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“Great Overnight for Early Flights” 5 of 5 stars
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Homewood Suites Tampa Airport - Westshore
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5325 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, FL 33607   |  
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Ranked #19 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Sarasota, Florida, United States
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“Great Overnight for Early Flights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We've often stayed at the Tampa Marriott at the airport if we have an early flight from TPA. We found the Homewood Suites to be just as convenient at half the price. And we were 300 yards away form the International Mall and all the nicer restaurants available there. Definately will stay there again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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GMHWSTAMPA, General Manager at Homewood Suites Tampa Airport - Westshore, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Thank you so much for all your comments on Tripadvisor! Im glad you are happy with our location as well as the value for your money. Come back and see us soon. Happy Holidays!
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Stayed here one night for work. Hotel is off a road in a 4plex with another Hilton and 2 Marriotts. The Homewood Suites seems fairly new, has a nice pool and lobby area. Hotel is centrally located in the west side of Tampa. Can get to the airport in 5 minutes but you don't hear any jet noise. 2 minute drive to the International Plaza Mall & restaurants, 5 minutes to the Westshore Mall. Can get downtown in less than 10 minutes even during morning rush. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GMHWSTAMPA, General Manager at Homewood Suites Tampa Airport - Westshore, responded to this review, December 19, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback! We appreciate you staying with us and look forward to your next trip to Tampa. Happy Holidays!
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

We only stayed one night as we were in Tampa for a getaway and to work towards continued Hilton Honors Gold status in 2013. The room was a very nice, SMALL suite with kitchen/living room combo in one room and bed and bath on other side of door. Everything was clean and seemed very new. Another positive was the front desk lady at check-in. The hotel was also quiet, but that was due to the fact that it was mostly empty. Each room had its own television although neither was extra large. There were about 45 channels, and reception was good.

