I graduated from USF a few years ago and now my brother is attending the school, so I'm up in Tampa a lot visiting him and other friends from college. I've stayed at a few hotels in the area, but the Courtyard is the first one that I'm really looking forward to staying at again.
It's in a very pretty, relaxed, and quiet location in Temple Terrace. It is conveniently located to I-75, and isn't too far from 275. There is a Starbucks, Wendy's, Lenny's Subs, Dunkin Donuts, and a Shell gas station within walking distance.
My room did not have a refrigerator, so check with the front desk about the room you are placed in. I was in 106 which was a very convenient location. I had a sliding glass door right out to the parking lot, so it was easy for my to unpack and pack up my car.
The pool and gym are small, but very nice and typical of this size of hotel. There is also a laundry facility and breakfast in the morning. Breakfast is not always included. I thought it was, but you need a voucher for it.
I really liked the rooms here and it was in a great location.