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Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

2 stars
720 E Fowler Ave/I-275, Tampa, FL 33612
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
2.0
out of 5
49 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
  • 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
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.

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Guest Reviews (49)

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

Overall score

2 / 5
5.01.0
49 out of 49
Amenities:
2.3
Room cleanliness:
2.4
Hotel staff:
3.1
Room comfort:
2.5
Location:
3
Value:
2.7

39% 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
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
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room 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
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
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
2
Room 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
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room 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
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room 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
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
1
Room 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
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room 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
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short drive from hotel

Near Busch Gardens

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

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Aerican League Fans
Business
Rochester, NY
Mar 7, 2013

Too Bad to Recommend

Everything at this location was dirty, carpets, walls, doors, windows, etc. The continental breakfast was a joke with few choices and the staff ran out of items such as butter. The room had a broken sink and the shower barely gave a lkewarm stream. Housekeeping failed to clean room and replace linens and towels. All doors were open-the only secured door was the room door. Not a good choice..

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

Business

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

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
DrewBe
Business
Wash Dc
Feb 5, 2013

Room smelled like pot.

When i got there the room smelled like marijuana. The non smoking rooms where booked so i understood that there may be a faint smell of cigarette but that was not the case. When i complained to the front desk the offer to move me to another smoking room but i would have to pay extra since it had a larger bed. She told me if i was unsatisfied that the 7-11 across the street sold air freshener. The hotel had a lot of women that dressed like hookers that where meeting different men outside my room window at all hours of the night who also cleared out the free cereal breakfast in the morning. The only good this i really have to say is that the pool was clean and the location was close to a lot of different venues.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Go to steak and shake if you aren't from the area. It was fun.

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

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
LoveFamily
Business
Minnesota
Jul 27, 2012

Cockroach's

Hotel was surrounded by barbed wire, toilet did not flush, cockroaches all over bathroom at night, staff came to room and poured poison on my floor to help with cockroachs, we have a 4yr old. Ice machines did not work the entire time we were there. Not all the TV channels were working, like they claimed to have. Pool was the only good time about the hotel. Location is terrible, surrounded by hookers and pimps, lots of fighting outside in the night.

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

Business

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