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“OK, Its Getting Worn, Buts Its Wonderful Nevertheless” 5 of 5 stars
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Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3705 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612   |  
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“OK, Its Getting Worn, Buts Its Wonderful Nevertheless”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2010

This was a surprise and a very nice place.

On the south side of the USF campus within walking distance of the University buildings. Having said that, 15-20 minutes in the hot sun on a humid day is a very long walk and a car would be better. But for the average person in normal weather, park your car. Also, a short drive to Busch Gardens - or take their free bus.

Not too pricey: my stay was $120 government rate.

The hotel layout was an atrium type effect with open walkways overlooking the hollow interior. About 8 floors.

The rooms I saw were two room suites plus a bathroom. A CRT TV in each the bedroom and the "living room/dining room". Small kitchenette between the rooms. Bed was very comfortable. A/C was adequate but sounded a little old. Everything that you would want and roomy. Lighting left some places dark, so you had to pick where you sat depending on what you needed to do.

The staff were very friendly and helpful. The apparent retirees were especially friendly and took the time to talk to you to see what you needed and if they could anticipate any problems. They were very nice people; a good natured and happy group. The hotel gets a gold star for them. Especially the concierge and the restaurant hostess.

The food was the biggest surprise. Almost the entire open atrium area on the ground floor was the restaurant, bar and "gathering" area. Small gardens here and there, nicely kept.

The restaurant was surprisingly good. We only had the lunch buffet. Although a bit dependent upon some starchy vegetables, it was tasty and at a reasonable price. Salad, soup, beverage, 2 mains, 3 veggies and 4 desserts. Dinner I recall was from the menu, but also available in the bar after the restaurant closed around 10:00.

Breakfast was the biggest food surprise. Eggs cooked to order with a very short line. Sausage and bacon was added to your plate at that station. Also a buffet with typical breakfast meats, thick potato chip style sautéed spuds that were very good and scrambled eggs. Coffee was also better than expected. Fruit was limited to whole fruits (apples, oranges and bananas) and grapefruit halves and cubed watermelon. Would have liked cantaloupe or honeydew as is found in most other breakfast bars.

For food outside the campus, you would need a car. There are lots of places, but a bit too far to walk.

If you are visiting the campus, it's perfect .

We had a wonderful stay and I would make it my first choice if going again to either USF or Busch Gardens.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2010

Stayed at the hotel for a single night. Being a Hilton Diamond level member I am used to a little bit mnore enthusiastic welcome however the front desk was polite, professional, and efficient; no complaints whatsoever.

Obviously is is actually ON the USF campus so if you are visiting anybody there I am not sure how much more convenient of a stay it could be.

Since the hotel is so big it takes a little bit more effort to give the guests that personal touch and that effort was just a littole bit lacking. Not that the employees were anything less than friendly and polite, most certainly not. However in this economy I would expect a little bit more attention to this aspect by management.

That being said, the breakfast was delicious, the rooms immaculate and comfortable. There were no long lines at the elevator & the hotel is within walking distance of MANY affordable and family friendly restaurants.

All in all a great comfortable stay.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

Property is very, very shop worn. Seems to be mid-80's architecture...nothing has been done since that time. In-room lighting is at best, dim making it impossible to work. A/C had a high pitched whistle that could not be fixed. Housekeeping is passable only. Food is tasteless, service is just ok. Front desk staff is uncaring and the bellstaff is downright rude. There are other brand name properties in close proximity at half the price.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2010

standard Embassy but you can tell the age. Lobby is nice but bathroom can use some renovating or updating, especially in the bathrooms.
Nobody seemed to check if people using the pool were actual guests. You didn't need a room key to get in through the parking lot and it's on the backside of the building.
Also it didn't seem to be cleaned as often(like some other reviewer said) b/c empty beer cans were laying around the whirl pool. It did eventually get picked up though.
all in all, standard Embassy, we always stay for the two room feature and the breakfasts.

Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2010

I stayed from Jan 15 to 17. Even though there was a computer issue at check-in, staff was accommodating and apologetic and was even jovial. Very engaging at checkout as well. Nice touch with the free breakfast and free internet access as well as the suite. It is near the campus of the University of South Florida and close to many food outlets. Rate of $ 119 was great for what we got.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2010

I have stayed at this hotel on and off for years. This time I was truly disappointed with the declining condition of this hotel. The King size bed was lumpy and the linens are cheaper and worn. My grandson was to sleep on the sofabed .. but we had second thoughts when we saw the stains and awful condition. The inset sink had tons of mold under the rim; Water pressure fluctuated a lot! The hotel is a magnet for young traveling groups and this weekend was not exception - cheerleaders, soccer, and basketball teams. However, they were not a issue - polite and under control.
Good side: The people working the front desk are outstanding as are the breakfast workers. The happy hour is almost worth all the decline. The breakfast/omelet bar is a redeeming value. Wish they would renovate to meet general Embassy standards. But, since my daughter is at USF for another 2 years.. I guess I will be back.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2009

Spent the weekend of 11/14 for my brothers wedding. Loved the free breakfast in the morning and the free happy hour from 5-7. I thought the hotel was beautiful and the staff was accomodating and friendly. Tom was wonderful and I have to say, he was the absolute highlight of the weekend for all of my brothers friends and family. He was always willing to do whatever he could to help us out, and made our weekend!!!

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Address: 3705 Spectrum Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33612
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Tampa
#10 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#17 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Embassy Suites Tampa- USF/Near Busch Gardens is located less than 2 miles from major Tampa attractions including Busch Gardens, University of South Florida and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Our guests start their day with a free made-to-order breakfast and end the evening with our complimentary Evening Reception with snacks and drinks. ... more   less 
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