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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We just returned from a 5 day stay at this hotel and give it the very highest rating! One member of our party uses a wheelchair and, when our travel agent booked the room, they asked for a handicapped accessible room. When we arrived at the hotel, we received a room that was organized for the hearing impaired, not someone in a wheelchair and, it just wouldn't work. When we told the front desk, they were very understanding and moved us into a wheel chair accessible room as soon as one was available the next morning. The rooms were clean and bright, the beds were comfortable and we enjoyed the shuttle and breakfast. I highly recommend this hotel. Everyone on staff was smiling and very helpful. Many thanks!

Room Tip: Ask for a room that faces Busch Gardens so you can see the fireworks in the summer. Rooms near the end of the first floor hall hear the exit door open and close.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Caroline K
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013

Hello and thank you for your review of our hotel. I am always thrilled to hear that our staff was able to take care of the needs of our guests. If you are ever back in the Tampa are, please come and see us again.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

This place is literally right across the street from Busch Gardens and just down the road from Adventure Island. If you're here for that, this is the best hotel for you

Check-in was cold from the front desk staff and she seemed to rush me through, I was thinking 'this is Priority Club, huh?'. I had to come back and ask how to get to my room, she rushed through some bizarre explanation that had me parking at the back of the hotel walking back up to the front for the only elevators then to the back of the hotel. Also, the shoe of choice is flip flop, which I suppose is what you wear when in Tampa but not what I'd expect from the Front desk staff... anyways....

I don't know the beds they called Queen are what I call Queen, felt more Full-size. The AC in the room would 'get stuck' even though there was a thermostat to regulate it. When we got there it was 68 and freezing, we put it and 75 and went for ice cream. Came back and it was easily 85. Long story short: we were up and down all night trying to find a comfortable spot.

Breakfast was more than I was expecting. Definitely not continental. They had something for everyone and a lot of it. Breakfast staff was pretty attentive. Coffee was only slightly bitter.

Room Tip: close to the elevator and park up front if you can.
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Patrick G
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 19, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of our hotel. I am sorry that we failed to meet the standard that we have set for ourselves. A front desk agent should be warm and welcoming. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast. Our breakfast staff works very hard to provide our guests a good start to the day. If you are ever back in Tampa, please come and see us. I would love for our staff to be able to show you the improvements we will make from your review.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Always there to help! Shuttle service was great as we had grand kids and hubby has back problems so if needed I just picked up the phone & the shuttle came and picked him up and we stayed at busch Gardens or Adventure Island very easy no worries no parking fees went from one park to the other. Great morning meal all included. Ryan the Manager was wonderful as was the whole team at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa! They run a tight ship but everyone seems to love their job, everyone greets you, asks if you need anything they always have a smile, the rooms are immaculate, and the prices are reasonable, I have been to many hotels, condos, etc. This place has them all beat! and I have to give a special shout out to Valerie and Ashley who I asked many question and favors and they ans. them all. and always with a smile and always getting it done. Thanks again Guys.

  • Stayed: July 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 July 15, 2013

Oh My! Thank you so much for your review of your recent stay with us! Valerie and Ashley will be so happy to see their names on Trip Advisor. We all get very excited when guests remember our names. Thank you again for taking time out of your day to comment about us. We hope you get a chance to come back and see us again real soon!

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Reviewed July 10, 2013

We booked a vacation package that included 3 nights hotel and Busch Gardens tickets for a very reasonable price. Our standard room was very nice, with two queen beds, lots of pillows, and a BIG bathroom. The staff was outgoing, friendly and very helpful. The free shuttle service to Busch Gardens was convenient and driver Rolando was great. The free breakfast provided was really good, with lots of choices. The hotel is walking distance to a few restaurants, with Olive Garden next door and Red Lobster very close, as well as fast food, like Popeye's chicken, Taco Bell, and such. We loved this Holiday Inn Express and even stayed an extra night. Definitely will stay there again !!

Room Tip: I preferred our ground floor room for easy access to the car, to the pool, and outside for smoking..
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2013

Hello and thank you for your comments on your recent stay with us! Rolando has done it again, and gotten another mention here on Trip Advisor. It is a competition between him and Sam on who gets mentioned the most on here (although I am giving them a run for their money this month!)

We are so happy all our hard work paid off when you were here. We love getting visitors from all over, and making sure they leave with smiles on their faces. Most of the time we do a great job, and other times we learn so we can get better. I am thrilled that this time all our learning has done the job! Come again and see us again soon!

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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Our stay relates to treatment being received from H. Lee Moffett Cancer Institute. Front Desk with Tari and Valerie you will receive no less than perfection. Same goes with the Breakfast staff, Mary, Rebecca and Carmen; great food accompanied by geat smiles and cooked with love and perfection. And this is what makes a great Holidlay Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens "the best".

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Lynda W
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2013

Hello! I am so happy you were able to post a review of your recent stay with us. On top of all that you remembered all my team members that made your stay so memorable! They will love seeing their names posted here on Trip Advisor. We make a very big deal of it here during team meetings.

Thank you again!

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