My family and I stayed here for one night while going to Busch Gardens. It is right across the street from the park, and the walk was no more than 20 minutes with the majority being through the parking lot on the park grounds. The room was not luxurious by any means, but it was clean and very nice for the charged rate. Breakfast was free and was more than adequate. Staff were friendly and we were able to leave our car in the parking lot while we went to the park for the day. As a reminder, the park charges $14 to park, so it is definitely worth the walk.
As to the area being sketchy. Busch Gardens is in an older part of town that is somewhat run down. As I have noticed living in Florida, people seem to walk around at all hours in the cities because a. it is warm enough to all year round and b. not everyone has a car, which does have the appearance of a bad area. I felt completely safe here, especially during the daytime walking to the park. If you are prone to be paranoid in "rougher" areas, it may be a good idea to request being on the second floor as the first floor does have sliding glass doors directly to the parking area.
Overall, I would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to anyone needing a place to stay while going to Busch Gardens.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Econo Lodge, a Tampa hotel near Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa Florida. The Econo Lodge is ideally located within walking distance of the entrance to Busch Gardens Africa amusement park. This Tampa, FL hotel is minutes from the Florida Aquarium, the Museum Of Science and Industry (MOSI), Florida State Fairgrounds, Florida Hospital, the Raymond James Stadium, the University of South Florida and the Ybor City historic district. Several beautiful beaches are about 30 minutes from the hotel. Many shopping opportunities are also close by. Visitors will enjoy recreational activities like jet skiing, parasailing, golfing, sport fishing, scuba diving and boating. A variety of restaurants, cocktail lounges and entertainment venues are located in the surrounding area. In addition, the Tampa area offers some of the best seafood under the sun. Hotel amenities and features include:•Free continental breakfast•Free wireless high-speed Internet access•Free local calls•Free coffee. After an exciting day of sightseeing, guests of this Tampa, FL hotel will enjoy relaxing in the outdoor pool. All guest rooms have hair dryers, irons, ironing boards and cable television. Some rooms come equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, sofa sleepers and balconies. Laundry facilities are located on the property for added guest convenience.The perfect location, affordable accommodations and friendly customer service make the Quality Inn hotel the perfect place to stay for business and leisure travelers. We look forward to serving you when visiting the Tampa area. ... more less
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