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“Disgusting” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Quinta Inn Tampa Near Busch Gardens

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La Quinta Inn Tampa Near Busch Gardens
Ranked #81 of 161 Hotels in Tampa
Denver, Colorado
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22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Disgusting”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

After staying at a wonderful La Quinta in Jacksonville, the one in Tampa was disgusting. We walked on the carpet in our room with our bare feet and after a few minutes our soles of our feet were black. There was dried up dog poop under the sink area. The hostess in the breakfast room dropped trash cans whenever she emptied them and then gave everyone the evil eye. Our friends in the next room had the same problems except they were fourtunate enough to have a fridge and microwave. Of course, we paid the same price. Tried to talk to the manager "Daniel" but would not return our call.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Boca Raton, Florida
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91 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2012

We had a much better experience than we expected after seeing all the negative reviews, but we booked the hotel on faith since we've always enjoyed La Quinta hotels and we wanted to save the parking money for Busch Gardens. (It's a 1.2 mile walk across 1 traffic light. Really not bad.) The outside of the building looks great, the front lobby is very nice, and the area around it isn't creepy in my opinion like some people reviewed. Our room turned out to be very clean and comfortable. When we were came in, it smelled a little stale, but we'd brought some febreeze based on the reviews and that was the end of that problem. I love La Quinta beds better than any hotel, and this was no exception - very soft and cozy. I LOVE that this is a pet friendly - without fee - hotel. We have an amazing and well behaved 8 lb pomeranian who travels everywhere with us, so no pet fee is always a treat! The pool looked awesome and clean, though we didn't get in. The breakfast was okay - nothing special, but the waffles looked good. The 2nd day at Busch Gardens we got awesome $3 muffins from the starbucks dessert shop near the entrance anyways. My ONLY complaint about this hotel isn't the hotel's fault - it's the loud guests. We had a room on the ground floor right in front of the pool, and there were people talking, shouting and running until midnight. We didn't hear through the walls or ceiling, but for some reason you can hear EVERYTHING going on outside. Nothing we could do about it or the hotel. SO... my suggestion for getting a good night's sleep would be to get a room on the highest floor or maybe the other side of the building than the pool. Otherwise, I really enjoyed our 3 night stay, and I would recommend this hotel if you're going to Busch Gardens, and we would stay again.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Trondheim, Norway
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29 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2012

We stayed here with our kids (12/15 yrs) for one night, when going to Busch Gardens . It was overall ok. We were very happy about that they had a guest laundry. The complimentry breakfast was very good! The self made Belgian Waffles tasted great:). We went for dinner at TGI Friday's that was just down the street.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Phoenix, Arizona, USA
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

while this location is fabulous for Bush Gardens and the staff was friendly and helpful, the conveniently located next-door police department makes for lots of sires and "action". Also, there was a lovely giant Florida cockroach in our bathroom, the room did not "feel" clean, bedding smelled funky and the clientele was a little "rough". I did not feel safe, i didnt like the location (ease of getting in an out of hte property); the area was "rough". HOWEVER, i can not say enough good things about the staff: they were friendly, willing to help and accomodate and very professional.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

The lady at check in was very nice...started walking to my room...kind of dirty, old...elevator smells bad.....I was too tired to even care....went inside the room, carpet was terribly dirty, stinky! just couldnt handle it....the room doesnt look too bad but there is a strong, bad smell...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2012

I've stayed at this Hotel many atime .Great Staff and a Nice Location next to Busch Gardens. Very nice Breakfast and if you don't make to Summer Nights you can always get a room facing the Park. You will be able to hear the music and see the fireworks. Will definitly go back to location

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Jacksonville, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

My family and I we made reservation back in march 2012 for a mini vacation in july for 2 rooms for 2 days...We get to hotel and get to the rooms and one of the rooms you could not get into with the key(THEY KNEW IT WAS A PROBLEM BECAUSE CUSTOMERS BEFORE US HAD TO GO TO A NEW ROOM THE NIGHT BEFORE) and the other room was NASTY I was not gonna stay in that room...So we moved to another room well then we had no fridge or micorwave and it was stated when we made reservation we needed a fridge due to my dad was a dieabetic (THAT WAS SUPPOSELY NOT A PROBLEM) till we got there so I did get my money back and went to the Days Inn across the street ...We got a better price and the rooms were clean and we had a fridge the beds were comfortable and the service there was good ....My husband travels the state of fla and he said that was the worst La Quinta he had every seen and he goes to tampa alot ....So I guess they will not get our money next time we go to tampa...

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: La Quinta Inn Tampa Near Busch Gardens
Address: 9202 N 30th St, Tampa, FL 33612-8716
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Quinta Inn Tampa Near Busch Gardens 2.5*
Number of rooms: 144
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NEW! Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics.The La Quinta Inn Tampa Busch Gardens is only a mile from Adventure Islands Theme Parks and Busch Gardens theme park. Other family attractions include the Museum of Science and Industry, Lowry Park, and the Zoo. Ride the trolley at exciting Channelside or partake in the enchanting ni...See moreghtlife at Ybor City. Busch's Family Sports Bar & Grill is adjacent to the property and Yuengling Brewing Company is only a mile. Shopping destinations include University Square Mall and International Plaza. We are two miles from the University of South Florida. Walk from here to Johnson Battery Controls; it's just a mile to Pepsi-Cola, Quest Diagnostics, and Moffit Cancer Center. Find everything you need for an enjoyable stay at the La Quinta Inn Tampa Busch Gardens. We have a sparkling outdoor swimming pool and a game room. There is a guest laundry facility. All of our clean and comfortable rooms include free high-speed Internet access, a 25-inch TV with free cable, pay-per-view movies, Nintendo game system, and more. Enjoy a delicious Free Bright Side Breakfast every morning. Bus parking available. ... more   less 
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