Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

3 stars
111 W Fortune St, Tampa, FL 33602
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.2
out of 5
92 reviews
Great Location

Needed a hotel that was close to Channel Side so I wouldn't have to drive on New Yrs Eve. Shuttle... See full review

  • Melisa F
  • Jan 4, 2013
Willingness to please!!

The spirit of every employee at this hotel was that of welcoming and gracious. They were willing... See full review

  • Shawn Hampton
  • Nov 15, 2013
Hotel offers free Wi-Fi and Lifestyle Fitness in Tampa’s cultural mecca

The Howard Johnson Plaza is an ideal place to stay for travelers making a cultural visit to the Tampa Bay area. The property sits adjacent to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center and the Tampa Museum of Art. The Tampa Convention Center, Tampa Bay Historic Center, St. Pete Times Forum and Port of Tampa are located a mile from the hotel. Guests enjoy free shuttle service from the hotel to cruise terminals, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access and use of the Lifestyle Fitness Center at no extra fee.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Free shuttle service from the hotel to Port of Tampa Cruise Terminals with advance notice
  • Free high-speed wireless Internet access in rooms and public areas
  • Complimentary use of Lifestyle Fitness Center
ROOMS

All rooms feature single-cup coffee maker, iron with ironing board, programmable alarm clock, hairdryer, individual climate control and satellite TV featuring HBO. Microwaves and refrigerators are available in some rooms.

FEATURES

The Howard Johnson Plaza is two miles from Channelside Bay Plaza, a premier dining and entertainment complex, plus Florida Aquarium and Ybor City. The property is home to Tampa's famous Waterworks Bar & Grill. Try the meatloaf and mash specialty. The property is within walking distance to many other national restaurant chains. Guests enjoy free shuttle service from the hotel to cruise terminals, complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access and use of the Lifestyle Fitness Center at no extra fee.

TRANSPORTATION
  • Tampa International Airport (TPA) (20 minutes)
  • Tampa airport shuttle (fees apply)
  • Free shuttle service for The Port of Tampa Cruise Terminals and Tampa General Hospital with advance notice
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
  • Busch Gardens
  • Adventure Island
  • Museum of Science & Industry
  • Florida Aquarium
  • Tampa Bay Performing Art Center
  • Tampa Convention Center
  • Channelside Bay Plaza
  • Historic Ybor City
BUSINESS
  • 6,800 square feet of banquet and meeting space
  • Main ballroom has a capacity to hold 350 people
  • Breakout rooms can hold meetings for 20-60 people
POLICES & FEES
  • Pets Welcome, $75.00 US one time charge

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

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
Air conditioned
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Free local telephone calls
Elevators
Ice machine
Activities
Outdoor pool
Fitness Center
Exercise gym
Dining
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Vending machines
Services
24 hour front desk
Business center
Guest laundromat
ATM/Cash machine
Wake-up service
In-Room Safe
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Porters
FAX
Conference facilities
Copy service
Overhead projector
Audio visual equipment
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Parking
Outdoor parking
RV or truck parking
Bus parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Accessible parking
Room
AM/FM alarm clock
Desk with lamp
Microwave
Over sized rooms
TV remote control
Cribs available
Ironing board

Hotel Map

27.9533 -82.4638
Area description
Business district

Nearby points of interest

  • The David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts: 0.1 mi
  • Tampa Museum of Art: 0.3 mi
  • Glazer Children's Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: 0.5 mi
  • Henry B. Plant Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Tampa Union Station: 0.8 mi
  • Tampa Convention Center: 1 mi
  • ST PETE TIMES FORUM: 1 mi
  • Tampa Bay Times Forum: 1 mi
  • Tampa Bay Historical Center: 1.1 mi
  • Tampa Port Authority: 1.2 mi
  • Florida Aquarium: 1.3 mi
  • SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship: 1.4 mi
  • Hyde Park: 1.4 mi
  • Ybor City State Museum: 1.6 mi
  • The David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts: 0.1 mi
  • Tampa Museum of Art: 0.3 mi
  • Glazer Children's Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Florida Museum of Photographic Arts: 0.5 mi
  • Henry B. Plant Museum: 0.5 mi
  • Tampa Union Station: 0.8 mi
  • Tampa Convention Center: 1 mi
  • ST PETE TIMES FORUM: 1 mi
  • Tampa Bay Times Forum: 1 mi
  • Tampa Bay Historical Center: 1.1 mi
  • Tampa Port Authority: 1.2 mi
  • Florida Aquarium: 1.3 mi
  • SS American Victory Mariners' Memorial and Museum Ship: 1.4 mi
  • Hyde Park: 1.4 mi
  • Ybor City State Museum: 1.6 mi
  • Ybor City: 1.8 mi
  • Raymond James Stadium: 2.9 mi
  • Steinbrenner Field: 3.2 mi
  • Al Lopez Park: 3.3 mi
  • Tampa Lowry Park Zoo: 4 mi
  • Busch Gardens: 6.3 mi
  • Adventure Island: 6.9 mi
  • University of South Florida Botanical Gardens: 7.6 mi
  • Museum of Science and Industry: 7.8 mi
  • Sun Dome: 8.1 mi
  • Tampa Theatre: 8.2 mi
  • Grand Prix Fun Center: 8.6 mi
  • The Upper Tampa Bay Trail: 9.3 mi
  • Lettuce Lake Park: 10.1 mi
  • Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center: 11.8 mi
  • Morris Bridge Park: 12.5 mi
  • Tampa Bay Downs: 13.1 mi
  • Sunshine Skyway Bridge: 21.8 mi

