La Quinta Inn Tampa Near Busch Gardens
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kern Valley Golden Trout Resort Kernville
Had a great time!
My fiance and I just came back from spending the weekend in Tampa. We stayed at the hotel from 1/7 - 1/9 and had a great time! We were a little aprehensive about the hotel since the reviews were not the best, but we were pleasantly surprised. The check in was quick and fast. We arrived there and were greeted by the person at the front desk who already had our paperwork ready and we were done in 5 minutes. The lobby is very nice and the grounds were kept well. We had booked a regular room with a King size bed. The room was very clean, and nicely decorated. The bathroom was immaculate and we did not encounter "ratty" blankets, we were surprised by the bed. It was a pillowtop and was extremely comfortable for being in a hotel. When we arrived at the room I did notice that we were missing towels but I called the front desk and within minutes they had clean towels ready for us.
We went up to Tampa to spend the weekend and go to Busch Gardens, for a short stay this hotel is excellent. It is directly across from Busch Gardens and not as expensive as some of the other hotels that are on the strip. We did go to the free breakfast and again we were surprised. They had an assortment of juices, coffee, tea, bagels, cereals, danishs, muffins, and waffles for you to eat. Not your ordinary "free continental breakfast". It was actually appetizing.
Here's the deal, if you are staying longer than a weekend then I would not suggest staying in Tampa at all! Stay in Orlando and drive over for the day! Tampa itself is horrible. Busch Gardens is a nice park in a bad location. There is nothing to do at night and the restaurants are limited. Don't even bother wasting your gas to go to "Ybor City" it is not what it is made out to be. They call it the "South Beach" of Tampa. Being from Miami I was expecting some nightlife and some nice restaurants to go out and eat. This is not the case. All of the "clubs" were empty except for the goth one and there are about 15 restaurants, 10 of which are pizza. But hey if pizza and Goth clubs are your thing then have fun otherwise look on Fowler Ave for a nice restaurant. Disney downtown, Orlando downtown, and Citywalk blow this place away.
By the way to get a discounted rate mention that you were referred by USF and they will give you the $59 dollars a night rate. :)
Don't be fooled by the lobby...
Stayed here 2 nights recently. The lobby is very beautiful and new. Lovely furnishings, rugs, window treatments etc. The pool area is pretty. Then you slide your key into the slot and enter a dump. The lobby and pool area must have been recently added, and they must have refurbished the outside of the building, but the rooms are extemely shabby and grungy. Freddy Krueger must have had the room before us as the sheets and blankets had slash marks. The shower curtain was moldy, and the whole room smelled of mold. They have a low weekly rate, therefore many of the other guests seemed to be transients, not vacationers. Very unpleasant!
If you like welfare hotels this is your place! Old ratty blankets. Dirty bathroom that is the size of a shoe box. We would'nt let our three year old take a bath, he had to shower. Breakfast is a very limited but free. During our check in we waited for ten minutes while the girl behind the counter talked on the phone. There are better choices in the area, please pick one.
One night ex busch gardens
Stayed here 12.8.04 one night after a very hectic day at Busch Gardens(literally round the corner).
Found the rooms basic but ok for short stays,not a lot of staff around,had to wait for about 15minutes to book in (6.30pm),while the 1 lady on recption answered phones,etc
In saying that the hotel is extreemly well placed for visitors to Busch who don't want to drive back to Orlando after a heavy theme park day(we were going to clearwater nxt day 30 mins away)
Complimentary breakfast was fair nothing special,but adequate
The one bonus was the sports bar on the corner of the road the hotel is in,nice meal heay alchol session,very reasonable and 2 mins from hotel.
Will stay here again in 2 years time when we go again.
Great Place to Stay!!
My husband and I stayed there last October, we were going to Howl-O-Scream..and was kinda weird about booking a room being we really didn't see it...unlike Disney World or something you know what they look like and the area.....But we were very impressed with everything...the staff, the grounds, beautiful pool....well lit parking area....Actually I am on here right now booking another weekend to attend Howl-O-Scream....Its our once a year to run around and act like a Kid!!
Not very clean
We didn't like this hotel much. The blankets and bathroom were not cleaned very well. The pool was ice-cold. The breakfast was ho-hum.
Great place to stay
This hotel was a pleasant surprise. The room was clean and all the rooms amenities worked. The pool was a nice size. The staff was corteous and the continental breakfast was fresh and was plentiful.
This hotel treated you like the larger chains without the bigger price.
Security not the best
Exterior corridors. Did not feel safe walking them alone. Witnessed a person asking the clerk behind the desk what room someone was in. The clerk did not understand Spanish and the person asking only spoke Spanish, so clerk showed this person a copy of who was staying in the hotel and what room they were in. Also, while sitting at the pool, two people approached us and wanted to demonstrate some perfume products which they had in their vehicle if we would just come to their vehicle.
Unsure what these people were selling, but they apparently came in off the street.
Had a flyer on the floor in the room when we arrived from "Italian Express Pizzeria" - do not order food from this restaurant. Food was terrible. You would think that if management would permit this restaurant to distribute their flyers in the hotel, the food would be good, but it was not. Apparently management has never eaten the food.
Great deal on Busch Garden tickets through this hotel. If you purchase tickets at the front desk, they are $50 total and you receive a coupon from the hotel for a second day free at Busch Gardens.
Thank goodness they had a room!
After a horrible experience at the Holiday Inn Tampa Busch Gardens (we checked out after a series of woeful events), I should rate the Baymont as "beyond excellent." The staff was VERY friendly and the room was clean. We all liked the pool and the Busch Bar and Grill next door (not a part of the hotel). The Baymont is convenient to Busch Gardens, but don't walk there if you have kids in tow -- pay the $7 parking at BG.
Continental breakfast was fine with us because we don't "load up" on food first thing in the morning.
7 trips in the 2001
i always stay at the baymont at bush garden, they al;ways give extra coffee and towels, one time there was a bug in my bed and i took it to the office and they moved me and the tother two that were with me to another room on another time the mode ran over but i was too tired to change rooms and i never got my traveler points but the apples in the lobby were good and the help were good folke and it is so to the shriner hospital that i will go back there everytime i am in tampa, ps i hope the next trip they have finished painting the pool, but try it you will like the place.
TripAdvisor Reviews Kern Valley Golden Trout Resort Kernville
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