Rate based on Check-in: Apr 17, 2014 Check-out: Apr 18, 2014

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

3 stars
2701 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.9
out of 5
139 reviews
Tampa on a Shoestring

Our room was clean, staff were friendly and the location was great. The king-size bed was quite... See full review

  • Dos Gorros
  • Jan 12, 2013
Convenient!

I was not looking for anything fancy for a one night stay. But this place beat my expectations. In... See full review

  • Holiday Special
  • Dec 27, 2012
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 (139)

Ratings and reviews for Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Overall score

2.9 / 5
139 out of 139
Amenities:
3.2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3.6
Room comfort:
2.9
Location:
3.7
Value:
3.2

59% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

1
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
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
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
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.

Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

1
Jets S.
GA
Jan 23, 2014

Not recommended

No hot water and broken shower nozzle. No wi-fi due to weak signal.

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

Reviewer score

2
Stampmachine
Baltimore
Jan 22, 2014

You Can do Better for the Money

The only thing this place has going for it is the two heated outdoor pools, One for Adults and a Kiddy pool. The room they gave me was filthy. The carpets were so dirty I was afraid to take my socks off. When they have poor bookings during the week; they cater to street walkers.. There was no bedspread or comforter on the bed. They give you a continental Breakfast every morning, not bad but then all these low income people show up every morning with their children to eat; so there is some type of social program being run from the place also.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
1
Location:
2
Value:
2
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Go to Johns Pass on Treasure Island, visit the board walk and the shops..

Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

2
very very very unhappy
Business
tampa, fl
Nov 22, 2013

late check-out

i needed later than 12 check out....no compromise......was staying there for med reasons and was waiting on results from hospital....as a choice member, i thought that was part of my bens...they said because of housekeeping, 12 was the latest!!!!!!!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

3
Klutchies
Florida
Oct 3, 2013

A hotel well fit right next to Busch Gardens!

I've stayed at many hotels, and compared to all the other hotels, this would be an average.The only complaints I have are that the room was too dull & I think they can improve the appearance of it, it didn't really look like the pictures they show you on the website & second is, as I was sleeping the alarm in all of the hotel went off really loud for about 15 minutes. On the contrary it is a great location from Busch Gardens its about 5 minutes, as well as having a diverse selections of restaurants right around the corner! The front desk staffs were very friendly & pleasant to speak to. I just wish that appearance wise, that they would improve it much more, that would make it feel more comfy to sleep there.

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

Reviewer score

2
Dancer12
Business
Orlando, FL
Sep 30, 2013

You get what you pay for

Considering I only needed to rest my head for one night, the hotel was fine. It's quite a bit older looking than what you see in the pictures. The free continental 'breakfast' was horrible. Completely inedible. Thank goodness there were several restaurants and fast foods nearby.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

4
SamiRosi
Sunny Isles, Florida
Aug 26, 2013

Bit of confusion at first.

When we first arrived the hotel appeared quite nice and the staff was very amiable. However when we arrived at our room it appeared they had mistakenly given us the keys to a room that had yet to be cleaned (it was after 5 pm so I'm not sure what happened) but when we called them to complain they quickly rectified the situation and gave us a room by the pool. This room was great! No complaints what so ever. The breakfast was also better than most hotels.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
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