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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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Port Orange, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

The motel is an older property looking like it was built in the 1970s (complete with tube-style TVs) but is completely and immaculately kept up. From the rooms (no rust, tears in drapes, stains, etc), to the parking lot (freshly recoated surface), to the breakfast/meeting room, to the check-in area, everything looked new. This is a two-story exterior hallway motel that were so popular back in the day. Every staff person I encountered was friendly and efficient.

Breakfast is from 6-9 every morning, with a staff person constantly keeping an eye on things to make sure they are well stocked. Make-your-own waffles, cold cereals, instant oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, yogurt, donuts/bagels/muffins/toast, apple juice, orange juice, coffee, and milk. Tampa newspapers also are available at breakfast.

The pool is in the middle of the parking lot, but seemed popular while I was there. There is a room that has been converted to a fitness room. There are coin operated washers and dryers.

The location is billed as being the closest to MacDill AFB and is on the main drag through the south part of Tampa. The local bus service stops right in front of the motel with service to both downtown and MacDill.

The bathroom has the tub/shower and toilet enclosed and the sink and closet area just outside the tub/shower room door. Room safe is under the sink. Full-sized ironing board and iron.

Wifi is free in the rooms and works well.

Full kitchen in the room with microwave, two-burner stovetop, mini-refrigerator, sink, coffee maker but you must bring your own pans, plates, utensils, etc.

Housekeeping forgot to put out towels one night during my five-night stay, but other than that did a good job every day.

Area seems safe and the hotel seems popular with contractors on extended stays as well as families.

If you are looking for the most up-to-date, modern, fancy place to stay this is not your hotel. If you are looking for a good, clean, comfortable place to sleep, get cleaned up, eat breakfast and go about your day for a reasonable price this is the place for you.

Room Tip: Some rooms are smoking rooms, we ended up in one as it was $10/night cheaper, smell got better after...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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San Antonio, Texas
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

The staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast is good and varied. The manager is efficient for she gave us another room right away when we informed her that there may be bedbugs in our room ( in the sofa & carpet) and the smell of roaches in the kitchen cabinets. We got free red rashes and my kids had to take allergy medz and use off spray inside the room. I expected more from this hotel because of its positive reviews and that it cost a bit more. The 2nd room is more clean but we are still itchy after we moved, not sure if it is due to the 1st or 2nd room. The pool is nice and warm but there are some floating insects that are washed away down the drain with my kids splashing.The location is not so far from major attractions, so that is a positive.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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 ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
#51 Family Hotel in Tampa
#54 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn & Suites - South Tampa / Airport 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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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