This hotel, except for its lobby, restaurant /bar area is extremely outdated. The rooms, carpets, and elevators were just plain tired and crying out of an update.
The amount of water being wasted by the outdated toilet tanks was horrendous. They took a long and noisy time to empty and even longer to refill. My sense was that the cleanliness was a but lacking.
Fortunately, we got a fantastic price on two rooms (Flight Network.com), which were spacious, comfortable, and very quiet.
The staff was courteous and helpful and a telephone request for a shuttle pickup in Ybor City was extremely prompt and the driver interesting and helpful.
We enjoyed our scenic meandering walk to and from the Forum, found a nice sports bar after the game, and met many friendly people.
So, if you don't mind staying at an not too classy hotel and don't mind a walk, then this hotel is reasonably central and, compared to other downtown hotel prices, incredible value.
- Also Known As:
- Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown Hotel
- Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown Hotel Tampa
- Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa Downtown
- Tampa Howard Johnson
- Howard Johnson Tampa
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown 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 Gym Access at Lifestyle Family Fitness- Complimentary Shuttle Service within 2 milesTampa International Airport is only six miles from the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa ... more less
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