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Review of Holiday Inn Express Tampa - Rocky Point Island

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Holiday Inn Express Tampa - Rocky Point Island
Ranked #59 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
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75 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“pre cruise stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

Stayed at HI rocky pointe, pre cruise before departing on saturday for the islands. Arrived early on a Thursday from our flight, the shuttles worked beautifully to hotel. Upon checking in, I knew it was wayyyy too early and the possibility of not being able to check in, but hey it didnt hurt to try. So I did. It was about 10:30 in morning the young girl at desk at first said nothing was available. We were still standing there for some reason a hotel manager said to hold up a minute and next thing you knew there was an opening for the room type requested. On top of that he reviewed the pricing I was quoted and noticed I was overcharged for the cruise package and he adjusted it to come out to about $60.00 savings. SWEET. For some reason the charge was not working so we paid cash upfront for the total and did not have to leave any incidental deposit per the manager at the time. Complimentary breakfast every day was great, the weather was beautiful. Even if it wasnt, everyone at this hotel, especially the manager was exceptional!! After reading some previous reviews prior to travel, I was worried, but I would now recommend this hotel to everyone and definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: ask for an upper floor room/bay view
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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1 Thank R M
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Huercal-Overa, Spain
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28 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2013

We were very happy with this hotel, after arriving from a long flight, we realised we were very early for the room to be available, but the receptionist was very helpful and managed to arrange one straight away so we could have a bath & chill out. The receptionist suggested that the bar/ restaurant next door ( Bahama Breeze ) was good & she was right. Didn't seem to be much else around the hotel, but as we were only staying for one night it was not a problem for us. Breakfast was complimentary, bit basic, but sufficient and fresh.
Would certainly recommend this hotel for airport nearness, friendliness and comfort.

Room Tip: Bahama Breeze restaurant next door, was convenient friendly and had a nice mix of ages in there with...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Contented299
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2013

We stayed here from 19-23 Feb. The hotel is clean, the included breakfast was goos as usual for a Holiday Inn Express, it overlooked the pool area, which in turn overlooked the bay. We sat outside having breakfast one morning & it was very nice.

The rooms are good, our room had a fridge & microwave, our 2 chidren had the room next door, thanks to the staff following my request at booking.

Good location for the 2 nearby shopping malls & good links to St Petersburg & Tampa.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RMAllen42
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Dayton, Ohio
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18 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

2 night visit before a cruise out of Tampa on Royal Caribbean.....we arrived early and were able to check in right away. We requested a water view and received it. Hotel was clean and had a Bahama Breeze restaurant right next door. We actually ate their twice - food and service was excellent. Pool was nice and overlooked the water - one drawback was that there were many leaves in the pool - it did not appear that they skimmed the pool very often as the next day the leaves were still there. On our last day we did see a pool guy checking the water and cleaning out the leaves - seems like it should be done at least once a day.

The website advertises free shuttle for 3 miles - but they only shuttle you to nearby restaurants on the island - very misleading. Cab fare to take you to any outlying restaurants and shopping are steep - so be aware! Overall a good visit, but you are somewhat limited to activities unless you have a car or willing to pay for taxis. There is a small market at the Chase Suites - it is walkable but expect to pay higher than normal prices for your drinks and incidentals.

Good complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport, and you can purchase a cruise package if you need shuttles to and from the port of Tampa.

Room Tip: Request a water view - much nicer than the parking lot view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Ramjet1997
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Ventura, CA
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13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

Despite having record low temperatures in Tampa during our visit, we found this to be a warm and welcoming hotel. In fact, during our stay the heater in our room stopped working and Maintenance came by to replace it within minutes.

The pros were the friendliness of the staff, the quick access to the highways, the beaches and downtown Tampa, and proximity to the airport. The cons were that nothing is walking distance except one restaurant and a small convenience store. There was a nice complimentary breakfast.

The only dings we would give the hotel were that the vending machines were empty for days, and the front desk should have been staffed with more than one person when the hotel was full. Otherwise it was quiet and comfortable with a nice view of the Bay.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank LauraBtraveling
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Hemel Hempstead Hertfordshire
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19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 6, 2013

We arrived later than expected at Tampa airport but were soon on our way in the shuttle sent by the hotel. Christmas cookies and smiles at Reception, and a nice double room. The nearest restaurant/bar, the Bahama Breeze, was only a few yards away, adjacent to the hotel. A great atmosphere and such speedy waitresses! Comfortable night and a reasonable buffet breakfast. If it had not been so foggy, we would have sat outside, even though it was December, and watched the pelicans. Shuttle took us back to the airport to pick up our rental car - no hitches anywhere.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Joanofarc_10
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CINCINNATI
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90 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

Booked this hotel prior to cruise to Cozumel. All transfers were included from airport to the cruise terminal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. We were a little early to check in and they went above and beyond to get us in our rooms quickly as possible. A little secluded and not too much around to do without transportation and dependent upon the shuttle. Restaurants are beside the property. The pool is a little small, but well maintained. I think it was a great value.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank SNAPPERMD
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Property: Holiday Inn Express Tampa - Rocky Point Island
Address: 3025 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607
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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 Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #59 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Holiday Inn Express Tampa - Rocky Point Island 2.5*
Number of rooms: 88
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Express Hotel Tampa-Rocky Point Island is located 2 miles from Tampa International Airport with complimentary shuttle service from 5 AM - 12 Midnight. Centrally located on the shores of Tampa Bay we are only minutes from Tampa International Airport, Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Westshore Business District and other area attractions. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel Tampa-Rocky Point Island features 88 guest rooms with interior corridors. We also provide a complimentary deluxe breakfast bar, 24-hour lobby coffee bar, free Internet access in every room, and free local and 1-800 telephone calls. Our guest rooms all include: two-line speaker telephones with data ports and voice mail, generous desk space with ergonomic chair, 25 inch satellite TV with free HBO, ESPN, CNN, and the Weather Channel. For your dining pleasure, the Bahama Breeze is located right next door. Our hotel also offers complimentary parking as well as a 24-hour exercise room and heated waterfront outdoor pool. Meeting facilities are also available. We warmly welcome Priority Club guests with express check-in and express check-out. Whether your travel is business or pleasure, the Holiday Inn Express Hotel Tampa-Rocky Point Island will be your smart stay of choice. Thank you for choosing the Holiday Inn Express. ... more   less 
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