Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Tampa I-75 Bruce B. Downs
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Swimming pool
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Tampa I-75 Bruce B. Downs
Best hotel in a long time
We stayed for two nights in late February and absolutely loved the place. We were going to Busch Gardens so the location was fine. The hotel itself is very clean and the staff are very helpful. The rooms are large and the bathrooms are very clean and modern. There are some very nice restaurants nearby and breakfast is really good in the hotel. There are 2 internet PCs available in the lobby which is realy handy when on holiday. You can also order room service from a restaurant called Bennigans which was really cool. This is a fantastic hotel for getting some peace and quiet without being too far away from anything (Clearwater Beach is about 1 hour away). Great hotel and great staff.
Above average staff & clean, clean, clean
My family of 5 stayed in this hotel (room # 220, 2 bedroom suite) for 3 nights in Feb, 06.
The hotel was clean in every area, from the guest laundry located on the third floor to the public bathrooms by the pool.
The staff was ALWAYS very helpful & friendly.
At check-in we were given a map of surrounding restaurants & chain stores. We were also informed that Bennigans would deliver to the room & all charges would be put on the room. (we ate from bennigans 2 nights & the food was good)
Their breakfast was more than adequate considering it was free & included enough of a variety to keep both the adults & the kids happy. The staff did not mind if you just raided the breakfast & took it back up to your room. (we did everyday)
There was free ice cream sandwiches & bars from 8-10 every night & the staff didn't watch the freezer too closely. I think one of my kids lived in that freezer one night.
There was a noticeable police presence in the common lobby area every night, not that I ever saw any criminal elements around the hotel.
Very peaceful location off of the main drag, the pool is located against the back parking lot, with no real view of anything but trees.
Very nice hotel
Stayed 2 nights with my family 31st March, 1st April and everything about it was perfect. Clean room, nice breakfast, quiet location but close to eating establishments. My only adverse comment is that I can remember when they started out Holiday Inn Express was a cheap option for quality. They've kept the quality and upped the prices!
Decent - Overpriced
Firstly, this location is really good. Convenient to eatieries, I-75 and other locations. However, there is nothing really special to set it apart from many other HI Expresses. The rooms and grounds are clean but the beds are nothing extraordinary and uncomfortable in a few rooms. Even for Tampa, the $130-150 is a bit steep for no better of a hotel. Remember folks, this is a Holiday Inn - I've noticed an upward trend at all HI locations and for what? For $160 you can go to the Crowne Plaza which is 100% better value for the money. I do not recommend.
Nice location, but watch out for traffic getting there
Nice Hotel. Convenient with included breakfast. Nearby roads can get extremely busy. It is about 80 mins to Disney and 15 mins to Busch Gardens. Cinema complex approx 200yds away was a definite plus.
This hotel is in a very good location, within WALKING distance of movie theatre and restaurants, yet remaining quiet. Also handy for Busch Gardens. We had a Presidential Suite which is ideal for a family, containing two seperate bedrooms and a lounge area, small breakfast bar and bathroom and three TVs which was clean and comfortable with plenty of storage space. The inclusive breakfast was good, with free newspapers and my Sons could use the free internet that was in the lounge/breakfast room. The staff were friendly and efficient. The pool area was fairly small but adequate as the hotel was very quiet at this time of year. There are a few rooms which overlook the pool, but mostly the view is car park and beyond. We would certainly stay here again though.
Very nice hotel
Very nice hotel: clean - although carpet had some stains on it, but rest of room & bathroom were VERY clean-, nice location, very friendly staff, good breakfast, quiet. Would definitely stay again.
Just returned from a five night stay. This was one of the nicest Holiday Inn Express' I've seen. It was very clean, new and in a very quiet, nice location. The only complaint I had was that they did not provide enough wash cloths. However, when I called to request more, full sets of towels were delivered in 5-10 minutes. We had a very enjoyable stay and the breakfast was good as well. The cinnamon rolls were excellent! Would highly recommend this hotel.
Brand new hotel (maybe 2 years old at the most?) in a very good location, off the main road yet literally five minutes from Busch Gardens and Univ of South Florida. Very friendly staff, truly accomodating. Large, clean rooms with two queen size beds instead of the usual doubles, or a king. Off the lobby is a lovely room used for the free continental breakfast, which is not the usual donuts/pastry affair but a very extensive cold buffet including fresh fruit, cereals, hard boiled eggs, etc. and wonderfully fresh cinnamon buns. This room also has a computer with Internet available for anyone to use, also gratis, plus they offer free Internet in all the rooms.
But it is the staff there that really makes this relatively inexpensive hotel stand out - I inadvertently didn't cancel a previous reservation and was billed for it - so a month later when I went to book a room and mentioned that, not only didn't they charge us, they upped us to a junior suite because we had paid $10 more than the current special rate they were offering! They truly understand customer service.
Great place to stay
Brand new hotel located in "New Tampa". We received a very friendly reception when checking in. Hotel is within walking distance of Bennigan's and Ruby Tuesday's. There is also a Romano's Mac Grill and Chili's across the street and all an easy walk. There is a 20 screen movie theater a block away and a wonderful 11 mile walking/biking path located in a beautiful preserve environment across the street and about a mile down the road.
TripAdvisor Reviews Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites New Tampa I-75 Bruce B. Downs
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Thursday March 21st
Depart Tampa on American Airlines flight 1927 on Thursday March 21st at 9:20am
Arrive Miami at 10:55 am (5 hour and 30 ...