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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 #48 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bartow, Florida
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77 reviews 77 reviews
38 hotel reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“Convenient, comfortable, clean - excellent 3 star property!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We stayed at this Hyatt Place with our 24 Polk State College students and 3 other chaperones and a bus driver while attending a music symposium at the Univ. of South Fla. We were very pleased with our room (immediately next to elevator yet quiet, 4th floor) which was a king room. Upon arrival in the room, it was slightly musty (not as fresh(cleaning product) smelling as many in which we've stayed), but all appeared quite clean and once the a/c was turned down a bit, it smelled better throughout the stay. (We also noticed dehumidifiers in the hallways and some of the students commented on musty smelling rooms.)
Thought about rating 4/5 due to musty areas, but so much else made up for it I decided to keep at 5 stars. I attribute the musty smell more to facilities issues than actual housekeeping. Our room was very clean, well appointed, and very comfortable. The refrigerator had no freezer, however, my 'freezer packs' (for keeping insulin cold as we travel) stayed frozen in the mini-fridge for 2 days when we turned it on coldest setting. The shower was great! No tub (step-in shower w/ nice glass doors!), grab bar, non-slip mat provided, and ample space. The shower head had good pressure, no soft water (thank goodness!), and the shampoo was good. (see pictures)
The bed (king) was pillow-top comfortable with plenty of pillows, soft clean sheets, warm, soft thick covers. Slept great!
The room was spacious for husband and me and in addition to the bed and shower/toilet areas included a queen sofa bed, desk w/ chair, wet bar area, 42" lcd tv, and nice size vanity area which opened to the bed area. The small closet also contained a safe, iron & ironing board and enough room for plenty of hangup clothing. The door to the closet was mirrored - so no shortage of mirrors.
The students were staying 4 to a room and with the way the rooms were laid out - were more comforable with the king bed & queen sofa bed set-up than if they'd been in the 2 double bed rooms which were unavailable. With the vanity and wet-bar areas - there was plenty of prep space for all the students to work on their appearance at one time.
This facility is one of the best in which we've stayed when traveling with school groups. It was convenient to USF and provided breakfast as part of the room cost. This is a great help to our students who are usually short on funds and big on appetites. The breakfasts consisted of 2-3 hot dishes (2 egg offerings and waffles) along with 2-3 fruits, milk, juices, coffee, little donuts, bagels, variety of toasting breads, yogurt, cereal, hot oatmeal and all the fixins for those items you would want. The staff did a great job keeping up with the breakfast rush of students who were preparing for long days of rehearsals.
The staff was friendly and helpful - even the young man sweeping the hallway offered to help with my luggage as I was leaving - very kind! We checked in at 4:30 and they had all the room keys ready and packaged for each room of students & chaperones (we had 10 rooms, I believe).
Basically the same room layout & amenities as the Lake Mary (FL) Hyatt Place we stayed back in August - except that the shower door at the Tampa location was full closure instead of partial closing. Tampa had the better shower enclosure!
Although we felt quite safe inside the hotel - we cautioned the students about going out alone at any time - esp. at night. The area surrounding the hotel is primarily business and other hotels which makes the area around the hotel a target for 'transient' crime. Just be smart about not going out alone and pay attention to surroundings.
Note if viewing our uploaded pictures...these pics were taken upon our departure - the room had not yet been serviced. It was actually very nice upon arrival.
We plan on returning to this hotel next year for the same event!

Room Tip: 414 was next to elevator (as was room 416 and 415 was across from elevator). We only had noise issu...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Albany, New York
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

There are closer hotels to Busch Gardens but this is the nicest we've stayed in and you need to take the shuttle with any of them. The included breakfast is actually good (how rare.) The rooms are nice but the couch in our room was a bit worn. Free internet, freindly staff, pool is ok. If you travel with kids there is some seperation from the king bed and the pull out sofa.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Went to Bulls game for frat reunion. Close and nice place. Hyatt Place is becoming a preferred place for us in out of the way places in big cities. Very quiet. Nice room with big shower instead of useless tub. Breakfast was nice with "egg mcmuffin" and scrambled eggs. Nice reception at check in. Would return.

Room Tip: We were in 401...end of the hall...very quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We were very pleasantly surprised when we arrived at the hotel at 9:00am and our room was ready. The front desk staff was very friendly, helpful and efficient and our trip was off to a wonderful start. The second morning one of the staff sought us out in the breakfast area and produced my granddaughter's pacifier and animal holder that, apparently, she had left in the breakfast area the morning before. We did not even realize that she had lost it and thought it was very nice of him to save it and recognize the toddler who had lost it.
The room was clean, well-equiped and spaceous and the beds, with the exception of the sofa sleeper, were quite comfortable. The only complaint that we had with the room was that the upholstered furniture was not as clean as it could have been.
The day we left, the hotel had a power failure. Within a minute they had switched to the emergency generator and were running on half power. We were on the fifth floor and had to carry our luggage down, which was no problem for us, but could have been an issues to some people. The staff made no attempt to notify us of the reason for the power failure or to offer assistance with bringing luggage down. I was a bit disappointed about the seeming lack of concern to keep guests informed during an "emergency."
Otherwise, our stay was very pleasant and the staff did a nice job of making us comfortable. I would stay in this hotel if I visit Busch Gardens again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Myers, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

The room was huge! There was 2 double beds and a seperate living room area with a big sectional sofa and there was still plenty of room. There was also a small refrigerator and kitchen area. Very clean and the staff was very helpful. The breakfast food was great and better then most other hotels where I have stayed. The breakfast area was crowded but I think that is very common at the height of the breakfast time.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 408 and I would recommend it if you're looking for space.
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  • Stayed December 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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Freeport, Grand Bahama Island
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Staying in one of the Hyatt Hotels is always a pleasure. The friendliness of the staff, clean and spacious rooms, the breakfast buffet... you name it, it's great!!

The Hotel is close to Bush Gardens and they have a complimentary shuttle bus.

  • Stayed December 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

Our room had a very comfortable mattress and fresh linen. The king size bed and pullout sofa nicely served our needs. Front office staff was professional and organized. The small breakfast area was crowded in the morning which slowed us down, but since the hotel is located so close to campus all went well.

  • Stayed April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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:
#30 Family Hotel in Tampa
#51 Business 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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