Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

2 stars
View map of 720 E Fowler Ave/I-275, Tampa, FL 33612

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
2.0
out of 5
58 reviews
unbeatable location for the price

The service was good, and the housekeeping personnel nice, also the frontdesk, too. See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Jul 21, 2010
Florida Traveler

Great location and low cost. Quiet and great beds. The first room we had on a sat night and there... See full review

  • Anonymous
  • Jun 30, 2010
Find adventures for the whole family near this Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens hotel conveniently located off Interstate 275. Thrilling roller coasters and live entertainment at Busch Gardens Tampa, exotic animals at Lowry Zoo, and interactive exhibits at MOSI Museum of Science all less than four miles away. For a day of water skiing and snorkeling, visit Clearwater Beach less than an hour away. Many restaurants and eateries are nearby. Start your morning with a complimentary Rise and Dine continental breakfast, and then plan the adventures of your day with the complimentary wireless Internet access. Enjoy the convenience of on-site guest laundry, and complimentary large-vehicle parking. After an exciting day, take a dip in the outdoor pool, and relax in your comfortable guest room with refrigerator, microwave and complimentary newspaper. Smoke-free and handicapped-accessible rooms are also available. There is no charge for children 17 and under with an adult.

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Free local telephone calls
Ice machine
Activities
Outdoor pool
Services
Security
Wake-up service
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Free parking
Bus parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Accessible parking
Room
Safe
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Free newspaper
Microwave
Over sized rooms
TV remote control
Cribs available
Ironing board

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Hotel Map

28.0553 -82.4525
Area description
Business district

Nearby points of interest

  • Grand Prix Fun Center: 1.5 mi
  • University of South Florida Botanical Gardens: 1.7 mi
  • Busch Gardens: 2.3 mi
  • Tampa Theatre: 2.4 mi
  • Adventure Island: 2.6 mi
  • Sun Dome: 2.8 mi
  • Museum of Science and Industry: 3 mi
  • Tampa Lowry Park Zoo: 3.2 mi
  • Lettuce Lake Park: 4.7 mi
  • Al Lopez Park: 5.8 mi
  • Steinbrenner Field: 6.1 mi
  • Raymond James Stadium: 6.3 mi
  • Ybor City State Museum: 6.5 mi
  • Ybor City: 6.6 mi
  • Tampa Union Station: 7.1 mi
  • Grand Prix Fun Center: 1.5 mi
  • University of South Florida Botanical Gardens: 1.7 mi
  • Busch Gardens: 2.3 mi
  • Tampa Theatre: 2.4 mi
  • Adventure Island: 2.6 mi
  • Sun Dome: 2.8 mi
  • Museum of Science and Industry: 3 mi
  • Tampa Lowry Park Zoo: 3.2 mi
  • Lettuce Lake Park: 4.7 mi
  • Al Lopez Park: 5.8 mi
  • Steinbrenner Field: 6.1 mi
  • Raymond James Stadium: 6.3 mi
  • Ybor City State Museum: 6.5 mi
  • Ybor City: 6.6 mi
  • Tampa Union Station: 7.1 mi
  • The David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts: 7.2 mi
  • Glazer Children's Museum: 7.3 mi
  • Tampa Museum of Art: 7.3 mi
  • Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: 7.5 mi
  • Henry B. Plant Museum: 7.6 mi
  • The Upper Tampa Bay Trail: 7.6 mi
  • Florida Aquarium: 7.7 mi
  • Tampa Port Authority: 7.7 mi
  • SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship: 7.7 mi
  • ST PETE TIMES FORUM: 7.8 mi
  • Tampa Bay Times Forum: 7.8 mi
  • Tampa Bay Historical Center: 7.8 mi
  • Tampa Convention Center: 7.9 mi
  • Morris Bridge Park: 8.3 mi
  • Hyde Park: 8.5 mi
  • Tampa Bay Downs: 11.9 mi
  • Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center: 18.5 mi
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge: 28.1 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
02:00 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. All information has been provided by this hotel and not by CheapTickets

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

Overall score

2 / 5
5.01.0
58 out of 58
Amenities:
2.2
Cleanliness:
2.4
Hotel staff:
3.1
Comfort:
2.5
Location:
3
Value:
2.7

41% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Wendy S.
Business
N/A
Feb 12, 2015

Awful

The room was disgusting, cigarette burns in the blankets and sheets even though I was in a non smoking room. Dog food behind the fridge, Huge black stains all over the carpet, things in the bathroom were falling apart. I watched several drug transactions take place in the parking lot, the area was very run down. Did not feel safe!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Terence Ng
Business
Puerto Rico
Nov 19, 2014

I will go there again!

Need more clean ! The breadfast is not good! But the other thing is good!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Not a Happy place
Business
Naples is better
Sep 2, 2014

not good beware

to much roaches, room is dirty ans smoke all over.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
1
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Not a Happy place
Business
Naples
Sep 2, 2014

Breakfast What? Did I say breakfast? if breakfast is just coffee and some high calorie muffins then

When I first checked into my room there was hair from the down part of the body all over the bath tub it was disgusting, The second room looked much better just to find out at night time there where little cockroaches. Still the truth is that we wanted to leave, but we had a hard time finding a hotel (Labor Day weekend) so we decided to give it a try. We went on an emergency trip to check our rental home which was trash and did not find anything else cheaper, therefore we were there only to sleep and clean our rental property. The smell of cigarettes was hideous. They gave us a non-smoking but it still smelled. Let me tell you a little bit about the room.....The carpet had stains everywhere. The bathroom had black mold in the edges of the bathtub on the floor. The bathtub was filthy, as were the bathroom floors, toilet and sink if you are staying here pleased take you own towel. The A/C unit was also dirty. The price for this hotel is cheap, but not worth the disturbing feeling this place gives off. You get what you pay for.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Concern Citizen
Business
New York
Jun 5, 2014

Roach motel

it's very important to seriously consider the rating given to avoid surprise. I shouldn't expect any improvement because the truth may be hidden because it was worse.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
2
Comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
2
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
busch gardens fan too
Business
fort myers
May 2, 2014

good value for the price

room was clean. bed was comfortable. room had cosmetic damage that could easily be addressed. will be staying here every time we come to tampa.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Eddie the Avengers
Business
Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
Apr 4, 2014

Borderline average

The location was the best part, it was close to various places of interest. The room accomadations were about average, but the cleanliness was very poor. The towels were yellowish and stiff, the floors and furniture were poorly cleaned and there were bugs (mostly in the bathroom area). The continental breakfast was poor and they always ran out of one thing or another, with just one very slow 2 slice toaster for everyone to use.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
bumbel bee
Business
San Juan PR
Nov 4, 2013

cheap motel

Awfull its a Cheap Motel gave me allergies bad beds dirty full of coaches

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
slith
Business
haines city fl
Sep 25, 2013

would not stay if you payed me

arrived on fri when i got back to the hotel hallway was filled with marijuana smoke complained to frount desk about that and that my ac was not working was told to just put a towel at the bottom of my door. was told when i called front desk that they could not get there maintenance and moved me one door down. laundery room was closedand pool was only open till 8 pm. do not stay here

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
1
Value:
1
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Diegoskywalker
Business
Quito, Ecuador
Sep 17, 2013

exaclty what they offer

the hotel is well located, price is fair, near Busch gardens, we used for just one night so it was fine.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

Near Busch Gardens

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