I was in Tampa to see a concert and do general sightseeing and I needed a hotel close to the downtown area. This hotel was in a perfectly convenient spot, we were able to walk back to the hotel from the Tampa Bay Times Forum after our concert ended. Many of the reviews on this website made it sound as though this hotel would be loud, inconvenient or dirty. I did not find any of these things to be true. If this hotel was being used as a dorm I did not feel any ill effects from this. In fact, I don't recall seeing any students who were living in the hotel. All of the staff was extremely accommodating and knowledgeable. The shuttle service provided was very convenient and one of the drivers we got (I can't remember his name at this moment) was awesome and hilarious. The lobby is nicely decorated and the room was clean (which is my number one concern) and quiet. It seems to me that people who left bad reviews were expecting something much nicer without actually wanting to pay for it. I booked this hotel looking for something in a safe part of downtown Tampa that was comfortable, clean, and not wildly expensive. That is exactly what I got.
- 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