We booked this place looking for a cheap hotel the night before a cruise out of Tampa. We thought it would just be a bargin at $40 a night. They say it is close to the airport and turned out to be a $40 taxi just to get there. The clerk was nice and friendly, rooms are big and average size for a place of this age. The room was about as clean as can be expected for a rundown place of it's age, the bathtub tiles were rotted and were poorly repaired. That's about all of the "nice" I could say about this place. We did not rent a car as we were leaving for our cruise the next morning. We asked the clerk if it was safe to walk to a restaurant for dinner..she said yes. We were a bit suspicious about the safety of the area when we noticed police cars sitting stationary in front of restaurants. Finally after a walk that seemed to take forever, we arrived at the Olive Garden. The watiress was stunned when we told her that we had walked there, and told us to stay on the main road and don't even consider for a second taking a side street.
This hotel is located one street over from the poorest part of Tampa, she said crime was high, hence the police presence.
Once we got back to the room, it was really loud. Around 3am we were woken by a crowd of people yelling something about a "hold up"!!! Between that and the air conditioner that could compete against the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, we did not get much sleep that night.......
You get what you pay for I guess.....spend the extra money on somewhere safer & nicer, we will next time! I would not recommend this place to ANYONE.
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- Also Known As:
- Econo Lodge At Busch Gardens Hotel Tampa
- Econo Lodge Tampa