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“Wonderful hotel in a quiet area... Excellent location!” 5 of 5 stars
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Wingate by Wyndham Tampa / USF
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3751 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612   |  
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Ranked #28 of 160 Hotels in Tampa
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Wonderful hotel in a quiet area... Excellent location!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2011

This was our family's first visit to the Tampa area. We were looking forward to spending a few days visiting Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. After reading various reviews of hotels in the area we decided to stay at the Wingate by Wyndham by USF. Since we made reservations well in advance, we received a 20% discount on a 2 king bed room.

The check in process was friendly and quick. We received our card keys for a fourth floor room that was located close (but not too close) to the lobby elevator. The room itself was very clean and elegant. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the furnishing in the room. Definitely better than 3 star quality.

Our daughter loves to play in water, so the pool and the hot tub were both used frequently. The pool is not heated, but was a good temperature for an afternoon swim during our stay in late April. The deep end is marked at 6 feet... but either the pool was overfilled, or the marking is incorrect as I am 6'2" and the water was a foot over my head.

Since our main purpose for the visit was for the theme parks, I have to give this hotel a 5+ rating. You simply get in your car and drive less than a mile down the road and you're at both parking lots. Or if you want to take advantage of front door service, the hotel provides a shuttle to and from the parks.

We have already decided that we are staying here again for a future vacation. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Crestview, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2011

What a wonderful staff and management! They made us feel like family from the moment we entered their establishment. I know that we will always stay at the Wingate when we return! Park your car when you arrive and they take care of everything for you. Thank you Mr. Manny and ALL of your staff for making our vacation one to remember :) My grandson so was thrilled to be there. We went there to take him to Busch Gardens but I think he had more fun at the Wingate!

Room Tip: Just call them!!!
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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Lanesmeep
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Hull
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26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2011

Booked this hotel as a central base for the area. We arrived really early from Orlando and they were kind enough to let us check in straight away.
Room was clean and well kept and they even managed to clean around all of our clutter when we were out.
Had a great breakfast with a waffle maker which was fab.
Pool was fine.
A little noisy overnight but I guess thats inevitable being so close to the university.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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1 Thank Andreainhull
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tampa094, Guest Relations Manager at Wingate by Wyndham Tampa / USF, responded to this review, May 10, 2011
We are glad you enjoyed your visit with us and appreciate your comments about our housekeeping staff, who pride themselves on their efficiency and subtle service. They are definitely some of our hardest workers. Though our check-in policy is three p.m., we always work to find a clean room ready for check in when you arrive, making sure that from start to finish your stay is marked by above average customer-oriented service. Should you come to visit us again and there is any noise interrupting your stay, let us know about it at once-we can fix it! Thank you again for your comments and hope you will see us again when you visit Tampa.
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2011

We are in day 2 of a 4 day stay. We came to Tampa to see family that is in the hospital and found this hotel on the hospitals web page. When we tried to book the hotel was out of the hospitals rate but they were willing to discount the normal rate. I checked trip advisor for reviews and was happy and booked.

When we arived the staff was very friendly. Room was nice and clean. There was a problem with the TV. 1 call and within minutes someone was there to fix it. It could not be fixed they moved us to a new room within 30 minutes.

Pool and hot tub nice a quiet. Issue with hornets and bee's near the pool. I advised the staff and they seemed concerned and would attempt to get it resolved. We will soon see.

Breakfast was really nice.

Like I said so far so good... we will se at checkout

  • Stayed May 2011
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Thank travelagentmike
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tampa094, Guest Relations Manager at Wingate by Wyndham Tampa / USF, responded to this review, May 10, 2011
We at the Wingate By Wyndham hope that the rest of your stay was as good as the start. Our staff strive to make each guest feel as if they are part of the Wingate family, and we are glad they were able to address the television issue to your satisfaction. Like any home, things may not always work properly and can be out of our control, but we strive to do everything possible to be sure the guest gets ultimate satisfaction and has a stellar stay at our property. We appreciate when guests come to us with any issues, as it gives us a chance to resolve quickly and efficiently and helps us continue to improve our service as we strive to be number one in Tampa.
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Lake District, United Kingdom
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2011

We ended our three week tour of Florida with two nights here to enable us to see Busch Gardens with our teenage son and fly out from Tampa Airport later. We mentioned we had stayed two years previously and the manager thanked us for our loyalty and upgraded us to a room with two King beds, which was very kind. The room was lovely and spacious, bathroom luxurious and air-con nice and cold (although a little noisy). All rooms have their own digital-safe too. The breakfasts were the best we had compared to four similar price-range hotels we had stayed in earlier during our trip - the fresh fruit and waffles especially. The pool was a good temperature and often quiet. There is a large Jacuzzi just indoors which, in truth, was a tad murky. The big bonus is its closeness to Busch Gardens AND the free hotel shuttle, which saves both parking fees and time. The driver (sorry I've forgotten his name) is a really friendly and helpful chap) and looked after us. We also found it close to a large number of good restaurants, of which we favoured the Outback Steakhouse a couple of times. We will definately return here again.

