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“Rough neigborhood” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens
Ranked #42 of 161 Hotels in Tampa
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Rough neigborhood”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2011

The hotel wasn't bad-- the neighborhod was rough. The "freebies" that attracted us, weren't that valuable. The transportation to Busch Gardens (which was just down the road) was intermitted at best and the free breakfast was PACKED with minimal sitting. The rooms were nice and so was the staff.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this review, September 13, 2011
Hello! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to make comments about your stay with us. We truly appreciate the effort of our guests to let us know how we are doing. I especially appreciate the honest and constructive comments of our guests since I just started leading the effort here at the hotel to increase customer service and satisfaction. The only way I know were we need to improve is by guests such as yourself letting me know.

Both your comments regarding the shuttle service and the breakfast area are immediate concerns that are currently being addressed on property. You are right that a freebie should add value, and not just be free. We have altered our shuttle service to better accommodate our guests schedule, and are looking to add a team member specifically for improving service in this area. Additionally, we recently installed breakfast service in our meeting room to use to increase the service to our guests on days when we have many families here.

We look forward to you giving us a chance again in the future so you can see all the exciting changes we are making based on guest feedback such as yours!

Sincerely - Ryan
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2011

Furnitue and carpet are filthy. You know when you walk into a room and it has that sweet smell of air freshner that it is covering up a deep odor.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2011

My familiy and I stayed here for 3 nights, the accommodations, service, attention, were excellent...........the best!!. I highly recommend this hotel, everybody working there were extremely kind. Our stay was very pleasant. Thanks to everybody.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cristina P
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this review, September 8, 2011
Wow. Thank you so much for you kind words. The Team and I here have been working extra hard for the past few weeks. Improving service skills and getting feedback from our guests is a very high priority for us all right now. We truly appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedule to let us know we did something right! Thank you, and we look forward to having you be our guest again soon!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2011

The hotel had very large rooms, making it very suitable for families. I wasn't pleased with the level of cleanliness, especially after finding a section from someone's hair weave in one of our rooms. The restaurant has very limited hours. Their service is excellent, especially considering they are woefully understaffed. Was disappointed in the wait time for the shuttle service. Once, we had to call multiple times to get shuttle service; we were forgotten about. They need additional shuttles. Once again, this hotel is woefully understaffed. On our next trip, we will NOT stay here.

Room Tip: Book a package from the Busch Gardens website
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank lilmrsdash
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this review, August 13, 2011
Hello. Thank you for your constructive comments regarding our hotel. Today is my third day here, and I truly appreciate the comments and feedback our guests are giving me. While it is true we are a very busy property, and I can see the roller coasters at Busch Gardens from my office window, I take it very personally when we miss meeting the expectations our guests set for us. Please be assured, I take all of your comments to heart, and make a commitment to you, we will make it better. If you find yourself in the area again, please contact me personally so I can arrange your reservations.
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Monterey, Va
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2011

Great location for Busch Gardens and Hard Rock Casino.....which we enjoyed greatly! Otherwise, sort of a pain to get to other locations without somewhat of a hassle, do to distances to and from other attractions.

Room Tip: Robert, at front desk, is a really great front desk person.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Titusville, Florida
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

Our family - myself, wife, and five year old - stayed at this hotel for three days in late July while visiting Busch Gardens, Adventure Island water park and MOSI museum. The hotel is located very close to all of these; we could clearly see riders on the Busch Gardens rollercoasters from our room. This is a newer hotel than most in this area and has nice amenities- interior hallway entry into room, granite counters, microwave/minifridge in room, LCD TV, free wireless internet. The room price reflected the above - somewhat higher than others nearby but not exorbitant. Good variety of nearby restaurants. Very little road noise though the hotel is close to Busch Blvd, and very little noticeable noise from inside the hotel either - rooms seem well insulated.

Staff was friendly and helpful though they seemed a little overwhelmed given the heavy use the hotel gets from families with teenagers and children - front desk didn't always have someone there and the elevator floors got pretty scuzzy at times. It was also hard, virtually impossible at peak times, to find baggage carts to haul stuff to/from car. We finally just hauled it up ourselves in a few trips. The free breakfast was also nice though far from extravagant. Breakfast food is pretty limited and the staff struggled to keep up with the heavy demand - there was often a wait for some items if not the tables/chairs themselves. The only issue I had with our room was a rattle in the A/C which was annoying. I could have called it in but just stuffed some thick paper between the grill and main unit that helped reduce the rattle.

All in all we enjoyed our stay and would return here in the future. Some problems but relatively minor and mostly related to the high use this hotel gets. At least we didn't have to wait 30+ minutes in a line as we got used to doing at the parks!

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank R0bot
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JanetnTampa, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this review, August 3, 2011
Thank you for your feedback as we have taken steps to improve the areas mentioned. We have added another team member in the breakfast area to ensure the food is replenished as needed and also added to the team at the front desk to ensure there is always someone there to take care of our guests. Also, thank you for your positive comments and we look forward to seeing you in the future.
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Naples, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2011

We were going to Busch Gardens for a couple of days and wanted to be "onsite" with easy access to the entrance to avoid early morning traffic in the Tampa area. This hotel was perfect. A typical Holiday Inn Express, with great beds and a friendly staff, the only complaint would be about the breakfast....normally very good at most locations this was a bit subpar, the staff was slow to replenish empty containers and at times people were waiting for milk, bread for toast and warm eggs....

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Bluegoose29
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JanetnTampa, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this review, August 3, 2011
Thank you so much for your feedback on our property as it is feedback that helps us improve. We have taken steps to improve the breakfast experience by adding more staff and ensuring items are available as needed by you, our guest. We hope you will visit us again to give us a chance to show you that we are working daily to care for our guests.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens
Address: 2807 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612-8729
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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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#38 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens 2.5*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Brand New Holiday Inn Express & Suites is adjacent to Busch Gardens / Adventure Island and is the closest hotel to the University of South Florida and University Community Health Hospital. Enjoy a comfortable stay at the new Holiday Inn in Tampa, a preferred hotel of Busch Gardens, located within walking distance of the hotel. Your family will love staying at our Florida Green Lodging designated hotel in Tampa. We're located just off I-275, directly across the street from Busch Gardens and just a mile away from USF and University Community Health Hospital. Located in the heart of Tampa, we are in close proximity to several other local attractions, including Lowry Park Zoo, Port of Tampa, Florida Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Business travelers will appreciate the amenities and services provided at our hotel too! Our Green Lodging hotel is in close proximity to many area businesses, such as Syniverse, Verizon Information Technologies, USAA and the Anheuser-Busch and the Yuengling Breweries. In addition, we provide meeting space that can accommodate up to 60 people with free wireless Internet access. While staying at our tropically landscaped Tampa hotel, you can enjoy our premium amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness center, and complimentary, hot breakfast bar. Book your reservations now to take advantage of our great Tampa, FL hotel room deals and rates. ... more   less 
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