Where's the GOP Staying? Convention Hotels in Tampa

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As the who's who of the GOP arrive at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., they're going to need a place to sleep. The delegates' hotels are assigned state-by-state and it seems some states fared better than others for a place to crash.

ABC News partnered with TripAdvisor, the world's largest hotel review site, to find out what everyday people had to say about the hotels housing the GOP this week. From Alabama to Wyoming, we got the scoop on the best and worst of every hotel.

Click through to find out where your state or territory's delegates are staying.

Alabama

With a user ranking of four out of a possible five, the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore draws mostly positive reviews from guests. One said, "A separate living area and wet bar made it feel like we were in an apartment, rather than a hotel," while another wrote, "I would highly recommend this property even though it is a way from downtown and the convention center." However, not everyone who has stayed there was so pleased. ""Old hotel, room could have been cleaner. Pool area was nice, not crowded. Beds are comfortable. A/C worked great!"

Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore ranks No. 22 of 159 hotels in Tampa on TripAdvisor.

Alaska

Hopefully the Alaska delegates like to party, because that's the atmosphere at Postcard Inn on the Beach in St. Pete's Beach, at least according to several guest reviews. "The court yard music starts at 10am and doesn't turn off until 11pm," wrote one. "On the weekends it has a Spring Break/Jersey Shore vibe," said another reviewer. "The beach bar was crowded (expected) with a fun friendly crowd. Mostly a 20s crowd not wearing much."

Postcard Inn on the Beach ranks No.18 of 29 in St. Pete's Beach.

American Samoa

The Hilton Clearwater Beach gets a four out of five ranking from TripAdvisor members, and is generally well-reviewed. One happy guest wrote, "They have awesome room service, the gym was VERY clean, the rooms were lovely, and the views were amazing!" Another wrote, "The room was clean, small, and a little worn (typical of a beach hotel but not up to most Hilton standards)."

Hilton Clearwater Beach ranks No. 23 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

Arizona

With a 3.5 of five rank from past guests, the Embassy Suites Tampa, Airport Westshore gets mixed reviews, especially when it comes to the hotel staff. On the upside, "The free manager's reception was so nice in the evenings." But on the downside, ""Overnight staff needs to be more professional instead of laughing loudly and cracking jokes like 20 year old boys." In the end though, "Complimentary made to order daily breakfast was crowded but worth the wait."

Embassy Suites Tampa, Airport Westshore ranks No. 73 out of 159 hotels in Tampa.

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Arkansas

The Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District gets mostly positive reviews for its guest rooms. "The hotel has recently undergone a renovation and the interiors are quite modern and stylish," one review said. ""The room was HUGE, felt like a small apartment," said another. But it's not all good news: "The walls were paper thin. I could literally hear every word, snore, sneeze, phone call and TV show..."

The Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District ranks No. 50 of 159 hotels in Tampa

California

If the delegates from California have some free time, they may want to have a little fun at the TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach where "There's a giant waterslide right on the beach-great for kids and adults." One reviewer loved the hotel's cleanliness: "The place was SOOO clean ! Our room was superb..." Hopefully RNC guests can write off their expenses because according to one reviewer, "Have your cash ready b/c they will charge you extra for everything. "

TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach No. 7 of 29 hotels in St. Pete Beach.

Colorado

The Holiday Inn Clearwater-St. Petersburg Airport gets high marks for the rooms and staff. One reviewer wrote, "The staff is very friendly, the hotel is clean and attractive and the rooms are comfortable." A second agreed: "Nice room and comfortable beds. Very nice staff." The downside? ""The airport is only a football field away, therefore you hear awfully loud noise as the planes are departing."

The Holiday Inn Clearwater-St. Petersburg Airport ranks No. 32 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

Connecticut

The Bilmar Beach Resort gets very high marks from past guests, with a 4.5 out of five. For those delegates focused on work and not play, "The free Wi-Fi made it easy to work and get things done while watching the surf or the sunsets." One reviewer wrote, "Our room was very clean and the view of the ocean was fantastic," while another echoed the sentiments, writing ""The rooms were clean & the studio kitchen was perfect."

