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Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens
Ranked #26 of 162 Hotels in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Seminole, Florida
Level Contributor
89 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Banquet Manager Excellent and Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

I recently stayed in Tampa for a family reunion over the July 4 weekend. I called to ask about early check-in and was told to come on in. The staff was friendly and helpful and very pleasant. To top off our visit was the banquet manager, Steve Amatrading. Steve's staff was outstanding, offering to assist us in any way, the banquet food was excellent and the chicken you would cut with a fork, the salads were great- everything made for a wonderful time. The breakfast and manager's reception was also a plus and I would recommend anyone that's going to stay in Tampa to stay at this location.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Bettye J
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ScottSelvaggi, General Manager at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Dear Bettye J,

Thank you for taking the time out to give us a 5 star review!

Specifically thank you for your comments regarding Steve and our banquet team.

We are proud of our entire team and I will share your comments with them.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you.

Scott Selvaggi
General Manager
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Columbus, Georgia
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

For the most part the hotel was clean, staff was very friendly and very accomodating. Enjoyed the manager's social hour and the hot breakfast. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Would reccommend this hotel to all my friends and family. If I were to visit Tampa again, would use this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Thank Takaya692000
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ScottSelvaggi, General Manager at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Dear Takaya692000,

Thank you for taking the time out to give us a review.

Specifically thank you for your comments regarding our evening reception and free made to order breakfast.

We are proud of our entire team and I will share your comments with them.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you.

Scott Selvaggi
General Manager
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Fort Myers, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

On a recent trip to Tampa for a family emergency I had the opportunity to visit the Embassy Suites at USF. If you are planning a trip to Tampa, Florida don't think twice about your accommodations! The Embassy Suites is a fantastic property with a central location and great proximity to area attractions such as Busch Gardens and MOSI. To get your day off to a great start don't miss the "Best Breakfast South of The Georgia Line!" The Breakfast Buffet is FREE! But don't think it is sub par like those "continental" breakfasts that most hotels offer. It is superb, with cooked to order omelets, hot grits, crispy bacon & sausage, cereal, pastrys, fruit. and a sampling of everything breakfast! The wait staff is attentive and helpful and the kitchen staff Tyron & Elba were top rate. Their kindness and service were much appreciated! It was like being at a 5 star hotel!!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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2 Thank Chrystal S S
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ScottSelvaggi, General Manager at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Dear Chrystal S S,

Thank you for taking the time out to give us a 5 star review!

Specifically thank you for your comments regarding Tyrone and Elba and your overall breakfast experience.

We are proud of our entire team and I will share your comments with them.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you.

Scott Selvaggi
General Manager
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014 via mobile

This place is very well located near Busch gardens and other local attractions. It has a beautiful indoor garden for lobby and the people that work here treat their guest as family. The facilities were clean but the rooms were the best. People here are real honest. I left some money out intended to be a tip for the cleaning lady and left some valuable electronics on the desk. The lady that cleaned my room not only made the beds and cleaned up the room with a lot of detail but the money was left untouched and the valuables too. The people at the front desk were really nice first of all Laura made my day. I asked to change rooms and all was booked. The next day she remembered my request and found us a new room. That shows how much she cares for the guest staying here and to please their needs. Thank you Laura. We had a couple of football teams staying on our third day and breakfast was really busy but here comes this lady Nancy García; she was taking care of everybody and tending to their every need. The juice ran out and not only did she took care of it , she also went table after table delivering juice to the people waiting while it was refilled. She did the same with coffee and any other thing that ran out.this wonderful woman kept the tables clean and ensure that everything ran smmothly. Thank you nancy. Elba santiago works in the kitchen on the made to order eggs during the morning and she was awesome.not only did she kept the line real short but I had the best custom scrambled eggs in a long time. Not only she was fast and efficient but also made the order great. Thank you for a great guest service and attention to detail.I will definitely stay here when I comeback to tampa.

  • Stayed June 2014
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Thank noly d
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ScottSelvaggi, General Manager at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens, responded to this review, 26 June 2014
Dear Noly D,

Thank you for taking the time out to give us a 5 star review!

Specifically thank you for your comments regarding Nancy, Elba, and Laura.

We are proud of our entire team and I will share your comments with them.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you.

Scott Selvaggi
General Manager
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Live Oak, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

I paid a little extra to stay here but it really was worth it..I had a custom omelette for breakfast.. I had a few drinks in the hotel longue and the bartender was great! The bed was very comfortable and everyone was so friendly..the shuttle took us to Busch Gardens when there was only 2 of us..they picked us up...very very nice...no charge...in my suite was a coffee maker with custom blends a refridge and microwave,,,,

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank steve c
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ScottSelvaggi, General Manager at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Dear Steve C,

Thank you for taking the time out to give us a 5 star review!

Specifically thank you for your comments regarding our free made to order breakfast, Oak Tree Lounge, complimentary shuttle, and our comfortable beds.

We are proud of our entire team and I will share your comments with them.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you.

Scott Selvaggi
General Manager
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Tampa, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

This particular hotel location, first of all, is very convenient to many parts of Tampa. Second, the rooms are OUTSTANDING. The amount of room, cleanliness, etc. more than exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend this as a must stay location when visiting Tampa/Busch Gardens area.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Joan C
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ScottSelvaggi, General Manager at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Dear Joan C,

Thank you for taking the time out to give us a 5 star review!

Thank you for your comments regarding our location and our clean suites.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you.

Scott Selvaggi
General Manager
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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

Central to local restaurants and attractions...went to Tampa museum of Art..and museum of History..ate at Colombia for lunch..enjoyed our day...took a drive through Hyde Park , nice upscale older homes..also went to Busch Gardens..enjoyed the free evening beverages back at Embassy Suites..very relaxing ..roomy..quiet..clean

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Review collected in partnership with Embassy Suites Hotels

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Thank doug m
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ScottSelvaggi, General Manager at Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens, responded to this review, 23 June 2014
Dear Doug M,

Thank you for taking the time out to give us a 5 star review!

Specifically thank you for your comments regarding our location, relaxing suites, and our evening reception.

We are proud of our entire team and I will share your comments with them.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Thank you.

Scott Selvaggi
General Manager
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Property: Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens
Address: 3705 Spectrum Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612
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Region: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#9 Business Hotel in Tampa
#15 Family Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa-USF/Near Busch Gardens 3.5*
Number of rooms: 247
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Embassy Suites Tampa- USF/Near Busch Gardens is located less than 2 miles from major Tampa attractions including Busch Gardens, University of South Florida and the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI). Our guests start their day with a free made-to-order breakfast and end the evening with our complimentary Evening Reception with snacks and drinks. ... more   less 
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