Rate based on Check-in: Aug 7, 2014 Check-out: Aug 10, 2014

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

3 stars
2701 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.0
out of 5
212 reviews
great location

Great location for the busch gardens amusement park and the yuengling brewery. Shopping was good.... See full review

  • joeee
  • May 26, 2014
Awesome hotel

I stayed here in October 13 and when I was coming back to Tampa again for a class I chose to stay... See full review

  • Pixiemh1
  • May 3, 2014
Kid-themed suites and pirate ship water park near Busch Gardens
The Clarion near Busch Gardens is just minutes from Tampa’s theme park. The property sits close to the pools and water slides at Adventure Island and the famous roller coaster, SheiKra at Busch Gardens. Kids enjoy themed suites with bunk beds and the hotel provides free transportation to and from nearby theme parks. The hotel is also situated close to the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, Shriners Children Hospital and Veterans Hospital. Enjoy casual meals at TGI Fridays located next door.
Highlights
  • Free full hot breakfast
  • Themed kid suites with bunk beds
  • Pirate ship water park
Rooms

The hotel offers 406 guest rooms and a special Kidsuite (walk-in basis) with a partitioned area that houses a bunk bed, plus single bed and TV equipped with cable and HBO. Rooms with one king or two double beds include bathtub, in-room coffee maker and hairdryers by request. Free high-speed wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel.

Features

Dive into the free-form outdoor pool or watch the kids delight in the Pirate Ship water park. The property offers a free full hot buffet breakfast, including eggs, bacon, sausage, cereal, toast, coffee, tea and juice. Find on-site dining options including TGI Fridays restaurant. The hotel has laundry facilities onsite, a business center and offers free transportation to and from nearby theme parks and hospitals. 

Transportation
  • Free shuttle to and from Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and nearby hospitals
  • Tampa International Airport (20 minutes)
  • St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport (50 minutes)
Local Attractions
  • Busch Gardens
  • Adventure Island
  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Florida Aquarium
  • Historic Ybor City (night clubs, movies, shopping, dining)
  • University of South Florida
  • Raymond James Stadium
  • Lowry Park Zoo
  • Gulf Coast Beaches
  • Disney World and many other Orlando attractions (about an hour)
Business
  • Business center
  • Conference and banquet facilities
Policies & Fees
  • Pets are allowed (fees apply)

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • WiFi
  • Heated pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Elevators
Activities
Heated pool
Exercise gym
Disco
Picnic area/tables
Dining
Free breakfast
Coffee maker in room
Vending machines
Services
Business center
Guest laundromat
Multilingual
In-Room Safe
FAX
Internet
WiFi
Parking
Outdoor parking
Truck parking
Bus parking
Accessibility
Ramp access to buildings
Room
Television with cable
Radio
Telephone
Hairdryer in room
Microwave
Sofa bed
Iron

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Hotel Map

28.0544 -82.4294
Nearby airports
TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, (TPA), 15.00, MI, SW;
Area description
City Center, I-75 at Exit 265

Nearby points of interest

  • University of South Florida Botanical Gardens: 0.4 mi
  • Tampa Theatre: 1.1 mi
  • Busch Gardens: 1.3 mi
  • Adventure Island: 1.3 mi
  • Sun Dome: 1.4 mi
  • Museum of Science and Industry: 1.6 mi
  • Grand Prix Fun Center: 2.1 mi
  • Lettuce Lake Park: 3.4 mi
  • Tampa Lowry Park Zoo: 3.9 mi
  • Ybor City State Museum: 6.4 mi
  • Ybor City: 6.4 mi
  • Al Lopez Park: 6.6 mi
  • Steinbrenner Field: 7 mi
  • Morris Bridge Park: 7 mi
  • Raymond James Stadium: 7.1 mi
  • University of South Florida Botanical Gardens: 0.4 mi
  • Tampa Theatre: 1.1 mi
  • Busch Gardens: 1.3 mi
  • Adventure Island: 1.3 mi
  • Sun Dome: 1.4 mi
  • Museum of Science and Industry: 1.6 mi
  • Grand Prix Fun Center: 2.1 mi
  • Lettuce Lake Park: 3.4 mi
  • Tampa Lowry Park Zoo: 3.9 mi
  • Ybor City State Museum: 6.4 mi
  • Ybor City: 6.4 mi
  • Al Lopez Park: 6.6 mi
  • Steinbrenner Field: 7 mi
  • Morris Bridge Park: 7 mi
  • Raymond James Stadium: 7.1 mi
  • Tampa Union Station: 7.2 mi
  • The David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts: 7.4 mi
  • Glazer Children's Museum: 7.5 mi
  • Tampa Museum of Art: 7.5 mi
  • Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: 7.6 mi
  • Florida Aquarium: 7.7 mi
  • SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship: 7.7 mi
  • Tampa Port Authority: 7.7 mi
  • Henry B. Plant Museum: 7.8 mi
  • ST PETE TIMES FORUM: 7.8 mi
  • Tampa Bay Times Forum: 7.8 mi
  • Tampa Bay Historical Center: 7.9 mi
  • Tampa Convention Center: 8 mi
  • Hyde Park: 8.7 mi
  • The Upper Tampa Bay Trail: 9 mi
  • Tampa Bay Downs: 13.3 mi
  • Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center: 18.2 mi
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge: 28.7 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
04:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (212)

