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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tampa Airport North
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   8109 Benjamin Road, Tampa, FL 33634   |  
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Ranked #36 of 160 Hotels in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Els Poblets, Spain
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40 reviews
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“Pleasant Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

We arrived late in the evening after a ten hour flight to be warmly welcomed by Paul Romero, who swiftly checked us in, and upgraded us to a larger suite.
This hotel appears to be quite new, and is well appointed, and the Wifi works well, although there is also a computer and printer available for use in the business centre.

The complimentary breakfast should satisfy most needs, and there is also coffee available throughout the day.
The majority of the staff are very helpful, especially Harry and Charles.

There is not much else around the hotel, although there is a burger type joint about five minutes walk away, and a sandwich bar two minutes walk to the left which serves great sandwiches and soup, but unfortunately closes at 14:00 hrs.

Only about fifteen minutes from Tampa Airport, and although the Super Shuttle is complimentary, the wait can be up to an hour, a twenty dollar taxis may be a better bet.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Canton, Georgia
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

My wife and I were very happy with our stay at this hotel. Our room was very nice and clean. The staff was helpful and nice. The hot breakfast was good and came with real plates and utensils. Over all a great hotel. Thanks.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Paul Romero, the GM, has always taken exceptional care of me/us. This time, it was a last minute Christmas stay, where he responded personally and quickly to my inquiry. He offered the perfect room for my needs at a discounted rate due to the relationship we have developed over several years. He is almost singularly responsible for me being a repeat customer at a property that's not close to my kids (and my ex) residence. The accommodations and service are so good that I don't care about the distance. Paul is a truly customer-focused individual, worthy of recognition.

The property is very clean, and it’s easy to tell that it’s a relatively new and has been kept well since its opening. With several good restaurants and a Target within walking distance, this place offers nice rooms and a great value at a convenient location.

Strongly recommend!

Room Tip: Ask for the Jacuzzi suite,,,
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  • 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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Champaign, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Manager, Paul Romero: Service far above expectations
Very clean rooms, bathrooms
Excellent hot breakfast
Staff willing to share knowledge of area, and give good advice for dining and transportation.
Excellent central location for airport and cruiseport, and short transportation between both.

Room Tip: All good. Stayed several times, never had an undesirable room. The suite with spa is awesome!
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  • Stayed December 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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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

I brought my family here to stay right before the holidays. We decided on our way down from South Carolina that we would stop in Tampa and take the kids to see their grandparents and also take them to Busch Gardens. One of my family members recommended the country inn & suites and said how amazing the customer service is and how well kept the hotel is. My families stay was nothing less than perfect. The general manager, Paul Romero, really went out of his way to make sure my families stay was as good as possible. Not only did he go out of his way for my family i watched him bend over backwards for others staying in the hotel. The rooms are very clean and there is a great continental breakfast in the morning. I will never stay I'm another hotel in Tampa. Paul made our stay very comfortable and my family felt like they were all at home.

  • 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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30 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012 via mobile

Good location, average rooms, friendly staff. First thing the guest sees is the elevator & the carpet edges are disgustingly filthy. Either clean it or replace with a hard surface. Breakfast eggs & sausage just barely warm, coffee pot in room, but coffee missing, just barely more than a trickle of water out of the bathroom faucet, light bulbs out, alarm clock set 3 hours off. All small things, but point to a lack of attention to detail. It's an OK place, management just needs to pay a little closer attention.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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PaulRomeroDOS, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tampa Airport North, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Thank You for the review! We will take what you said and implement it into our process of maintaining the hotel. If you are ever in the area again, please contact me when making your reservation. I will handle all of your hospitality needs personally.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

My husband and I stayed here last night, 12/11/12. We had to ring the bell TWICE at check-in to get someone to come sauntering out of "the back somewhere". Her shirttail was hanging out and she looked more like someone in housekeeping than a front desk employee. The room seemed clean, but the bathroom floor could have used a good mopping AND there was dust on the top of the frame around the mirror and the mirror had not been cleaned in a long time. The placement of the faucet on the vanity counter top was such that each time you turned on the water to wash your hands, water got all over the counter top. ALSO there was hardly any water pressure there! The shower curtain had spots all over it and it gave me a creepy feeling. The duvet on the bed also had spots and needed a good washing. The temperature in the room fluctuated and we either froze or burned up during the night. We checked out at 5:58am and the young man who assisted us had on a dirty shirt and of course, the shirt tail was hanging out and my husband said it looked like he had slept in it. (Both check in and check out employees were foreign accents, but hey----clean up your act). The breakfast was not served until 6am and we left; looked like there were some employees already sitting at a table chowing down. WE WOULD NOT STAY AT THIS CI&S again and we usually enjoy this chain. NOTE: This location is off a TOLL ROAD and not that close to the airport as we had thought. There is a Jazzy's BBQ across a 4 lane highway, but nothing else in walking distance. This is one of the only hotels in the Water St/Benjamin Rd. area. You could do much better than this hotel. YUK. Very disappointed.

Room Tip: Ask for a room NOT FACING the expressway!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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PaulRomeroDOS, General Manager at Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tampa Airport North, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
Thank You for the review! As General Manager of the property, it is my job to ensure all guests are satisfied with their stay. We have fixed the water pressure issue by doubling the pressure. We have been getting nothing but compliments so far so I hope next time you are in the area, you will come try it. Please give me a call personally next time you are in the area and I will take care of all of your hospitality needs personally!
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Address: 8109 Benjamin Road, Tampa, FL 33634
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#27 Family Hotel in Tampa
#30 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tampa Airport North 2.5*
Number of rooms: 65
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