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“Very good vacation” 3 of 5 stars
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Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2701 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612   |  
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Oak Hill
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24 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Very good vacation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Drove from WV and stayed here. Pool area was beautiful and sunny. The hotel staff was super. Everything that i needed they took care of. I needed a handicapped accessible room and they switched me to one with no problems. The rooms were in need of some renovations but who stays in a room with that wonderful weather. The only complaint i have was breakfast. It was the same thing every morning, one day they ran out of waffles. The woman that was serving was not very nice to speak to. Bridget was great to deal with at the front desk. I would stay there again.

Room Tip: I would ask for a pool side room it is closer to the breakfast area.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy V, Manager at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thank you so much for the kind words. We welcome you back anytime your traveling needs brings you back to our area.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Nova Scotia
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24 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Stayed at the hotel from April 3 to the 6 prior to our cruise. We got our room with a Friends & Family rate which was very affordable and included breakfast. Had I paid rack rate I would of have been very disappointed. It is an older property and the rooms show that. Staff were all very nice, lobby was nice and the pool areas were great.
Rooms are outdated and in need of some major renovations. Apparently the hotel has updated the rooms but they failed to do what I consider to be the most important thing and that is replace the carpet. The carpet was disgusting, with more stains then anything. The lighting in the shower/toilet area is very dim and should be replaced. The vanity area is overly crowded with a large wardrobe and makes half of the vanity useless. We did have a few problems with our stay, upon our arrival our safe would not work so someone came by with new batteries for it, didn't fix it. He then left and said he was going to get a new door for the safe and would be back, 45 minutes passed and he didn't return and we didn't want to wait around any longer so we went out for the day, never did get fixed. A couple of times throughout our stay the cable went out as well as the power for about 3 hours on Saturday morning. Wifi connection is poor and only works if you are in the lobby or just outside. The curtains on the window were moldy. Getting anywhere without a rental car is expensive it was about $40 from the airport and $30 to the port via taxi.
Breakfast was fine for my husband, I'm a little more picky so I just stuck with yogurt and occasionally a pastry. There is no shuttle for Busch Gardens and I don't recommend walking, we walked there but it makes for a really long day at the park. We took a cab back and it cost about $10. There is a public bus stop just by the CVS (the 18, I think) and we took it to the downtown area. It was a long drive about 45 minutes and it went through some rough areas.
On the positive side there were plenty of places to grab a quick bite to eat within easy walking distance there is also a CVS that sells wine & beer in case you need to stock up before getting to the port. Tampa laws do not permit selling of wine or beer prior to 11 am on Sundays.

Room Tip: Pool view rooms will have less traffic noise
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy V, Manager at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thank you for taking time out and completing a online review. We have some great news we are undergoing renovations with complete new room packages and yes this includes carpet. Are shuttle is up and running and taking people where they want to go in a 5 mile radius. Also we will have our onsite lounge and restaurant opening soon. We look forward to seeing you again the next time your traveling needs bring you back to the area.
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munising
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I have tried to contact the hotel multiple times and gotten no response to my issues. I want to make sure noone else deals with this- see pictures- MOLD MOLD MOLD MOLD. I am going to call the health department next as well.

Room Tip: Don't stay here seriously it's disgusting
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy V, Manager at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Great news we are going through renovations at our property and getting complete new room packages We are saddened that you did not enjoy your stay with us and are very sorry. I was shocked by your statement and managment investigated this and did not find any harmful mold.
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Naples, Florida
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

You can always count on being dissatisfied, but making you pay double to boot , Bad neighborhood ,so stay inside your room . They can't fix location but if they charge double they can stay in business. Clarion Tampa on Fowler forget it !!! Now, We stay @ Embassy Suites. They know how to do it right .(Just in front of usf) I will never stay @ choice hotels again unless my lawyer & my bodyguard are present . Just go somewhere better.

Room Tip: Pay cash as they charge double for dirty rooms
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy V, Manager at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
I am truely sorry to hear about this. We just switched out our credit card system their must have been a clitch in the old system. This won't happen again I can assure you on that. We are under renovations and all our rooms are getting complete new room packages. I truely hope you would give us a second chance.
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6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

It's an older facility, but it's being taken care of. Facilities are great -- nice pools, lobby, breakfast center (with good breakfast).

But the noise enters the rooms from the parking lot, from the walkway outside, from the rooms next door.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy V, Manager at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thank you for taking time to complete an online review. It's forums like this one that let us know how we are doing and how to fix it. We are undergoing renovations at our property right now and getting complete new room packages. We Welcome you back anytime. Thanks and have a wonderful day.
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Brunswick, Georgia
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I walked into this hotel after a bad first impression at another hotel I had reserved a couple blocks away. The agents at the desk were very friendly and helped me get the best available rate. Our room was near the pool. The pool was very sizable and was heated. They also had a separate area for kids to play. The room was a great value. Even though it is a relatively old hotel, it has been maintained well. The hot breakfast was good. The location was perfect for a visit to Busch Gardens. All kinds of shopping and dining nearby. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Ask for a ground floor room near the pool, which is heated.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy V, Manager at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thank you so much for the great review. We strive for great customer service here at our hotel. We are currently doing renovations redoing all guest rooms. We welcome you back anytime your in our area. Thanks
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

When you first arrive, the outside and surrounding location don't look promising. The lobby and pool area are nice, however, the room isn't the greatest. The decor is older and my room wasn't very clean. However, the price was ok for Tampa, which tends to be pricey for some reason.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nancy V, Manager at Clarion Hotel & Conference Center, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Thanks you for taking time to complete a online review about our hotel. We are currently under renovations with complete new room packages. We welcome you back anytime your lodgeing needs brings you back to our area.
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Address: 2701 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #96 of 160 Hotels in Tampa
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clarion Hotel & Conference Center 2.5*
Number of rooms: 255
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