My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights while he attended a conference at the Tampa Convention Center. The hotel is about 5 miles from the airport ($25 flat fee cab ride from the airport) and very convenient to the highway. The lobby is nice, but the elevators and hallways are, as others have noted, dated and worn. The rooms were a bit better--clean, functional, generally comfortable--but nothing special. The WIFI was free but a bit slow, the AC was good (if loud), and the pool was fine (small, basic, but got the job done). The hotel is about a 15 minute walk to the Convention Center, which is easy to get to. The hotel also offers a free shuttle anywhere within a 2 mile radius, which was a big plus when it was hot going back and forth around town! It is true that the hotel is being used as a dorm for local college students, but we didn't run into any problems due to that. Overall, it was a decent less expensive place to stay for our needs, and it was easy enough to walk to nearby restaurants, etc., but nothing amazing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk is located adjacent to the David A Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and the beautiful Hillsborough River. The hotel is approximately 1 mile from the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay Historic Center, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Channelside Dining and Entertainment Complex, and the Port of Tampa Cruise Terminals. The Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown offers a complimentary on-demand shuttle service from 7am until 10pm, 7 days a week. Popular Attractions include Channelside Dining and Entertainment Complex, The Florida Aquarium, and Historic Ybor City. Hotel Amenities Include:- All Non-Smoking Rooms- Onsite Restaurant, WaterWorks Bar & Grill, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.- Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access- Free Local Calls- Business Center- Outdoor Swimming Pool- Onsite Fitness Center- Complimentary Shuttle Service within 2 miles - Tampa International Airport is only six miles from the Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown Hotel Tampa
- Tampa Howard Johnson
- Howard Johnson Tampa