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“One of the Best!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Wingate by Wyndham Tampa/At USF

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Wingate by Wyndham Tampa/At USF
Ranked #33 of 162 Hotels in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Kalamazoo
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106 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“One of the Best!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2010

I came to Tampa for a conference, and booked this one sight unseen. I didn't realize this hotel was one of the best I've every stayed at. The manager runs the best staff I've ever encountered. The manager made sure that all of hios guests were well taken care of. He is definately involved in the running of his hotel. He also set me up with coupons for local food and attractions without asking. On top of that, the room was very large. There was a good selection of restaurants nearby. It's also very close to Busch Gardens. The property was very well maintained. Also, for being on a busy road, it wasn't too hard to get in and out of the place. The continental breakfast was one of the best I've every had (it had bacon!) A couple more channels on the T.V. and slightly faster internet would have been nice, but everything else more than made up for it. The next time I'm in Tapma, it will be for vacation, and I will stay here again. This hotel has set the bar very high!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Horsham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2010

This hotel was excellent!! Very clean, and the buffet breakfast was wonderful!! The staff were so helpful & friendly - especially the manager! The shuttle service was awesome, as well! Also a great location- so close to Busch Gardens, and to a ton of restaurants & shopping. The eating area has a big tv in it, so a couple of nights we brought food back, sat & ate and watched tv.

  • Stayed February 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2010

Found this hotel on the Internet when I was looking for a place in Tampa at 10pm on the other side of the state. I called about room availability, and was greeted with friendly and intelligent customer service. Since I arrived, I have not been disappointed. The entire staff has been friendly, easy to talk to, and eager to help with any questions or even advice I've needed. Manuel - the manager - helped us to find a fantastic place to eat one night when we wanted some fine dining. This hotel is definitely where I'm staying next time I come to Tampa, as well as where im reccomending anyone I know stays when they come to town.

  • Stayed February 2010
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sorrento, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2010

When we discovered that my wife had cancer, I picked Wingate on Fowler in Tampa as it was conveniently located. Fortunately for us, Manuel Aguiar, General Manager of this location, has a top notch organization for travelers of all types. Manuel, Michelle, Corey, Connie and the rest of Manuel's staff worked hard to satisfy all of our needs. They made special arrangements for certain dates that we required and provided many shuttle runs to the hospital for us. They continually provided excellent accomodations and during this terribly difficult period, it was greatly appreciated. Manuel also provided special pricing to us since we were going to the Moffitt Cancer Center. This is an outstanding staff and they exemplify the quality of service that we've always known from the Wyndham organization. During our many stays here, Manuel's team took care of our every need. Stay here and you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank rmchandler
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CT
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190 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2010

We recently stayed two nights at the Wingate in a room with two king-sized beds.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The room was very clean and the two king beds made sleeping a lot more comfortable for a family of 4 (kids aged 5 and 7).

Location location location is what made this hotel. On the same block as Busch Gardens, it is "walkable" if desired. But why walk when they offer a free shuttle? Free parking and a free shuttle leaving every 15 or so minutes? Perfect.

Breakfast was solid, with a "waffle" making station, bacon, sausage and the usual continental breakfast options. Again the staff distinguished themselves by looking for opportunities to help guest, either to their chairs, cleaning up, changing the channel for the kids (TV in the dinning area). Was very happy with that friendly, helpful attitude.

We didn't use the pool, but the indoor jacuzzi was nice, if a little cooler than most. The exercise room needs work, just your typical tiny room with a single treadmill, step machine and nautilus machine. The nautilus machine was a little outdated and was missing some hinges.

Next time we visit Busch Gardens we plan on staying at this hotel again.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank declue
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Orlando, FL
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28 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2010

Stayed with my family of 4 for a weekend in Dec. 2009 at the Wingate by Wyndham in Tampa on Fowler Ave. Right accross the street from USF and 2 miles to Busch Gardens.

Great stay for all of us. Clean, quiet and very good location. Would highly
recommend to families and business travelers...

Pros: ( and there were a lot )
-Location - near Busch Gardens and lot's of restaurants.
-Shuttle to and from Busch Garderns till 5:30 PM.
-Hot and cold FREE breakfast with lot's of choices.
-Very helpful staff.
-Nice fitness gym and hot tub. ( did not try pool )
-free internet
-mini refrigerator in basic room,
-Basic room had a a little more space than a normal hotel room.
Note: if you book a room on 3rd or 4th floor facing the back of the
hotel, you can see the fireworks at Busch Gardens, when they have them.
-Toilets had 2 flush modes, one for full flush and one for water saving flush,
which is great for the "green crowd".
-Clean room, that was cleaned both days we were there.
-A/C and heat worked fine.
-Pay per view cable TV with Flatscreens
-lots of free parking
-price was fair ( around $100 per nite for us )

Cons: ( I have to really look hard to find any )
-No restaurant on site. ( besides the free breakfast )
-no pets allowed
-might be a little expensive for those on a tight budget
-very limited wet bar....

Over all, an excellent hotel to stay...5 stars from me.

Extra bonus note....I was told that the Embassy Suites accross the street
has "happy hour" from 5:30 to 7:30 with free munchies and beer.
shhhhhh..that's what I was told...

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank DrivingMan
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Utterson, Ontario
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2010

in our 16 days in the Florida area 3 nights were in Tampa at this hotel. I have only excellent reviews, accomodations were exceptional, continental breakfast was so much more than just "continental" it was all you needed till lunch, maybe even till dinner. Our room was wonderful and the hotel staff were very helpful. The manager was on duty each day we were there and was very pleasant and easy to converse with. I would recommend a stay here, and will probably be back to do so ourselves again soon

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank deejaysis5
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Additional Information about Wingate by Wyndham Tampa/At USF

Property: Wingate by Wyndham Tampa/At USF
Address: 3751 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612-6489
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
#20 Family Hotel in Tampa
#20 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#28 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wingate by Wyndham Tampa/At USF 2.5*
Number of rooms: 85
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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