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“Good hotel, Reasonably priced.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hampton Inn Tampa / Ybor City/Downtown

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Hampton Inn Tampa / Ybor City/Downtown
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1301 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605 (Historic Ybor)   |  
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Ranked #23 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
West Palm Beach, Florida
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Good hotel, Reasonably priced.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

PRO'S
Not an inexpensive hotel by any means, but it is well maintained, clean, reasonably stylish, and not wildly expensive as i perhaps could be.

The bedding was excellent, as was the spaciousness of the suite.

Also, it's centrally located to most everything you would care to do in Ybor City.

CON'S
As several other reviewers note: paper-thin walls. By that I mean, truly stunning lack of sound insulation. Conversations in neighboring units were perfectly audible sounding as if the people were in the room with you. So...that's a pretty noisy environment.

Also: the depressingly common "hidden fees"...be it a 'resort fee' or a 'parking fee'. These have become so large and prevalent that they effectively mask the real price you are paying when booking online.

Interestingly, England has regulations to prevent this sort of thing. So, for instance when I travel in the UK and book a hotel...if the price on the site says, say, $140/night...then my final bill will likewise say $140/night.

Contrast that to our experience here in the US. Here, a hotel might advertise a hotel as being priced at, say, $99/night. Thinking that to be a good rate, you book it. Only once you arrive at checkout, you realize that it's $99...plus a $12/day "resort fee" for free bottled water you never ordered...plus a $10/day technology fee for the wireless internet you might never use...plus a $20 tax-recovery fee...because...umm...the taxes the customer already is paying isn't enough, somehow?

Why not just call it what it is? $99 "base room rate"...plus a $40 "this is what the real price is" service charge...?

Again, the hotel itself is fine. It would just be nice if the hospitality industry would stop following the airline industry's chief mistake...where the advertised ticket Price is only $150!!! (Not including $950 in taxes, for a total of $1100).

C'mon corporate America...be honest with your prices. We all understand the scam now anyway...Stop quoting us "fake" prices. Stop quoting us "fake prices" that leave out the other 80% of the cost. That's just plain old deceptive.

Not getting on you for this practice...most of the travel industry does it in the US in one form or another.

Room Tip: Bring some earplugs, as you might need them due to the noise coming from the other rooms.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TPAYBGM, General Manager at Hampton Inn Tampa / Ybor City/Downtown, responded to this review, February 16, 2012
We thank you for taking valuable time to review our hotel. We are very happy to learn that you thought we were well maintained and clean. We agree our location is second to none in Tampa/Ybor City!

We also agree that hidden fees are a nuisance. Our Hampton, and every Hampton in the US, provides a clean room with a complimentary hot breakfast and free high speed internet access. There are a few of us in high demand areas that do charge for parking and this is noted on the front page of our website. Other than that we do not have any hidden fees such as resort fees, technology fees, or any "extra" tax recovery fees. This one of many reasons to choose Hampton while traveling.

We hope to see you again as our guest. We love having you here!

Sincerely,

Stephen Nunez
General Manager
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cleveland, Ohio
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90 reviews 90 reviews
59 hotel reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

My friend and I stayed here for one night in Jan. 2012. We checked in late and check in was a bit odd. The night desk person seemed more interested in cleaning than checking us in, then made a few rude remarks about a woman complaining that the elevator didn't work. We laughed it off.

Our room was spacious and clean. The bedding was very comfortable. They even had a microwave and small fridge in the room, which is a great touch that all hotels should have.

The next morning, we took advantage of the free, full breakfast. They had a nice selection and make-your-own waffles. Before checking out, we took advantage of the free computers and internet access in the breakfast area. It was easy to use.

This hotel is about a mile from the port and they offer free rides to and from the port every 20 minutes. We took advantage of it and it was a great service. We were going on a cruise, so it was very convenient. FYI: If you're sailing out of TAmpa on Royal Caribbean, you can get on the ship at 11:30 am the day you're sailing. Nobody told us that, so we walked around Ybor City for 2 hours to waste time.

This hotel is also about 10 minutes from the airport.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

We stayed there for a night before our cruise. Upon check in the front desk person Ebony was great and curteous, she pointed us to great restaurants and activities to do for the day, being that we arrived early. The breakfast ladies were also helpful and friendly, even though the food not so great but they do offer a variety, something I like about the Hampton Inns. The hotel provided us a shuttle to and from the cruise terminal, and I must say they are curteous and very helpful. I would recommend this hotel to all my friends and family members and I will definitely stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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TPAYBGM, General Manager at Hampton Inn Tampa / Ybor City/Downtown, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
Thank you for your review! We are proud of our staff and the way they consistently provide the Hampton hospitality we have come to be known for. We will be sure to pass along your comments to our team.

