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Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   720 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612   |  
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Ranked #132 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Jonesboro
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Woke up to yelling at 4am. As person was getting kicked out, we then saw their stuff outside the doorway as I headed out to work followed by police and ambulance out front. My boyfriend commented the tap in shower would not give hot water and he complained to front desk and they assured him the maintenance man would be right over. He never came. Saw a roach and that was enough to never want to go back.

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service

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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2 of 5 stars
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Rhinelander
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is without a doubt the worst motel we have ever stayed in. We don't mind older, not-so-modern motels, but this was not just old. It was filthy! When we got to our room we were surprised to see the door to the balcony wide open. We're guessing that was to try to air out the horrible moldy smell. We thought we would get used to that but finally ended up going to our car to bring in some window cleaner with ammonia in it to spray around the room. When we checked the air conditioner, we found it was filled with mold! The chairs were stained, the walls had scuff marks all over them, the TV & telephone outlet plates were falling off the walls, and there was no sink plug to hold the water. The ice machine on our floor was gutted and the one on the other floor had to be unjammed before it would deliver a small amount of ice. If it hadn't been so late when we arrived, we would have tried to change to another hotel. We didn't complain to the staff about the conditions, as they must be aware of the condition of their building. Guess we should have read reviews of this motel before we stayed - never expected such horrible conditions!

  • Stayed December 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Aurora, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This was the nastiest place I've ever stayed at. It was filthy dirty. There was black mold on the ceilings. It smelled horrible. The noise is so bad you cannot sleep. This place should be condemned and torn down. Howard Johnson should be ashamed that they are even associated with this dump.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

The worse hotel I have ever stayed in. There were bugs in the sink. The headboard fell off. Horrible. I checked out early cause I felt dirty staying there.

  • Stayed November 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service

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Address: 720 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #132 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
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Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens 2*
Number of rooms: 68
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