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“Good hotel convenient to many attractions” 4 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 #41 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Melbourne, FL
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Good hotel convenient to many attractions”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We always stay at Holiday Inn Express hotels. Everything at this hotel was very good except the airconditioning. There was some kind of sensor on the tstat that raised the temperature when you were out of the room or sleeping at night. I guess it did not sense any motion as had to get up several times during the nights that we were there to get it to cool again. Also, the food at breakfast was not hot enough & they need a microwave to the area.

Room Tip: side away from street
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  • Stayed May 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Canton, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This hotel was slightly cheaper than others of the same type in the Tampa area because it's not in the best part of town. I was staying for business but if you're traveling to Busch Gardens it's literally across the street. You can see the roller-coasters from the parking lot. Despite this the hotel is nice and quiet and seems very new. The ladies working the desk were wonderful. The only annoyance is the parking lot is very difficult to get in and out of. Only one entrance and if you're coming from the east side you have to make a U-turn. Not really their fault but it was a pain. The room was immaculate and everything worked well except for the internet which seems to be an issue at every HIE I stay in.

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just got back from staying a night in Tampa after trip to Busch Gardens. This Holiday Inn Express is very convenient to Busch Gardens. Always enjoy the continental breakfast. The room was good. We had extra space with a pullout sofa (wasn't expecting) and 2 queens. The sofa bed needs updating, but my youngest just slept on it as a sofa. One complaint....our mattress seemed to slope towards the middle. Think it's time for replacement. All in all it is still worth it.

Stayed May 2015, traveled with family
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Dublin, Ireland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we stayed last week (may 2015) for 1 night, when we visited busch gardens.

good points:
1. room was large and comfortable
2. very close to busch gardens, less than a 5 min drive, very direct just straight down the road
3. free breakfast. breakfast was basic but mixture of hot and cold foods, handy for carb loading before the park!
4. free shuttle, we didn't use this but it would have saved us money as parking at the park was 17 dollars.
5. clean, quiet room.
6. good service at the front desk
7. fast food places around the hotel for a quick dinner after the park

bad points:
1. basic hotel, but in keeping with what you would expect for the price

we would stay again if we were visiting busch gardens.

  • Stayed May 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lansing, Michigan
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in Orlando and was planning a trip to Busch Gardens for the first time. Initially I was going to book a hotel in downtown Tampa to experience the night life but most of the hotels downtown had valet only parking at a steep price. I have stayed in a few Holiday Inn's before and chose this location for it's proximity to Busch Gardens.

Best decision ever! First when we exited I-4 and drove toward Busch Gardens it seems like you are in the "not so nice" part of town. There are a lot of dive motels that you can imagine are bug infested. Then comes this beautiful Holiday Inn Express and we were so thankful we chose it. The staff was very friendly. The room was clean and included a fridge and microwave. The free shuttle to and from the park was very convenient and saved on parking fees. The two Queen beds were comfy. Bathrooms are large. Rooms are quiet. They had plenty of free breakfast options too including fruits, yogurt, bacon, sausage, eggs, cinnamon rolls. The pancake machine was out of order. The internet sporadically worked. The pool area seemed nice but we didn't go in. Within walking distance to Olive Garden, Popeye's Chicken, T-Bell, and Red Lobster.

We enjoyed our stay here and Busch Gardens. It is also conveniently located near I-275 and we visited the downtown area and went on to Clearwater Beach afterward. I would definitely go back.

Room Tip: Stay on the east side of the building, you might catch a glimpse of a Busch Garden roller coaster.
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  • Stayed May 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Naples, Florida
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I came to Tampa from Naples to go to Busch Gardens for the weekend. Of course, we went online and just found a cheap hotel since we weren't going to be spending much time there anyway. Without putting much thought into it, we decided to do the Travelodge next door and booked online. We were mortified at the condition. I was afraid we would literally catch something in that room. As if the horrid decor wasn't insulting enough, the entire room smelled of urine and god knows what else... We had to get out of there, so we stopped by a restaurant within walking distance. On our walk back we passed the Holiday Inn next door and pretty much sprinted inside. We were greeted by an OUTSTANDING employee named Lesly. He accommodated us, getting us into a room at 10:00 at night which we were not counting on, thus we were so pleasantly surprised. We couldn't run and throw our belongings into the car fast enough from Travelodge. NEVER EVEN THINK ABOUT STAYING THERE!!! Awful. High tailed it over to Holiday Inn and immediately felt relieved upon walking in the front door. This weekend could have been AWFUL, but Lesly to the rescue! He and two other employees specifically made it special for us! Nakira also saved us by kindly printing our tickets that we forgot for Busch Gardens and gave us instructions and tips for the park. Thank you! And also Rolando, our shuttle driver!!! Holiday Inn provides maps of Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, AND a free shuttle service to and from both parks. TIP YOUR DRIVER!! You made our trip, Rolando!! He was personable, funny, informative, and down to earth. Very, very friendly, yet professional. He even posed for a picture with us! Ha. These employees and the clean, relaxing atmosphere of this hotel have us convinced that we will not be staying anywhere else in Tampa on our next visit (as we bought season passes for Busch Gardens). We will be remaining loyal to this hotel. Thank you again everyone for your help, your advice, and making our weekend!!! Rather than the roller coasters, we were talking to friends and family about these people :)
Excellent. 5 stars for all 3 of them and this hotel.

Stayed May 2015, traveled as a couple
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was able to find an excellent rate. The hotel is near Busch Gardens and USF. The room was clean and large, the beds were very comfortable, the tv was large and the shower had good water pressure with hot water.
There was a nice breakfast included which had a large variety.
I would stay here again without hesitation.

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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:
#34 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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