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“Great location, clean hotel” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2807 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612   |  
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Ranked #39 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
NORTH AUGUSTA
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
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“Great location, clean hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We stayed at this hotel over the chrismas holiday. After reading some reviews I was concerned about the location but found it very good and within walking distance of Busch gardens. The staff was friendly and helpful and willing to answer any questions we had. The pool was great and my 12 and 14 year old loved it. It is heated and that helps when wisiting at christmas as others we stayed at were not. We were able to come and go to Busch gardens because of the shuttle. Chris our driver was great and very helpful for information about the area. All we had to do was call and he was right over to pick us up, even after working a long night on new years eve. The breakfast was also very good for a hotel , but like any hotel was busy if you eat latter in the morning, A good selection and well stocked. I would not hesitate to recomend this hotel for a visit to busch gardens.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
WOW! We love hearing great reviews like this that can showcase our team members! I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! Chris will be honored to hear that he was mentioned in your review! I hope that you enjoyed your holidays with us and we look forward to seeing you next time!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We arrived in Tampa mid-morning after a "red-eye" flight from Western Canada. We easily drove to the Holiday Inn Express and were given an early check-in. After unpacking and a short rest we went straight to Busch Gardens on the courtesy shuttle (Rolando was wonderful - full of information, and very prompt in returning for us as soon as we called him at the end of the day.) On our second day, after a wonderful (included) breakfast (including pancakes, eggs and bacon!), we again headed to Busch Gardens, knowing that Rolando would come pick us up after our time at "Christmas Town," even if it was 11:00 p.m. The hotel was clean, the staff was friendly, and our room was very comfortable, with a fridge, microwave, and coffee pot. We were even given a bag of mcrowave popcorn at check-in, exactly what we needed to make us feel at home! We will definitely return:)

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review! We really do enjoy reading great things about the hotel on here! Rolando will be thrilled to hear that his name was mentioned on Trip Advisor again! He really is an awesome shuttle driver! All of the breakfast hostess will be glad to hear that they have exceeded your expectations! We look forward to your return to Tampa!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

New Years Eve is no time to be driving late at night. Therefore, my family of 4 along with a couple of the kid's friends stayed at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites after ringing in the New Year at Busch Gardens. I made reservations months in advance and called to confirm a late check in.
We arrived after midnight and were assisted as if it were in the afternoon. ( No problems with tired employees.) Our suite had 2 queen beds and a pull out couch. There was plenty of room for all 6 of us. The room was clean, plenty of pillows and blankets. I brought a couple of beach towels to make sure we had enough towels without calling for housekeeping.
3 of us went to the included-breakfast. They were all happy and satisfied with the selection.
We did not take advantage of the pool. We had a nice view of the roller coasters of Busch Gardens out our window. The only complaint was that the pull out couch was uncomfortable to sleep on. (Most are) I would recommend this hotel to other travelers. I stayed at another hotel in the area with a cheaper price a couple of years ago and would never recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the pool.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Hello! I am so excited that you enjoyed your stay with us! Sadly, I was not able to make it to the New Years Eve celebration at Busch Gardens but I was told it was great! I am pleased to hear that your check-in went so smoothly and you enjoyed your room! The view is always an added plus! Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Tampa- USF- Busch Gardens and we look forward to your return!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

We very much enjoyed everything at this hotel during our two night stay. Drew, at reception was extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel was very clean and quiet and very nice for the price. The beds and pillows were comfortable and a/c was fine. The breakfast selection was great and varied each day. The shuttle drivers will pick you up on call and were both very prompt and nice. All I can say is that we had no complaints whatsoever and would definitely choose this hotel again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind review! Drew will defiantly be excited to hear that his name was mentioned on Trip Advisor! I am please that you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to your return!
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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Excellent location for Busch Gardens and MOSI Imax Dome and Science Museum, but there is an issue if you room is anywhere near the pool!

We have stayed at this hotel before, and have never had an issue, but our last visit was a nightmare. We were on the 4th floor, but above the pool, when 2 familys arrived with 12 teenagers. They were in the pool for hours, and the noise was so bad we had to phone reception as we couldn't sleep. At 10:00pm, we had had enough, as we had an early start the next day, so we checked out.

Starr, who was the night manager did her best to resolve the issue, and asked the teenagers to stop screaming, but to no avail. The reason for this was because the pool is open until 11:00pm, every night.

So in conclusion, if you want to go to bed early, to get up early, make sure that you are miles away from the pool. Apart from that, a lovely hotel, lovely staff, and excellent facilities; just a pity they are willing to loose business over keeping a pool open so late.

Access to Busch Gardens is within walking distance to save on parking fees, or the free shuttle will drop you off and pick you up. Not far from the University Mall situated on Fowler Avenue, just up 30th, a 5 minute drive. Also lots of eateries on Fowler, so well worth a look, especially Longhorn Steakhouse, best steak we have ever had, and fantastic value for money. Oh, also not far from Lowery Park Zoo which is a great day out, and again, value for money.

Room Tip: Stay away from the pool area !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We always stay here when we go to Busch Gardens. It is right across the street. In fact we were so excited to be able to see the roller coasters from our room this time! There is a shuttle to the park also.
The staff is wonderful and the breakfast is soooo yummy! Biscuits and gravy and everything! Not just a bagel and juice like some hotels.
Olive garden is right next door, you can walk there and not have to deal with traffic. Overall, this is the place to stay!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this review, January 14, 2013
Hello! I am so sorry that you had problems with noise however, I am pleased to hear that Starr tried her best to resolve the issue. We hate to lose business and I will be looking into ways that I can solve this problem. I am glad that overall you enjoyed your trip to Tampa and I hope that you will give us another chance when you return! Thank you so much for taking time to leave us a review and although some parts of the review were negative, I thank you for letting us know so that the problems can be fixed! Hopefully we will see you again soon!
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Chicago, Illinois
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

The lady who greeted us at the reception desk was very friendly, their complementary breakfast included fresh made pancakes, the rooms are well maintained, and they have free shuttle service to Busch Gardens which saves a lot of money for parking. This is a terrific value.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hi! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a nice review! We aim to please all of our guests and I feel that the Team has accomplished this! Hope to see you again soon!
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Address: 2807 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#28 Family Hotel in Tampa
#53 Business Hotel in Tampa
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens 2.5*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Brand New Holiday Inn Express & Suites is adjacent to Busch Gardens / Adventure Island and is the closest hotel to the University of South Florida and University Community Health Hospital. Enjoy a comfortable stay at the new Holiday Inn in Tampa, a preferred hotel of Busch Gardens, located within walking distance of the hotel. Your family will love staying at our Florida Green Lodging designated hotel in Tampa. We're located just off I-275, directly across the street from Busch Gardens and just a mile away from USF and University Community Health Hospital. Located in the heart of Tampa, we are in close proximity to several other local attractions, including Lowry Park Zoo, Port of Tampa, Florida Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Business travelers will appreciate the amenities and services provided at our hotel too! Our Green Lodging hotel is in close proximity to many area businesses, such as Syniverse, Verizon Information Technologies, USAA and the Anheuser-Busch and the Yuengling Breweries. In addition, we provide meeting space that can accommodate up to 60 people with free wireless Internet access. While staying at our tropically landscaped Tampa hotel, you can enjoy our premium amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and complimentary, hot breakfast bar. Book your reservations now to take advantage of our great Tampa, FL hotel room deals and rates. ... more   less 
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