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“Take a Mini- vacation from central location in Tampa.” 5 of 5 stars
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The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   111 W Fortune Street, 275N Ex-44 I-4/275S Ex-45A, Tampa, FL 33602 (Formerly Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #87 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
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New Paltz, New York
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“Take a Mini- vacation from central location in Tampa.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

HoJo Plaza Tampa is a fabulous find! It is right next to Tampa Performing Arts Center. Free Shuttle to area attractions like Tibor City and MOSI. Everything is close and you can enjoy culture , science and great food from HoJo Plaza Tampa.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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, Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, July 3, 2012
Thank you for writing a review for our hotel. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown. We look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.

Sincerely,

Tracy Foley
Assistant General Manager
TFoley@tampahjp.com
(813) 223-1351 X 3102
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

Western Caribbean cruise on Carnival Legend (4-11 March 2012)....we drove north from our condo in Sarasota....we wanted to find a hotel for 1 night where we could leave our car (for free) for the duration of the cruise (7 days) and offering a free two-way shuttle to the Port of Tampa:

We chose the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown....and it was a good choice !

Reasonable rate ( just over $105)
Just off I-275
Only minutes away from Tampa International Airport
Right near a beautiful river (good view)
Quiet neighbourhood with no traffic noise
Decent hotel with clean lobby and rooms(...but no free continental breakfast..)
Just minutes away from Port of Tampa
Excellent shuttle to Cruise Port (but had to wait 2 hours at end of cruise to return to hotel...next time we will take a taxi instead of the return shuttel)

We will return to this hotel the next time we cruise out of Tampa.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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FoleyT, Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, June 20, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay with us. Your positive review is greatly appreciated and I would like to apologize for the shuttle wait time back to the hotel from your cruise. Normally the time it takes to get back to the hotel is much shorter and I apologize you waited two hours. Myself and the entire staff here at the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown look forward to seeing again in the near future.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

** I love to travel and I make sure to provide feedback to fellow travelers. I hope this review is helpful for other travelers and to the hotel management. ** Let me start my review with a few good things regarding this hotel, the complimentary shuttle, the decent housekeeping, and the renovated lobby/elevators. All else fails. ** I emailed the hotel for simple requests approximately 3 days prior to arrival and I did not receive a reply. The email address was stated on their official website (rmarkko@tampahjp.com). ** The rooms and bathrooms are old and needs remodeling including beds, TV, and furniture. The swimming pool is also old. The exercise room was not available due to renovations. ** College kids are noisy, slamming doors, and conversing loudly. They occupy some of the rooms in the hotel which prompted me to report this unacceptable behavior to hotel management. I was offered to move to a different room. Why should I move to a different room if I was not at fault? It should be the college kids who needed to be transferred. After being warned by hotel management, the college kids calmed down. ** Another annoying thing which hotel management allows is the constant bombardment of food menus from area pizza and delivery establishments slipped underneath your room door. Is this a hotel or a motel? ** My Priceline package stated "Free Breakfast" as a hotel freebie as indicated on my trip receipt. To my surprise, breakfast was not free. I will pursue an investigation regarding this matter. The breakfast buffet costs approx. $10. For convenience, it is ok but if you have a lot of time, go somewhere else. It is nothing special. Moreover, the breakfast which I charged to my room for two mornings (via credit card) was indicated as "Lunch" on day 1 and "Waterworks Bar and Gri" and nowhere did it indicate "Breakfast" on the summary of charges which seemed very odd. Clearly, I ate breakfast at 7:02 am and 7:12 am as evidenced/printed in the receipts which I requested from the front desk supervisor on the day of my departure. How can this be lunch if I ate my meals on those hours? It doesn't make sense. There was no specific, clear reason/clarification why this has happened. I intend to report this to Priceline to which I have booked the vacation package. Overall, my stay was not relaxing. This is one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in. If you intend to stay for a conference, consider staying somewhere else and pay more for quality service and amenities. The convention center is approximately 1 mile away from this hotel. I do not recommend this hotel. Choose wisely.

Room Tip: If you decide to stay here for whatever reason, make sure to request a room far away from the colleg...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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FoleyT, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, June 13, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share your previous stay at the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown-Tampa on TripAdvisor. We apologize that your visit was not the standard we strive to uphold. As you mentioned we are in the process of renovations in select areas threw out the hotel and apologize for the inconvenience this has caused during your stay. **I also would like to bring to attention that WE DO NOT promote any fliers that surrounding restaurants slide under the doors of our guest rooms in the hotel, this is a battle that the City of Tampa police department and hoteliers are all fighting to have stopped. **Regarding the restaurant and the third party website I am very sorry that the information that was sent to you was not accurate and we are contacting Priceline to have resolved. **We currently do not have any University of Tampa Students stay at the Howard Johnson Plaza and again I apologize to you that the room surrounding you was loud that evening and never meant to inconvenience you any further buy asking if you if you would like to move rooms. On behave of the entire Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown-Tampa I deeply apologize for your stay and would like to speak further with you at your convenience.

