I was immediately impressed at check-in. The front desk staff was very pleasant and accommodating. He was able to place us in a room despite us being an hour early for check-in.
Things went a little downhill from there. First, the Jacuzzi was out of order due to a chemical imbalance. Next, the elevators were out of order because the building had been struck by lightening the previous day. These are both minor issues and I certainly don't expect them to be able to prevent lightening. However, out of order signs remained on the elevators for the duration of our two night stay. It turns out, that one of the two elevators actually was working and only the one with the signs on the doors was out. I didn't know that until I happened to see someone getting off the elevator as I was headed to the lobby to check-out. It would have been nice to have somehow been informed that the elevators were working. A note left on the bed or a message on the phone--something. I don't know if the Jacuzzi was ever returned to working order. If I'd been interested in using it, I suppose I could have found out easily enough. Again, though, some sort of message about it would have been nice.
I am picking nits. I could have asked any of the staff about either of these issues at any time, but chose not to. I'm just saying service could be at taken to a higher level if this hotel wanted to really set itself apart from the competition.
Once we got the room, it seemed a little warm, so we turned down the A/C, I'm usually very comfortable at 76 and the A/C was set around 74. I had to turn it down to 70 to get comfortable. Again, a very minor issue. The A/C was quiet and easily cooled the room once turned down.
The room was spacious and very clean. The beds were comfortable enough. Plenty of electrical outlets. Other than that, the room was pretty standard, mini fridge, microwave, coffee maker, etc..
Noise was nonexistent! I could hear really heavy rain and maybe some traffic, but that was it. I heard zero noise from either the hallway or adjoining rooms.
WiFi is outstanding! Probably the best I've ever experienced in any hotel anywhere.
The complimentary breakfast is standard. No complaints.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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