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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens
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Reviewed June 28, 2013

I have to admit I was nervous when we took the exit to come to the hotel. Even during the day the area/neighborhood seems suspect. I was pleasantly surprised to see the hotel lobby was clean along with our room. The thing I liked most about the room was it was spacious and bigger than we expected with a little kitchenette area (in the double room). The beds were comfortable and we had no problems in the room. We really appreciated the shuttle to Busch Gardens because it meant we didn't pay for parking. The shuttle driver was very friendly and made runs pretty much when you needed except between 1-4pm. He gave us his business card and told us to call him when we were ready to go.
Breakfast selections were fine and always kept stocked. If the main area is full there is another area to sit right next door to it. Most people didn't know that so it's just something to keep in mind as both days the breakfast room was packed. Each morning the manager was always in the lobby greeting guests and answering questions or addressing complaints. Our most favorite part about our stay was seeing the fireworks at Busch Garden from our window. Our kids LOVED it and felt like they had their own little private show haha. Get the 4th floor on the back side if you want to see the fireworks:). (you should see Taco Bell when you look out your window)

Stayed: June 2013
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Hello, and thank you so much for taking time out to review your stay with us. We all work really hard around here to make sure everyone has a great stay. I am so happy you gave us a shot. So many people find when they stay with us their original impression of the area is not as bad as originally thought. Many of the restaurants around here have gone through or are in the middle of remodeling. In fact the McDonald's down the street completely tore their building down and built a brand new one! So the area is sprucing up. It will just take some time. Either way, I am glad you stayed with us and had a great time! Come back and see us again real soon!

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Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

Absolutely loved it...great food, service, and next door to Busch gardens was a plus! There is so much to be said about this hotel but I don't feel like typing it lol.

Go to the Busch gardens website and get the package with this hotel and you won't go wrong!

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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 2, 2013

Hello! Thank you so much for your comments! We really appreciate it!

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Stayed at this hotel in 2011 with my husband to go to Busch Gardens and didn't hesitate to book it again for my trip yesterday with my nieces. We returned today and, again, had a wonderful experience with this hotel. Excellent service and extremely friendly staff. Complimentary breakfast with plenty of options for a satisfying meal to start off the day. Complimentary shuttle to Busch Gardens with Rolando and Sam just a phone call away. A very nice, updated, and clean room with fridge, microwave, and a comfortable bed. Overall, every comfort and convenience you would need AND at a great rate!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2013

Thank you for coming back to see us!

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Reviewed June 26, 2013

The Good - the staff, especially Valerie and Ashley were extremely polite and helpful with our needs. The women making breakfast on 6/24 were so kind and helpful to my 6 year old grandson.Breakfast choices were plentiful. Proximity to the park is fantastic.
The Bad - the shuttle does not run between 1 and 4 in the afternoons - I wish that had been posted on the website. Neighborhood leaves much to be desired. Bathroom needs to be repainted. The lumpiest pillows I have ever slept on. Elevators need to be cleaned - both floors and walls.
The Ugly - had reserved adjoining rooms and after our return from the Park - one room had a dirty sock (belonging to no one that was in our party) sitting in the middle of the room and no towels in that bathroom. The other room had no drinking cups or coffee cups and the toilet paper in the bathroom was on the floor with the "spring loader" under the sink against the wall.
The windows were not very clean - very streaky.

Room Tip: Ask for an even numbered room and you can see the Busch Gardens fireworks at night.
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2013

Hello. Thank you for writing a review about our hotel. And thank you for mentioning Ashley and Valerie in your review! They both work very hard to keep our guests happy.

As for the shuttle, we all do our best to get the word out on the websites, and when you check in about the times the shuttle runs. It is the best use of our resources to be able to service our guests during the highest volume of requests to go to and from the park. After about a year of measuring and tracking, we were able to see the least amount of requests for trips back and forth to the park was between the hours of 1-4pm.

I would very much like to speak to you in person regarding your other comments. Please reach out to me at the hotel at your convenience.

Sincerely,

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Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

We had a 2 bedroom with a pull out bed. The size was perfect and a great value for the price. Room was really clean. The shuttle to Busch Gardens was great leaving and all you had to do was call to be picked up. Our driver Rolando was a safe driver and very respectful. The breakfast in the morning was very well organized and the GM Ryan Cornelius was greeting everyone ensuring the stay was on par with expectations. Our expectations were exceeded based on value and customer service. If your looking for a clean affordable hotel for Busch Gardens look no further.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2013

Hello! Thank you so much for your review! My whole team and I take customer service very seriously around here, and that includes me being in the lobby each morning I am here talking to everyone. If you have an issue that needs to be resolved, directions, questions answered, or anything else, that is what we are all here for, and I want to be leading the charge to make sure it gets done for you.

We hope you get a chance to come back and see us real soon! Busch Gardens has a new ride opening next year, and this October they have Howl-O-Scream again!

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