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“Woken up by the cruise ship guests”

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Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City
Ranked #22 of 163 Hotels in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
113 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Woken up by the cruise ship guests”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

Pros:This hotel has nice spacious rooms and a decent pool. Helpful & courteous guy on reception, didnt get his name but he's very tall!

Cons: Cruise guests leave their car here and get a shuttle to the port, which means that at some unearthly hour in the morning doors are banging, kids are screetching and people are going into each others rooms to collect luggage and talk in loud voices about how excited they are about their imminent cruise. Both nights we were there we were woken by groups of cruise people crashing about and talking loudly.

Breakfast finishes at 9am, which is no good if you're a tourist and want a bit of a lie in. And when I say 9am it is strictly on the dot, the lights go out the tv is turned off and the food is whisked away. The breakfast area is tiny so alot of people have to stand or take their food elsewhere. Not that there is much worth eating, it's fairly basic.

All in all this hotel has a lot going for it but needs to sort out the issues I have mentioned.

Room Tip: Ask for a room well away from any cruise ship guests.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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IHRMC_Manager, Guest Relations Manager at Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We are pleased to see our great staff but have to apologize for the noise level of our other guests. Thank you again and we hope this doesn't prevent you from staying with us again in the future.
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Palm Beach, Florida
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150 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2014

I was pretty hard on this property in my last review and rightfully so. I was promised they would make it right for this year and they certainly have put forth an effort. It's probably best that I give you a pros and cons list.

Pros:
Neema gave me a wonderful rate to return and extended it to the others that traveled with us last year. The property is generally maintained and the desk staff is quite friendly. The pool area will remind you of a tropical oasis. The 2-room suites are the best way to travel! The extra space plus the extra bathroom are something you get nowhere else in this price range. I've never used it but apparently the stay, park, and cruise package is a great deal.

Cons:
Because they gave me a discounted rate they wouldn't qualify my stay for reward points. This is just management being cheap and frankly it's disrespectful to an unhappy guest. My red carpet stains have been traded for black stains and the furniture is worn and downright uncomfortable. Shuttles are still available for you to travel around, but don't run late and cost as much as a cab. Breakfast, while available is sub-standard to the brand. The hot food is limited to biscuits and gravy and waffles along with over-ripe fruit, yogurt, stale bread items, and cereal. Building 2 is right on top of the freeway and there is noise all night long.

In conclusion, I have to wholeheartedly disagree with folks giving this property 5 stars. They've either never stayed at a 5 star property or are simply comparing it to others in the Choice Hotels lineup. Frankly if that were the case, I'd give it 4 instead of 3. You have choices in lodging. If this property offers an exceptional rate it won't disappoint you. If however the rates are comparable with nicer properties in the area, I'd look there first.

Room Tip: The main building with the lobby doesn't have freeway noise.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Thank Andrew L
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IHRMC_Manager, Guest Relations Manager at Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

We want to first thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We are very happy that you gave us a second chance and found our staff to be very friendly. While we see you found good value in your stay we are disappointed to see we couldn't give you the memorable stay we try to deliver to all of our guests. Thank you again.
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Ummm...we were slightly suspicious when we first pulled up! The area looked a bit sketchy and we approached the desk with some trepidation! But, this place is a great example of why it's a bad idea to rush to judgement!

The staff was super amazing; they hooked our family up with a two room suite which had a pull out sofa and two bathrooms. The folks at the front desk were all so friendly and helpful. All very clean and in great shape! The pool area is surprisingly LOVELY. With beautiful landscaping and lighting, you can truly forget that you are located right below the highway. By the way - that was another great feature; it made it super easy to get to, and yet there was NO highway noise in the rooms. The complimentary breakfast isn't all that exciting (steer clear of the hard boiled eggs!) - but for what we paid for the room(s) and a week's worth of cruise parking - it was AWESOME!!

The shuttle drivers were great!!! On-time in BOTH directions and the vans were in nice shape.

We would DEFINITELY stay here again and recommend it to anyone who is heading off to a cruise from the Tampa port!!!!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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IHRMC_Manager, Guest Relations Manager at Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We are thrilled to see you enjoyed your stay with us and are very excited about your next stay with us!
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Dublin, Ireland
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125 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Me and my husband spent in this hotel 3 nights in December. Room is spacious and very well equipped. Towels are changed every day. Breakfast is quite good, can keep you full for the morning. Swimming pool area is very nice and clean. Hotel is located not far from Ybor City (around $8 for a taxi). It is very good hotel which is not expensive. I can totally recommend it for stay.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Agusia01
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IHRMC_Manager, Guest Relations Manager at Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We are so thrilled to see your time with us during the Holiday season. Thank you again and we look forward to having you back with us the next time you are in the area!
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Kankakee, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 January 2014

From the time I called to book our park and cruise to the time we picked up our car after our cruise, the care we were given by Neema and the staff was exceptional. We were treated like family and Neema saw that we had everything we needed to make our stay at the hotel and our port transfers perfect. I was pleasantly surprised to not only have very reasonable rates but to also have the round trip transfers to the Port of Tampa and parking included in the price of one night's stay. The rooms were very clean and spacious. For the price, I didn't expect a full hot breakfast but we were pleasantly surprised at what they had (including make your own waffles, fresh fruit, yogurt........). It was a perfect variety of foods to start the day. The hotel is right by I-4 so you do hear a little road sound, but it didn't cause us a problem. We will definately stay at this hotel next time we are in Tampa. You won't find a better place for the price. Thanks Neema. You are an asset to the Quality Inn family.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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IHRMC_Manager, Guest Relations Manager at Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your stay and that our amazing staff was able to make your stay a memorable one. Thank you again and we are looking forward to seeing you again!
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Chattanooga
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

We used the park and cruise package at the Quality Inn & Suites near fairground in Tampa. The room was spacious and clean, the staff was very friendly and the price was very reasonable as it included parking. I would recommend this property and would stay here again.

Stayed January 2014
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IHRMC_Manager, Guest Relations Manager at Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We are pleased to hear you found great value in your stay and that our great staff was able to make it a comfortable one. We are looking forward to your next stay!
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Loganville, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 January 2014

The hotel is very nice it would be great to have more of a variety for breakfast. The service was great. From the front desk to housekeeping was very good. Like I said before about breakfast some eggs and sausage would be nice.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Deborah W
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IHRMC_Manager, Guest Relations Manager at Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City, responded to this review, 6 January 2014
Dear Deborah,

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay with us. We are thrilled to see our amazing staff helped make your stay an amazing one! Thank you again and we are looking forward to your next stay with us.
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Property: Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City
Address: 4955 E 18th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605-2407
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Region: United States > Florida > Tampa
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
#12 Romantic Hotel in Tampa
#17 Family Hotel in Tampa
#32 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Quality Inn & Suites Near Fairgrounds Ybor City 2.5*
Number of rooms: 125
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Quality Inn & Suites, a Tampa hotel near Ford Amphitheatre at Florida State Fairgrounds. Conveniently located in the heart of Tampa's business district, the brand new Quality Inn & Suites is minutes away from the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Ford Amphitheatre at Florida State Fairgrounds and the Port of Tampa. This Tampa, FL hotel is also close to popular attractions and venues like Ybor City, St. Pete Times Forum, the Tampa Convention Center, Raymond James Stadium and Busch Gardens theme park. ... more   less 
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