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“Hotel Close to Everything in Downtown Tampa” 4 of 5 stars
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Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   111 W Fortune Street, 275N Ex-44 I-4/275S Ex-45A, Tampa, FL 33602   |  
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“Hotel Close to Everything in Downtown Tampa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The best part of this hotel is that it was close to everywhere we wanted to be in Downtown Tampa AND they have a free shuttle that will take you to basically everywhere you would want to go. It is the perfect location if you want to come to a hockey game or for any other major event. We came for a comedy show in Ybor City and there was a Lightening game at the same time, but our shuttle driver got us to where we wanted to go easily and on time. Plus, they come and pick you up!
The lobby has a very cool, modern design and I loved the art. We also enjoyed our view of downtown from our window. The room was clean and spacious.
Overall, we enjoyed the hotel and we would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Larry C, General Manager at Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
Thank you very much for your awesome review of your stay with us here at the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown Tampa. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed it. Being located at the gateway to Downtown Tampa our location is the perfect stop to see all that Tampa has to offer. Right in the heart of the Arts District and adjacent to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, it is an easy stroll down Tampa’s beautiful riverwalk to the Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children’s Museum, Curtis HIxon Park, The Tampa History Center and all the exciting night life of Downtown Tampa. If the abundance of Downtown Tampa’s great restaurants and gastro pubs isn’t enough, Ybor City with its charming history and scintillating nightlife are sure to please. Thank you for your business and your review. We look forward to hosting you again.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

The hotel is within walking distance to the convention center and restaurants in the downtown area. They also offer a free shuttle anywhere around a 1-2mi radius of the hotel that starts at 6am in the morning. The room was spacious, clean and comfortable. There was some construction or remodeling going on but I hardly even noticed it. The WiFi in the room came and went but they had computers and good WiFi strength in the lobby.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Larry C, General Manager at Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
Thank you very much for your awesome review of your stay with us here at the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown Tampa. We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed it. Being located at the gateway to Downtown Tampa our location is the perfect stop to see all that Tampa has to offer. Right in the heart of the Arts District and adjacent to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, it is an easy stroll down Tampa’s beautiful riverwalk to the Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Children’s Museum, Curtis HIxon Park, The Tampa History Center and all the exciting night life of Downtown Tampa. If the abundance of Downtown Tampa’s great restaurants and gastro pubs isn’t enough, Ybor City with its charming history and scintillating nightlife are sure to please. Thank you for your business and your review. We look forward to hosting you again.
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

Worst hotel stay ever. Price was OK, but what a mess. Worse than just being refurbished. Here with my wife, daughter, and grandsons in adjoining rooms. We were initially on the 11the floor. When out and about in town yesterday (nice that the courtesy van takes you to and fro) there was a 3-alarm fire on the twelfth floor, which means lots of weather damage on the eleventh floor and below. Ceiling leaks everywhere, and some ceilings falling down. Did they tell guests as they were getting back to the hotel? NO! Just let guests discover the water damage in their room. So having complained, for the rest of the week they’ve got us on the third floor – no longer adjoining with the kids – no hot water in shower. How about that refurb? One elevator still not working, and wires hanging out of the boxes where the up and down call buttons ought to be. No carpet heading toward breakfast area – just old glue on concrete. From the posts here, looks like refurb is taking really long. You’d think that HoJo being part of Wyndam it’d be important to do what’s right for their guests.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 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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Larry C, General Manager at Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown, responded to this review, June 6, 2014
Thank you for your review of your stay with us. I am sorry that you felt the handling of three-alarm fire in a high-rise hotel full of guests was not handled to your standards. I am very grateful that our state of the art life safety systems functioned to perfection allowing the safe and secure evacuation of your family and the other guests. I am also very proud of our staff who, thanks to our twice a year full evacuation fire drills, reacted exactly as trained, aiding our guests in the rapid and safe evacuation of a burning building while minimizing the damage to the hotel. Perhaps we could have taken the time to inform all of the guests who, at the direct order of the State Fire Marshall had been standing outside in the sweltering Florida heat for over two hours, that there may have been water damage to their rooms or belongings. We felt it was more prudent to get the guests back indoors and into the air conditioning. We do appreciate your comments and have evaluated your feedback as part of our emergency review process.
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Additional Information about Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Address: 111 W Fortune Street, 275N Ex-44 I-4/275S Ex-45A, Tampa, FL 33602
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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:
#16 Green Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown 3*
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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