I'd like probably give this a 3.5 star or good rating. It's better than average, but I cannot recommend this hotel for the business traveler.
There are quite a few pros - free breakfast and dinner buffet. There is also a free shuttle from the airport to hotel. The hotel is in a convenient location to the airport. There is also a free shuttle that runs hourly to the local malls which offer many shopping and food choices.
The cons however are what lower my rating, especially for the business traveler. The cell phone coverage in the room was terrible. I have Verizon Wireless and rarely have a problem, but my calls kept dropping. Also the internet connection, either wired or wireless, is very slow. It becomes even slower if you have to connect through a VPN.
For a suite, I considered my room very small (see picture of bedroom). Also, depending on what side of the hotel you get, you may be looking out your window at a cement parking garage (see picture). I know you don't spend much time in the hotel, but looking into a parking garage is not what you expect. This is especially annoying at night when the lights come on illuminating the garage and most of your room (see picture). Yes there are darkening shades, but it's worth noting for someone considering this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Complete with upscale furnishings, outstanding service and complimentary amenities, the Homewood Suites by Hilton Tampa Airport - Westshore Florida hotel offers 144 beautifully appointed hotel suites and welcomes extended stay business and leisure travelers to thoroughly enjoy its central location conveniently situated in the heart of the sophisticated Westshore Business District.Our Homewood Suites by Hilton® Tampa hotel is only minutes from Tampa International Airport and provides exciting recreational options, tourist attractions, shopping, dining and unique entertainment venues. Additionally, guests of our hotel in Tampal, FL hotel can enjoy our complimentary Suite Start™ hot breakfast daily and a Welcome Home® reception Monday through Thursday evenings, featuring assorted beverages, beer and wine (local laws apply). At the Homewood Suites hotel in Tampa, Florida we're committed to the comfort of our guests. Our spacious rooms and central location have been designed with all our guests needs in mind. So make yourself at home and enjoy our great hotel amenities and our world class Homewood Suites by Hilton hospitality. ... more less
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