Ratings and reviews for Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Overall score

3 / 5
5.01.0
212 out of 212
Amenities:
3.4
Room cleanliness:
3.2
Hotel staff:
3.7
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3.8
Value:
3.4

64% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
britusa
floriad
Jul 25, 2014

Second Time Choice

Had stayed at another hotel the night before, they had a great deal also. Checked out, and decided to stay again, couldn't get in. I'd had the Clarion on my mind, but the rates were bit higher at the time. But, as i had to find a place, i booked again. The rooms again were clean,,bed comfortable, microwave and fridge always handy for both, nice pool, quiet, ok breakfast, at least you have a choice of hot or cold. Would stay again!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Alot of convience across the street, Grocery Store, restaurant, mall.

Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Tia Jackie
Tampa, Florida
Jun 24, 2014

Convenient and family friendly!

Location of the hotel is perfect! Plenty of options for eating, stores, and attractions. The kids had a great time!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Very convenient, short walk to TGIF for late night dining and supermarket, mall and CVS.

Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Ms P.
West Palm Beach
May 29, 2014

Memorial Weekend

My friend and I arrived late Saturday night and was given our room key and info from the front desk personnel. When we entered our room it seem to have been locked up for a while and was filthy, the carpet was dirty and it smell like mole was everywhere, We when back to the front desk and told them that we were very unhappy with that room and needed a different room, Also that we requested for a non-smoking room in the 1st place. I explained that we drove over 100 miles to get here and we needed a better room than that, so we were given a room on the other side upstairs and it was a lot better. The breakfast was good, but we got tried of the same thing everyday, and also due to the change in rooms we didn't get our breakfast vouchers back and got questioned from the café staff. They acted as if we were strangers coming off the street to eat their food. so we had to put them in check. I really like Tampa, and will be going back before the end of the year, but I don't believe I will be staying there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Great Location

Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
joeee
Brewster ny
May 26, 2014

great location

Great location for the busch gardens amusement park and the yuengling brewery. Shopping was good. Not too touristy and lots of food in the area. Very central and free breakfast. Very cost effective and laid out like a motel. Doors lead directly outdoors.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Busch gardens and yuengling brewery

Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Weekend Glori
W. Palm Beach, Florida
May 19, 2014

Nice Overnight Stay

The hotel was clean and comfortable. I was traveling with my husband and two sons. The front desk employee (I think his name was Jesse) was very nice. The only thing I didn't enjoy is the vouchers for eating the hot breakfast in the morning. We've never had to give a voucher (ticket) to eat before. The ticket is given and the staff serves the food to you. My son was still a little hungry and wanted seconds of the eggs but felt uncomfortable getting back in line thinking they will deny his second request. The food was good.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Pixiemh1
Business
Florida
May 3, 2014

Awesome hotel

I stayed here in October 13 and when I was coming back to Tampa again for a class I chose to stay here again. Everyone is nice and professional. Deborah at the front desk goes above and beyond! Despite the distance to the class I still chose to stay here. It is convenient to everything and there is more than enough restaurants close by. When we return to Tampa this is my first choice. The pools are great the large one is heated although my 6 year old preferred the pirate pool.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Ryks
Windsor, Ct
Mar 23, 2014

Hotel needs to start fixing condition of Rooms; Poor Housekeeping

Condition of Room was Poor, patch of black mold on ceiling above inside of door. Desk chair was broken and hard as rock. Housekeeping didn't clean until after 4PM. Didn't leave all towels. Breakfast was Tasteless. Nice Pool. Plenty of Restaurants in area.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Mandee Mom of 2
Tampa, Florida
Mar 20, 2014

One good thing

The pool was great! Unfortunately that was the only good thing. The room was gross, old, dirty, dingy and had 6 foot tall ceilings in the bathroom. It was the smallest hotel room I have ever been in.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
2
Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Gymnastic Family
Hollywood, FL
Mar 3, 2014

What a terrible hotel

The beds were old and warn. No support at all. Actually felt like sleeping in a hammock. Very old hotel and very poorly maintained. No way a 3 star. Maybe a 1 star at most. Not worth the money. Be ware of this hotel.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
1
Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Pipes
Chicago
Jan 27, 2014

near airport

Close enough to the airport for us. Key's didn't work right after they gave them to us. Seemed other people had the same issue. Room clean but outdated.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

TGI Fridays next door.

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