When you walk into the Embassy Suites Hotel you see the beautiful scenery of the water falls and the artificial plants. But you couldn’t tell that they were fake. Also off of the lobby there is a business office where you can get internet access. Another attraction off the lobby is a little gift shop, with gum and snacks for the plane, magazines, post cards, stuffed animals, pencils, snow globes, and beverages. When you’re at the front desk the employees working there are very nice. I can see why they call it southern hospitality. When you get your room key you can go up to the floor you’re on in the glass elevators. When you get to your room you walk in to a nice living area with a pull out couch fit for two, a dining table, and a little wet bar. (mini fridge, microwave, sink and counter space). To the left of the wet bar there is a bathroom consisting of a shower, toilet, sink with counter space, clothes hanger and a towel rack. Then you walk into the bedroom with a queen-sized bed, closet, and a television. There is also a big window. Other accommodations in the hotel are a pool with beach chairs, tables, and a whirlpool. There is also a game room and an exercise room with tv’s on the machines. And now everybody's favorite- the food! The breakfast is wonderful-so many choices including everyday omelet bar, cereal, oatmeal, muffins, cinnamon buns, pancakes, and fruit. For lunch or dinner you can go to the hotel’s restaurant for a fee and every night from 4:00-7:00 there is a manager’s reception with free snacks and beverages. I had five shirley temples for dinner and didn’t get kicked out. The only fee that you get charged for is if you choose to eat at the restaurant in the hotel. But it’s not very expensive.
My opinion about the Embassy Suites is that it is a nice place to stay for business and/or vacation. Some low points were the interior design because it was out dated and the second time I stayed there it wasn’t as clean as the first visit. The rooms were clean but some of the common areas were not so clean. For example, there were dirty dishes in the elevator and the garbage was overflowing in the trash cans in the hallways. Some of the high points were the location because it is located right next to Busch Gardens, Adventure Island Water Park, USF Sun Dome and the University Mall. There were also free shuttles to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island so you didn’t have to pay to park. Some other high points were the food, so many choices, the staff, so nice, and the lobby which felt like a rain forest. The rooms were fabulous because looking out of the window you could see the sun dome and one of the rides at Adventure Island. Amenities, such as the pool, whirl pool, game room and exercise room, were also a nice touch because you were never bored. Another high point was the accessibility to the Tampa Airport, because it only took about 30 minutes to get there and it was straight off the highway.
I would give this hotel a 8 out of 10 because of the great service, the location, and the amazing food. I couldn’t give it the full 10 because of the out dated rooms and the lack of cleanliness on the second visit. I would compare this hotel to a Homewood suites because of the room space. They both have mini kitchens and two separate rooms with a pull out couch. If you like the Homewood suites you would love the Embassy. I would recommend this hotel to a family with children 10 and older because if you’re younger there isn’t really anything for you to do. (ex. no playground or nursery). The overall rate for one person staying in a two suite room with a king size bed and a pull out couch is about $150.00 a night.
This is a very good hotel to stay in if you’re on vacation or on a business trip. It is good for any occasion.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Embassy Suites Tampa
- Embassy Busch Gardens Suites
- Tampa Embassy Suites