We look forward to seeing you again in Ybor City!

Stephen Nunez
General Manager
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

I have been to Tampa several times for business and this was the first time I stayed in Ybor City at the Hampton Inn. I was there for a total of 10 nights, and overall my experience is positive. There were, however, drawbacks. The walls are paper thin- I could hear everything (and I mean everything) my neighbors were doing/saying. The hotel is located in a party district, so expect late night party goers to come back and wake you up. Not to mention you're right by the Amtrak rails- which honks their horns starting at 8:00am (even on weekends). If you go one block West make sure you are not alone- it is NOT SAFE. The restaurants around are fairly good, but overrated in my eyes (there are plenty of other great places to eat within close driving distance). The staff is overall friendly and helpful, but as I stayed 10 days, my sheets were not changed once- as they said they change their bedding every 4 days of your stay. If you're looking for a hotel in a fun, young area and don't care about noise pollution this is the place to stay.

Room Tip: Rooms South are off of the street, but closer to the railroad.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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TPAYBGM, General Manager at Hampton Inn Tampa / Ybor City/Downtown, responded to this review, February 2, 2012
We appreciate you taking the time to give feedback on our hotel. We do have a process in place to make sure guest linen is changed according to guest needs and/or at a minimum of every 3 days. Obviously we did not do this during your stay and I deeply apologize for that. We will follow up as necessary to ensure your experience is not repeated.

The Hampton Inn & Suites in Ybor City is in a very vibrant and active community. Although we are a few blocks from the nightlife there are times when the whole Ybor City area is buzzing with excitement. I was sorry to hear that a train horn disrupted your stay. As our local station does not open until 815AM I am guessing Amtrak either had a special train coming through or that they were working on the tracks. I can certainly appreciate how this must have interrupted your rest and comfort.

We look forward to being able to accommodate you in the future! Perhaps we can recommend some Ybor City restaurants from among the many we have here that will be more to your liking. I would be happy to do so personally on your next visit to Ybor City.

Sincerely,

Stephen Nunez
General Manager
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Sammy19
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

we stayed here for a night before our crusie in August. It was a fine hotel, nothing fancy. The breakfast was nice and the shuttle to the cruise terminal was a big reason we stayed. I think it was a little overpriced for what you get, the rooms weren't anything special at all, but overall it wasn't bad.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Miami
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. The staff was very accommodating in switching my room when i requested it. Parking ($8 per day) is convenient. The location is awesome as you're at the entrance to Ybor City. Although the area is very crowded on weekends, security/access to the hotel is excellent. But be warned, the front desk can only be reached directly from the parking lot; very strange design. And again...the staff is awesome!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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214 reviews 214 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 73 cities Reviews in 73 cities
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

We stayed for a night before and after our cruise as Hampton Inn provided a complementary shuttle service to and from the cruise port. We thought Ybor City would provide us with a place to explore on foot as we did not have a car and we were right. Hampton also offers a free shuttle down to Channelside which we wanted to see. When we arrived back at the Hampton after the cruise it was too early for check-in but we were offered an upgrade of a king suite instead of our queen double which we took. The king suite was terrific. Clean property and nice people.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 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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Address: 1301 East 7th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa > Historic Ybor
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#18 Family Hotel in Tampa
#24 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Hampton Inn Tampa / Ybor City/Downtown 2.5*
Number of rooms: 138
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tap into Tampa's bountiful resources of culture, nature, and adventure that co-exist harmoniously in this Gulf Coast metropolis. The Hampton Inn & Suites® hotel in Tampa-Ybor City/Downtown makes a great connecting point: It is located in the historic district of Ybor City - only about a mile from the Tampa Convention Center, the Port of Tampa Cruise Terminal, and the Channelside Entertainment District. Enjoy our free shuttle service to any location within three miles of the hotel. Our promise to you includes a clean, comfortable hotel room. In fact, we have 138 of them! If you're traveling with your family, you may opt for a room with two beds. Or, if you're here by yourself on business, why not book a room with a plush, king-sized bed so you can stretch out and relax? ... more   less 
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