Sincerely,

Tracy Foley
Assistant General Manager
(813)223-1351 ext 3102
tfoley@tampahjp.com
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012 via mobile

Location is great and the place is nice but not really nice. They have done about all they can do to make this place worth staying at short of beginning again. The pillows were way too small and the AC has the humidity way too high. The conference room was great and the staff friendly and efficient. Eight dollars a night to park in an unprotected lot seemed off .

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FoleyT, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, June 13, 2012
Thank you for writing your review of the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown-Tampa on TripAdvisor. We are grateful to hear how efficient the staff and our location to the Convention Center were for you during your stay. We hope to see you the next time you are Tampa to see the new renovations that are currently being done throughout the property. We look forward to seeing you again.

Sincerely,

Tracy Foley
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012

Stayed there for one night in May 2012 and was very happy with the customer service provided.

The front desk were very accommodating and polite.

What I really appreciated was the free Shuttle service they offer. Literally saved us about $100 dollars in the 2 days we were there. They dropped us off & picked us up at Channelside on Day 1, and then later dropped/picked me from Walmart.

The next day they dropped us off at the Pier to meet our Carnival ship.

The money saved on transport was more than the cost of the hotel.

Room Tip: The floors seem dirty but the rooms are very clean. Try to get a room facing the city center (not t...
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  • Stayed May 2012, 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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, Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, June 24, 2012
Thank you for you kind comments regarding the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown. Our shuttle is a great service for our guests that will take them anywhere they need to go within 2 miles of the hotel from 7am to 10pm. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed you stay with us and we hope to see you again in the near future.

Sincerely,

Tracy Foley
Assistant General Manager
(813) 223-1351 x 3102
tfoley@tampahjp.com
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

I stayed here one night for an event in Ybor City. Location is centric and convenient, and I guess the prices are okay for the area, although no bargain for what it is. The hotel is quite outdated and my room was not clean. The carpet both in the hallway and in the rooms looked and smelled old. The carpet in my room had a lot of stains and the whole room smelled like dirty socks and very musty. I did not dare to take my socks off and walk on that carpet. The wall air conditioning unit also was old and a bit noisy, although bearable. The worst part was the toilet: it had a thick band of grime under the bowl rim (hard to see at first sight), like it hadn't been cleaned in years. Quite disgusting. I didn't have time to ask for cleaning or getting another room, so I had to put up with it. (Note to manager: do a good inspection of the toilet in room 729 to see what I mean.) Furthermore, the shower curtain rod was bent downward, causing the curtain to sag toward the middle of the rod and leaving openings on both sides - which in term got the whole bathroom floor wet no matter how careful I was when taking a shower. The bed covers smelled and were quite wrinkled, which tells me they had not been washed recently. The coffee maker was also dirty. I tried to get some hot water and the steam that came out smelled really bad, and then it stop working before I got any hot water. The lobby of the hotel had a renovation a few years ago, it seems, but the rest of the place is a dump.I'm amazed that this hotel has positive reviews - I guess I got stuck with the dirtiest room in the whole place?

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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FoleyT, Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, May 20, 2012
Dear Tatatu,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your experiences at the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown. I am utterly disappointed and I apologize that we did not meet your expectations during your stay with our hotel. I am working closely with our housekeeping and maintenance departments to insure that these mistakes do not happen again with increased training and supervision. Again, thank you for staying with the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown and sharing your review of our hotel.

Sincerely,

Tracy Foley
Assistant General Manager
tfoley@tampahjp.com
813-223-1351 ext. 3102
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

We stayed at this hotel in February 2012 while leaving on a cruise the next day. Ask for the Ship and Shore Package (call the hotel directly to get this package). We stayed for $109 per night and they provided a FREE Shuttle to and from the cruise port. Also, they allowed us to leave our car there for NO CHARGE. At the port, you'll pay atleast $15 per DAY. So do the math, you're practically staying there for $50... They were prompt in picking us up when we called them once we got back (they provided us with a card with all contact information).

The hotel room was spacious and clean and the staff was very kind. I would recommend this hotel to any cruiser. Also, I think they will shuttle you to and from the airport for free as well.

We are returning to this same hotel on May 27th, 2012 and will be receiving the same package. I spoke with Carlos, who was a nice and helpful gentleman. He appreciated my business.

I look forward to my stay and my cruise with Carnival...... :)

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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FoleyT, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, May 12, 2012
Thank you for sharing your previous experience and excitement of your return to the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown-Tampa on TripAdvisor. With our Ship to Shore package we do offer the free shuttle service to and from the Port of Tampa while you park your vehicle with us but we do not offer free Airport shuttles. Rowe Transportation does have shuttle service to and from the airport for a small fee.
We are looking forward to your upcoming arrival and hope you share your next experience as well on TripAdvisor.

Thank You,

Tracy Foley
Assistant General Manager
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Address: 111 W Fortune Street, 275N Ex-44 I-4/275S Ex-45A, Tampa, FL 33602 (Formerly Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown)
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 Green Hotel in Tampa
#14 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk 3*
Number of rooms: 312
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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