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Homewood Suites Tampa Brandon
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10240 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619   |  
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Ranked #10 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Athens, Georgia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
“Good Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2009

We had a good stay for two nights at the Homewood Suites. The place is new, clean, and service was generally good. The property shared space with the adjacent Embassy Suites and was the value choice of the property.

It was odd when our room wasn't cleaned the day between the two nights we stayed, but the staff was happy to provide towels for us when we asked. The location was fairly close to downtown Tampa and directly off I-75.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Henderson, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2009

I have been a Hilton Honors member for many years, so I tend to pick a Hilton Hotel when I can. This was the closest Hilton affiliate to Sun City Center, so we booked a room for three nights. Yes, were checked in cheerfully and promptly. Yes, the room was clean and quiet, but that was the last pleasant experience we had. We slept late the first morning, but our room was never cleaned. We had to call down to the front desk for fresh towels when we returned late that night. Also the internet connection did not work without a call to customer support. The next morning we got up for breakfast, but even at 8:30 am (for a breakfast that lasts until 10am), everything was gone -- no milk, no fruit, no bread for toast, and no waffles. I had some watery orange juice, but couldn't finish the soggy sausage patty. Even though we left much earlier that morning, AGAIN the room was not made up. At least we had some clean towels left over from the day before. We left the next morning at 4:30 am, so I have no idea if the breakfast was more stocked than the previous day. It is a very convenient hotel to restaurants, shops, and the freeway, but I will find another place to stay if I ever visit Florida again.

  • Liked — Nearby to freeways, restaurants, shopping
  • Disliked — Poor Service
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Arcadia, FL
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2008

Wonderful Stay!!

The hotel was very well kept. The room was clean and had everything we might need for a short stay - full kitchen, sitting room, separate bedroom, vanity and bath. All were immaculate. Staff was pleasant and the hot breakfast was great.

For what we got it was a wonderful deal. I've stayed in much lesser hotels for the price.

Great experience.

  • Liked — Cleanliness and comfort
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2008

We booked our stayed based on the reviews by Trip Advisor, and were very pleased. The staff was friendly and helpful, and management clearly visible. The room is ideal for a family, with it's separate kitchen area/living room, and bedroom. The two televisions are handy also, especially for parents and kids. What makes this a terrific value is the breakfast and dinner buffets. Although not gourmet, they are plentiful, warm and free, including beer, wine, and soda with dinner. We also made use of the basketball court, pool, spa and fitness center.

The only areas that could use a little help are the housekeeping and fitness center. Although the room had fresh beds, clean kitchen, many of the doors, surfaces has lots of old fingerprints from prior guests. The cleaning staff was very kind, but they seem a bit short staffed there. The fitness center equipment was not of the best quality, and could use some better cleaning. A safe in the room would be a great thing to have.

We are glad to have discovered the Homewood Suites and will seek out another based on our experience here. We hope this business model continues to work for the Hilton Brand, they definitely have a winner in our view.

  • Liked — Layout of room, breakfast and dinner buffets, friendly staff
  • Disliked — quality of fitness equipment, cleanliness of surfaces in room and fitness center
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Sicklerville, New Jersey
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95 reviews 95 reviews
52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2008

