We booked this hotel for just one night before a day at Busch Gardens and after a full day of touring FSU in Tallahassee. Having driven a total of 9 to 10 hours and spending about 4-5 hours touring FSU and the surrounding area, to say we were weary when we checked in at 10:30pm is an understatement. Check in was smooth and Beatriz couldn't have been more pleasant or helpful. She signed us up for one of the morning shuttles to Busch Gardens and reminded us of the complimentary hot breakfast that runs from 6 to 10am.
The room was clean, good sized and relatively quiet. The provided toiletries were nice and there was a placard advising us to inquire at the front desk if we had forgotten anything that wasn't provided. The room had a small safe, good sized mini-fridge, small microwave and a coffee maker with Wolfgang Puck coffee pods. The beds were comfortable despite my husband's constant movement!
The hot breakfast offered lots of options - eggs, sausage, make-your-own waffles, biscuits, assorted breads, pastries, fresh fruit, cold cereals, oatmeal packets and so on. Pleasantly staffed and clean. There is a small lobby bar that serves wine and beer during limited hours and it seems that coffee is always available in the lobby. There was an outdoor pool and an indoor jacuzzi - if we'd had more time on the property we would have definitely taken a dip in the jacuzzi!
We used the complimentary shuttle service to and from Busch Gardens and left our car at the hotel where parking is free. Transportation is quick to get there and back with front gate drop off and pick up. No hassle at all and the drivers were courteous and helpful.
Our family likes Busch Gardens and we will definitely use this hotel again. We can not recommend it enough for anyone needing a home base near the park. You will not be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wingate by Wyndham Tampa is located directly across the street from University of South Florida and less than a mile away from Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. The USF Sun Dome, MOSI Imax/Museum, VA, Shriner's and Moffitt are all within .75 miles. Within 2 miles are shopping, golf, and 40-plus restaurants and the property is only 7.5 miles from downtown Tampa, 11 miles from Ybor City and Channelside entertainment district, 17 miles to airport, and 45 minutes from Clearwater Beach and Ellenton Prime Outlets. Awarded Customer Service honors by Wyndham Worldwide, and Green Lodging Certification by the State of Florida DEP, the Wingate by Wyndham Tampa strives for the highest standards for their leisure and corporate travelers alike. Property Highlights Include- Local Shuttle Service (with our most popular destinations free to our guests)within a three mile radius, complimentary 40-item Hot breakfast, free Hi-Speed wired and wireless internet throughout, complimentary business center, fitness room, and indoor whirlpool open 24 ours, and an outdoor pool open until 10pm. New Lounge, built in July 2009, serves wine and beer on tap nightly. Meeting room facilities on property. Room Highlights - All 86 guestrooms at Wingate by Wyndham Tampa offer complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, micro fridge units, pillow-top mattresses, one cordless and one 2-Line phone, complimentary weekday newspaper, cable television with HBO, pay-per-view Movies and Nintendo, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, and 17" in-room safes. The January, 2009 property renovation included all new guestroom furniture, 32 inch Flat-Panel Televisions, new microwave/refrigerator units, all new fixtures and granite countertops in guestroom bathrooms, Sealy Posturepedic pillow top mattresses, new bedding and 250-thread-count cotton sheets. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Wingate By Wyndham Tampa Usf / Busch Gardens Hotel Tampa
- Wyndham Tampa
- Wingate Tampa
- Tampa Wyndham