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“A Great Clean, Safe Hotel with Bananas to share” 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 #16 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
St. Albert, Canada
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“A Great Clean, Safe Hotel with Bananas to share”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. Excellent location to Bush Gardens which was our main reason in visiting Tampa, before heading up to Disney World. It was clean and quite, as our room faced the parking lot on the back of the hotel. Check in and out was very easy. We asked and immediatley received a crib for our two year old. Breakfast worked well as it was good to have lots of selection. Waffles to toast to yogurt to cereal. Coming from Canada the coffee could have been stronger, but it worked. My kids ate, which is sometimes hard when on a trip.

We did use the hot tub, but not the pool as it was quite cool when we came. Great customer service from the front desk staff to the cleaning staff. I don't know why, but when we left housekeeping tips each day the cleaning ladies almost cried, as they do not receive many. Damn our room was detailed every night when we returned from Bush Gardens. Nice!

The cost was wonderful at only $97.00 per night but we did prebooked months ahead of our arrival. On the Friday night I noticed the manager trying a new beer for his managers reception and without me asking he just gave me a bottle to try, on the house! Just great service.

As for the Bananas? My 5 year old NEEDS her banana fix before going to bed. Each night I asked and the front desk staff member would get one from the closed off breakfast area. Again nice.

Would

Room Tip: Ask for back of hotel, if you want quiet. To see the world drive by stay in the front of hotel.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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, February 29, 2012
Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to post your comment. Every response helps us to better our brand, hotel, and employees. It's good to hear that we were able to accomodate you, and that you enjoyed your stay. We are very greatful for our staff and we make sure that every employee here is well-trained to provide the best customer service. We hope you enjoyed the beer and your daughter enjoyed her banana. Thanks again for your comment. See you soon!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012 via mobile

I would highly recommend this hotel to everyone. Staff was very helpful, breakfast was delicious, transport to Busch Gardens was great and everything was complimentary. Had great time.

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tampa094, Guest Relations Manager at Wingate by Wyndham Tampa / USF, responded to this review, February 29, 2012
We would like to thank you for posting your review here on TripAdvisor. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us while celebrating a birthday. We hope to see you again sometime in the future. Again, thank you for your review.
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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2012

This was our first time going to Busch and staying at this Hotel. I would recommend this Hotel to anyone. the Breakfast was Fab along with the rooms that were very Clean. The staff was very friendly and polite and Manny the Manager was incredible in helping making your stay comfortable. He was always going out of his way. Tthe one thing that we enjoyed the most was the free Shuttle Ride back and forth to Busch or to a Restarant . After a tiring day at Busch it was great not to fight the traffic and to just get on and relax. We never had to wait more than 10 Min. for a ride after calling. Again Thank You and God BlessManny and the Staff for and incredible stay at your hotel.

Room Tip: Rooms are all quiet
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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, February 29, 2012
Thank you for your review. This is very helpful for future guests, as well as our team here. We try our best to make sure our guests' time here is enjoyable and comfortable. We are glad you enjoyed using the complimentary shuttle and our free shuttle to and from Busch Gardens. We know after a long day at the park our guests are ready to relax and that's what we are here for. Thanks again for your comment and we hope to see you soon.
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Ocala, Florida, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2012

For four years I have been arranging for a large group to stay at this hotel for a stay of an average of 5 days for an event at Busch Gardens. I have never been so satisfied with not only the hotel itself, but with the staff and the manager as well. We happily call this "our" hotel. Manny, the manager, goes out of his way to make each one of us feel like we are, indeed, special guests. In addition, there are several staff members who remain there year after year and they, too, treat us like we are welcomed friends. Manny has gone out of his way to go the extra length to make sure that we are taken care of and are happy with every aspect of his hotel. When we discuss where our group is going to stay each year, the vote is always "Manny's Place".
I recommend this hotel without hesitation every time anyone asks me about a hotel in Tampa, Florida.

Room Tip: I have not had a toom that was not a good one.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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, February 28, 2012
Thank you for your review and choosing to stay with us again. We always enjoy the company of the Noonatics. It's always a pleasure to serve you all as well as our other guests. We are glad you all had a good time during your visit to Tampa and Busch Gardens. Thanks again for the review and I know we'll see you all again.
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Minocqua, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2012

Excellent hotel. The free breakfast was incredible with waffles topped with strawberries and whipped cream. Also scrambled eggs, sausage, grapefruit juice, orange juice, apple juice and much more. The staff was very courteous and the beds were very comfortable.. I had a family member at Moffitt cancer center and the location is excellent. Overall great hotel.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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, February 28, 2012
We would like to thank you for your comment. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. It's good to know that you were able to have a comfortable stay and enjoy our complimentary breakfast in the morning. We make sure that our staff makes everyone that walks through the door feel welcomed. Thanks again for your comment and we hope to hear from you soon.
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Fortuna, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

Excellent service, very clean, prompt shuttle, quiet, in a not so fabulous neighborhood. Went to Tampa to take some courses @ USF. Changed from a nearby hotel to The Wingate. Great move!! The Manager has very high standards for customer service and cleanliness. Do not stay here if you are in town to party. This is an up-scale environment, for business professionals or quiet couples.

Room Tip: View of the pool is good.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 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, February 28, 2012
Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to post your review. Each review helps us as well as future guests. We are glad that you decided to stay with us, and even more that you enjoyed your stay. We hope that in the near future if you visit Tampa, you chose our hotel for your next stay. Again, thank you for your comment and we hope to see you soon.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2012 via mobile

This hotel is about a mile from the Busch Gardens parking lot and it has shuttle service to there as well. The room we had was new. Beds were very comfortable. The room was spacious and clean. Even though the hotel was sold out, it was quiet. The front desk staff was friendly and helpful. The room came with a hot breakfast buffet, which was of average quality. The price was reasonable and very good value.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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, February 22, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are glad we could accomodate you in one of our new rooms. We hope that your stay with us was comfortable and pleasant. We are glad you were able to enjoy our complimentary shuttle to Busch Gardens, as well as our free breakfast in the morning. Again, thank you for your review. Every comment posted counts towards helping us become better.
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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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