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Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North Busch Gardens

This is a 2 star hotel in Tampa
720 E Fowler Ave I-275, Tampa, FL, U.S.A.
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Within a 1-minute drive of I-275, outdoor pool, but not a guest favourite
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking and free local calls
  • A few guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • A few guests described the staff as friendly
  • A few reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the interstate
  • No on-site restaurant
  • Several guests thought that their rooms were in need of updates
  • A few reviewers said that other guests at the hotel made them feel unsafe
  • A couple of guests noticed unpleasant smells in their rooms
  • A couple of reviewers complained that this hotel did not have an elevator
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Editor's Analysis

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Updated on Dec 11, 2013
This property is less than a 1-minute drive from Interstate 275 and is situated among several shopping centres. With downtown Tampa about a 10- to 20-minute drive away, depending on traffic, and convenient highway access, this property is well suited for guests looking to explore the area by car.

Both smoking and non-smoking accommodations are available. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, free local calls, a TV, a mini-fridge, a microwave, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, a desk, a safe and individual climate control. Accessible rooms are available on the ground floor.

Free parking is available on site and pets are not permitted. This hotel does not have an elevator.

A free breakfast is served daily from 6:30 am to 9:30 am. This hotel does not have an on-site restaurant. Other on-site amenities include an outdoor pool, guest computer access and an ice machine.

Busch Gardens, an amusement park and zoo, is 12 minutes away by car. Downtown attractions, including the Tampa Bay Times Forum, are about 10 to 20 minutes away by car, while the Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is a 15- to 20-minute drive away. 

Westshore Mall and International Plaza are both about 20 minutes away by car, while the Tampa International Airport (TPA) is a 25-minute drive away, depending on traffic. Tropicana Field, home of MLB's Tampa Bay Devil Rays, is a 40-minute drive away. (All driving time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified by a front desk agent on December 11, 2013: Free breakfast hours.
The Good
Among the reviews used for this analysis, a few guests thought that the room rates were reasonable.

A few guests praised the staff for their friendly service, while a few reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the interstate.

A few guests described their rooms as clean, but there were several guest concerns about the cleanliness and condition of their rooms (see below for more details).

The Bad
There were several common concerns found for this property, among the reviews sourced for this editorial.

As mentioned above, several guests said that the rooms did not meet their cleanliness expectations. Some of these guests described mouldy areas in the bathrooms and on the ceilings, while one reviewer thought that his room was unsanitary.

Several guests thought that the rooms were in need of updates, specifically the carpeting, while a couple of reviewers noticed an unpleasant odour in their room.

A couple of reviewers complained that this hotel did not have an elevator. 

A few guests said that some of the patrons of this hotel made them feel unsafe and one of these guests suspected that some of the women loitering near the lobby were prostitutes. gave this hotel an average score of 3 out of 5, with 66% of 490 guests recommending the property. ranked this hotel #121 out of 157 hotels in Tampa, with an average score of 2 out of 5, from 65 reviews.

The author called the hotel on December 11, 2013 to verify some information.

Guest Reviews

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76.99 USD - 0.00 USD Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North Busch Gardens
Out of 126 hotels
Guest Rating Explained
Rating: 7.0 / 10

No. of guest ratings: 1
No. of guest comments: 1
Guest Recommended: Yes
Popularity Ranking Explained

Rating: #14 out of 126 hotels in Tampa ranked by guests.
Guest Recommendations
"brakfast could have been alittle better over all everything was good"
Verified Guest from Tallahasee, FL US rated Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North Busch Gardens 8 out of 10 on January 30, 2011


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Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North Busch Gardens

  • High-speed Internet
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pool
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Wake-up Service
  • Garden
  • Water Activities
  • Water-skiing
  • Pool Outdoor

User Contributed Info

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Category Accommodation and Food Services
Friday Closing Time 24:00
Friday Opening Time 00:00
Listing Type Place
Monday Closing Time 24:00
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Place Activities Sleeping / Lodging (hotel, chalet, B&B, cabin...)
Saturday Closing Time 24:00
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Sunday Closing Time 24:00
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Thursday Closing Time 24:00
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Tuesday Closing Time 24:00
Tuesday Opening Time 00:00
Wednesday Closing Time 24:00
Wednesday Opening Time 00:00

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