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Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

2.0 of 5 Motel   |   720 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612
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Ranked #129 of 159 hotels in Tampa
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  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Edison
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

I had booked this hotel through expedia using their phone agent. They recommended me this hotel/motel since i wanted something between University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital. Yes the location was right, but there were other hotels they could have recommended. The place looked okay from outside, but the room color and the bed sheet color made the... More

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Los Angeles, California
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2010

Steer clear of this place - it was the worst hotel experience I can remember. The first room they put me in had to be over 100 degrees when I entered it. They may have had the heat turned up in hot, humid Florida because they were trying to dry something out of the carpet - half of which was... More

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Miami, Florida
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2010

I thought since it was close to Busch Gardens and the name Howard Johnson Express Inn it would niceand the price was good because I booked the through Expedia. The prictures online is a lie. It really looks run down and dirty. The hallways had a bad odor. The bathroom was not clean. The towel was not bleachy white. The... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2009

Very friendly staff but a complete dump! Bad neighborhood, extremely loud hallways, filthy rooms, run down, horrible beds, cob webs, cracks in doorway, bugs everywhere. Way too pricey for such a mess of a hotel. Not at all what we expected but got there too late with sleeping kids and not able to find another place for the night.

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Central Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2009

We enjoyed our stay which was in the midst of everything and inexpensive. Most surprising were the waffles which were wonderful. The staff was very friendly.

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Valdosta, GA
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6 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2009

A friend of mine and I were taking a girls weekend, but as students we needed something in our price range. It was a great location, but if I had it to do over I would have stayed somewhere much nicer. The roof had patchy spots, there were people lingering at all hours, and it was an unsafe neighborhood.

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2009

This Howard Johnson was not as bad as the last one. My biggest turnoff was the scary neighborhood and the booger on the shower curtain. It wasn't bad for just a place to park yourself for a few days. I would say it was adequate and served its purpose. Just don't plan on bringing the wife and kids. This area... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2007

While close to Busch Gardens, this hotel was located in an area that felt unsafe. The rooms had sliding glass doors leading to balconies with very unsound-looking locks. One wing of the first floor had the awful odor of a combination of a dog kennel and a smoker's lounge. The continental breakfast was lacking... a very very limited selection (gas... More

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Brantford, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2006

We were very apprehensive about the hotel prior to our check in as it was booked through Hotwire before I had read the reviews. When we pulled up to the hotel we found the office surrounded by police cars but were assured it was a civil matter and of no concern of the Hotel. We did request to see the... More

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eustis, fl
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 hotel reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2006

Sorry to say we wanted to save a little money since we would only be staying one night. Like someone else said you get what you pay for. We booked though Hotwire and were very disappointed by the hotel they said would be like a "La Quinta, Holiday Inn, etc." Hotel was awful. Not one towel was clean and even... More

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Address: 720 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens 2*
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Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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