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!