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Econo Lodge Busch Gardens
Ranked #134 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
Saint John, Canada
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Reviewed 19 February 2012

We chose this hotel out of room saver and they honored the coupon. The room was gorgeuos the bed awesome, great bathroom, (not enough towels) flat screen tv. amazing pool, great breakfast.
Clean large, rooms & ac perfect. Check in was ok ,however was charged twice, but she told me that the second time the card was charged she reversed it. (i have not verified this as of yet, it takes time for charges to post to credit card). I did see a bug in the bathroom on the door I grabbed a tissue and squished it and could hear a crunch and it was a light color, now, there was no bugs anywhere else, (and I looked) and my husband said it could have come from outside on someones clothes, it is Florida.
Check out ok, however, we asked for a short late check out (11:30am) and was told no as they had a full house, however, there were hardly any cars outslde, I did tell them that my husband just got up, i had the room tidied and was all packed, he just had to shower , (there was a very nice woman in shouskeeping staff) I took bags outsde to car and had to organize outside. Sitting on the ground which i did not mind, but not great for business, it just does not look good.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2012

Stayed there with family to visit Busche Gardens. It's within close walking distance to the theme park. However, the hotel is very old. There is a wet moldy smell to it. The hotel was quite empty when we were there. I paid about sixty dollars per night plus taxes. So I guess you get what you paid for.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Stuttgart, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2011

This hotels has it´s pros and cons:

Pros:
* Newly renovated rooms (still undergoing renovations in the backside of the hotel, You don´t notice anything of that).
* Price unbeatable 50 $ inkl. breakfast (bacon, eggs, bagels, toast ect)
* Within walking distance to Busch Gardens (5-10 Minutes to the gate) - no parking fees
* very, very friendly staff
* quite, good aircondition (you get the remote control for it at the check in ?!)
* free internet in room, speed is good (note: no businesscenter)
* new good beds (mattrasses)


Cons:
* the renovation left traces: dirty appearing doors (looked dusty, but is not cleanable, black footprints on it), paint on microwave, bathroom floor, lightswitches (covers new, switch is old), the
cold and hot button on the faucet was switched and so on.
* had two rooms - in one the clock was missing, in the other one the remote control (and the picture jiggled)and the hair dryer was loose and out of order
* the electronic safe was always closed (extra costs?)
* one shower head was wistling, not much water
* although the room was mostly clean, there had been stains on the carpet and greasy (old!) remains on the clockradio
* the rooms at the frontside are very loud (street traffic, sliding doors vibrate from the traffic)

Also the re-use of the padded envelopes for the room keys is a bit of strange ?!

All things considered it isn´t definitifly a bad choice, especially for the price, and we would stay there again.
But maybe they should controll the freshly renovated rooms, if the equipment is complete and working and have the renovation enterprise to work a bit more carefully with the remaining things (like doors, light switchs and so on :-)). Then I would rate it higher.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

We stayed here for one night after Busch Garden's Howl-o-Scream. The hotel wasn't amazing, but it was sufficient for a night's stay. It was clean enough, slight smell of mildew in the lobby but we were just there for the night. The best thing about the hotel is the location, it was literally across the street from the Busch Garden's parking lot, which saves you $13.00. The breakfast was fulfilling; it was continental, but included some eggs and bacon. Not a bad deal for the price.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Sam P, Manager at Econo Lodge Busch Gardens, responded to this review, 2 October 2011
Thank you taking the time to give us your feedback.
We look forward to accommodating you on your next visit to Busch Gardens.
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Pasadena, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2011

this hotel was amazing it was super clean and the lobby and halls were incredibly beautiful and its so convenient to the amazing amusement park Busch gardens i saved parking money cause we parked are car at the hotel and just walked to bush gardens that is how close it is i could also see the roller coasters out of the balcony all i can say is that this hotel was amazing and i cant wait to go back!!!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Weston, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 July 2011

Location is perfect when visiting busch gardens. Saved on parking. The hotel went thru major renovations and looks really nice compared to previous years. The new breakfast program is awesome. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Will continue staying at this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Econo Lodge Busch Gardens
Address: 4139 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33617 (Formerly Quality Inn Busch Gardens)
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Region: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #134 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Econo Lodge Busch Gardens 2.5*
Number of rooms: 99
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Econo Lodge, a Tampa hotel near Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa Florida. The Econo Lodge is ideally located within walking distance of the entrance to Busch Gardens Africa amusement park. This Tampa, FL hotel is minutes from the Florida Aquarium, the Museum Of Science and Industry (MOSI), Florida State Fairgrounds, Florida Hospital, the Raymond James Stadium, the University of South Florida and the Ybor City historic district. Several beautiful beaches are about 30 minutes from the hotel. Many shopping opportunities are also close by. Visitors will enjoy recreational activities like jet skiing, parasailing, golfing, sport fishing, scuba diving and boating. A variety of restaurants, cocktail lounges and entertainment venues are located in the surrounding area. In addition, the Tampa area offers some of the best seafood under the sun. Hotel amenities and features include:•Free continental breakfast•Free wireless high-speed Internet access•Free local calls•Free coffee. After an exciting day of sightseeing, guests of this Tampa, FL hotel will enjoy relaxing in the outdoor pool. All guest rooms have hair dryers, irons, ironing boards and cable television. Some rooms come equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, sofa sleepers and balconies. Laundry facilities are located on the property for added guest convenience.The perfect location, affordable accommodations and friendly customer service make the Quality Inn hotel the perfect place to stay for business and leisure travelers. We look forward to serving you when visiting the Tampa area. ... more   less 
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