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“Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” 1 of 5 stars
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Econo Lodge Conference Center
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   820 East Busch Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612 (Formerly Comfort Inn)   |  
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Ranked #125 of 159 hotels in Tampa
Phenix City, Alabama
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2010

I don't even know where to begin! We had the worse trip EVER!!! I thought we were being PUNKED!! There were fruit flies in the bathroom, mucus on the rags, rats in the breakfast area, bed bugs, no toliet paper, water pressure in the bathroom is awful, plants are dead, cousin had to get ice out of the kitchen, harassed by random drunk people, harassed trying to get on the shuttle, televisions were ragedy, customers sped off to escape from paying the locksmith, and I could go on and on. One good thing, even though the web site is deceiving, the lobby was cute and the jacuzzi was comfortable! When you see Busch Blvd., keep driving!!!!!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    1.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2010

The hotel staff was rude. The keys had to be reprogramed each day. The rooms has a bed and a TV.. Nothing much else. The door had a large crack under the door so privacy was a huge issue. The hot tub doesn't work and the pool needed cleaning.The neighborhood was scary.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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St Louis
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2010

My wife and I had muliple bed bug bites from their bed. We had to go to the doctor and get 3 different medications to get over it. Mold floating in coffee pot. Hand towles and wash cloths not replaced after room was made. Safe did not work (but they tried to charge us for one). Hot tub was so hot that it gave us 1st degree burns on our feet (that is a far as we could get in). This place has a lot of potential, but it's maintenance and cleaning needs to be kept up.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

Staff were friendly and helpful, pool and hot tub were a pleasant surprise. An older hotel but well maintained.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maspeth, NY
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4 hotel reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2009

Stayed at this hotel with spouse as part of a larger group meeting there for the weekend. The place is a dump, and the corporate owners should get on this franchisee's back to update this place. Lobby is quite nice, and that's where the deception begins. We requested a refrigerator in the room (extra charge) when the reservation was made (6 weeks in advance) and confirmed the day before (needed it for medications). Upon check-on, there was no refrigerator available, and none became available during our stay. Thank heavens for icepacks! Anyway, the room assigned was an outside room,door and window facing an empty lot. As the facility was booked for the weekend, we couldn't be moved. Bathroom sink was gross, and had to be scrubbed out. Remote control for TV had NO NUMBERS, and there was no channel guide, so all you could do was troll through every channel in the hopes of catching something to watch - a real hit or miss proposition. Huge brown insects in room was either humongous roach or waterbug - really disgusting. In-room safe didn't lock correctly as touchpad was shot. You find at check-out that there's an additional $1.00 per day charge for the room safe, whether or not it is used. Must admit that bed was very comfortable, if you could admit to any comfort level in this miserable room. Toilet is very low to the ground, and if you have knee, hip or other joint problems, this is a real negative. In addition, I must state that this facility is not handicap friendly. There is no elevator to the second floor and if you are a special needs guest assigned to that floor, or are attending a function in a second floor ballroom, you're screwed. "FREE BREAKFAST" is a joke. I guess the hot waffles are OK, and there was a bowl of fresh fruit salad daily. Unfortunately, the fruit was sour both days, and inedible. There's orange and apple juice. Coffee is good, and you can toast up white or whole-wheat bread or an english muffin. Also available are mini pastries, the same as you can purchase in any big-box store. There's butter and jelly. If you want a real breakfast (with a protein), that's an additional charge of $7.99, and you get eggs, hash browns, sausage and grits. Adequate enough. Staff is very friendly and try to be helpful, and there are people cleaning, sweeping, etc. There's a security booth and people monitoring the cameras. The doors leading from the outside rooms to the interior of the hotel ARE NOT LOCKED, AND CAN BE ACCESSED BY ANYONE. It is entirely possible to drive onto the property, go around to the back of the building and enter from any of the unlocked doors. There's no way of knowing who belongs in this place and who doesn't, inspite of the cameras and monitoring system. This hotel is simply shabby. It's in a crummy area, and in order to find anything to eat, one must travel down E. Busch Blvd., where an assortment of mediocre lower-level eating establishments and fast food restaurants are in abundance. Also, you will find at least 4 pizza delivery places force their flyers in the doors nightly. The fact that we enjoyed ourselves while there is simple due to the fact that we loved the company we were with, not the facilities provided by the hotel.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta
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100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2009

Rates for a conference were about $70/night including taxes (conference/AAA/Governemnt rate).
Room safe had to be unlocked. Tub didn't drain adequately, four of 13 gym machines did not work for duration of my 4 day stay, including that gym TV remote was missing batteries.
Desk staff quite friendly and provided leads on multiple places that would deliver different types of meals - a good thing.
Main drawback - not a place you'd want to walk to go anyplace decent to dine after dark, and maybe not if an unaccompanied woman alone. Olive Garden is about 25 blocks away.
Free internet a plus.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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chicago
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2009

It was one of not many afordable hotels with indoor pool close to the Busch gardens. I didnt like the reviews much but decided to stay anyway. Place is not bas at all well the area is but rooms were really clean and we requested extra towels every day and we accualy got them. When we checked in he person working there was rude but it got better as the shift changed. We tried to complain to manager but he was nowhere to be found . Breakfast was ok. Really loved the indoor pool and the hot tub.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Econo Lodge Conference Center

Address: 820 East Busch Blvd., Tampa, FL 33612 (Formerly Comfort Inn)
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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 ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #125 of 159 hotels in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Econo Lodge Conference Center 3*
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