Now for the negatives:
1) Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and, of course, the most important as well. I was happy to see that a hot breakfast was advertised. There were pictures in the elevator of moist, tasty looking, fresh-made scrambled eggs although I prefer over medium. We went down with my stomach in anticipation of at least a decent breakfast with either bacon or sausage or both, and what did we find? Two metal containers with two items each. One had plain mass produced scrambled eggs and the other side had mass produced scrambled eggs with something nauseating mixed in. Both look dried out! The other had mushy potatoes on one side and greasy, fatty, nasty-looking fried chicken pieces on the other. I was not happy. I made some comments, and others agreed that the chicken looking mixture was nasty. I complained at the front desk since no one was around the breakfast area, and, I think, she offered to have them make something else, but I was already too upset to eat so I returned to my room without breakfast and had the coffee that was in the room. This ruined my morning and put this motel off my list of any future stay. If you advertise a hot breakfast, give the people something traditional that they want and deserve.
2)We were there on a Friday night so no manager’s reception. This may have been a blessing after seeing their attempt at a “hot breakfast”. The menu was on the refrigerator in the room and looked like a junior high school lunch menu before health was a factor. I guess that’s why they have beer and wine (not sure if there are other spirits), but you would need something to wash down a heartburn nightmare.
3)Parking-you could either park in a garage with about a hundred other cars parked by people who leave their car there while they fly in the Park & Fly special-they claimed there was security at night, but it still looked dark. There were about 10 spots between the pool and a chain linked fence enclosed area with dozens of cars, probably also belonging to those who were flying. We parked by the fence. I am writing this before we check out, but the car looks ok since I can see it from my window, which leads to #4.
4)The view from window would be lovely with the bay in the distance, but there are many lanes of highway (the Veterans, I think) that block the view. Looking down, you see a small pool, the 10 or so cars by the fence, including mine, and those inside the chain linked fence. (This is not the hotel’s fault but adds to list)
5)The free shuttle-this is shared with the Hilton Garden Inn next door. It was not marked with either hotel as far as we could tell. I drove my friend to the International Mall and left him to take the shuttle back, but he never saw one for the Hilton Garden of the Homewood Suites, even though he was at the spot listed and waited 15 minutes around the pick up time stated on the paper they have at the front desk. Most hotels that have shuttles put the hotel's name on the side and have them parked near the door or continuously making trips. There were times posted for trips to the 2 nearby malls. I’m not sure what you do about pickup and dropoff times if you’re going to the airport since no times were posted! It seems that this has been outsourced. Maybe they’re driving people around Bombay!
6)We were supposedly upgraded to a 1 bedroom suite, but the overall square footage was less than a standard room I’ve had at Crowne Plaza. It was cookie cutter design. The bedroom barely fit the king sized bed (about a foot on each side with end tables squeezed in between bed and wall). There weren’t enough outlets either so one of the lamps had to be unplugged. The bathroom had a shower/tub combo, but the tub was very slippery-needs safety strips or something. The living room area was cramped as well. It would have done better as a studio suite with the wall removed between the two rooms. The kitchen was nice with plates and utensils, but there were some extra touches missing like a restocked, rather than quarter full, small plastic bottle of dish washer soap. (only enough to wash one or two spoons). We didn’t use stove. Ice maker was nice to have but was loud when ice dropped. I did enjoy the microwave popcorn!
In summary, I was not impressed with my first stay at a Homewood Suite. I am giving it a 2 since there were at least a very few bright spots. I had no issues with smokers, but in 2012, the whole hotel should be smoke-free (they said that the smoking rooms were on the 3rd floor). Due to the lack of guests, I assume that they put out their least impressive breakfast. To be honest, the breakfast offering often makes or breaks my overall impression. If I’m not expecting anything, then I’m not disappointed, but this place built up my expectations for a great, “hot breakfast” and provided chicken fingers!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GMHWSTAMPA, General Manager at Homewood Suites Tampa Airport - Westshore, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Thank you for your valuable time providing us with your feedback. I am sorry to hear that your stay was below your expectation. I too am a breakfast lover and I feel terrible that your were so unsatisfied. This information will be shared with my staff and addressed immediately. I am committed to providing excellent service and accommodations to all our guests. Please let me know when you will be coming back to the Tampa area so we can earn your business back. Have a great day!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We stayed at the hotel back in December 2009 when we gave it an excellent rating due to the service, rooms, food and excellent facilities. For this reason we chose to revisit this October but were not as wowed as we had been the first time. We did get a good rate of $99 plus tax and we booked a second night with our Hilton points.

First Impressions - As we walked in to the hotel, the gentleman sweeping the floor looked up and said ' 'welcome home' which was a nice touch. The receptionist was very helpful giving us a room on a high floor, as requested away from the elevator. She offered us coffee which is available 24 hours per day and told us if we needed anything just to let her know. Parking is free in either the covered lot next to the hotel or at the side of the building. It is well lit in the evening and you need your room key to leave the lot, which does give it an added touch of security .

Unlike some of it's competitiors such as the Residence Inn and it's sister chain the Hilton Garden Inn (which is across the street), for some reason this hotel sadly does not have a smoke-free policy. Make sure you request a room on a smoke-free floor if this is a problem for you.

Our room was very nice with a small kitchen, sitting area and Kind Bed, vanity unit separate from the bathroom which had a shower cubicle rather than a tub. We preferred this but if you need a tub check with the hotel. The flat screen TV could be turned to be viewed from the sitting area or from the super comfy bed. Overall the room looked in good shape and as we remembered from our previous visit. No safe, which we would expect from this standard of hotel.

We can't comment on the evening drinks/snacks as we were staying at a weekend, so they were not being served. However, we did have breakfast which was a huge disappointment and the main reason why we gave only a good rating rather than an excellent one. On our previous visit the breakfast was amazing, a big variety of cold and hot food, this time it was very disappointing.

