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“OK for the price but lacks facilities” 3 of 5 stars
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Tampa Brandon
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   10150 Palm River Road, Tampa, FL 33619   |  
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Ranked #81 of 159 hotels in Tampa
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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“OK for the price but lacks facilities”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

I know you get what you pay for ($99/night end May 2011) but the lack of facilities made this booking a mistake. There's nowhere to eat anywhere close by. Front desk staff were very pleasant and helpful. On my final day, I had ben shopping and went back to the hotel to get changed prior to flying back to the UK, only to find the water had been switched off, thus making having a shower something of a challenge!! A good budget hotel but nothing to write home about....

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2011

My child and I shared a double bed room for a recent team sporting event. The staff was friendly and helpful. The lobby was clean. The rooms were clean, although our's smelled very slightly musty - but seemed to vanish when I turned the air conditioning up. The beds were comfortable. The breakfast was okay to good; however, the room for the breakfast was small for the number of guests staying there. The breakfast staff were quick to clean tables to make rooms for additional guests. It's in a great location, right near major highways. The staff was friendly and tolerant towards the many children who seemed to be staying there for a variety of team sporting competitions. I would definitely stay again. Overall, it was safe, clean and comfortable.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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savannah
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2010

My fiance and I ended up staying at this hotel after a bad experience at another hotel the previous night. The staff at the front desk was very friendly and upgraded us to a king suite. The room was spacious and the bed was very comfortable. The only problems were that the room did have a mustly smell and the air did not seem to be working very well in our room. Other than that we had no complaints. The staff at the front arranged transportation for us to and from the concert we went to. The rates were very reasonable. Overall was a good experience.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Arizona
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7 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

This hotel smells badly. The rooms are small and dark, as well as the hallways. The hide-away beds mattress was extremely poor with the springs barely covered. The main beds were comfortable and the breakfast offered was satisfactory although I've had better at other hotels. Staff was very friendly.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Florence, KY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2009

Front desk people were very friendly. Was not happy with having to go to the main lobby to get ice and soft drink. Feel that that there should be ice & vending on all floors. Very annoyed about having to go down 2 floors to get a softdrink and ice.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Houston, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2009

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Platinum with Marriott, Holiday Inn. Diamond with Hilton. Gold with Starwood. Average 150 nights a year. Worst year: 332 nights.

This is a Fairfield Inn - which is the Marriott Company's Budget non-suite brand. The franchisee owns several other properties immediately adjacent to this one. Their properties are generally well maintained, and I have stayed at all of them. If you are expecting a JW Marriott or Ritz Carlton for $99/night, you're going to be disappointed. If you want a clean hotel for a fair price, you'll be content.

Upon arrival, my room's air conditioning unit did not operate. I called the front desk, and the young man immediately came up, fiddled with the controls and said "it doesn't work, but I brought a key for another one just in case." He then escorted me to the new room, ensured that the air worked, and then left.

The 'suite' room appears to be the slightly larger (4 ft deeper perhaps?) than the regular room. It is separated by a semi-wall in the middle with a sofa bed, desk, tv, and stereo on the bathroom side, and a bed, closet, TV armoire on the window side. The furnishings are somewhat dated, though functional. The bed is comfortable, as are the pillows. The hotel was pretty clean - which is impressive for a budget hotel that is not new. The bathroom is functional, but clean (even the shower curtain) with good water pressure. My only complaint is the bath towels closely resemble white 60 grit sandpaper. Even budget travelers deserve soft towels. The fitness center was sub-standard. It has a good treadmill, an awkward elliptical, and a recumbent bike whose seat makes a noise with every revolution. All equipment was by Precor. The free continental breakfast is what you would expect. I chose to walk across the parking lot to the Courtyard to order from the menu. I also usually walk to the Embassy Suites for dinner or a drink when I return late. There is a fire station adjacent to the hotel, and the occasional siren is audible. Wireless internet access is reasonable. The iron contained calcified stains on the steam outlets and the steam control lever was broken off. The ironing board had no padding, and I had a grid like pattern on my clothes (the pattern quickly dissipated). (TIP: always run the iron over a towel before your clothes and use the clean button if available to remove the mineral deposits on teh towels instead of your clothing!)

Air Filter factor: 7/10 (overall clean, maybe 3 weeks of dirt)
Internet Speed: 7/10 (download 3.45MBps, upload 1.86 MBps)
Location: 7/10 (convenient to my office, not close to beach, downtown, Busch Gardens, Ybor, etc. unless you are on a budget and can't find anything closer and cheaper)
Friendliness of Staff: 7/10 ("hello" "goodbye" "thank you")
Restaurant: 7/10 (familiar breakfast buffet)
Checkin/Checkout: 10/10 (tough to screw this up)
Parking: 8/10 (lot is shared with Courtyard. Property has 2 Platinum spaces near entrance)
Bedding: 7/10
Furnishings: 7/10 (functional, dated)
Fitness Ctr: 5/10

Good value. You get what you pay for. Keep that in mind, and you shouldn't be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Florida
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8 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

We spent one night here and the bed was really comfortable, any hotel by marriott i've noticed always have great beds. The room was clean and the free breakfast was good. Unfortunately during check in i asked the girl if by any chance there might be a room available on a higher floor other than the first and she was severely unprofessional and had no customer service manners about it. She rudely said No, and i just left it at that. When she handed us the room key i said thank you and she didn't bother to respond. This was a major turn off, they state that there are safes available in the room, there was no safe in ours. Otherwise we had a good nights sleep. Oh ... and these hotel guests were either intoxicated while parking there cars or shouldn't have a license most were taking 2 or 3 parking spaces at a time, parking is very limited since Fairfield shares parking with Courtyard which is right next door, so we drove around for a while trying to find one and ended up parking our car behind the Courtyard building.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10150 Palm River Road, Tampa, FL 33619
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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 Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Green Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fairfield Inn & Suites Tampa Brandon 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fairfield Inn & Suites Tampa Brandon has an ideal location among hotels in Brandon, just minutes from Downtown Tampa, Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, and St. Petersburg beaches. Guests will be welcomed to the newly-renovated lobby highlighted by modern decor and comfortable lounge seating. The spacious guest rooms and suites feature plush mattresses, TVs with premium cable, and free WiFi. Start your day off right with the complimentary breakfast buffet offering a delicious selection of fruits, cereals, and Belgian waffles. Maintain your active lifestyle in the fitness center, or take a relaxing swim in the heated outdoor pool as you soak in the Florida sun. The Fairfield Inn & Suites Tampa Brandon offers a prime location, just off I-75, and renovated amenities that make it one of the best hotels in Brandon, FL. ... more   less 
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