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 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 (92)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Overall score

3.2 / 5
92 out of 92
Amenities:
3.1
Room cleanliness:
3.5
Hotel staff:
3.9
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.7

74% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
Mtdvyr
SJ, PR
Feb 12, 2013

Easy access to UT

It is an average hotel with great accessibility to the University of Tampa.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
SpiderGhost
Business
Philadelphia
Jan 30, 2013

Just good enough for an overnight business stay

For the money and geographic convenience of my business trip, this hotel was serviceable. I would classify the rooms and overall appearance as run down. However, the front desk was very helpful and the shuttle service they have was basically like a free cab to go wherever you want downtown. Quick note: floors 2 through 9 are being used as dorms for U of Tampa students. They seemed well behaved, just makes for crowded lobby/elevators.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
DAD UNCLE DENNIS
Business
Orange Park, Florida
Jan 24, 2013

One night stay

Nice enough for a short stay @ the right price for the area. Over abundance of college students in pajamas partying and riding the elevators-leads me to believe that hotel and college have special deal for students going through training in the area. Restaurant was better than expected. Staff was very friendly.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

2
Tampa local
Tampa
Jan 8, 2013

Great downtown walking location

Definitely needs some attention in upkeep, and could offer a few more things but was certainly worth it's price.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

5
Melisa F
Lakeland, FL
Jan 4, 2013

Great Location

Needed a hotel that was close to Channel Side so I wouldn't have to drive on New Yrs Eve. Shuttle service ran till 2 am saved on cab fair.

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

To Channel Side

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
Devoted
tampa
Jan 2, 2013

Great location

The location of this hotel is great for restaurants and activities in the Tampa or Ybor areas. The rooms are not as good or as clean as some other hotels in the area and the staff is a little slow. Parking cost $8 and I do not remember seeing that when making the reservation for the room. The rooms are not sound proof and allow a lot of light in from the hallway. On the positive side, the showers have good water pressure and plenty of hot water.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

First watch is a great place for breakfast, short walk from the hotel.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
CapricornB
Quincy
Aug 14, 2012

Perfect Location

It was very comfortable and the staff was very helpful although I was not able to enjoy any good movies because of all the stupid shows unless I paid of course. They have a few hidden fees that I was not aware of until I checked in.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
KB from KC
Kansas City
Jul 23, 2012

Good location, great staff

We had a rather short stay, but the staff was incredibly helpful. Gave us tips on where to go, how to get there, were incredibly patient providing driving directions. I was very impressed with the consistent high level of customer service displayed by the front-desk staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

1
TSTBJacobs
New York New York
Apr 13, 2012

My birthday lodging............

After booking my reservation weeks in advance I arrived at the hotel to find that I had to pay parking...this is while I observe an individual getting off of his bicycle and chaining it to a palm tree I ask my self....self does this man live here or something this is not the corner store where you have to secure your bike outside so no one will steal it.............I would never book thru u again

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
2
Room comfort:
1
Location:
3
Value:
1
Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
Boston Hockey Fan
Boston, MA
Apr 9, 2012

Very Good Value

There are more luxurious properties available in the area, but this hotel is definitely a very good value. The staff could not be more friendly and helpful. The location to downtown and several local attractions is great, and if you need to get somewhere a little outside of the immediate area, the shuttle system that they have in place is terrific. Next time I am in Tampa, i will stay at this property.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
3
Value:
5
Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

Great dining, shopping and entertainment in the Ocean Park area, which is a short walk fron the property.

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