Bilmar Beach Resort ranks No. nine of 43 hotels in Treasure Island.

Delaware & District of Columbia

The Wyndham Tampa Westshore is this week's home to both Delaware and Washington, DC delegates. Reviews include ""Excellent room, comfortable and very clean," and "Everything was great... even the M&M's in the lobby!" It's also a good value: "Great location from downtown without paying downtown prices."

The Wyndham Tampa Westshore ranks No. 15 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Florida

The drawback to the Innisbrook Resort may just be the location. ""Way out in the middle of nowhere," wrote one reviewer of the hotel in Palm Harbor. "I felt like I was staying in the hundred acre woods," said another. Other reviews were more positive: "A fabulous resort and spa with reasonable rates and extraordinary customer service."

The Innisbrook Resort ranks No. 1 of four hotels in Palm Harbor.

Georgia

Looks like Georgia lucked out by scoring the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, of which on reviewer wrote, ""This is a great business and convention hotel." Another said, "Excellent service - newly furnished and very tastefully done rooms." But not every review was glowing. One guest wrote, "It is in a very isolated area."

The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay ranks No. 21 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Guam

The Alden Beach Resort & Suites offers "A clean room with a good view for a decent price," according to one review. Another wrote, ""The beachfront units are great, literally just a few steps away from the beach." But one guest felt the rooms could use an update, ""The bed linens... were rough and were covered with fabric pulls."

Alden Beach Resort & Suites ranks No. 12 of 29 hotels in Saint Pete Beach.

Hawaii

Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore is home to Hawaii delegates this week, where "The fridge is weird and froze all of my bananas." Weird fridge aside, "The beds were awesome and clean," said one review, while another stated, "I love this place and the room service food is FANTASTIC!"

The Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore ranks No. 51 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Idaho

The Idaho delegates better be ready to work, because the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater is "Mainly for business people, not tourists," according to one review, but the " very thin walls and poor Wi-Fi reception," might make that difficult. However, "the rooms are nice with a fridge and nice comfy beds."

The St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater ranks No. 5 of 47 hotels in St. Petersburg.

Illinois

With a four out of five rank, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort gets high marks for the views: "Loved the balcony over-looking the Gulf," wrote one reviewer. But another said, "The beach was quite a hike." And while the 'Pool area is nice, the pool is a little small."

The Sheraton Sand Key Resort ranks No. 17 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

Indiana

Reviews of the Holiday Inn Harbourside are mixed. One reviewer said the "Pool was packed with locals and wasn't very clean." Another wrote, "Room was generally shabby." But it's not all bad: "Room view was amazing overlooking the harbor," said another guest. Finally, one review made sure to point out ""I observed NO bird droppings at all around the resort." Good news.

The Holiday Inn Harbourside ranks No. 7 of 9 hotels in Indian Shores.

Iowa

With a 4.5 of five rating, it's no surprise the Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites gets mostly rave reviews from guests. "The condo was spotlessly clean and well-stocked," said one review. "The beach was beautiful!!!" said another. "Clean, spacious rooms; free, fast Wi-Fi; full kitchen, said a third. And finally to sum it all up, "Got way more than we paid for."

The Sunset Vistas Beachfront Suites ranks No. 11 of 43 hotels in Treasure Island.

Kansas

"Being greeted with warm cookies at the front desk always makes me happy," wrote on reviewer of the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore. Unfortunately, the " parking situation isn't great as space is limited right around the hotel." But, "The rooms were clean and the front desk staff was helpful."

The Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Airport Westshore ranks No. 20 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Kentucky

Reviews are mixed when it comes to the Wyndham Garden Clearwater Beach, where it's "Not great sleeping with ants," according to one review. "The $15 + tax resort fee is a huge con," said one guest, but another wrote that they "loved the private beach." In the end though, it may be "kinda pricey for what you get."

The Wyndham Garden Clearwater Beach ranks No. 41 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

Louisiana

Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel gets mostly good reviews from TripAdvisor members: "Rooms are excellent with a home away from home feel," and there are "smiles everywhere, politeness and manners," according to two reviewers. And here's a reason to book: "The most amazing spa experience I've had in quite some time."

