Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens
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TravelPod Member ReviewsEmbassy Suites Hotel Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens
We stayed just for one night, the room was big, clean and comfortable.
The breakfast was good for USA standards.
The location was excellent if you wanna go to Busch Gardens.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Embassy Suites Hotel Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens
Loved this place!!
I have not one bad thing to say about this hotel!! We had the nicest experience here and will never stay at any other hotel. The staff was wonderful and the rooms were spotless. Not to mention the free made to order breakfast and manager's reception with free coctails and snacks were all what a weary traveling family of five needed!! We really felt pampered and taken care of!!!!!!
This is an excellent hotel. We stayed for 4 nights and wished we could stay longer. The rooms all have new carpeting, and are very large. 6 of us stayed in one room very comfortably. The made to order breakfast and free cocktail hour were awesome. The shuttle service to and from Busch Gardens and Adventure Island was prompt with courteous drivers. Never had to wait more than 5 minutes for them. The hotel is very beautiful, elegant and worth every penny. It is the most I ever paid, but will definetely stay there again and again. All 6 of us loved it. The pool and spa as well as the workout room and sauna were fabulous as well. Not a single complaint.
What a wonderful hotel!! The evening reception and made to order breakfast won us over. The room was great for 2 adults and 3 kids. We will be loking for Embassy Suites wherever we travel .
I just stayed at the Embassy Suites Tampa Busch Gardens with my family for ten days. We had an excellent time and really enjoyed our stay at the Embassy Suites. The hotel is very nice and kept clean. The rooms are also kept very clean. Each room is a suite so there is a small kitchen with a refrigerator and microwave. There is also two televisions in the room which helps if you have children. The staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfast was excellent. They had quite a variety of things to choose from to eat. Each evening there was a managers reception which was nice. There is no limit on the number of drinks which is generous by most hotel standards. A few more snacks would have been nice at the reception but you really could not complain because you are allowed to bring your own snacks or food if you were that hungry or you could order food from the bar and/or restaurant. The hotel has a very nice exercise room with a sauna. There is also a game room for the kids and a computer room. The pool is very nice and the hotel provides towels. The hotel is convenient to many restaurants and stores. It is only a mile from Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. I would recommend if you plan to do both parks to buy the two day pass. We saved a lot of money doing that plus if you wanted to return to the water park for a second day they offer a big discount at the water park. I think an extra day was around $10. The water park is really worth it. Overall I would give the Embassy Suites Tampa Busch Gardens an excellent rating and would stay there again.
I stayed here with my wife and kids for three nights for the Outback Bowl. The hotel is nice and clean, and the rooms are large which is perfect when travelling with young children as there is two separate rooms. The breakfast was delicious, and the manager's reception was not bad at all. The free transportation to Busch Gardens was great, and was easy to coordinate.
The suite was clean and comfortable and the staff very friendly, but unfamiliar with the local area restaurants and geography. They steer people to nearby chains that are reliable but uninspiring.
Five moderate annoyances:
1. The phone system was difficult to use - with the preset message retrieval button linking to a wrong extension.
2. Bathroom air vent blew cigarette smoke from another floor into my (nonsmoking) suite.
3. No towels at the swimming pool.
4. "Bread" available for toasting at breakfast buffet had the consistency (and possibly the taste) of cardboard.
5. "Howl-o-Scream" revelers let the air out of a tire on a colleague's rental car. If you're not going to Busch Gardens when the Howl-o-Scream festivities are happening, be prepared to get caught up in its mayhem anyway.
Just what we wanted
Just the perfect place to stay when going to Busch Gardens. This was our first Embassy Suites and couldn't have been more surprised. I'm convinced that your stay is only as good as your room is and our room was lovely. It was on the upper floor, away from the elevator. The Happy Hour was lots of fun and the complimentay breakfast was just right. The room was clean and neat an we only have one complaint.....why have they installed automatic A/C thermostats that rise in temperature when they don't sense movement in the room? I want my room cool when I enter it, not an hour after I return from a hot day at Busch Gardens. Plant ops was unable to override this feature, but we managed to fool it. Other than that, this is a great hotel.
Spacious, yet rooms need some TLC
The eight story hotel is interior corrider, all rooms opening to atrium overlooking courtyard style tables for manager's reception, and breakfast, and restaurants. Three nice glass elevators allow view of atrium area. Downside, the living room was so very dark, and if you opened the drapes, people could see in your room from the hallway. The bedroom windows were the view outdoors. We had to keep the lights on to see always. We asked for a non smoking room, but upon entry, commented to the bellman that the room smelled like smoke, he agreed. I called front desk, and they said it was a smoking room one and a half years ago. There were burn marks all over the carpeting, and even on the sheer curtains. The sofa was very uncomfortable. The furniture so flimsy that my four year old pulled out the drawer, and the lamp, and table toppled over onto him. The view was great at night. The pool and jacuzzi was very nice, but close to parking lot, and anyone could go in it. I saw people driving up in cars, and going to pool, that were not staying at hotel. Having stayed in Scottsdale, AZ at an ES prior, the manager's reception was poor. Three bowls, chips, pretzels, and tortilla chips and salsa. Hardly hor dourves as written. Breakfast was very good. I paid 125.10, and felt it was too much. Will not stay again.
Very Nice Roomy Suite
We stayed 3 nights in January, for a family visit. The rooms are very nice, roomy with all the necessary amenities - coffee maker, fridge, microwave, etc. The beds were good, as was the pull-out bed in the living room. When the "Menu" didn't work on the TV, they sent an engineer up within two minutes, and even credited me a free movie for the trouble! The included breakfast was good, and the ''cocktail party" a nice extra. Also, the restaurant was reasonably priced and their food was good. The pool looked very nice, even though it was too cool to swim. There was a business center with two computers, which came in handy since my teenage daughter had to write a paper for homework! Oh - I almost forgot - the front desk staff even gave me a 3:30 p.m. check-out when I told them I had a late flight home - unheard of! I was very impressed! If you need to be in the Busch Gardens area, this is the place!
Not as good as expected
Embassy Suites are generally very nice hotels. This one was nice, but the housekeeping service was unacceptable! Our family stayed for 5 days the week before Christmas 2003. The bedroom had a card to be placed on your pillow if you wanted your sheets changed. Their standard was to change sheets after 3 days regardless. I placed the card on my pillow on the 3rd morning (after a sandy day at the beach the 2nd day there) and the bed was just made - not changed. I just figured they were waiting to change them after 3 days, but they NEVER did change them throughout our entire stay! When you pay $159.00/day for a room and you want clean sheets, you should get them - totally unacceptable!! They never vacuumed our room either during our stay. We will try another hotel chain our next vist to Tampa.