Room Tip: Free shuttle to Busch Gardens
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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tampa094, Guest Relations Manager at Wingate by Wyndham Tampa / USF, responded to this review, May 2, 2011
We at the Wingate By Wyndham appreciate your taking time out of your busy day to post your comments about our hotel and service on Trip Advisor website. We appreciate that you liked out two King bedroom-we are one of the only hotels in Tampa offering two King beds in a room. We also are glad you took advantage of the free shuttle service which is extensive in that it goes anywhere within a three-mile radius of the hotel -and there are many things right in the area to see while you relax and not worry about parking or Tampa traffic. The jacuzzi is open twenty-four hours and gets quite a lot of use during our busy season; we will be sure our staff stays on it when we are filled up to be sure it is always pristine. We certainly would love to have our visitors from "across the pond" come see us again, and look forward to extending you and your family more of the Wingate's southern hospitality.
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Merrick, New York
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92 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2011

I stayed at this hotel based on its location and previous reviews. I was not disappointed with my stay. I was down from NY for 4 nights to see the Yankees at spring training and to go to Busch Gardens. It was not a far drive to the baseball field (less than 20 min). Busch gardens could not have been closer, one mile away. The hotel was clean and the staff was nice and helpful. The breakfast was just ok but being a good cook I am picky. The free parking and free wifi were a great value. Overall the hotel was fairly new and kept nicely. I would recommend staying there and would consider staying there again

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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1 Thank Drakarula
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tampa094, Guest Relations Manager at Wingate by Wyndham Tampa / USF, responded to this review, May 10, 2011
We appreciate your review of our hotel and are glad your stay went well. Our location is close to many of Tampa's hot spots, as you noted, being less than a mile from Busch Gardens and Adventure Island and only a short trip away from the Raymond James Stadium, Downtown Tampa, George M Steinbrenner field, and over thirty area restaurants in our shuttle's three mile radius travel range. Having a good cook think our 40-item hot buffet breakfast is okay sounds good to us! We would love to have you stay with us again and hope you will consider us a "home-away-from-home" whenever you come to Tampa.
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Florida
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42 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2011

All good reviews are true
We stayed just for one night, but will remember this hotel and will definitely come back if ever in that area.
Hotel:
Very nice hotel.
Easy to find. Very close to the Busch Gardens.
Hotel shuttle is available to get there.
Many parking spaces and it is free.
Helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable staff
Room:
It is everything what you expect from a standard hotel room and many more.
Really clean. Enough towels, cups and etc. Many easy accessible electric outlets for all gadgets that need to be recharged. Eco friendly. Free Wi-Fi.
Breakfast.
Free breakfast, with many types of classic breakfast food.
Staff replenishes items very fast.
Thank you

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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1 Thank nata257
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Address: 3751 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#20 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#20 Family Hotel in Tampa
#28 Business Hotel in Tampa
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wingate by Wyndham Tampa / USF 2.5*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wingate by Wyndham Tampa is located directly across the street from University of South Florida and less than a mile away from Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. The USF Sun Dome, MOSI Imax/Museum, VA, Shriner's and Moffitt are all within .75 miles. Within 2 miles are shopping, golf, and 40-plus restaurants and the property is only 7.5 miles from downtown Tampa, 11 miles from Ybor City and Channelside entertainment district, 17 miles to airport, and 45 minutes from Clearwater Beach and Ellenton Prime Outlets. Awarded Customer Service honors by Wyndham Worldwide, and Green Lodging Certification by the State of Florida DEP, the Wingate by Wyndham Tampa strives for the highest standards for their leisure and corporate travelers alike. Property Highlights Include- Local Shuttle Service (with our most popular destinations free to our guests)within a three mile radius, complimentary 40-item Hot breakfast, free Hi-Speed wired and wireless internet throughout, complimentary business center, fitness room, and indoor whirlpool open 24 ours, and an outdoor pool open until 10pm. New Lounge, built in July 2009, serves wine and beer on tap nightly. Meeting room facilities on property. Room Highlights - All 86 guestrooms at Wingate by Wyndham Tampa offer complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, micro fridge units, pillow-top mattresses, one cordless and one 2-Line phone, complimentary weekday newspaper, cable television with HBO, pay-per-view Movies and Nintendo, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, and 17" in-room safes. The January, 2009 property renovation included all new guestroom furniture, 32 inch Flat-Panel Televisions, new microwave/refrigerator units, all new fixtures and granite countertops in guestroom bathrooms, Sealy Posturepedic pillow top mattresses, new bedding and 250-thread-count cotton sheets. ... more   less 
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