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All business: The posh boardroom at The Westin Tampa Harbour Island.

By Susan Johnston

As much as we could all use a break from buzzing Blackberries and cranky clients, sometimes we have to mix a little business with pleasure. Fortunately, these Tampa hotels give visitors the best of both worlds: ample meeting and event space with easy access to the best of Tampa’s nightlife so you can kick back after a long day.

The Westin Tampa Harbour Island: With a full-service business center and a fun, resort-like atmosphere, the Westin is perfect for both business travelers and sightseers. It’s adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center and offers drink mixing lessons, cooking demonstrations, and card games on weekdays. After closing a deal or exploring the city, retire to the plush serenity of a Westin Heavenly Bed.

After client meetings, hit the Cuban restaurants and many bars along Ybor City's Seventh Avenue. Credit: gordontarpley.

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina: This swanky, downtown hotel is adjacent to the Tampa Convention Center and features 50,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting space. After hours, unwind in the full-service spa or the stunning rooftop pool. Enjoy private bay or city views from your room’s balcony or treat yourself to a culinary feast at Il Terrazzo. Bar mecca Ybor City is also nearby.

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa: The 138-room Hampton Inn & Suites features a free shuttle service to any location within 5 minutes of the hotel. Guests appreciate its proximity to the bars, restaurants, and shopping in Tampa’s historic Ybor City historic district. The hotel also offers a fitness center, a business center, and meeting space for various sized groups.

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Susan Johnston currently lives and writes in Boston, Massachusetts, but loves flying south to Florida for a beachside vacation.

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