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“Great location if you don't mind a nice, scenic walk.” 3 of 5 stars
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The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
Ranked #33 of 162 Hotels in Tampa
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“Great location if you don't mind a nice, scenic walk.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This hotel, except for its lobby, restaurant /bar area is extremely outdated. The rooms, carpets, and elevators were just plain tired and crying out of an update.
The amount of water being wasted by the outdated toilet tanks was horrendous. They took a long and noisy time to empty and even longer to refill. My sense was that the cleanliness was a but lacking.
Fortunately, we got a fantastic price on two rooms (Flight Network.com), which were spacious, comfortable, and very quiet.
The staff was courteous and helpful and a telephone request for a shuttle pickup in Ybor City was extremely prompt and the driver interesting and helpful.
We enjoyed our scenic meandering walk to and from the Forum, found a nice sports bar after the game, and met many friendly people.
So, if you don't mind staying at an not too classy hotel and don't mind a walk, then this hotel is reasonably central and, compared to other downtown hotel prices, incredible value.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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FoleyT, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, February 19, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

As pointed out our lobby and restaurant/bar have had current renovations and we are also in the process of renovating our hallways and rooms. I am sorry you where not on the completed renovated floors during your visit. . Please let this not be a motive to not stay with us in the future as we continue our renovations.

As we strive at the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown-Tampa to provide the best service in the lodging industry it is nice to have our guests' share our accomplishment with your experience. As Downtown-Tampa is a beautiful city I couldn't agree more on how great it is to walk through Downtown. We look forward to a future arrival when in the Tampa area to show off our renovations.

Sincerely,

Tracy Foley
Assistant General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I was in Tampa for a conference for my company, It Works Global. (trinaconner.myitworks.com) The room was clean and comfortable. They were working on the elevators and I had to wait at times but it was ok, I understand improvements take time. Otherwise the staff was very helpful, the shuttles to and from convention center as well as airport were frequent and a very nice option to getting around. My stay there was nice and I enjoyed my time.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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FoleyT, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience at the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown-Tampa on TripAdvisor. We appreciate your kind words and patients regarding our staff and our elevator renovation. We strive to provide the best accommodations in the lodging industry with our entire guest's. We look forward to your next stay with us when in the Tampa area.


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Tracy Foley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

OK - it's not the most expensive in Tampa or real close to the Convention Center BUT it has a great shuttle service and I saved a LOT of money staying there instead of the higher-priced hotels near the convention center. You can almost walk the 10 blocks to the Convention Center but why waste time - take their shuttle.

Rooms were clean and EVERYDAY the maid brought in all new soap and shampoo- you never had to call down to the Desk (which is more than I can say for some of the high-end hotels I have stayed at)

Never ate there - we drove to neighborhood restaurants and had great breakfasts and dinners - WaffleHouse is a MUST STOP down there.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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FoleyT, General Manager at The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk, responded to this review, January 26, 2013
Thank you for sharing your stay at the Howard Johnson Plaza Downtown-Tampa on TripAdvisor. We are pleased to hear that our free shuttle service was a great asset to your stay and we hope the next time you are in the Tampa area you will come down and enjoy our WaterWorks Bar & Grill. We look forward to your next trip to Tampa for your lodging needs.


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Tracy Foley
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Additional Information about The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk

Property: The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk
Address: 111 W Fortune St, 275N Ex-44 I-4/275S Ex-45A, Tampa, FL 33602-3206 (Formerly Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown)
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Green Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk 3*
Number of rooms: 332
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk is located adjacent to the David A Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and the beautiful Hillsborough River. The hotel is approximately 1 mile from the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay Historic Center, Tampa Bay Times Forum, Channelside Dining and Entertainment Complex, and the Port of Tampa Cruise Terminals. The hotel offers a complimentary on-demand shuttle service from 7am until 10pm, 7 days a week. Popular Attractions include Channelside Dining and Entertainment Complex, The Florida Aquarium, and Historic Ybor City. Hotel Amenities Include:- All Non-Smoking Rooms- Onsite Restaurant, WaterWorks Bar & Grill, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.- Free Wireless High Speed Internet Access- Free Local Calls- Business Center- Outdoor Swimming Pool- Onsite Fitness Center- Complimentary Shuttle Service within 2 miles - Tampa International Airport is only six miles from the Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk. ... more   less 
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