My girlfriend is a member of the Club Carlson rewards program and one of their brands, along with Raddison and Park Plaza, happens to be Country Inn & Suites. As single parents we try at least once a month to take mini vacations to get away from the kids and have some alone time. On one of these getaways my girlfriend decided to use her rewards points to get us a room at Country Inn's Tampa Airport location on Benjamin Road, just south of Waters. The funny thing was this Hotel is literally minutes from her house, yet staying there gave us a much needed break.
The Benjamin location is convenient to Tampa International Airport as well as Veteran's Expressway which is a primary conduit to I-275 which leads to the downtown Tampa business district and I-4. In the area around the hotel there are numerous restaurants, store, and entertainment venues. The AMC Veteran's movie complex is less than five minutes away and is surrounded by restaurants and even a nightclub. Waters and Hillsborough Avenues are equally lined with restaurants and stores and nearby Dale Mabry Hwy has many of the larger chain restaurants including Bonefish, Carrabba's, Red Lobster, Outback, and many more.
My girlfriend arrived first and checked us into the room so I missed that part of the experience. When I arrived the first thing I noticed was how new everything looked which makes perfect sense given this property only opened in 2009. The lobby was clean and nicely done with a small seating area with wood accents.
I made my way up the elevator to our room to find my girlfriend had lined the top of the dresser with votive candles and rose petals. Even though the hotel isn't particularly romantic she proved one can change the atmosphere on one's own.
The room itself was spacious with a king size bed, dresser, writing desk, and cushioned chair. The furniture looked very new as it should being just over four years old. Dark woods and earth tones were the attractive theme. A decent sized flat panel TV sat on the dresser. The bathroom, like the room was very clean and spacious. Some of the rooms even have whirlpool baths, although ours did not, unfortunately. The amenities included the usual microwave, small refrigerator, ironing board, iron, hair dryer, and toiletries.
The view from the room was not particularly inspiring, looking over the parking lot and Benjamin Road. But then again this hotel was exactly designed for romance. The room did have free wifi, but the hotel as a whole is smoke free so if that is a need you have you will want to look elsewhere.
Complimentary breakfast is available and although we decided to go out for breakfast it did look very inviting with pastries and cereals and multiple beverage selections. The hotel has a nice sized pool with a deck. There is also an onsite gym, but as we were only here overnight neither of us tried it out.
Overall for the price, the location, the newness of the facilities and furnishings I would rate this location a very good value.
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