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La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)
Ranked #39 of 164 Hotels in Tampa
Reviewed 9 March 2014

This hotel could have received 4 stars. It's a good value, very close to USF campus. The room and the bathroom were spotless. The room was good sized and so was the closet, although I would have liked blankets in the closet (I ended up using the blanket from the unused second bed). Breakfast is not memorable, but it will do.
What knocked it down to 2 stars is the fact that, during my second night, a bunch of kids started making a terrible noise. There was yelling, loud laughing, and plenty of door slamming. I called the front desk and was assured that they'd immediately send someone to make them stop. The noise continued for more than one hour after that. The next morning, in a room full of bleary-eyed teens having breakfast, one of my colleagues informed me that he too had called the front desk to complain, uselessly. I do not blame La Quinta for rude teenagers and their sorry excuse for a chaperon. But I do blame them for not putting their foot down and making them stop. So, buyer beware: if you are unlucky enough to be near some rude, inconsiderate bunch, staff will do nothing about it.
To be clear, when not invaded by poorly chaperoned teens, the hotel is very quiet.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled on business
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Stayed 3 days in early March, 2014. Room does have some minimal early morning street noise. High definition Samsung TV with about 30 channels including NFL Network, Fox News, CNN and CNBC along with a couple of Showtime channels. Breakfast is available 6-9 am on weekdays and 7-10 on weekends. It is fairly robust for a continental breakfast including a make-your-own waffle machine, toast, muffins, bagels, tea, coffee, orange & apple joice along with 3 cold cereal options. Hot water is immediate and the room was nicely cleaned each day. Solid value for the money in the 80-90 range. It's also very conveniently located for USF, Busch Gardens and MOSI.

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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

My husband and I stayed at this motel last when we returned from a cruse in February. The motel was extremely clean, the location is convenient to airport, and the staff helpful. More staff is needed for check in. One employee can not handle this very well.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

Visited Tampa, Clearwater beach, and Busch Gardens. Stayed here, very satisfied with it, especially for the price. $100/night in tourist area for a clean room, comfy bed, decent breakfast, large flat screen tv, mini fridge, nice jacuzzi and pool area. Quiet and enjoyable.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

There were pros and cons for my second visit to this establishment.

The pros: free breakfast, very close to Busch Gardens/College/Yuengling Brewery, affordable, nice pool area with gazebo & hot tub.

The cons: requested a room with pool view & mini-fridge and got neither (hotel was "sold" out so I couldn't even be moved to a different room), rooms are a little dated, no restaurant in walking distance, very loud due to numerous college kids, thin walls.

All in all, I won't stay here for a third time. The hotel next door is a lot nicer (more expensive) but a better choice. If you want to lounge by the pool to get sun, do it early due to shadows.

A note for management -- build a ramp by the rear door! You have an elevator and luggage carts in the back but there is no ramp to allow you to bring the cart to your vehicle nor is the rear entrance handicap accessible.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

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Ok all in all this was a good LaQuinta. Clean, rooms smelled like they were cleaned. Its all a bit used but for the location to Busch Gardens you can't beat it I don't think.
The front staff was very friendly and helpful.
The breakfast, well I'm not a fan of cold only breakfast and hard boiled eggs so that is disappointing.
The eating area and staff are excellent and clean.
NOW my big complaint, the coffee machine is in the washroom. When will LaQuinta stop this practice. There is fecal matter all over that machine. This is a proven fact that anything in an area with a toilet will accumulate FECAL matter. Those machines and cups are disgusting and a serious hazard. If you use it or have used it there is a high chance you are drinking someone else's poop! FACT! If you have been sick within 24hrs of staying at a location like this after drinking coffee from that machine you know who is to blame.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Additional Information about La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

Address: 3701 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612-6489
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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 ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Tampa
#34 Family Hotel in Tampa
#40 Business Hotel in Tampa
Price Range: £74 - £128 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens) 2.5*
Number of rooms: 105
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
NEW! Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access Plug-and-Play feature makes it simple to connect electronics.The beautiful La Quinta Inn & Suites U.S.F. is newly renovated and located behind Busch Gardens, adjacent to the University of South Florida (host hotel for most USF Sundome functions). There is always plenty to do here: Hard Rock Nightclub at Seminole Casino, Nightlife in Ybor City, Museum of Science and Industry, Florida Aquarium, Adventure Island, Lowry Park Zoo, Florida State Fairgrounds. Don't forget professional sporting events (baseball, football, and hockey). Walk to a variety of great restaurants, or hit the malls (International, University, West Shore). Guests at the La Quinta Inn & Suites U.S.F. are treated with a Free Bright Side BreakfastTM each morning. Enjoy the heated pool and Jacuzzi and 24-hour fitness center. Rooms are spacious and come with free high-speed Internet access and more. We are in north Tampa between I-75 and I-275, just minutes from the area's renowned Hospitals (Veterans, Cancer Center, Shriner's). ... more   less 
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