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La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   3701 East Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612   |  
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Ranked #25 of 159 Hotels in Tampa
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“Great choice we made!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

Clean room, great service. Our fridge and blow dryer weren't working we notified the front desk and the came and changed our fridge and our blow dryer right away. Extremely happy. Thd pool was clean and the temp was like bath water. I recommend this hotel to anyone :) Thank youn La Quinta for such a wonderful service you gave us.

Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

First, the room was dirty , humidly smelly , no water in the bathroom faucet , the room only have Full beds " no Queen beds" and the A/C never goes down of 71 degree.
Was the horrible night of my life, and never pay attention to you. I reported all this and never receive any sorry about it.
I don't recommend this hotel .

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Needing my husband to stay close to where he was receiving cancer treatments I found this hotel to work out for him. The staff was kind. The breakfast were excellent making it easy to eat during a time when it is hard to eat. There was almost no noise so he could relax and rest until his next treatment. The discount the hotel offered for patients of Moffitt made this hotel an easy selection. He stayed in a double room with refrigeration and microwave. He also had his service dog with him. He was in room 305.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled solo
    • 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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Reno, Nevada
2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Lovely from outside but not up to par with other La Quintas I've stayed at. Breakfast: bagels, breads stale. Boiled eggs are old and only hot item is the waffle. Wi-Fi is spotty. Unable to get work done because signal would come and go. When I asked hotel for assistance they had no idea what the problem was nor did they even address or fix it. I would have been better off at the Embassy Suites across the street or the Hyatt/Hilton around the corner.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Orlando, Florida, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

I have some mixed feelings about our stay, because overall the room was clean and well appointed for a mid priced hotel. The free breakfast was on the more minimalist side of free breakfasts, but it served its purpose. Check in was pretty painless.

But there were two notable irritants ...

One was a frustration I have often had at these kinds of hotels where you check in around dinner time, or later, and then discover something wrong with the room. In this case it was the bathroom sink that was draining at a snail's pace. I told the front desk about it and they said the engineers were gone for the day so she could send them up tomorrow. By tomorrow we'd be checked out so that wasn't really much of a solution. That was irritation number one.

Irritation number two was a sound coming through one wall of the room. This sound at first sounded like what could best be described as a demonic alarm clock - you know the kind with that pulsing, shrieking buzz designed to rattle your ears into awakedness, and the kind that makes your arm swing for the snooze button like Muhammad Ali for Joe Frazier in the 'Thrilla in Manila'.

We called down to the front desk assuming the room next door had left their alarm clock running. Brandy was very nice and responsive and said she'd check it out. About 15 minutes later it was still going so we called down again. Brandy said she had come up and couldn't hear anything. So I asked if she could come up to our room and have a listen for herself. She did.

When she got there she agreed it was a horribly irritating sound and admitted she'd not be able to sleep if that sound persisted through the night. but she explained there was no room next to us (turns out it was the vending machine room) and she suggested it was the vending machine making the noise. Upon further inspection it was not the vending machine, but a room next to the vending machine which housed what she called the 'broiler'. I suspect it was actually a boiler, or boiler pump, because that helped me dial in on the sound, and it was like that of an electric motor bearing going bad, with that high speed grinding sound pulsing over and over again.

Brandy offered for us to change rooms, and you know how frustrating that can be once you have unpacked and spread yourself out in a room, but I agreed to go check out the new room just in case I'd be changing out one bad room for another. It was fine, though it had an aroma of someone who had either done a lot of smoking in it at some time a while ago, or someone had done a little smoking more recently. We decided not to change rooms and hoped to weather the demonic alarm clock sound next door, but Brandy had done what she could to assuage our frustrations and credited half of our room rate for the night.

Fortunately we were all tired enough that we were able to get to sleep through the racket next door, though I do think it affected us some. So beware the 'demons' of room #204, but otherwise we'd probably stay there again.

Room Tip: Avoid #204, or perhaps any of those next to the vending machine room.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This hotel is awesome. Rooms are clean and neat. Beds are comfortable. TV and WiFi are good. Staff is polite and helpful. Very reasonable price. There are many restaurants near by and it is near Busch Gardens. Breakfast is good.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Address: 3701 East Fowler Ave., Tampa, FL 33612
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Family Hotel in Tampa
#37 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#38 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens) 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NEW! Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics.The beautiful La Quinta Inn & Suites U.S.F. is newly renovated and located behind Busch Gardens, adjacent to the University of South Florida (host hotel for most USF Sundome functions). There is always plenty to do here: Hard Rock Nightclub at Seminole Casino, Nightlife in Ybor City, Museum of Science and Industry, Florida Aquarium, Adventure Island, Lowry Park Zoo, Florida State Fairgrounds. Don't forget professional sporting events (baseball, football, and hockey). Walk to a variety of great restaurants, or hit the malls (International, University, West Shore). Guests at the La Quinta Inn & Suites U.S.F. are treated with a Free Bright Side BreakfastTM each morning. Enjoy the heated pool and Jacuzzi and 24-hour fitness center. Rooms are spacious and come with free high-speed Internet access and more. We are in north Tampa between I-75 and I-275, just minutes from the area's renowned Hospitals (Veterans, Cancer Center, Shriner's). ... more   less 
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