Those who stay at Quality Inns on a regular basis know that the quality and service can vary dramatically from one property to the next. This hotel is one of the best Quality Inns that I've ever stayed in, and, as a Choice Privileges top-tier (Diamond) member, I stay in quite a few.
The hotel itself is in excellent condition, nicely upgraded, well furnished, and spotlessly clean. The lobby is large with a spacious, open complimentary breakfast area. Parking is ample.
Check-in was handled efficiently by a pleasant staff member, and this was one of the very few Choice Hotels properties that actually recognizes tier status in their frequent guest program - which, as a frequent guest, I appreciate.
My room was larger than most motel rooms and the best way to describe it is that it was at least as nicely furnished and laid out as a typical room in a Courtyard by Marriott - but not at a Courtyard price. Bathroom was spotless, with the standard amenities. There was ample work space, a flat screen TV, and plenty of in-room coffee. Beds were very comfortable, and the climate control worked flawlessly. No problems with the free wi-fi either.
Check-out was also handled by a very pleasant staff member who wanted to make sure that I had enjoyed my stay.
Overall - what can I say? This hotel is an excellent choice for visitors to east Tampa. It's convenient to major highways (I-4, I-75, Selman Expressway) and the Hard Rock Seminole Casino.
There are only two very minor things to mention...
First, access to the hotel is a bit tricky. While visible from the highway, it's tucked away such that one has to make a few unobvious turns to get to it. There are some signs to help, and my Google Navigator on my smartphone did know how to make the turns, so I didn't have any problem getting to the property. I mention this only to alert other guests that just because they can see the hotel doesn't mean they can easily get to it without following the signs.
Second, upon checkout, I noticed a $1.00 charge on my folio for "Hotel Service Fee." I didn't bother to ask what that was, but I thought it strange that a hotel of this caliber would add such a silly item that serves no obvious purpose. I did notice that my guest room had one of those in-room safes, and I do know, from personal experience, that many Choice Hotels properties have in-room safes for which a charge is assessed for this "convenience." Perhaps the $1.00 fee is their way of replacing the daily safe charge in a way that is less obvious. I don't know. But I can't help but wonder how a hotel that is as nice as this one is and run as well as this one is would resort to adding $1.00 to a guest bill. If they really need that extra buck, they could simply raise their room rates by $1.00 and no one would care. Now, having said all of this, the extra $1.00 didn't bother me too much, because all of the other aspects of my stay were great. But I do mention it, because it was there, and if someone from the hotel's management reads their TripAdvisor reviews, they might ask themselves whether or not keeping such a fee really makes sense.
Bottom line - excellent choice at a reasonable price. A variety of discounts are available at the hotel family website - choicehotels.com, including senior, AAA, and, various associations.
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May 11, 2013
Thank you so much for your descriptive review. It is reviews like this that help us work on our service and also provides future guests with proper informative reviews. As you said in your review I do look at these everyday, and would like to shed some light on the $1.00 fee. The $1.00 fee is collected and paid directly to the Green Room Plant Provider. The program is an eco friendly program that provides Bio Plants to our hotel through out the property and more importantly in each guest room. The plants are unique because they do not need water, they grow with sun light and special food that they are wrapped in. The $1.00 fee goes directly to them for there services. They service each plant and replace any pots or damaged plants. This fee is not mandatory, we have no problem adjusting the fee for any of our guests. I hope I have explained the $1.00 fee in detail. I want to say thank you again for the wonderful review, and on behalf of my GM and the entire staff thank you for staying at the Quality Inn & Suites Tampa Fairgrounds.
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