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“Free breakfast , 20 mins walk from Busch Gardens ( free shuttle)” 4 of 5 stars
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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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Charlottesville, Virginia
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“Free breakfast , 20 mins walk from Busch Gardens ( free shuttle)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

OK now when we arrived here I was a little worried . You know i am a light sleeper and when we arrived we got put on the 1st floor the first room nearest elevators , reception and the breakfast area . It was 1 am and i was too tired to argue so i though I would give it the first night and asked to be moved the next day . Well we stayed 3 days and I didn't need to move , the room were well insulated an unless there was someone right outside your door shouting it was very quiet indeed. beds very very good with a mix of pillows . Air-con worked well and we left it on all night to drown out any noise close to the door.
Breakfast was the usual for a free offer , but included hot food that the staff did a pretty good job keeping topped up even during the rush hour, there were not enough tables at rush hour but that's typical in most hotels today.
There was a free shuttle to and from the parks that takes about 10 mins round trip in the normal times , can take up-to 45 mins if the roads are busy such as at Halloween . The park you can see from the hotel and we walked in one day 20 mins from door to ticket booth ( not advised in the hot summer no real shade on the walk , take the shuttle ) , Note shuttle does not run 1 pm-4 pm but it will run you between the water park and Busch gardens as well as to and from both to the hotel.
There is am Olive garden ( not so good) and a Red Lobster ( very good) right next to the hotel to walk out and eat or grab a beer
The only odd thing that happened is there was no hairdryer in the room just a metal mounting bracket in the bathroom . I asked at reception and they gave me a brand new hairdryer kit that i had to mount myself on the wall ( very strange indeed)

Room Tip: In thisn case it seems any room is good based on the sound insulation
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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, May 14, 2013
Hello! Wow, let me first start by saying my team should not have given you the new hairdryer to install yourself. Very strange indeed is just you being very polite. I sincerely apologize for this oversight. I will make sure I address it with them so it won't happen again.

Secondly, I am so pleased to hear your stay with us was so pleasant. Everyone from Rolando to the room attendants that work so hard everyday to keep the rooms clean do what we can to get reviews like this.

Thank you so much for staying with us, and we hope you get to come back again real soon! Howl-O-Scream is going to be crazy this year. Maybe a return trip in October can be arranged?

See you then!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Rolando was one of the niciest shuttle driver I have ever encounted. He was very helpful every time we needed him.Always greeted us with a smile.Transporated us back and forth no question.Between him and the front desk attendents we had a very nice stay

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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, May 14, 2013
Hey! Thank you for your review and for mentioning Rolando. As you can see from all the comments, he has quite a following on here! We love having him on our team!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2013

Our family recently stayed at this hotel and selected it based upon Tripadvisor reviews, its proximity to Busch gardens, the pool (albeit small and chilly) and the free breakfast (a definite bonus for a family). We usually stay at Holiday Inn Expresses when we travel and have found some to be better than others. The hotel room we had was ok, seemed clean and had a small fridge and microwave, decent sized bathroom. The lighting in bathroom could definitely be better and I prefer the fan in the bath to be a separate switch from the light but no deal breaker. Overall, the hotel seemed older and could use some updating in some areas. The breakfast area was fairly large and bright, had plenty of seating and offered the usual fare, eggs, meat, fresh fruit, yogurt, bread & pastries,etc. We love the free breakfast, it's a good value and a time saver when you just want to get out the door to get on with your business.
We found all of the front desk people we dealt with to be extremely pleasant and accommodating. Like others, we took advantage of the great discounted deal for Busch Gardens with the 14 day pass purchased at the hotel front desk. We hadn't planned on going 4 days in a row but we did and had a great time. Also, can't say enough about the shuttle driver, Rolando, who was there promptly every morning and throughout the day to schlep folks back and forth from the hotel and Busch Gardens. As others mentioned, the immediate area is not great Last, don't make the mistake of ordering pizza delivery from Pizza Famiglia whose flier appeared under our hotel door on day 1.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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, May 14, 2013
Hello! Thank you for your review. It was very detailed, and I love that you mentioned Rolando! He gives all our guests fantastic service. I have to agree with you about the pizza. We do everything possible to keep them from slipping the menus under the doors. They are very sneaky on when and how they do this. We hope you get a chance to come back and see us again real soon!
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Fayetteville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

