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“My very uncomfortable stay @ Howard Johnson.”

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Howard Johnson Hotel - Tampa Airport/Stadium
Ranked #125 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

Stayed a night here after a fortnight in Orlando, the night before my morning flight back to Heathrow.
As the title of my review says, this place really is as bad as it gets.

On walking into the lobby, I was greeted by a miserable "Anything was too much trouble" receptionist.

Got the key to my room, which smelled of smoke (I'm an ex smoker - I've never smelled any place so bad) My fault partly because I forgot to ask for a non smoking room.
The room door wouldn't lock from the outside. A problem, because I wasn't staying in the room a minute longer than necessary.

Reception gave me the key to the adjacent room.
The door would lock in this room .......which is probably the only good thing that I can say about it.

Again, it smelled really strongly of smoke. Not fresh smoke - but really nasty stale smoke.

The aircon was noisy - really noisy.
The safe didn't work.
The whole place looked grubby and dirty.

Seriously, I'm not especially fussy, but cleanliness, an air freshener and basic equipment working are not big asks.

Steer well clear is my advice.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Pikeville, Kentucky
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

First, I was on a mission trip in Haiti and slept with lizards and massive bugs and it was still better than this!! Carpet-Filthy, non smoking room had ashes all over the place, smoke detector laying on the dresser with battery beside it, towels and shower covered in black hairs, roaches running all over night stand, stunk like $#!+.....had a window air conditioner and It was cold. The shower smelled like raw sewage. The safe didn't even have a door!!! Very Convenient location with several food choices etc close by. I went to front desk after I saw roaches and demanded a refund. They wouldn't give my money back but gave me an upgraded room in a diff building. Surprised to find that it was at least clean, don't stink, and appears to be stayable 1 night. However, I would Never come back again!!!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I really enjoyed my stay here. At first, I was a bit worried when I drove into the complex and saw a group of housekeepers standing around, talking and on cell phones when they were supposed to be cleaning a room, not to mention the semi-dirty carpeting in my room. Other than this, the room was clean, I felt secure (despite the pseudo-sketchy neighborhood) and the hotel was close to EVERYTHING!! I could get to downtown or wherever in just 10 minutes. There is plenty of shopping and restaurants w/in walking distance and if you like adult entertainment, you're in luck - there are at least 5 places in the area. Cheap and fairly clean room (though I did find a hair in the fridge) and convenient to everywhere.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Howard Johnson Hotel - Tampa Airport/Stadium
Address: 2055 N Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33607-2542
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Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #125 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Howard Johnson Hotel - Tampa Airport/Stadium 2*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Howard Johnson Hotel Tampa Airport/Stadium consistently provides the kind of comfort, service and hospitality you expect in a hotel for both vacation and business travelers. Free Scheduled shuttle to/from Tampa Int. Airport 5:15am-11pm, which runs every hour. Transportation also available to Port of Tampa, 10 Dollars Per Person each way. Free Continental Breakfast in Lobby 5:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. ... more   less 
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