I stayed at the Wingate on Dona Michelle Drive for 2 days after New Years. There are two Wingates in the area and the one I stayed at was farther away from Busch Gardens (BG). I thought the web site indicated free transportation to BG but this may have been for the Wingate that is closest to BG. This is the first time I have stayed in Tampa without an auto. I now realize how stranded one could feel without a car! The manager of guest relations was so wonderful to provide me a ride to BG- She was just fabulous and I'm sorry I forgot her name. The young man at the front desk was also very kind and welcoming.
I loved the decor of this hotel- the lobby is as clean as can be- probably the cleanest I've seen yet in Tampa. My room was right across from the laundry area which made it a little noisy but not too bothersome. The room itself was large and clean, the bed was the BEST ever- so soft and comfy- it was hard to leave it behind. There was a nice desk area with FREE wireless internet (one of the reasons I chose this hotel) plus there is a radio that can play your IPOD- I love this feature. There is a second (cordless) phone on the bedside table- good feature.
My room was a king room and it also had a sofa bed. The bathroom was clean and a nice size. The only small area of the room was the microwave, sink and tiny fridge- way too small for my taste but it was nice to have. The free breakfast is another reason I chose this hotel and it was very good- the waffles was the BEST I've tasted in a while.
Although I did not use the indoor hot tub- it was inviting , I wish I had time to use it. I think the pool was outdoors but it was not open this time of year. There is a work out room too that I did not use. The business center located near the front desk was nice to have to be able to print documents.
Because I didn't have a car I had to walk to some of the area stores. Unfortunately the shuttle requires a 24 hour advance notice for a drive within a 5 mile radius- what a terrible rule- if you decide to go to a movie or go shopping at the last minute you would have to call a cab. I tried asking politely for a drive to the store one evening but was told I had to call in advance.
So I walked to a few of the area stores which wasn't a bad walk (if you are used to taking walks). My only problem is that the highways are not pedestrian friendly so you may have a hard time actually getting across the BIG highway. The good thing is that a few of the stores like the Walgreen and some restaurants are on the same side of the street as the hotel.
All in all I enjoyed the stay and would certainly recommend the hotel!
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