After going several times to the Quality Inn on 1020 South Dale Mabry Hwy, where I took bus 36 at the door, running along Dale Mabry (every hour on Sat + Sun!), connecting to bus 30 at Kennedy to go to either the airport or downtown Tampa (also every hour Sat + Sun!), I concluded that bus 36 would go all along Dale Mabry, so I decided to try this Comfort Inn on 4732 North Dale Mabry, which was much cheaper than my usual Quality on South Dale. I was wrong!
Bus 36 does go up on Dale Mabry, indeed, BUT ONLY until Columbus. There it turns right for a long block and continues north on N. Himes. The problem is that there is no way through between Himes and Dale Mabry at the level of this Comfort on 47 North and I had to get off at the intersection of Hillsborough and N. Himes, then walk about half an hour along a no man’s land!
I got NON smoking room 633. This is a corner room on the second (top) floor but having only one window with view over the parking lot and the pool. It was a normal king room with desk, one club chair, etc.
When I was there, their only ice machine was out of order and I had to go borrow some ice from the Holiday Inn right next door. Since I have the appearance of a nice guy, they didn’t refuse it to me…
The main problem there is the lack of public transportation. The closest bus stop is 25 minutes away, at the intersection of Hillsborough and N. Himes (at Wendy's: closest and ONLY fast food around!): bus 36 to South Dale Mabry on N. Himes and bus 34 on Hillsborough. That was one mile sharp from the hotel, according to both, my Nuvi 265W GPS and my Omron pedometer!
Fortunately, they have a FREE SHUTTLE TO TAMPA AIRPORT that I didn’t hesitate to take on the way back to Miami. I hadn’t done it when I arrived because I got there too early and I thought that, since I would probably have to wait for the room, and since I had purchased a one day pass (for which I paid $1.85 with my senior discount) I might as well experience going there by bus. That was a very, very bad decision!
In conclusion: if you travel by public transportation, your best choice would be my usual Quality on 1020 South Dale Mabry Hwy. True, this Comfort on 4732 North Dale has a free shuttle from and to the airport, but what are you going to do once you are there? With the exception of a couple of restaurants, there is nothing at all around there, unlike the south location, where there are several fast food and real restaurants within a couple of blocks and even a supermarket, plus two busses at door, one of them going directly to downtown Tampa. Without a camel, you are blocked in your tent if you go to this no man’s land!
However, if you have a car (own or rented), this is a good choice because sometimes (not always!) it is about 30% cheaper than the South Dale location. If only 10% cheaper, I wouldn't hesitate to go south!
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