My wife, 3-year-old son and I stayed at the Homewood Suites for 3 nights on August 5 to August 8. We arrived at 2pm and were able to check in with no line or wait.
ROOM - We were given a room on the first floor, in the back corner by an exit door. This was a minor annoyance because it was loud when people used the rear door, as well as when the garbage pickup came (the trash container was in the parking lot right outside the room). There is a small kitchen with a 2 burner electric stove, microwave, dishwasher, full size refrigerator and a coffee maker. There is a small table with 2 chairs between the kitchen area and the living room area. The television has pay per view movies available for rental. There is wired internet in the room, but NO wireless. The 3 sliding doors on the bedroom closet and the proximity to the bed made it difficult to get larger items like a suitcase in and out. There was NO safe in the room. The room must have been an “accessible” room, because there was a “roll in” type shower with a height adjustable shower head. (There was no tub in our room.) The toiletries were Neutrogena brand and consisted of shampoo, conditioner, body lotion and soap.
FOOD – There is a free breakfast every morning. It consisted of juice, coffee, cereals, fruit, yogurt, muffins, bagels, bread, milk, “make your own” waffle station, scrambled eggs, and either bacon or sausage patty (alternated). There was nothing exceptional about the breakfast, but it was plenty for us and saved us from purchasing food. The same is true for the evening “welcome home” reception, which was available Monday through Thursday from 5-7. They usually had one main “entrée”, salad, and one or two side dishes. They had chicken and dumplings, chili, and BBQ (Hot Dogs & Hamburgers), on the nights we were there. For drinks, they had cans of soda, beer, and wine available. After eating a large lunch, the food available during the reception was plenty for us to eat for dinner and saved us a considerable amount of money had we had to eat out. There were also chocolate chip cookies available at the front desk.
RECREATION – There is a small outdoor pool, fitness center, and small basketball court.
OTHER – There is a small “suite shop” that sells snacks, drinks and frozen meals. Bottles of soda in the shop are $2.00, but they are only $1.25 in vending machines that are located on alternate floors. USA Today is delivered to your room, with the Tampa Tribune and the Tampa Bay Times available in the lobby. On our second day, housekeeping didn’t come by until around 4:30. The hotel location is good from a distance perspective. Busch Gardens, Lowery Park Zoo, MOSI, Aquarium etc are all under 20 minutes away. There are restaurants nearby, and a mall less than 1 mile down the street. One issue with the hotel location is that it is near a busy highway and there must be train tracks nearby because we heard a train horn a couple of times. There is also a fire station down the street, so you occasionally hear the sirens. None of this was severe enough to affect our sleep or prevent us from going back. The staff at the hotel was friendly and helpful.

  • Liked — Value ; Free Evening Reception and Breakfast
  • Disliked — No Wireless Access in Room
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HAMPSHIRE, UK
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101 reviews 101 reviews
30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2008

Having stayed at the Homewood Suites near Universal, Orlando a few years ago we were sufficiently impressed to book them for another visit - this time at Brandon, nr. Tampa.

The free hot & cold breakfast is not only good, but very convenient.

The proximity to the shops and restaurants is very helpful.
A 5 minute drive - you can't walk, no-one does - and everything you could want is there!

What a great find! The hotel, as expected was clean, with all the amenities we wanted - in-room internet access, fridge,microwave, and it was quiet.

Much better than staying in Tampa.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — n/a
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2008

Recently stayed at Homewood Suites for our visit to Bush Gardens Tampa Fl. The Hotel staff was friendly and offered exceptional service. The suite was clean with plenty of space and the bed is so comfortable. I will stay at this hotel again. Don't miss the breakfast. Great waffle. This was a getway gift for my husband & we both enjoyed ourselves.

  • Liked — clean
  • Disliked — remote for tv
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10240 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619
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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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Family Hotel in Tampa
#12 Business Hotel in Tampa
#19 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Homewood Suites Tampa Brandon 3*
Number of rooms: 126
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly-renovated Homewood Suites Tampa-Brandon hotel is ideally located just 10 miles east of Tampa, and offers easy access to Tampa’s top destinations via I-4 and I-75 including the Port of Tampa, Busch Gardens, Ybor City, City Center, and the Tampa Convention Center. These newly-renovated guest rooms feature fully-equipped kitchens with a full-sized refrigerator, stovetop and dishwasher to make them perfect for extended stay trips or family vacations to the Tampa area. Guests will also appreciate the modern amenities including free high-speed Internet Access and 37” LCD TV with premium cable channels. Guests will love to start their day off right with a complimentary full hot breakfast buffet and can unwind in the evenings at the evening reception (Monday through Friday). Kids will love to cool off in the outdoor, and you can maintain your active lifestyle with the Sport Court and 24-hour fitness center. Choose the Homewood Suites Tampa-Brandon and enjoy the modern amenities and a terrific location that make it one of the best hotels in Tampa. ... more   less 
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