The first thing I noticed as I drove into the parking lot was a sign displaying the legend 'NO SOLICITING'. This should ring alarm bells with families if not anybody else. The reception and dining area is pretty basic.
The layout is very 'motel' style, the rooms are not located within a building, more like a block of flats, but they have a nice external appearance. There is a nice pool, a laundry room and ice machine within that room.
Inside my room, the general look isn't that bad at all, very nice indeed, with clean microwave and fridge... but the air conditioning provided a damp scent. Also contained within the unit was an easily visible food container with some food still inside (I'm not queasy but that drove me close). One of the bed cushions had the smell of perfume on it, and although that is at least a pleasant smell, I wondered what other smells or body particles/fluids may have not been cleaned away for my visit. The iron was missing the water cover so it was unusable and once the ironing board was folded out I couldn't refold it. These things made the stay extremely disappointing despite the potential of a tidy looking room.
The parking space, although not exclusively for guests (available for all) is ample, and free.
There is an ihop restaurant next door, and is located close to Busch Gardens. They do a complimentary breakfast, but I didn't have any as I was too eager to visit Busch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Easily Accessible from all major Interstates of Tampa, i.e. A minute from Exit 265 off I-75, Six miles from exit 51 off I-275 & about four miles from I-4. Located in a peaceful country like surroundings with IHOP Restaurant open 24/7. Less than five miles from USF, Sun dome, Busch Gardens, MOSI & Adventure Islands. Florida Fairgrounds, Amphi Theatre & Hard Rock Casino are within eight miles. Shriners, Moffitt & other Hospitals are with in five miles. Beautiful Beachess of Clearwater are about 25 miles. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Inn Tampa Hotel Tampa
- Ramada Tampa