The breakfast area although quiet when we went down was very grubby with debris left on the tables. The food was slow to be replenished and the hot food was dried up and certainly not hot. The eggs were particulalry inedible and the potatoes cold and dried out. We went for Decaf but it came out cold, so we moved on to tea but the hot water was also cold. The regular coffee was the only hot beverage available. We asked the lady on duty for some fresh eggs and hot coffee but they never came. She was more interested in chatting with anyone who passed by rather than attending to the breakfast and didn't seem to know what she was doing - maybe she was a weekend cover? In the end we gave up and went out.

(We came back later in the day to grab a coffee but the Decaf and hot water were still cold - obviously didn't get around to refilling!!)

The other reason for marking down our review is the pet policy. We knew this was a pet friendly hotel so we are not complaining that there were dogs in residence. The hotel does charge a $100 sanitation fee and we were also told only certain rooms are reserved for this purpose. However, when we were accosted by 3 dogs (1 large, 2 smaller) coming out of one of the rooms on our floor, we started to wonder what that room must have smelled like. One small dog is one thing but 3 is a bit much!

No, our experience wasn't as good as our first stay and we didn't feel the hotel was as well run as it had been. We left a little disappointed but it was comfortable and convenient for the airport, Bucs stadium and exploring the Tampa area. Would we stay again, not sure?

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GMHWSTAMPA, General Manager at Homewood Suites Tampa Airport - Westshore, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Thank you for your valuable time providing us feedback on our hotel. I'm dissapointed to hear that your most recent stay was not as good as your first. I apologize for not meeting your expectations with breakfast and will do my best to help my team get better and prevent these items from happening again. Please let me know when you plan on coming to Tampa so we can earn your business back again. Thanks again and have a great day!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I used this hotel for a quick weekend trip with family to a Bucs game. The location is excellent for getting around Tampa and onto the beach side of the bay. The staff were very helpful and courteous. throughout the stay. Even the maintenance person in the elevator asked if my stay was good. The rooms are spacious and the furnishings and amenities are excellent. It is a fairly new hotel and it shows in the fresh appearance. The outside pool area and the sport court are well designed with the landscape that has large Oak trees with spanish moss. Finally, the parking garage was a nice amenity and you can't beat the free internet. I thought the breakfast was decent for the typical free breakfast that are included in these types of hotels.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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GMHWSTAMPA, General Manager at Homewood Suites Tampa Airport - Westshore, responded to this review, November 27, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on our hotel. I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next trip. If I can be of any assistance please let me know. Tampa is a great place to travel especially during the Holidays! Thanks again and have a great day.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Prior to our main holiday we spent 3 nights here. Very close to the airport so no time at all to get there. Clean and comfortable romm although we never got the knack of setting the aircon to what we wanted. Well situated for exploration and the included breakfast and evening meal (Mon to Thurs) are great if you need to tighten the budget.
We like Homewood , it is always good value and comfortable.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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GMHWSTAMPA, General Manager at Homewood Suites Tampa Airport - Westshore, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
Its great to hear that we lived up to your expectations! Thanks for staying with us and providing feedback to future travelers. Come back and see us again soon!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

I stayed here for six months and I was saddened to leave. The staff treated me as if I was one of the family members. Always courteous, kind and helpful. If I ever go back there for an extended stay I will be sure to stay here.

Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
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GMHWSTAMPA, General Manager at Homewood Suites Tampa Airport - Westshore, responded to this review, October 18, 2012
It means so much to us that you took the time to provide your feedback on our hotel! Thank you for staying with us and please come back and see us soon. Enjoy using all those Hilton Honor points you accumulated over 6 monthes for something fun to do!!!
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Address: 5325 Avion Park Drive, Tampa, FL 33607
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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 ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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#7 Business Hotel in Tampa
#21 Family Hotel in Tampa
#22 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
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Hotel Class:3 star — Homewood Suites Tampa Airport - Westshore 3*
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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