The Saddlebrook Resort ranks No. three of seven hotels in Wesley Chapel.

Maryland

The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tampa Bay gets good marks for it's location, but not so much for the property itself. "Very pretty location right on Tampa Bay," said one review. "The location is great for the view and access to major roads," said another. But, the "Hotel is definitely showing age," and " was WAY over priced for the quality."

The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tampa ranks No. 45 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Massachusetts

"Walking distance (across the street) from the Convention Center," makes the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina a convenient option for the GOP in town. But convenience can be costly: "I ordered granola and a bagel with milk and juice and a banana, and it cost $30!" wrote one guest, while another said they were "very pleased with everything except the $15 per day in-room wifi." Still, "the waterfront walkway is just stunning."

The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina ranks No. 34 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Michigan

When the "only gripe is that all 4 elevators are very slow," you know you're in a good hotel. The Embassy Suites Tampa, Downtown Convention Center is "right next to the Convention Center," and the "hotel was quiet, and the room inviting."

The Embassy Suites Tampa, Downtown Convention Center ranks No. 25 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Minnesota

At the Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center, the " rooms are so outdated it's a bit shocking." What's worse, "the fridge had ants on it and there were crumbs in the fridge." But according to one reviewer, "We found the staff to be very friendly."

The Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center ranks No. 14 of 29 hotels in Saint Pete Beach

Mississippi

"The service was spectacular," said one reviewer of the Hyatt Regency Tampa. After all, "What better way to be greeted at the front desk of a hotel than to be served a glass of champagne?" Other reviews were less enthusiastic: "Perfectly adequate as a business hotel."

The Hyatt Regency Tampa ranks No. 14 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Missouri

"The toilet was the strangest I've ever seen," wrote one guest. Strange toilets aside, the Tampa Airport Marriott is right next to the airport, but one reviewer wrote they "never heard any air traffic noise outside." And perhaps the best compliment to a hotel of all? "Other hotels should come here... to see how to integrate service with value!"

The Tampa Airport Marriott ranks 14 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Montana

If any GOP convention goers are bringing the kids, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach would be a great choice. "A nice family friendly hotel; no loud noises, no noisy guests," wrote one reviewer, while another said the pool is "awesome...beautiful views." A less enthusiastic review said, "Very middle of the road, cordial staff, no loud or unsafe feelings.. but don't expect anything fancy."

The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater ranks No. 21 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

Nebraska

The Alden Beach Resort & Suites offers "A clean room with a good view for a decent price," according to one review. Another wrote, ""The beachfront units are great, literally just a few steps away from the beach." But one guest felt the rooms could use an update, ""The bed linens... were rough and were covered with fabric pulls."

Alden Beach Resort & Suites ranks No. 12 of 29 hotels in Saint Pete Beach.

Nevada

One reviewer tips us off that "the hidden gem is in the hotel's sports bar, Players Sports Pub," at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport, Westshore. "While it is very clean and comfortable, it's time for new wallpaper, paint, etc," said one reviewer. Another agreed: "The hotel is OK, maybe a little old, however, customer service rules!"

The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport, Westshore ranks No. 32 of 159 hotels in Tampa

New Hampshire

Besides New Hampshire, t he Wyndham Tampa Westshore is also home this week to Delaware and Washington, DC delegates. Reviews include "Excellent room, comfortable and very clean," and "Everything was great... even the M&M's in the lobby!" It's also a good value: "Great location from downtown without paying downtown prices."

The Wyndham Tampa Westshore ranks No. 15 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

New Jersey

At the Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center, the " rooms are so outdated it's a bit shocking." What's worse, "the fridge had ants on it and there were crumbs in the fridge." But according to one reviewer, "We found the staff to be very friendly."

The Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center, ranks No. 14 of 29 hotels in Saint Pete Beach

New Mexico

The Holiday Inn Clearwater-St. Petersburg Airport gets high marks for the rooms and staff. One reviewer wrote, "The staff is very friendly, the hotel is clean and attractive and the rooms are comfortable." A second agreed: "Nice room and comfortable beds. Very nice staff." The downside? ""The airport is only a football field away, therefore you hear awfully loud noise as the planes are departing."

