river walk seems really cool to explore. So either that or Hard Rock. Hard Rock isn’t my scene at all but it’s new and renovated and close.

    Thanks again!
    If you decide to stay downtown, try the Marriott on Water St. It's basically across the street from Amalie Arena, where the Lightning play. It's pretty nice and has a good pool. It underwent a makeover within the last 2 years. If you stay there, build in some time if you are getting your car from the valet-they take forever. It's not that close to the venue but you could uber if you plan on having cocktails
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    Re: **Official Florida 2021 / Tampa & West Palm Beach**

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    Also vote no on Ybor. It's neither "nice" nor close.

    There's also the Holiday Inn Express right across from the venue if you end up prioritizing convenience. It's probably 10 min less of a walk than the casino, and right now it's $50 cheaper. Just FYI.
    I always stay at this holiday inn for DMB shows at the fairgrounds. It's fine, nothing special but an easy walk across the street and has a Five Guys next door, which is good for getting a burger after the show
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    Old 05-07-2021, 12:57 PM   #72
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    I always stay at this holiday inn for DMB shows at the fairgrounds. It's fine, nothing special but an easy walk across the street and has a Five Guys next door, which is good for getting a burger after the show
    Wait, don't the shows usually let out around 11:00? How is Five Guys open then?
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    Re: **Official Florida 2021 / Tampa & West Palm Beach**

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    I probably already asked this but I forget.

    Places to stay. Just in Tampa Wednesday night. Ybor looks fun, but is it too college aged/bourbon street crap? Iím older, just looking at the cigar stores, etc.

    Downtown Tampa on the river looks nice, like across canal/bourbon in NOLA feel. Not close to the commotion.

    And then the Seminole hard rock. Looks like you can walk to/from the venue, but itís the round way about?

    Only a few hours in tampa before the show so really doesnít matter. Might just to airport hotel but if you can walk safely to/from hard rock, Iíd do that.
    There’s a Fairfield Inn that’s right down MLK drive - probably a mile and a half drive
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    Thanks all. Booked the hard rock. Using points for my entire opening tour trip and all these hotels were the same.
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