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“The hotel is good. The location in terms of downtown Tampa, not so much” 4 of 5 stars
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Hyatt Place Busch Gardens
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   11408 North 30th Street, Tampa, FL 33612   |  
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Ranked #39 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
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“The hotel is good. The location in terms of downtown Tampa, not so much”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I found everything about the hotel, including the breakfast, bar staff, and rooms, to be perfectly fine and in line with a four star rating, so I'm not going to describe that much.

However,

If you were like me and came here as a business traveler that did not have an expense account and, therefore, did not have money to rent a car, you were beholden to the very useful but limited shuttle at the hotel. It can get you anywhere within a 3 mile radius.

Considering that downtown Tampa is a 15-20 minute ride away even without much in the way of traffic... sightseeing in Tampa and staying in this hotel is a bit prohibitive. This hotel is close to the Busch Gardens, obviously, or the University of South Florida, but that isn't why I came here.

There just isn't much around outside of your normal chain restaurants. The ones that were unique and spoke more to the culture of Florida or had something different than regular American food, other than Jerk Hut, were rated pretty mediocre by my colleagues, so I didn't bother.

So my advice if you come here as a business traveler or fly in: rent a car. If you do that, you'll have a fine stay in the area. Parking didn't seem too problematic downtown, even during the RNC, when I was here. Otherwise, you're not going to experience much in the way of Florida culture.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

I stayed at the Hyatt Place/Busch Gardens in Tampa for three nights in October. The lobby itself is quite average....not quite low budget. The room is set up as a mini suite. The beds were super comfy and the TV in the room is enormous. The real downside to this place is the breakfast. They serve the same lame stuff day after day and the "fresh" fruit should've been tossed in the garbage for being over ripe. If you are going to Busch Gardens, this place has a shuttle that can save you $14 in parking.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Durango, Colorado
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

This hotel was a GREAT stay! OK, I didn't pull the A/C units apart to evaluate their internal cleanliness, but my room was VERY nice, clean, spacious, and newly furnished. I use hotel gyms quite a bit, and this gym was better than the average - they had a good assortment of free weight dumbbells to choose from and it was spacious. AMAZING BREAKFAST!!....everything to choose from including custom-made, hot, gourmet offerings every morning - TERRIFIC! The location is great if you want access to USF or Busch Gardens. I was commuting d-town for business, so it was only marginal for me - still not bad, though. Commute time during rush hour was 35-45 minutes.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Antioch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

You can't beat the Hyatt family of lodging. For business travel I prefer the Hyatt Place. Everything you need is on site. They have 24 hour room service. The work station in the room is complete and every location I have visited, they are the same. All you need to do is unpack and you can jump online. There is a 42" TV that can be used as a monitor if you have clients or co-workers. This is so nice rather then crowding around a lap top.
There is a hot breakfast ready for you in the morning for all guests. Every room has the feel of a suite, with the sleeping area seperate from the large lounging area and work station. All room have a fridge as well.
I will continue to use the Hyatt property's when ever I can. It take all the guess work out of "I hope the room is nice". They are the same in California or Florida.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Tampa, Florida
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

My partner and I managed to get this room on a bidding site and it exceeded our expectations. The rooms were lovely, and the bed was beyond comfortable. Staff was very accommodating. If we hadn't had plans to go to Miami, we probably would have stayed there another night or two.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rugby
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Front desk staff were excellent!! There was a lot of work going on when we checked in therefore a lot of drilling noise etc. Our room was extremely noisy. We were given an alternative room straight away with no issues which was much quieter. The room was huge with everything you would need. The bathroom though definately needs an upgrade, very tatty and aged which didnt match with the rest of the room. We were staying as tourists and would only reccomend because of the proximity to Busch Gardens. There is nothing else in the area, very few restaurants within walking distance and if I am honest I wouldnt have wanted to walk around that area after dark, it seemed very dodgy to me!! Having said all that, when I completed their online survey I had an email just a few hours later from the manager apologising for any issues that I had. I was quite impressed with that!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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30 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

Traveling for business at USF, this property was chosen due to location and brand. Upon arrival, that area was a little sketchy, but close to USF. There is a train track that runs right by the hotel, and it made me think twice about checking in, but there was no noise from the train. The hotel is currently under a much needed renovation. Upon checkin, the staff was knowledgeable and very helpful. Once checked in, we were greeted by staff who told us about the hotel and offered us information about the a complimentary water and cookie, which we found very welcoming.

Upon exiting the elevator, it was obvious that the hotel was under renovation, as the noise from tile work was overwhelming. There was also a random room chair in the hallway. The hotel does not have a service elevator, so housekeeping carts and construction workers ride along with guests. Having asked the construction workers what time they worked, they mentioned only between 10 am, and 5 pm, which I found acceptable. HOtels need regular updates and occasional capital renovations, and if you book your room on-line, there is no way you can know if a property is having work done. You must call directly and ask the front desk. Generally hotels work on one floor at a time and pull that floor off the market, unless sold out.

Upon seeing the room, it just looked tired. The mattress had dents, carpet and cloth furniture, showed wear. The overall look of the room is pleasant, but in need of updating. Upon closer inspection, I found that the air conditioner was full of something, the tub had some small plastic round thing in it. I have to believe that this room was not inspected by housekeeping.

I immediately went to the front desk, and spoke with management. They were very friendly and I was able to move to a different room. The 2nd room was much improved and no complaints. This is what I had expected when I first came in. I met the General Manager and the Front Office Manager who were both very apologetic. The GM was new to the hotel and working to make the improvements needed for the property. I believe this property with such a great staff will be up and running in a in a stellar way in a few months when they are finished with a few more of the renovated rooms. Call first and make sure you have an updated room.

The only ice machine is on the third floor near the higher numbers, such as 325, so keep away from that end of the building if on the third floor.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 11408 North 30th Street, 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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#27 Family Hotel in Tampa
#31 Business Hotel in Tampa
#44 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hyatt Place Busch Gardens 3*
Number of rooms: 126
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hyatt Place Tampa/Busch Gardens, a preferred hotel of Busch Gardens, features 126 newly converted rooms. Each spacious guest room features a high-definition 42in. flat panel television that easily integrates with laptops and other electronic devices, refrigerator, coffee maker, plush Hyatt Grand Bed and a comfortable Cozy Corner with sleeper sofa. The Hyatt Place Gallery offers an innovative approach to select service dining. Complimentary continental breakfast buffet is inclusive every morning and features complimentary Starbucks coffee. ... more   less 
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