By: Andrew Silverstein

If you're looking for a stay in the area with a touch of style and class, luxury hotels in Tampa are a great bet.  Yeah, the prices might be higher, but the old adage "you get what you pay for" isn't an old adage for no reason.

Across this beautiful, culturally diverse city, these luxury hotels abound giving travelers the absolute best when it comes to Tampa hotels.  Here are five definitely worth checking out.

The Intercontinental -  For the best in contemporary, luxury hotels in the Westshore District, the Intercontinental is a sure-shot hit.  Each one of their beautiful rooms come equipped with technical accommodations perfect for those who need to stay in touch on the go as well as a 32" HDTV and a ton of other accommodating amenities.

Dining options include the Tampa-famous Shula's Steakhouse as well as a coffee lounge and cafe.

Grand Hyatt - Located amongst many of the great hotels in Downtown Tampa, the Grand Hyatt is a stunning hotel perfectly suited for those seeking a little luxury during their Tampa stay.  Its prestigious four-diamond award shows how much they care about an above-and-beyond hotel experience.

Enjoy accommodations including a pool, 24 hour fitness center, yoga classes, 3 different restaurants, and much, much more.   Situated in downtown, the Grand Hyatt is close to a number of Tampa attractions like the Florida Aquarium, Channelside, and Raymond James Stadium.

Mariott Waterside Hotel - One of the most stunning hotels in all of Tampa, the Marriot Waterside is a conveniently situated hotel perfectly suited for those with luxury in mind.  Enjoy 3 restaurants, a full spa, a pool, and a stunning waterfront view not afforded to many other hotels around the area.

If you really want to treat yourself or someone you love, take a day and explore the spa.  Here you can take advantage of services like body wraps, manicures, massages, and more.

Westin Harbour Island - Westin Harbour Island is a luxurious escape from the typical hustle and bustle of Tampa city life.  Situated right next to the Tampa Convention Center, the Westin is a convenient hub for those visiting the Downtown Tampa area.  Enjoy perks like a beautiful outdoor pool, Heavenly brand beds in all rooms, and duel shower heads as well.

Crowne Plaza Westshore - Recently renovated in 2009, the Crowne Plaza is a lodging site to behold in Tampa's beloved Westshore District.  Boasting an enormous outdoor swimming pool as well as an all-encompassing fitness center, you can be sure it's hard to be bored at Crowne Plaza.  The Mezzo restaurant on the first floor provides an amazing dining experience for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with juicy steaks, fresh fish, hearty pastas, great sandwiches, and more.