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Historical Traveler Reviews Clarion Hotel & Conference Center Tampa
Heaven help us all
Grounds were lovely and buffet breakfast was quite good. The staff there was helpful and pleasant. Front desk staff had a bad attitude, most of them. They had no one to help with luggage and they said there was no elevator. There was! Front desk staff was a disaster! Rooms were nicely furnished but dirty. Soiled carpets, sticky doors and dirty walls and tubs. The cleaning staff had to be the worst ever! They came late and did little if anything. I never saw them with a vacuum. Word to the Mgr. helped a little. They used air freshener and came earlier after that. Room still dirty though. Shuttle service to Moffitt Cancer Ctr. was great! Again the pool area was lovely.
Clean rooms, good location
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Tampa Busch Gardens the end of January and loved the hotel. We booked it through the Holiday Inn website since they guarantee the lowest internet rate. The room was really big and very clean. The staff was friendly. The free shuttle that drops you off right out front of the hotel is by far the best! No parking fees and no waiting to get in. The TGI Fridays had great food we all enjoyed. The best part is the pool area. It is a really big pool and there is plenty of room. Being heated was an extra plus since it was still cool when we visited. Next time we go to Busch Gardens which will be soon since we bought annual passes we will definitely visit the Holiday Inn website and book our room.
Stayed in November 2003 as part of a cruise and stay, what a horrible place! The reception staff were down right rude, I asked about local transport and was pointed to a poster on the wall. We were placed in a seperate building away from the main hotel, with our room being just above TGI Fridays which is also on site. We got to the room, opened the door and were hit with the most dreadful smell, like dampness. The bed looked unmade, there was hair in the bathroom. The reception staff couldnt have cared less about any of this. Pizza Hut is in the main hotel building and the girl behind the counter there was more interested in going home than us. For goodness sake, avoid this place, it isnt worth it!
Awesome room, Awesome service
We stayed at the Holiday Inn Tampa January 1 for 1 night to wrap up our vacation. The front desk agent was very friendly. The hotel room was big and very clean. With 5 of us we needed extra towels and an extra bed. When I called for the extra items they were delivered to our room within 10 minutes. We ate a late dinner at the convenience court and received great service. My kids had a blast in the pool, it was heated so they had a wonderful time. The Busch Gardens shuttle was great, we didnt have to pay for parking and were dropped off right out front of the park. No surprise charges at check out either like some hotels. We are planning a trip to Tampa again and will definitely book this hotel.
Not knowing the area, I was looking for a hotel that was reasonably priced and close to Busch Gardens.
I read the reviews and decided to take a chance. I should have listened - it sucked!
There was dirty towels in the bathroom hanging up and under the complimentary soap. There were dirty sheets on the bed with cigarette burn holes.
The rooms did not feel safe and there were a lot of rowdy loud people hanging out around our door.
We stayed at this property June 9 and 10 2003. We checked in and were given a room in a building seperate from the main building and quite far from the pool. I didn't feel real safe over in the seperate building and it wasn't anywhere close to the hotels best feature-its' pool. We went back and asked to be moved to another room and the staff did accomodate our request. We were moved to a poolside room which was a much better location. The room was very damp and not the cleanest. The pool area was very nice and kid friendly, but the accomodations were not the best. The location was great for busch gardens and there were lots of restaurants close by. We got a really cheap rate so we got what we paid for, but there is no way I would have paid full rate for the room we stayed in.
I read some bad reviews and thought "That only happens to other people." Wow, was I wrong. We booked a King Bed KidSuite for $125/night, too much I figured, but the kids will like it because it's themed like Busch Gardens where we were going. We would like it because it was roomy. When we pulled in, there were three shady looking characters sitting on the benches outside the entrance. They were eyeballing the vehicles as they came in. As I drove down the parking lot there were two Tampa PD squad cars sitting in the lot. One car had a woman in handcuffs in the back seat. According to a bystander, the woman had been making a scene in the pool area. OK, my wife and daughter went into the hotel, first to find a bathroom. They were given a curt reply to their inquiry for directions which made us feel like we were street people who had just stopped in to use the bathroom. I stayed at the front desk and checked in. It was like pulling teeth to get the clerk to get our reservation right. Although we booked the King Bed KidSuite (with "Free Dinner"), the clerk had no clue that we had, and gave us a "double." I noted the assignment and told her we had the King Bed KidSuite. I am being redundant using the room title, but I want everyone to note it says "King Bed KidSuite."The clerk said, "Our King Bed KidSuites don't have king-size beds. They are queen-size." The tone of her voice was as if I had asked for the wrong room. I said, "Well, why do you advertise it as a King Size KidSuite? I'm paying for a King Size KidSuite." She just looked at me. I knew I wasn't going to get anywhere, so I compromised and said the "queen-size bed will be OK."Then I had to fight to get the "Free Dinner" coupon. I was supposed to get one for each night's stay. She only gave me one, so I figured we'd get the other one the next night. Time to move on.I walked out to the parking lot to bring the car back around