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Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites - South Tampa / Airport
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3314 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629   |  
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

I should have heeded the warnings that this hotel was not clean. It was close to downtown and I came for the Gasparilla Children's Parade & Busch Gardens. At first the decor made the room appear outdated. The oxblood accent wall, the maroon swirled yellowish bath fitter. However, I was not going to nit pick. The second night as I angled the tube tv towards the sofa, there was dust all underneath it. Yuk. I decided to allow housekeeping to come in and enjoyed a very long day at the park. Came back to a room that was untouched. It was 11:30 at night.
I expressed how disappointed I was to the manager during the 11am check out and she made excuses. The "do not disturb" might have fallen on the floor. "NO" I replied it was hanging on the inside of the door knob. Not very apologetic at all.
I gave this place 2 points for the very nice front desk personnel; Darryl when we checked in and Josette who was extremely apologetic our room not being cleaned.
My sister stayed at the Holiday Inn Express next to Busch Gardens for $10. more dollars and it was another world completely.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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hojosouthtampaairpor, Webmaster at Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites - South Tampa / Airport, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Dear Guest,

Thank you for choosing Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites - South Tampa / Airport for your recent stay in our area.

Thank you for giving us a review, it is very much appreciated. Upon receipt of your review, the following actions were taken:

• Management received additional training in the courteous manner in which we treat our valued guests

• Housekeeping received additional training in the level of cleanliness required of them as our employees.

I hope that the next time you visit our area; you will once again choose to stay at Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites - South Tampa / Airport. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Sincerely,
Hotel Manager.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

The coverlet was filthy and should havebeen laundered months ago. The shower/tub drain was clogged so that you had water up to your ankles during shower (pet peeve with me). And the fiberglas liner used to update the bath was beige with vauge red "brushstrokes" throughout - who picked THAT!? Looked like somebody dismembered a body in there and couldn't totally rid the bath of the evidence. Bagels andmuffinsbeyond stale. But the staff was great and worked with what they had. Very convient to FB stadium. About what I expected for the price.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Address: 3314 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
#43 Business Hotel in Tampa
#44 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites - South Tampa / Airport 2*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are the newly renovated Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites Tampa. We are the closest hotel to Macdill Air Force Base and also within 5 miles of Tampa International Airport, Downtown, Cruise Terminal, St. Pete Times, Forum, and Raymond James Stadium. We fully renovated our hotel including a brand new bedding package in 2009. We welcome all guests to come see the new Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites. ... more   less 
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