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Review of La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

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La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)
Ranked #33 of 161 Hotels in Tampa
tampa
1 review
“new, clean and friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2009

Very nice hotel with a great staff. Great location as well.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nehi
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Orlando, FL
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2009

I booked the LaQuinta Inn USF (near Busch Gardens) using Hotwire.com. I needed three rooms for a quick visit to Busch Gardens for Howl-O-Scream. Unfortunately, Hotwire lists this hotel as a 3 star hotel (like a Holiday Inn, Radisson or Doubletree), and this hotel is FAR from that quality.

What the hotel does provide is a clean room with a waffle, toast and cereal breakfast in the morning. The staff was fantastic, and the location was great. But, there is no restaurant on property or within walking distance.

Would I stay here again, yes. But, I would expect the hotel to be accurately depicted as a 2 star hotel like all other sites (including this one) say it is - instead of a 3 star hotel that Hotwire claimed it was.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank InTheSky74
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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2009

This hotel is just a few minutes drive from Busch Gardens. Ideal for a couple of nights at the start/end of your holiday.
The rooms are large and very clean and comfortable. There are not too many staff around but the ones that are are very helpful and friendly.
The hotel is located on a busy road with not too much entertainment, restaurants etc right on the doorstep. A 15-20 min walk up the road will get you to the Coppertop Pub which is well worth a visit. Apart from that you will probably have to jump in the car.

Good value short stay hotel.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank spikeymires
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Miami, Florida
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40 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2009

This was our first time staying at a La Quinta, and I was traveling with my husband and 6 teenagers. The price was so competitive that I did not expect much. I was very pleasantly surprised. The rooms were quite large, comfortable beds, nice bathrooms with granite tops, and everything was very clean.
Breakfasts each morning were very good, we even used their breakfast room to order pizza one night and eat there.
Staff was also very friendly and helpful

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank mab6
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Cary, NC
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15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2009

Just returned from a trip to FL. We enjoyed this hotel more than some that cost much more. The hotel was clean, and the staff were very friendly. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who wants a nice, clean and friendly place to stay in Tampa. You just can't beat it for the rate - which I think was around $58.00 per night.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank catbarone
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2009

There are two LaQuinta hotels close to Busch Gardens....the USF LaQuinta is the one where we stayed! The other LaQuinta didn't look as nice from the exterior. The USF LaQuinta very close to Busch Gardens and we would stay there again! The breakfast room was lovely! It had big windows and glass doors that backed onto a garden oasis. A gazebo, hot-tub, and pool were nestled amongst trees and flowers and made you forget that you were in the middle of a concrete-laden area. The breakfast lived up to the LaQuinta standard with make-your-own waffles and the works. This hotel has also been recently remodeled, although there could be more attention-to-detail in the bathroom. Overall, a good place to stay at a reasonable rate!

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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 KNFN4kKp
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Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2009

The Hotel is located real close to Bush Gardens. The only problem was that the bath tub drain did not drain the best at times. Would stay there again if in the area.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank pennstate15
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Property: La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)
Address: 3701 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612-6489
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
#34 Family Hotel in Tampa
#40 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens) 2.5*
Number of rooms: 105
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 beautiful La Quinta Inn & Suites U.S.F. is newly renovated and located behind Busch Gardens, adjacent to the University of South Florida (host hotel for most USF Sundome functions). There is always plenty to do here: Hard Rock Nightclub at Seminole Casino, Nightlife in Ybor City, Museum of Science and Industry, Florida Aquarium, Adventure Island, Lowry Park Zoo, Florida State Fairgrounds. Don't forget professional sporting events (baseball, football, and hockey). Walk to a variety of great restaurants, or hit the malls (International, University, West Shore). Guests at the La Quinta Inn & Suites U.S.F. are treated with a Free Bright Side BreakfastTM each morning. Enjoy the heated pool and Jacuzzi and 24-hour fitness center. Rooms are spacious and come with free high-speed Internet access and more. We are in north Tampa between I-75 and I-275, just minutes from the area's renowned Hospitals (Veterans, Cancer Center, Shriner's). ... more   less 
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