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“Good for the price” 3 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 #17 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
“Good for the price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

We stayed here once before, about five years ago. The beds are still very comfortable, bathroom clean, and room smelled good. It's is close to Busch Gardens and across the street from the University. Not in the best of neighborhoods. Good for the price, and breakfast was more than enough and delicious. Wouldn't pay more than 130 a night for two queens. Still a good place to rest your head for short term usage.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tampa094, Guest Relations Manager at Wingate by Wyndham Tampa / USF, responded to this review, August 18, 2011
We are glad you enjoyed your stay at the Wingate By Wyndham this second time around, and found it to be as well as before. We actually had the entire interior renovated in 2009, adding new sealy posture-pedic mattresses to the rooms for even more comfort, and everything from the rooms to the halls to the public spaces were redone in detail. Though some areas of Tampa are not the best, we think that with as many corporate business surrounding our hotel (as well as Busch Gardens and Adventure Island being less than a mile away) the neighborhood keeps a decent standard, which is fortunate. We hope you took advantage of our free shuttle service to Busch Gardens and USF campas while here, and certainly hope you think of us again when you are back in Tampa. Don't forget to call us direct to get the best rates and reservation flexibility!
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Wilmington, DE
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6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

We have stayed at this hotel approximately three times per year for the last three years. It is consistently outstanding.... and, it pricing is very reasonable! A Queen Double is only $69 booked through Wyndham; 5% less if booked through AARP and Expedia!

This include free wifi and wired Internet access, a nicely outfitted fitness center, and free breakfast every morning with a diverse selection of breakfast foods and beverages to eat. Additionally, it is very clean, attentive, and has a friendly and helpful staff.

If you have any reason to stay in northern Tampa, we know of no better place to stay. That would include if we were visiting Busch Gardens which is only about a mile and a half away.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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tampa094, Guest Relations Manager at Wingate by Wyndham Tampa / USF, responded to this review, August 16, 2011
We are glad your stay at our hotel has met your expectations each time you've stayed with us!
I'm not familiar with the rate you mentioned on the double Queens-perhaps there was a special running the day you booked with us. But regardless, our 40-item hot buffet breakfast, free Wi-Fi, jacuzzi, fitness center and business center all remain the same, as well as our free shuttle service to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. We look forward to seeing you next time you are in Tampa.
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Miami
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011 via mobile

On phone I am told I can cancel third night up to 4pm of the day. When I check in and double check I am told my rate is based on 3 nights and if I don't stay 3 nights my rate almost doubles. Next I get my family in the room and the bathroom smells dirty and looks grim. I go get water for my 4 year old and learn there is not ONE single bottle in the "hotel" except grape flavored Aquafina. Oh I almost forgot...no working ice machine and no stocked vending machine exceptthe one in the lobby with the flavored water. Kids don't want flavored water at midnight I now know. I am sitting in bed plotting our escape tomorrow a.m.

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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tampa094, Guest Relations Manager at Wingate by Wyndham Tampa / USF, responded to this review, August 9, 2011
We deeply regret that your stay was unsatisfactory. As you can see by the other reviews posted, this is not the norm at our Hotel. It was most unfortunate that you came to us during a time when there was a change in vendors causing delays; we provided sodas and bottled water at the desk until the orders came through, but I understand your frustration. We also want you to know that if you ever have issues with your room during your stay with us, there are staff available 24 hours and we would love for you to let us know so we can do our best to rectify the matter. Again, our sincere apologies for the issues you experienced during your stay with us. We hope you can give us another chance to show you why we rank #4 in Tampa hotels.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

Took my children to busch gardens and after reading several trip advoisor reviews decided that the Wingate was the best to suit our needs. I can honestly say that it lived up to our expectations. Service was great, the front desk was so helpful. They gave me great info on restaurants nearby... The girls enjoyed the pool and the breakfast was good. The fact that it is so close to busch gardens was also a plus.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2011

Front desk was incredibly friendly and helpful--after we had checked out, they provided towels when we got caught in a downpour on the way in to catch the airport shuttle. Room was clean, though air conditioner was loud (even on low) and beds were a little soft for my taste. We mostly kept the a/c off, which the housekeepers left off, which was appreciated--but they kept changing our towels even though we hung them up to indicate that we didn't want them changed (in accordance with the many placards urging us to save water). Breakfast was good for a free breakfast--included fresh fruit, waffles, biscuits and gravy, breakfast meats. Free shuttle also very convenient for travel in the area (Busch Gardens, USF).

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2011 via mobile

We would stay again clean...breakfast could be a little better..but overall nice place...great for Busch Gardens...

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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tampa094, Guest Relations Manager at Wingate by Wyndham Tampa / USF, responded to this review, July 9, 2011
I appreciate your post about the Wingate By Wyndham at Busch Gardens/USF. I hope while you stayed with us you had a chance to use our free shuttle service to go to the amusement park and save yourself some of the Busch gardens parking fees! We try our best to provide a wide array of items in our hot buffet breakfast and always have some fresh fruit available to enjoy on the waffles. We would love to have you come visit us again when you are in Tampa, and don't forget to call us direct to get the best rates available at the hotel!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011 via mobile

We are having a good experience. The breakfast is good, the pool is not too cold and jacuzzi is warm, the rooms are clean, and we are very close to Busch Gardens!

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#14 Family Hotel in Tampa
#18 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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