The Holiday Inn Clearwater-St. Petersburg Airport ranks No. 32 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

New York

The Hilton Clearwater Beach gets a four out of five ranking from TripAdvisor members, and is generally well-reviewed. One happy guest wrote, "They have awesome room service, the gym was VERY clean, the rooms were lovely, and the views were amazing!" Another wrote, "The room was clean, small, and a little worn (typical of a beach hotel but not up to most Hilton standards)."

Hilton Clearwater Beach ranks No. 23 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

North Carolina

Reviews are mixed at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, where one reviewer writes "we had a wonderful view of the bay and marina from the 13 floor," but another wrote the windows "were so dirty you could not see out of them clearly." All in all, "rooms are old, but spacious and functional."

The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront ranks No. 17 of 47 hotels in St. Petersburg.

North Dakota

The Bilmar Beach Resort gets very high marks from past guests, with a 4.5 out of five. For those delegates focused on work and not play, "The free wi-fi made it easy to work and get things done while watching the surf or the sunsets." One reviewer wrote, "Our room was very clean and the view of the ocean was fantastic," while another echoed the sentiments, writing ""The rooms were clean & the studio kitchen was perfect."

Bilmar Beach Resort ranks No. nine of 43 hotels in Treasure Island.

Northern Mariana Islands

If the delegates from California have some free time, they may want to have a little fun at the TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach where "There's a giant waterslide right on the beach-great for kids and adults." One reviewer loved the hotel's cleanliness: "The place was SOOO clean ! Our room was superb..." Hopefully RNC guests can write off their expenses because according to one reviewer, "Have your cash ready b/c they will charge you extra for everything. "

TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach ranks No. 7 of 29 hotels in St. Pete Beach.

Ohio

"The rooms are spacious, but they take you back to 1998," was one of the more positive reviews of the Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center. Others included: "It felt and smelled like I was borrowing some college kid's apartment" and "The suite was very dated, the bathroom was horrible." Still, one review was less negative: "It's not very new but it still holds its own."

The Mainsail Suites Hotel & Conference Center ranks No. 85 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Oklahoma

"It was a decent stay and quite reasonable," said one review of the Best Western Bay Harbor Hotel. "Great hotel for the price, no breakfast included but the sunset from our room was worth it," said another. But, "there was a mini refrigerator in the bathroom, which is DISGUSTING."

The Best Western Bay Harbor Hotel ranks No. 61 of 159 hotels in Tampa .

Oregon

With a four out of five rank, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort gets high marks for the views: "Loved the balcony over-looking the Gulf," wrote one reviewer. But another said, "The beach was quite a hike." And while the 'Pool area is nice, the pool is a little small."

The Sheraton Sand Key Resort ranks No. 17 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

Pennsylvania

One reviewer tips us off that "the hidden gem is in the hotel's sports bar, Players Sports Pub," at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport, Westshore. "While it is very clean and comfortable, it's time for new wallpaper, paint, etc," said one reviewer. Another agreed: "The hotel is OK, maybe a little old, however, customer service rules!"

The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tampa Airport, Westshore ranks No. 32 of 159 hotels in Tampa

Puerto Rico

The Hilton Clearwater Beach gets a four out of five ranking from TripAdvisor members, and is generally well-reviewed. One happy guest wrote, "They have awesome room service, the gym was VERY clean, the rooms were lovely, and the views were amazing!" Another wrote, "The room was clean, small, and a little worn (typical of a beach hotel but not up to most Hilton standards)."

Hilton Clearwater Beach ranks No. 23 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

Rhode Island

The Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key gets mostly good reviews and a four of five rating on TripAdvisor. "Very comfortable beds, efficient daily housekeeping," said one review. "A real family hotel with lots of kids all over the place," reads another. On the downside, "the rooms definitely could use new carpets, furniture, & decor."

The Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key ranks No. 18 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

South Carolina

The drawback to the Innisbrook Resort may just be the location. ""Way out in the middle of nowhere," wrote one reviewer of the hotel in Palm Harbor. "I felt like I was staying in the hundred acre woods," said another. Other reviews were more positive: "A fabulous resort and spa with reasonable rates and extraordinary customer service."

The Innisbrook Resort ranks No. 1 of four hotels in Palm Harbor.

South Dakota

Shephard's Beach Resort may be a party hotel, judging from the TripAdvisor reviews. "This place is rocking with live music, tiki torches, private beach, and endless alcohol," reads one review. Along the same lines: "A lot of drunken adults on a normal Wednesday evening!" Finally, "If you're looking for a quiet place - don't stay here. If you're looking to let loose and enjoy yourself then STAY HERE!!!"

Shephard's Beach Resort ranks 48 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

Tennessee

It's a mixed bag for guests of the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa. "The resort is in need of some attention," notes one reviewer. Another writes of the, "spots of peeling paint, stained wallpaper, dingy upholstery." But at least one guest disagrees: "The rooms are very nice and this place is so very quiet."

Safety Harbor Resort & Spa ranks No. 1 of 2 hotels in Safety Harbor.

Texas

Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel gets mostly good reviews from TripAdvisor members: "Rooms are excellent with a home away from home feel," and there are "smiles everywhere, politeness and manners," according to two reviewers. And here's a reason to book: "The most amazing spa experience I've had in quite some time."

The Saddlebrook Resort ranks No. three of seven hotels in Wesley Chapel.

U.S. Virgin Islands

"We booked 2 nights and extended a night because we just couldn't leave the resort," said one reviewer of the Crystal Palms Beach Resort. Other previous guests had similarly positive things to say: "The room was fabulous! So much space, very clean, and a beautiful balcony!" and "The beds were soooo comfortable!!"

The Crystal Palms Beach Resort ranks No. three of 43 hotels in Treasure Island.

Utah

"Fantastic beds made up for minor inconveniences," at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore, such as the "mini corn dogs – ugh" in the Executive lounge two nights in a row. Rooms are said to be "spacious with very modern, well-appointed bathrooms."

The Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore ranks No. 60 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Vermont

Reviews of the Wyndham Tampa Westshore include ""Excellent room, comfortable and very clean," and "Everything was great... even the M&M's in the lobby!" It's also a good value: "Great location from downtown without paying downtown prices."

The Wyndham Tampa Westshore ranks No. 15 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Virginia

The Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key gets mostly good reviews and a four of five rating on TripAdvisor. "Very comfortable beds, efficient daily housekeeping," said one review. "A real family hotel with lots of kids all over the place," reads another. On the downside, "the rooms definitely could use new carpets, furniture, & decor."

The Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites on Sand Key ranks No. 18 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

Washington

If any GOP convention goers are bringing the kids, the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater Beach would be a great choice. "A nice family friendly hotel; no loud noises, no noisy guests," wrote one reviewer, while another said the pool is "awesome...beautiful views." A less enthusiastic review said, "Very middle of the road, cordial staff, no loud or unsafe feelings.. but don't expect anything fancy."

The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Clearwater ranks No. 21 of 98 hotels in Clearwater.

West Virginia

Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore is home to Hawaii delegates this week, where "The fridge is weird and froze all of my bananas." Weird fridge aside, "The beds were awesome and clean," said one review, while another stated, "I love this place and the room service food is FANTASTIC!"

The Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore ranks No. 51 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Wisconsin

"The toilet was the strangest I've ever seen," wrote one guest. Strange toilets aside, the Tampa Airport Marriott is right next to the airport, but one reviewer wrote they "never heard any air traffic noise outside." And perhaps the best compliment to a hotel of all? "Other hotels should come here... to see how to integrate service with value!"

The Tampa Airport Marriott ranks 14 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

Wyoming

Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore is home to Hawaii delegates this week, where "The fridge is weird and froze all of my bananas." Weird fridge aside, "The beds were awesome and clean," said one review, while another stated, "I love this place and the room service food is FANTASTIC!"

The Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport Westshore ranks No. 51 of 159 hotels in Tampa.

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