My husband and were in Tampa for a Carnival cruise over New Years Eve. We had one night to spend in Tampa after the cruise, and since we had a 7am flight I decided on an airport hotel. I was surprised at how overpriced so many hotels in the area were considering it was a Monday night in January a week after the holiday season ended. We didn't need a fancy place to stay... just a safe clean room and that is what the La Quinta Inn delivered.
We arrived at 2:30pm and were promptly checked in. The hotel has exterior doors which I do not prefer, but for the government rate of $59 plus tax I couldn't complain. (The desk clerk did ask for a government ID.) We were given a room on the first floor. I would normally request an upper floor, but since it was just for one night it was convenient to pull the rental car right up to the door of the room.
Upon entering the room, you could tell that this was an older property that had been recently upgraded. I liked the decor of the room. The flat screen TV was an added bonus. There was a vast channel selection and we did watch a movie on Showtime while in the room. There was a power strip zip-tied to the desk which was an eyesore, but we didn't mind since in most budget hotels you have to move furniture and unplug lamps just to plug your cell phone in. There were also multiple power box outlets next to the bed. The wifi signal was strong and we had no problem using our laptops.
The bathroom showed some wear and tear. This is where you could tell the most that this was an older hotel. The vanity was spacious and the shower was adequate. The bedspreads and towels all looked brand new.
After we had been in our room for about an hour, the front desk clerk called to make sure everything was to our liking. This was quite unexpected since this was a budget hotel. A little later we went to the public computer in the lobby to print out our boarding passes and the desk clerk was making calls to other room asking them the same thing.
When we woke up in the morning we called the front desk clerk and asked if he could put breakfast out a little early since we had to depart the hotel by 5am and breakfast was advertised as starting at 6am. He said he could only put out some fruit and yogurt. We checked out at 5am and sat in the lobby long enough to eat oranges and yogurt and drink some orange juice. I did find a packet of flavored oatmeal in a wire bin on the counter so I made that in a coffee cup with hot water, but since there was no milk out yet I used coffee creamer. Since this is an airport hotel I really think breakfast should start earlier. We were not the only ones departing at such an early hour. There was a gentleman checking out when we arrived at the front desk at 5am.
The rental car agency we used (E-Z) was right around the corner - a 2 minute drive. Because of this we were at the airport in no time. We drove from the hotel to the rental car agency, hopped on the shuttle, went through security and made it to our gate just 45 minutes after leaving the hotel! This was much quicker than we anticipated.
All in all this hotel met our needs. We stayed here because it was the best deal we found for an airport hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- NEW! Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics.The newly renovated La Quinta Inn Tampa Airport is less than a mile from Tampa International, and central to all entertainment areas.While here check out Historic Ybor City, Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Clearwater and St. Pete beaches, Dali Museum, MOSI, St. Pete, Times Forum (Lightning), Tropicana Field (Rays), and Raymond James Stadium (Buccaneers). Transportation is available each day to Seaport in Tampa. The La Quinta Inn Tampa Airport has meeting facilities, a heated outdoor pool, and, off the lobby, our Free Bright Side BreakfastTM every morning. Rooms are spacious, comfy, and filled with amenities; our staff is here to make your stay most enjoyable. See you soon! We are located one mile north of I-275, less than a mile from Tampa International Airport, and across the street from International Mall. Free parking and airport shuttle service is available for registerend guests during stay and we offer Stay and Go parking rates for our hotel guests ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Quinta Inn Tampa Bay Airport Hotel Tampa
- La Quinta Tampa
- Tampa La Quinta