to the room and two men were bringing boxes otives, followed by "They broke into my truck!" The cops were already gone, so he went into the hotel lobby to report his break-in.Out around the front of the hotel I drove to a side parking lot next to a Chinese restaurant. I like Chinese food, but a constant barrage of any odor is sometimes too much.We toted our luggage through the urine-stenched hallway up the stairs to the second floor room facing the parking lot and Chinese restaurant. By now I was pretty tired and somewhat disgusted, but I forged onward.I opened the door to our room and the words that came out of my mouth are not printable. Suite? Not by any stretch of the imagination. What was touted as a King Bed Kidsuite turned out to be nothing more than a regular size room (double) with a queen-sized bed pushed up near the window and a five-foot high partition around where the other bed would have been. In the partioned area were a small-sized bunk bed set up and a single small-sized bed.I would have turned right around and walked out, but the kids thought it was neat. So, I once again compromised and unloaded the luggage.The kids immediately got into their swimming gear and went to the pool, which was clean and attractive. They loved the pirate ship and slides, so they were happy. After swimming, I had pretty much resigned myself to staying.I went a different way back to the room and went around the corner by the laundry. There were three scurvy-looking knaves (I just had to use that terminology) talking about cars and radios. One was writing down something on his hand, and another was talking on a cellphone. They immediately disbanded when they saw me, two taking off in the car and one going into the hotel's laundry room.I went to the hotel bar to have a beverage before dinner and sat down. A guy there told the bartender that his truck had been broken into the night before. "Four trucks in all," he added.Yes, there were enough red flags flying here that I should have jumped into the car and left, but I didn't.The family came down tke that. They had a list of sandwiches on the board and a pizza ordering queue. I had the $24 "Free Dinner" coupon, so after waiting an inordinate amount of time for the one person on duty behind the counter to notice our presence, I ordered a Philly steak sandwich, and the family ordered their favorites.When I brought out the coupon the server said "That's only for the pizza." I looked at the coupon and there was nothing on it about "only pizza" or anything of the sort. I made my opinions known and an officious sounding male came from the kitchen and said, "That's what the hotel offers."Finally, I said, "That's it. We're leaving." At the front desk the "manager(?)" made no attempt to resolve the situation although I asked to speak to him/her. The manager would not come out of the office.Another gentleman who had been in line with me did the same thing as I and cancelled his room and refused to pay. I got my "$0" bill and promptly went to the Baymont Inn and Suites and got a normal "double" for $64.99+tax. The place was much cleaner and the staff much nicer.After the Holiday Inn Busch Gardens debacle, we had a great time.
Hotel, Motel, Whatcha gonna do today?
I stayed here in March 2003 and had a wonderful experience. I did not notice any mold, in fact I thought it was one of the most clean& quiet Holiday Inns I have ever stayed at. Eating breakfast beside the beautiful pool was very relaxing, especially while watching the poolside waterfall. Their shuttle bus service to Bush Gardens is a nice feature thatwill save you the $10 parking fee. I also appreciated the key drop box for express check-out since I was in a hurry when I left. I felt very safeduring my stay there. The only drawback was that a deposit was required forphone usage - even though I am a Priority Club Member and only wanted tomake local calls. On the upside of being a PC Member here is that I wasgiven complimentary drinks at happy hour, free newspapers, discountedbreakfast, and a late check-out! I would both recommend and stay hereagain.
Great BUT Moldy
The Holiday Inn has a great pool for kids/toddlers -- it's the picture of the ppol that won my reservation -- my 2 1/2 yr old daughter loved it. The rooms were pretty, large enough, brightly decorated, and clean, but VERY moldy smelling. Even the carpet felt damp. This is a common problem in FL, but it was bad enough to give me and my daughter respitory symptoms. The staff was wonderful at all times. They let me look at 3 othe rooms in various places, but all smelled equally as bad.Kids eat free in the restaurant with an adult meal, but you may not want anything they are serving!This is a friendly hotel for families and a good value -- close to Busch Gardens, restuarants, etc. The walls were thick -- no noise problems. Nevertheless, I would not stay here again beacuse of the mold.
Loving the Holiday Inn
I had the pleasure of staying at the Holiday Inn Busch Gardens this past weekend. I must say it was a wonderful experience. The staff was friendly and very helpful. No matter the question or request, they had a ready answer for me and were prompt in getting me taken care of. The most amazing thing to me is: I have stayed at various hotels, never alone. And Holiday Inn is the first hotel in which I've made reservations for 3, and there were actually 3 towels and washcloths in the room. I didn't have to call for an extra set as i usually do. The room was spotless and had a very cozy look. There was no musty smell like some hotels have. Everything looked like it had been thoroughly cleaned moments before, AT ALL TIMES. We even had facial cleansing soap with cloths and coffe for us. And for the absent-minded like myself, if u forgot your toothpaste, just call. And someone will be happy to bring it to u ASAP. There's a courtesy shuttle to take you wherever you want to go. And will even make a U-turn occasionally because you have forgotten something in the room. :-) If in the Tampa area, I would without a doubt highly recommend staying at the Holiday Inn on Fowler Ave. I can guarantee you won't regret it.