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“Clean, comfy and nice breakfast” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds

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Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds
Ranked #72 of 162 Hotels in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
San Angelo, Texas
Level Contributor
16 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Clean, comfy and nice breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

As we arrive at the hotel was nice, we call front desk for an extra towel because we're 4 and the we're only 3, so Dorothy at the front desk ask my husband why we need extra towel if we just arrive REALLY? I think that was very unprofessional as a front desk person, that's why you there to help us not to ask about every single request. Well at breakfast Theresa greet everyone and ask about our stay, really nice the Hotel I'm very picky and this hotel meet all my expectations, I recommend it!

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Massachusetts
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211 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2013

We stayed here on our last night in Florida. The hotel was located in a great area - close to the Hard Rock Casino - which we did enjoy that evening. Plenty of places to eat. Close to were we needed to drop off the rental car. Front desk staff were freindly and helpful - thanks for the cookies Monet. Room was comfortable and clean. Bed was comfortable.

The only problem we encounted was the wake up call - we had an early flight out of Tampa and had asked for a 3 am wake up call. Luckily we woke ourselves up as we never received the call. When we checked out we did tell the front desk person that we did not receive our call - he did not find a record of it in their system, Recommend that if you have an early flight that you double check the wake up call being put into the system.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Tony R
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Florida PanHandle
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144 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 26, 2013

I got this hotel by purchasing an unknown property, all I had was a star rating and a customer rating... no name, address or details. I will admit when I saw it was near the Fairgrounds I was heart broken that I had taken a gamble. I thought I just hated everything in that area of Tampa.

However, once we were on site I could not find a single problem, and I certainly tried. The beds were comfortable, the rooms very clean, bath room was roomy, breakfast good.

Our Christmas present to our grandchildren (ages 9 and 11) was a trip to busch gardens, so they were with us. They loved the fresh baked cookies every evening in the lobby, the make your own pancake machine in the breakfast area and of course the pool (but it is NOT heated).

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Work&PlayTravler
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Florida
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115 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

Monet is a wonderful Front Desk Agent - polite, friendly, offered us a warm welcome! This brand holds up to it's standards. Most of the staff seem content, but only a few stood out from the rest. Transportation to the Hard Rock is quick and smooth - a wonderful treat to save $600 and NOT stay at the Hard Rock! Breakfast ran out of plates, but the attendant put more bowls out for our "bowl breakfast"! Overall service and cleanliness were great. Location is right off major highways for easy commuting... and only 3 miles from Hard Rock - not to mention a short walk to the Fairgrounds!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 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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Thank YourSecretShopper
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HolidayInnFair, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review, December 6, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your comments. I shared your comments with Monet and the rest of the staff. Monet was thrilled that you mentioned her by name. Please come back and see us again soon!
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Arlington, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

We was out there on a show from dallas tx, and California, nov 15_17 we was l lookin all over for a nice clean and friendly hotel, and so we found it Holiday Inn it is, this place is nice, clean, love there services, and friendly staff. . I feel like I was back at home. If am in Florida again, Holiday Inn is the place to be.. mrs lala duh took good care of our crew we are really happy with her service. Thank u mrs LALA DUH and thamk u holiday inn.. see u soon Florida

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Alextattoos1
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HolidayInnFair, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review, December 6, 2013
Thank you so much for your positive feedback and comments about our Holiday Inn Express/Fairgrounds. Our staff was thrilled that they made your stay enjoyable. We look forward to having you stay with us again.
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Orlando, Florida
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81 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Stayed here for an event at the fairgrounds. The location was perfect for any events at either the fairgrounds, amphitheater or the hard rock casino. The hotel offers a shuttle service to the casino which was a nice touch youth we didn't take advantage of it. The continental breakfast increased the value though the orange juice was bitter tasting. The room was adequate though the beds were lumpy and the air conditioner loud. Staff was super friendly and accommodating and remembered us the next morning during check out.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank luvstotravel321
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HolidayInnFair, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to review our Holiday Inn Express/Fairgrounds. We give the utmost importance to our guest comments as they help us improve and continually provide the best guest experience possible.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2013

Stayed here with my friend for the Coastline Festival. Super clean. A/C was kindof loud but I like white noise when I sleep so it didn't bother me. Only downside was no fan in the bathroom for those of you who don't like to listen to other people poop.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Lla L
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HolidayInnFair, General Manager at Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Thank you so much for your positive comments about our Holiday Inn Express/Fairgrounds. We appreciate you taking the time to post your comments.

Thank you,
Theresa White
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Additional Information about Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds

Property: Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds
Address: 8610 Elm Fair Blvd, Tampa, FL 33610-7361
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#39 Business Hotel in Tampa
#47 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Tampa Fairgrounds 2.5*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Fairgrounds/Casino is located across from the entrance of both the Florida State Fairgrounds and the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre. We are also only a half mile from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino and offer complimentary shuttle service to guests visiting there. We are conveniently located off I-4, less than 5 minutes away from I-75. If shopping is your pleasure, we are easily accessible to Brandon Town Center mall (7 miles), Westshore Mall (12 miles) and International Plaza (12 miles). With easy access to I-75, I-4, I-275, US 41 and US 301, our guests are minutes away from all area attractions and points of interests. Our rooms either feature one King Bed or two Queen beds. Guests can enjoy our outdoor pool, fitness center, free wireless & wired high speed Internet access, business center, and great breakfast with signature cinnamon rolls. We also have a few rooms with special jacuzzi tub for some extra relaxation after a great day in the Bay area. So whether you are in the area for the Fairgrounds, Raymond James Stadium, the area Beaches, Busch Gardens, or taking in an event at the Ford Amphitheater, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites at the Fairgrounds is the STAY SMART location to be. ... more   less 
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