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La Quinta Inn Tampa Bay Airport
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   4730 Spruce Street, Tampa, FL 33607   |  
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Ranked #66 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Jacksonville
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“great in all ways”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2008

we got a great rate on this hotel, so we were extra surprised when the hotel turned out to be so nice. friendly check-in, and the clerk pleasantly approved our extended checkout request when we showed our new La Quinta Returns reward card.

clean room, wireless internet in room. nice, clean pool and jacuzzi, fitness room.

continental breakfast included homemade waffles, a nice treat.

will definitely stay here again.

  • Liked — clean and extremely nice for the cost
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Portland, Oregon
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2008

I was excited to find a property so close to the airport! Such an easy drive in and not too far from a very nice mall... so we will definitely stay in the area again - just not at this property.

The reservations agent promised one thing and delivered another. But we took it anyway since we were travelling with kids. The roach on our child's towel after bath provided some evening excitement as we were trying to wind down for a decent night's sleep.

That neither my wife or I were able to fall asleep thanks to the sagging beds & roach adventure was a blessing in disguise since the alarm clock in the room was broken and the front desk wake up call never came.

And for this there was no discount on our room rate.

  • Liked — Location near the airport and a mall
  • Disliked — Promised a better room than they delivered, roaches, sagging beds, no wake up call
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Denver, CO
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2008

We stayed here on 5/26 for one night as we were flying out of Tampa early the next morning. After spending 11 days between WDW and Key West, I must say the customer service that Terrance at the counter presented was top notch; very "Disneylike" for those that appreciate the service when staying on Disney property.

The room was clean, towels were plentiful, and I appreciated the fact that the sink was located outside of the toilet/shower area, but was still out of view of the large window in the front room.

The shuttle service was prompt, and Terrance even arranged for a shuttle to pick us up at our car rental return the previous night to avoid an extra days rental fees. We actually felt quite silly having him do this after we realized how close it was to Alamo, but he insisted that the shuttle pick us up, as the main road had no sidewalks and we would have been walking on the shoulder of a very busy road. He also offered to print our boarding passes for our early morning flight.

Although we did not utilize the pool, we did sit out there in the evening to endulge in a "beverage" to wind down from a long trip and it seemed to be a good size to do laps if someone was inclined.

We did not utilize the breakfast, but it seemed to have a large seating area and consisted of typical continental breakfast items.

As other reviews have mentioned, the shuttle does leave at a quarter to the hour each hour to go to the airport, but we did not have to stop at any other hotels, so I am not sure if that varies or has changed that they no longer do that.

Overall I would stay there again if I was flying in and out of Tampa. I only wish I had stayed there the night we flew in rather than making the drive to Orlando. If you are looking for a clean place to spend the night, great customer service, and close to the airport, this location fits the bill.

  • Liked — Service and location
  • Disliked — That we didn't stay the first night we flew in rather than driving to Orlando
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Yorktown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2008

First the bad:
1) This is a motel, not a hotel.
2) It is REALLY close to the airport, and at times, it vibrates.
3) It is not new, but not bad.
4) Breakfast is prepackaged food, I couldn't find the coffee. IHOP is next door - 'nuff said.
5) For business, there are not enough electrical outlets.
6) There is a table w/chairs and a bed, but no place else to sit.
Now the good:
1) Staff is extremely friendly.
2) Bed is comfy.
3) It is very clean.
4) The pool is nice, and even heated if you care about those things.
5) All amenities are there except for a microwave.
6) Internet connectivity was among the best I have ever seen.
7) It is very inexpensive in comparison with other places.
8) The International Plaza mall is across the street - a very, very good thing.

  • Stayed May 2008
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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St. Louis, MO
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55 reviews 55 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2008

We stayed at this motel for one night before leaving the next morning for our cruise. We called the hotel when we arrived at TPA, and the shuttle arrived within 20 minutes. Check in was quick. There is an IHOP next door, and a Dollar rental car. The room was clean, and the beds were comfortable. The bathroom was on the small side, but not a major issue. We paid $10/person for a shuttle from the hotel to the port, and then an extra $10/person for shuttle transportation after our cruise from the port back to TPA. The shuttle had various times it was leaving in the morning from the motel with 11:00 am being the earliest time. Breakfast was continental, and there was a good offering of food. The area to eat breakfast isn't very large though, and it was very crowded as there were many guests in the hotel leaving for the cruise port that morning. As a plus, they had a free Sunday Tampa paper available in the lobby. Overall, a nice one night stop before our cruise.

  • Liked — Shuttle service to cruise port and pickup from TPA
  • Disliked — Small bathroom
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff, Wales, UK
2 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2008

Excellent hotel for an overnight stop.
Rang the hotel from the freephone in the baggage area and was picked up very promptly.
Room was clean and tidy. Although the bathroom was small there was a separate vanity area which I always find useful.
There was a small pool which looked very nice.
Breakfast was good with cereal, breads, muffins etc. with very nice orange juice. Next door was an IHOP where we had a very satisfying meal.
Only a 15 minute walk or short drive to an excellent mall.
Dollar car hire next door which was very efficient.
All in all we had a very good stay and would stay there again and recommend it to anyone looking for a clean, no frills overnight stay.

  • Liked — Near Tampa airport
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Midwest
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95 reviews 95 reviews
45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2008

We stayed here one night to be able to take an early morning flight out of Tampa. We noticed that the motel was on the opposite side of the street that led to the airport which meant trying to cross it in bumper to bumper traffic. We had to leave for the airport an hour earlier than planned because of being on the wrong side. Probably wouldn't stay there again because of the rush hour traffic and no stop light to allow you to exit.
Rooms were ok and breakfast buffet was nice. Staff was not exactly friendly but not rude. During the wee hours of the night we were there, we were awakened by loud banging noises coming from somewhere outside. Sounded like some construction site or loud banging on steel somewhere. It continued for about 20 minutes twice that night. I wondered if that was a nightly occurance or just a freak thing. It was like sledge hammers on steel. Would not stay again if I knew it occured often. Could probably find something farther away from airport but would be faster than fighting traffic all coming into Tampa and having to cross that to get in line to go to airport.
Too much hassle.

  • Liked — clean room
  • Disliked — location of motel and no computer available in lobby
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 4730 Spruce Street, Tampa, FL 33607
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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 ) Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #66 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — La Quinta Inn Tampa Bay Airport 2*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NEW! Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics.The newly renovated La Quinta Inn Tampa Airport is less than a mile from Tampa International, and central to all entertainment areas.While here check out Historic Ybor City, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Clearwater and St. Pete beaches, Dali Museum, MOSI, St. Pete, Times Forum (Lightning), Tropicana Field (Rays), and Raymond James Stadium (Buccaneers). Transportation is available each day to Seaport in Tampa. The La Quinta Inn Tampa Airport has meeting facilities, a heated outdoor pool, and, off the lobby, our Free Bright Side BreakfastTM every morning. Rooms are spacious, comfy, and filled with amenities; our staff is here to make your stay most enjoyable. See you soon! We are located one mile north of I-275, less than a mile from Tampa International Airport, and across the street from International Mall. Free parking and airport shuttle service is available for registerend guests during stay and we offer Stay and Go parking rates for our hotel guests ... more   less 
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