Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

3 stars
View map of 2701 E. Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612

Hotel Overview

2.9/5

Overall score

62%

Would recommend

Amenities:
3.3
Cleanliness:
3.1
Hotel staff:
3.6
Comfort:
3
Location:
3.7
Value:
3.3
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

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 (176)

Ratings and reviews for Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Overall score

2.9 / 5
5.01.0
176 out of 176
Amenities:
3.3
Cleanliness:
3.1
Hotel staff:
3.6
Comfort:
3
Location:
3.7
Value:
3.3

62% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Gram and Gramps
Business
Leesburg, Florida
Jul 12, 2013

Good time

Good location, good breakfast, nice pool area, many restaurants in area

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Convenient for Busch Gardens

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
COCO CREEK
Business
Tampa FL
Jun 30, 2013

NEEDS UPGRADING

I was mainly using the hotel for convenience and read reviews on multiple sites. The reviews were accurate. The room had an odor and we had to buy febreeze to tolerate the smell. The toilet kept running and basically the rooms need updating. To be fair I did not complain but to others who book at this hotel please believe the reviews. p.s the breakfast is just ok

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

Business

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
mami01
Business
Day's Inn Tampa
Jun 13, 2013

WetWonders Goodtimes in Tampa

Although it rained every late afternoon of our short stay, it was well enjoyed by my self and my grand daughter. The staff was helpful and willing to keep you informed of the best deals in town.

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

Business

Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Good times are waiting to be seized.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Kellie mom to all
Business
Orlando
May 1, 2013

A place to sleep

I just needed a place to sleep for the night. The hotel itself looked nice but rooms need updated and mattress sunk in the middle. They do offer free breakfast but eggs are powder eggs. The staff was very friendly.

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

Business

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Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
mormontravelguy
Business
Melbourne, Florida
Apr 29, 2013

Good times

Pool was nice, kid pool was awesome - my 2 year old loved it! Breakfast was pretty good. Key cards kept on getting messed up (That happens everywhere). The only downside were the stairs to get to the second floor. Nasty, smelly, gross stairs. I would stay on the first floor if I had another chance. Really loved the kid pool. Overall it was pretty great.

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

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

We ordered pizza from a New York Pizza place. Free delivery and great pizza and cheesy garlic bread! Yummy.

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
Dave Fast Biz traveler
Business
San Antonio, Texas
Apr 8, 2013

The Pictures online are deceiving

The room was dirty, the maid staff did as little as possible to clean the room.The work out room had a treadmill that was broken, the entire belt was torn and laying on the floor (rather than removing it from the room or putting a sign on it, it just sits in the room broken. By the way the work out room smells like old, mildewing, stains on walls, pressure washing the walkways would be nice, the beds sag in to the point of feeling the box spring underneath, breakfast was a mad house with one server each morning trying to help everyone at one time, hair and dust and trash in the corners of the room, behind bed, furniture is worn out, tv screen was dark, alarm clock was broken, no hot tub by the pool even though it says pool and spa, the maid left me a note telling me that she cannot touch personal items so she did not make the bed which ONLY had a few items of clothing at the foot of the bed(could have easily made the bed with the 3 items of clothing on the bed. , I would have walked away from my pre paid hotel fees and paid again to stay at a another hotel, but since it was just me and my business associate we stayed since there is no way to get a refund when you pre-pay you are just a hostage to your hotel once you arrive.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
W. Stuenkel
Business
Clarkston, MI
Apr 3, 2013

Needs maintenance

Not good. Trash cans near pool and in stairwell were overflowing. Shower surround was cracked. Disgusting stains on carpet. New granite counter surfaces were nice. Sheets were clean.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ed the busy traveler
Business
Los Angeles, California
Mar 22, 2013

Comfortable Hotel

Good place for families and business traveler. They have a very nice pool area. I forgot my medications and the hotel staff did all they could to unite me with my medications and I really appreciated their efforts. The front staff is helpful and friendly, I arrived at 1 am and within minutes I was in my room.

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

Business

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
SadieGrace
Business
Rhode island
Mar 20, 2013

Just ok

The hotel needs a little updating. There were some raccoons in the stairwell. Not sure if this is usual. Food was not very good. Staff was nice. Convenient to local attractions and the price was good.

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

Business

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Review of Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

Reviewer score

1
5.01.0
ANGIE disapointed
Business
punta gorda florida
Mar 10, 2013

NEVER AGAIN

This hotel experience was one of the worst we have ever had. Not only was there a police chase with K-9s in the parking lot at 2:30am. But we were awaken at 8am by the maids having a knock down drag out fight over equiptment. Threats of killing each other and weapons on there person. I call the front desk to inform them and they were NOT surprised and acted as if this happens often but would sens someone ro stop the fight. We had all intentions of staying and letting our children swim ans play, but instead we packes our things and left immediatly! !! STAY AWAY FROM THIS HOTEL

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

Business

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