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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   2807 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612   |  
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Ranked #38 of 161 Hotels in Tampa
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Holiday Express”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Ryan Cornelius is the general manager and is doing a great job with his guests, as well as Rebecca. Very clean, very friendly, great hotel. We been there 18 times and there is no other place to stay. Very close to Bush Gardens 5 minutes walking time.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Happy Day C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

Booked a family room 2 days before we were going to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island water park for a couple of days. Having driven up from Bradenton arrived at 09.15 and went in to see if could leave car there, go to Busch Gardens and check in later. Not a problem was the answer and we could check in as well as rooms were ready, then you can use the hotel courtesy shuttle to the park. We were in the park by 10 am. Last shuttle was about 9.30 but stayed for the 9pm show and fireworks, what a treat that was. Ended up walking back to hotel but only 15 minutes and half of that walking to the park entrance.
Hotel breakfast was included in $99 family room for 4. Can't complain at that and used shuttle following day. Saved $24 on parking charges at the 2 parks.
Hotel relatively new by looks of it and was very clean and tidy, rooms clean, great location for the parks.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Thank Coley65
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West Palm Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We just came back from a 2 night stay at this hotel. Room was spacious and comfortable. Front desk staff were very helpful. Location was great, very close to Busch Gardens. The shuttle driver Rolando was so helpful and accommodating! Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank wendy a
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Lexington, South Carolina
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40 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We booked this hotel for summer graduation at USF. It was near campus and several chain-type restaurants. We also wanted to go to Busch Gardens and this hotel provided a shuttle. Unfortunately, the threat of rain led us to go to the aquarium downtown instead. Back to the hotel, our family booked 3 rooms. In one room, there was no air conditioning for one of the bedrooms (it was a suite with 2 king beds). They said there was nothing they could do for the night, no other rooms available and they didn't have a fan! They said it would be fixed the next day. There were no issues in the other rooms.

The next day, we left for downtown. Upon return, the air conditioner was fixed as they had said. They also cut the room price for $20 each night of stay. The breakfast buffet was decent, don't try the eggs. It gets crowded, all 3 mornings we had to wait in line and had to sit in the "overflow" conference room. Still, a much better complimentary breakfast than at other places. The only other issue we had was they didn't bring more washcloths or hand towels on our last night to have in the morning.

The pool was nice and refreshing. The hotel is close to just about anything you may want to do on that side of Tampa. The staff was friendly and always greeted you with a "good morning" or "hello, how are you?" lots of rude guests who don't mind cutting in buffet lines or for the elevator, but that's not the hotel's fault. If you are staying for Busch Gardens or something at USF, give this hotel a look.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank JWH1984
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

If your heading to Busch Garden then this is the Hotel that is literally over the street from the entrance.
Hotel is what you expect from the Holiday inn chain...
It has a breakfast buffet but it was awful ..worst food I've ever eaten in the states by a mile

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank fatcat1964
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

While traveling to Busch Gardens and Adventure Island we stayed at this hotel for 2 days. We arrived before check-in time, but they found a room available so we could settle in and start our excursion to the theme parks earlier than planned. The staff is very pleasant and helpful. We were shuttled to the parks by Rolando who was courteous, friendly and professional. Rolando was always just a phone call away to transport us back and forth. We appreciated the fact that we did not have a long wait to return back to the hotel after a fun day. The breakfast buffet offered a variety of food and was fresh and delicious. Our room was very clean and the beds were quite comfortable. It was nice to have a refrigerator and microwave in the room since we were traveling with children. l highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Nancy G
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Rio Grande City, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

The view in our room was beautiful the firework. The breakfast was great the ladies were super nice we love it.Staff were super nice and friendly .The room was extremely nice and clean with an area for refrigerator and microwave. restaurants near by ❤❤❤❤❤

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank preciousprincess86
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Ryan C, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens, responded to this review, July 30, 2013
Thank you so much for your kind words about our hotel. I am thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please come back and see us again on your next trip to Tampa.
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Property: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF-Busch Gardens
Address: 2807 E Busch Blvd, 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 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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