Like most of the other reviewers here, I thought that my recent stay at the Ramada Inn Tampa was very satisfactory.
There are plenty of things I liked about this motor lodge. It was fairly clean and the room was well-appointed for an inexpensive place. Although it is located just off an interstate exit and very accessible, it was nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood in a grove of oak trees. That was very enjoyable.
Having said all of that, this is definitely a two star property. It is of an older design and has exterior corridors and relatively small rooms (although plenty big enough for me).
Truckers were another small issue. I stayed two nights and was annoyed by idling semi trucks in the parking lot adjacent to my room from time to time during both evenings. The hotel management should encourage truckers to park away from the hotel buildings out of consideration for other hotel guests. Again, this was just a problem for parts of the evenings I stayed there--not an all night long sort of thing.
It seems that many people judge an inexpensive hotel on the quality its free breakfast these days. I find this gimmicky and a curious standard to judge by-- but as long as we are on that subject, I must say that I was not impressed with the breakfast. The breakfast area is small (three tables in the office) and I did not find the breakfast selections to be on par with a Holiday Inn Express or a Hampton Inn. Plain bagels, fruit, toast, and a waffle iron are really not that big of a deal.
Still, for the rate I paid in Florida's high tourist season ($67 per night), I saved $50-$60 per night when compared to those other hotel brands. That buys a lot of palatial breakfasts at the IHOP next door to the Ramada!
They did have a very nice pool area, but the pool needed skimming during the time that I stayed there (there were a good number of leaves at the bottom of the pool). In all fairness, the pool is out in the open and close by to many oak trees--lovely setting, but inherently hard to maintain.
On the issue of the staff, others here have raved about how nice they are. My interactions with them were just OK. Civil and professional, but not the most friendly I've ever encountered in a hotel.The wireless internet was free, but I had trouble with it since the connection speeds in my building of the hotel weren't the greatest.
Others have mentioned chain restaurants nearby, but there are also some good independent ones, like Bangkok Jazz (Thai), Cafe Don Jose (Spanish and Cuban), and Antonio's Pasta Grille (Italian). All are worth a look, depending on your price range.
Would I stay at the Ramada Inn Tampa again? Absolutely. I look forward to staying here again and will expect a clean room, clean shower, comfortable mattress,in-room refrigerator and microwave, and an excellent nightly rate. The negatives are generally few and worth putting up with.
Overall, the Ramada Inn Tampa is a great value.
- 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:
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