If you ever have a chance to visit Holiday Inn Express Tampa USF you won't de disappointed. the hotel is nice and clean but the Shuttle Driver, Rolando makes your vacation awesome. He has the most pleasant attitude and he is the most helpful and so very accommodating. I normally do not write reviews, but he deserves a shout out. He was always there to lean a helping hand. I almost felt like I had my own personal driver. Example - He drove use to Busch Gardens we called him when we were done, he took us to the hotel so we could change in our swimwear, then drove us to Treasure Island Water Park, then we called him again and he drove us back to Busch Gardens and he did it all with a smile.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 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, April 18, 2013
Hey! Rolando is getting to be our Rock Star around here! Thank you so much for your kind words. He is going to be thrilled to see his name here on Trip Advisor again!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

we stayed here the week of April 9th for Spring break. We choose this hotel due to its proximity to Busch gardens. We used the shuttle service during our stay, both drivers Rolando and Sam were great. Free breakfast was good and hotel was clean and updated. Olive Garden and Red Lobster are adjacent to hotel. Although the neighborhood surrounding the hotel is not great, As a single woman traveling with 2 children I would stay here again, I felt safe at the hotel, I just would not not recommend walking. We also visited the Museum of Science, it was only a 5 min drive from hotel. The pool was small and just off the parking lot. We did not use. Only caveat was that The A/C unit was extremely loud ,had to shut off because it made such a racket.

Room Tip: We stayed on 2nd floor away from elevator. Pretty quiet
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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, April 18, 2013
Hello, and thank you for your review! I am so happy you enjoyed your stay with us. We all work very hard to make sure you have a great time.

Rolando and Sam are our official representatives and the face of our hotel. They provide such great service to our guests, and we are happy they are on our team.

The holidays are just around the corner, and Tampa has great weather in the winter months, so please come back and see us soon!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

Two adults and two kids. We stayed here due to the good reviews and the free shuttle to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. Sam, our shuttle driver, gave us his phone number, and was extremely helpful and kind. When we were there there was no shuttle service between 1-4pm. On hot days, we went to Busch Gardens for 3 hours, Sam brought us to Adventure Island for a few hours and then he picked us up and brought us back to Busch Gardens until the park closed. We used a locker (50 cents) outside of the Busch Gardens entrance to store our cooler - not allowed in BG, but small ones are allowed in Adventure Island. Many others did this also to save some money (picnic tables outside BG and AI). We got the unlimited park visits to BG & AI for up to 2 weeks for $85 (a great deal).

This hotel had spacious and clean rooms. Our room had two queens, a sofa, sitting chair w/ottoman, great tv, sink/bar area, and a refrigerator. The beds were very comfortable (and I am used to sleeping on a Temper Pedic).

This had the best free breakfast buffet that I have experienced in my hotel stays - pancakes, eggs, biscuits, cinnamon rolls, cereal, muffins, juice, coffee, etc.

The hotel is very nice. The neighborhoods to the east, south and west are a bit rough. Though I didn't go there, the area to the north (near USF) seems nicer. It is possible to take the city bus to/from the airport ($2 to downtown and $2 from the Marion Transit Center to the airport), but it will take you at least an hour and a half (depending upon the time of day that you travel). A cab ride (ours was with United Cab) will be about $38 one way.

Room Tip: Rooms on the east side allow you to see your car in the parking lot and enjoy the sunrise with views...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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, April 18, 2013
Hello! I love to see you had a great stay with us! Sam is the newest shuttle driver to join our team, and he has had a large impact already. We look forward to seeing his name here on Trip Advisor more and more.

Although the area may seem rough, our guests rarely experience any issues with the area. Recently, the new Taco Bell went in, McDonald's completely remodeled, Olive Garden (next door) is almost finished with their remodel, and Red Lobster has completed their remodel. The area is renewing, and we look forward to future projects in the area to increase the curb appeal.

We hope you get to come back soon to see all the changes!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed there for two nights without any complaint. The suite was very comfortable and clean. The staff was very attentive, especially the staff from the restaurant during breakfast. The hotel was very centric, it was close to Bush Gardens, USF and Moffit Cancer Center. If I need to stay in the area, I will definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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, April 18, 2013
Hey! Thank you for such a great review of our hotel! We look forward to seeing you again when you get a chance to come back and see us!
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Address: 2807 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
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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
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens 2.5*
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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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