My husband and I decided at the last minute to attend Gasparilla in Tampa, and we wanted to stay nearer to Ybor City. After checking rates downtown (YIKES!) and in Westshore (too far) we decided to give the RRI a try. This was based on reviews on tripadvisor. I'm serious: WOW. It was further from the Bay (about 15 minutes) than we were hoping after standing all day on a parade route, but it was LESS than 7 minutes from Ybor City.
PROS: THE ROOM WAS IMMACULATE. THE ROOM WAS BRAND NEW. THE WIFI WAS SCREAMING. DONNA AT THE FRONT DESK WAS A SWEETHEART!! A WING HOUSE WAS RIGHT IN THE PARKING LOT. PARKING WAS FREE. BED WAS COMFY. NICE AMENITIES. NICE SHOWER! SPACIOUS ROOM!!
CONS: NOT close to the Bayfront area. Towels (TINY!).
I've seen a few reviews here where people grimaced at the location (caliber of people around). Well, it was Gasparilla, so everyone we saw looked like they had partied to hard. But the area felt safe to me; we didnt spend much time strolling around.
Its possible in a year or two this hotel will look beat up, but for now...oh my goodness, it was LUXURY considering what we paid for it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Florida State Fairgrounds/Amphitheater are right across the street from this 100% Smoke-Free Red Roof! Only 2 miles from the Seminole Indian Casino, this hotel is within 15 minutes of Busch Gardens, Historic YBOR City, Tampa Convention Center, the Sun Dome, the Ice Palace & Raymond James Stadium-Home to the Outback Bowl! When you check in, check out the fantastic new amenities in our NextGen ® design rooms! The rooms at this 100% Smoke-Free inn features comfy Rest Suite beds by Serta, plush high-end bedding, modern design flooring, comfortable seating and a large, flat-screen TV. Come enjoy our picnic area outside! All rooms offer free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. Select rooms have micro fridge/microwave units. Now offering Red Roof's "Order Inn" program, where guests can order delicious food for in-room delivery. Experience our free coffee & tea in the lobby. This location offers On Command Video with a selection of free TV channels, as well as, pay-to-view premium channels, movies, music, and games. One well-behaved family pet per room is welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Roof Inn Tampa Fairgrounds Hotel Tampa
- Tampa Red Roof Inn