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Gulf Coast Maritime Academy Student Lodging Options and Partners

Gulf Coast Maritime Academy has taken every step to ensure that our students have the best in lodging, food, and transportation; minus the high cost. Taking classes with GCMA has become as increasingly inexpensive.


 Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa East (Casino Area)

We are just off I-4 at Exit 10, one mile east of I-75 with easy access to the Tampa area. The friendly staff and superb amenities will make you feel right at home at our hotel in Seffner, FL.

The Hard Rock Casino Tampa is just 4 miles from our hotel. You’ll be within five minutes of the Florida State Fairgrounds and MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre. Our pet-friendly Seffner hotel is convenient to all major Tampa Bay attractions including downtown and Gulf Beaches.

Start your day with a free hot breakfast or grab a free Hampton’s On the Run™ Breakfast Bag to take with you. Retreat to one of our 75 Seffner, FL hotel rooms or suites to rest in a clean and fresh Hampton bed® and enjoy free WiFi access. Our spacious studio suites also include a mini-refrigerator and microwave. For business or leisure, our hotel near the Hard Rock Casino Tampa is a comfy home away from home.

Hotel Facts

  • 4 miles from the Hard Rock Casino Tampa
  • Close to Florida State Fairgrounds and MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Easily accessible from I-4 and I-75
  • Easy drive to Tampa attractions including Busch Gardens/Adventure Island, Channelside/Cruise Port of Tampa, Florida Aquarium and Ybor City
  • 75 Seffner, FL hotel rooms, suites and accessible rooms
  • Pet friendly Tampa hotel

Situated the heart of Ybor City, the Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District is conveniently located less than 1 mile from Gulf Coast Maritime Academy. With easy access to many major highways we are just minutes to downtown Tampa, Channelside, the Westshore business district and Tampa International Airport. Ybor City provides visitors a Mecca of dining, shopping and entertainment choices within walking distance from the hotel.

Specifically designed to cater to the needs of today’s business traveler, we offer well appointed, spacious rooms and suites full of amenities you want, along with high quality service. Features our guests enjoy include:

  • All guest rooms include: microwave, refrigerator, Keurig Coffee Machine, 2 two-line telephones with data ports, voicemail, large work desk with ergonomic chair, iron, ironing board, and hair dryer
  • Complimentary 24-hour business center, swimming pool, spa and fitness center
  • Full “cooked-to-order” breakfast available each morning  in our Great American Grill - $10.95 per person
  • Evening Room Service from 5pm-10pm
  • Pavilion Lounge opens each evening from 5pm-10pm features beer and wine
  • Complimentary Shuttle Service within 3 mile radius of hotel, includes Gulf Coast Maritime Academy
  • Secured parking, *fee waived for Gulf Coast Maritime Academy travelers*

*Contact the sales department at 813-769-9267 with any questions

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa Ybor Historic District, 1700 E 9th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

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