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“Hidden Parking Charge of $8??” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk

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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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16 hotel reviews
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“Hidden Parking Charge of $8??”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We booked our room through HOTWIRE and got a STEAL on the room.

If I had paid full price, and had to pay parking, ect, I would not be happy about this room.

Upon checking in, we were charged $8 for parking – we were never made aware that there was a parking charge for this hotel.

The lobby was well decorated, and check-in was quick. We gave the gentleman at check in a hard time about the parking fee, and I was impressed with how he handled the situation.

The hotel is older, maybe a former Sheraton? The walls have been painted over 100 times, but the room was clean, the carpet was new, and we had a great view of the canal.

Our room had a fridge and microwave – what a nice bonus!!

Overall we had no issues, wish we were aware of the parking charge and no free breakfast prior to booking

Because of the hidden fees and no breakfast ( $39/night hotels offer free breakfast ), 3 stars is pushing it.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Larry C, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
I am sorry that you were not informed of the parking charge at booking. We will ascend a message to all third party booking agents to remind them to list this charge. Thank you for taking the time to inform that it was not being made clear at the time of booking.
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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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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

I stayed at this hotel while attending a large meeting at the Tampa Convention Center. Although the hotel is over a mile away from the Convention Center, it's a lovely riverside walk to/from the hotel and the hotel also did a great job offering regular shuttle service. If I wanted a ride, I never waited more than 5 minutes on either end! The staff was friendly and the room was clean and spacious -- and an excellent price. Consider this an excellent alternative for meetings even if not next door to the Convention Center!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Larry C, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
We really appreciate you taking the time to provide us with feedback regarding your stay here at the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown Tampa. I am glad that you enjoyed your visit. It is always nice to hear that we have met the expectations of our valued guests. With the goal of delivering outstanding service to every guest everyday, we are pleased to receive feedback such as yours.
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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

I stayed at this hotel for 2 nights a few weeks ago and was very satisfied. Rooms were very clean and the staff was awesome, especially an assistant manager by the name of Tracy Foley. She couldn't have been nicer and helpful. Overall, great hotel.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
    • 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 The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our hotel on trip advisor. We really do appreciate your feedback. It is nice to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown Tampa. Our location at the gateway to downtown Tampa, clean and comfortable accommodations, and easy access to all downtown Tampa has to offer makes for a great stay. Thank you for your business.
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Ringgold, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

As for the hotel itself. LOVED IT! Great staff, great view of downtown.
Ask for their stay and play rate. We were able to get our room and one weeks free parking for our cruise with a free shuttle to and from the cruise terminal for LESS than the cost of parking at the terminal. Plus you know your car is being better watched by the security guard at the hotel.

Cons: you must pay for breakfast and it is NOT worth it! $10.00 for canned gravy, frozen biscuits and bacon.
$7.00 for cereal, seriously! I think they should get on the bandwagon with the 21st century where hotels are charging $50.00 a night for a room and giving you FREE HOT BREAKFAST. Come on even the Sleep in had this food for free at $47.00 a night. Plus they had a Waffle Maker which this place doesn't.
Also the toaster is broken. Service in restaurant is horrible.

Our van driver was a black lady and she was a little harsh. We are Christians who do not curse or act crazy and she was talking about beating her children and she cursed a lot. Also had the radio on rap music. When we pulled up she said she was frustrated with people not tipping. Granted we had to load and unload our bags on our own so why should we tip her but WE DID.
The original driver was a male to the terminal and he was AMAZING. Very sweet and loaded and unloaded everything for us. I guess it just depends on who you get. When you are doing luggage you should use someone who will work.

I would definatly stay here again. You cannot beat the price for what you get. While in town go to Shrimp and Co it is DELICIOUS!

Room Tip: Top floor with city views if you are there on Saturday you may be able to see cruise ships sailing t...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Larry C, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your feedback regarding your stay. We truly appreciate all feedback and it is especially nice to hear when a guest enjoys their stay with us. Here at the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown Tampa providing guest satisfaction for a great value is our number one priority. Again thank you for your business
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Tampa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Not very clean, bathroom in disrepair, room smelled musky, in room phone didnt work, and restaurant was slow, slow, slow (40 min for soup & salad). On the plus side, they did have free shuttle service to the convention center, and it is conveniently located. Would not stay at again though.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Larry C, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
I am very sorry for your experience during your stay our hotel. Please contact me at lcollier@hidevelopment.com so that may inquire as to some more details regarding your stay. I have shared your comments with the Restaurant Manager and the Executive Housekeeper and have been assured that they will address your issues with the staff. Thank you for your feedback.
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Tampa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

booked HoJo due to all other hotels near the vincinity of the convention center were full. And this was one of the further ones. Lobby was fine, service was decent, the room was old, air conditioner was loud, and I can hear doors slamming in the hallway early in the morning. WiFi did NOT work well, I had to use an air card to do work on a VPN, a first in all my hotel stays. overall, booked due to location to convention center--but was not a easy walk.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Larry C, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to provide with your feedback regarding your stay with us. I am sorry that you had a less than excellent experience. Please contact me at lcollier@hidevelopment.com so that I may inquire as to the details of your stay in order to follow up more thoroughly. Thank you again for your business and your time.
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West Melbourne, Florida, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Stayed for one overnight during spring break with my husband and 2 children 8 & 2. The staff was very courteous and helpful. Check in was quick and easy. We checked in at 5 after a long day out and about and the staff was very helpful with menus and info about area restaurants that could deliver to us. The room was okay, it was clean but there were stains on the carpet. The hotel was pretty busy because there was some sort of Thespian week and I was very surprised at how quiet it was even though I knew there was a bunch of younger people out and about, and traveling with two children I appreciate not being able to hear that much commotion.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Larry C, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, May 28, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to review your stay with us. It is invaluable feedback such as yours that enables us to constantly improve the guest experience. We have many exciting changes taking place this sumer and hope you will visit us again to experience the many changes taken place.
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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:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
#14 Green 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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