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Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

3 stars
111 W Fortune St, Tampa, FL 33602
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.2
out of 5
147 reviews
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
Great place to visit with UT grandson

Hotel and location were great. I give you a High 5!. One suggestion - I was aware of the Hotel... See full review

  • Dom's GG
  • Oct 18, 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

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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 (147)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Overall score

3.2 / 5
5.01.0
147 out of 147
Amenities:
3.1
Room cleanliness:
3.5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.7
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.7

75% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Starke
May 4, 2011

Friends wedding trip

Tampa reminded us of Honolulu, the weather was pretty much alike and the atmosphere of the town was similar. The elevators in the hotel were very slow and at first only one worked. Breakfast was $10.00 for a buffet similar to what Best Western provides for free.

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
buffalo, ny
Apr 13, 2011

nice staff, sporadic van service

The location was convenient, the price good, the staff nice, but the van service was sporadic. The pool access was difficult for handicap people. The room was clean, view was nice.

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
buffalo, ny
Apr 13, 2011

nice staff, sporadic van service

The location was convenient, the price good, the staff nice, but the van service was sporadic. The pool access was difficult for handicap people. The room was clean, view was nice.

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

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
ludowici kid
Boston Mass
Mar 29, 2011

underimpressed

The check-in staff was friendly. The hallway was dark. The room smelled stale. The door key only worked after several tries. The toilet kept running for several minutes. Or room was not made up-we left the room at 10 am and came back at 10pm to unmade beds, etc.

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

Many "thrift stores" to pick out something you forgot to bring.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
ludowici kid
Boston Mass
Mar 29, 2011

underimpressed

The check-in staff was friendly. The hallway was dark. The room smelled stale. The door key only worked after several tries. The toilet kept running for several minutes. Or room was not made up-we left the room at 10 am and came back at 10pm to unmade beds, etc.

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

Many "thrift stores" to pick out something you forgot to bring.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Chapperral
New Port Richey Florida
Feb 1, 2011

Not a bad place for the weekend

The hotel though old was not bad. The rooms had been renovated since my last visit.[...]

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Hartford, CT
Jan 14, 2011

HoJo's - Downtown Tampa

While waiting out the time between arrival in Tampa and departure on our cruise, my friends and I stayed overnight at the Downtown Tampa Howard Johnson. This hotel had the perfect location along the developing Riverwalk. We were able to see a great deal of Tampa attractions by walking this path, including the Florida Aquarium. As far as amenities and accommodations go, the room was pretty standard with two double beds, small sitting area, and tv. The bathroom needed some work with its tub draining and toilet flushing. However, these issues were overshadowed by the fact that HoJo's offered many complimentary services. Not only were we able to store our luggage both before check-in and after check-out, they also had internet-connected computers for guest use in the lobby and a free shuttle.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: In Hotel

The free shuttle was our basic transportation around the city. It transports guests within a 2-3 mile range, therefore we used it for rides to Ybor City and the Port Authority at Channelside. This service provided a money and time-saving alternative to using taxis. All you need to do is let the front desk know where you are going and tip the driver at the end. One downside was that the shuttle does not transport guests to the airport.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Hartford, CT
Jan 14, 2011

HoJo's - Downtown Tampa

While waiting out the time between arrival in Tampa and departure on our cruise, my friends and I stayed overnight at the Downtown Tampa Howard Johnson. This hotel had the perfect location along the developing Riverwalk. We were able to see a great deal of Tampa attractions by walking this path, including the Florida Aquarium. As far as amenities and accommodations go, the room was pretty standard with two double beds, small sitting area, and tv. The bathroom needed some work with its tub draining and toilet flushing. However, these issues were overshadowed by the fact that HoJo's offered many complimentary services. Not only were we able to store our luggage both before check-in and after check-out, they also had internet-connected computers for guest use in the lobby and a free shuttle.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Money-saving tip: In Hotel

The free shuttle was our basic transportation around the city. It transports guests within a 2-3 mile range, therefore we used it for rides to Ybor City and the Port Authority at Channelside. This service provided a money and time-saving alternative to using taxis. All you need to do is let the front desk know where you are going and tip the driver at the end. One downside was that the shuttle does not transport guests to the airport.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
TRAVELLER TO GO
DOWNTOWN TAMPA, FL
Jan 13, 2011

TRAVELLER TO GO

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. IM USUALLY NOT EXTREMELY PICKY BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THE "NOT HAVES" OF YOUR OWN BED. BUT THIS HOTEL COULD STAND SOME RENOVATION. NOT ONLY THAT, I'M NOT A SMOKE AND WAS PLACED IN A "SMOKING" ROOM AND WAS APOLOGIZED TO FOR THE INCONVIENCE. LIKE I SAID, IM NOT PICKY BUT HOW DOES AN APOLOGY SOOTH MY SINUSES? I WAS EXTREMELY OFFENDED BY THE PLACEMENT. I WOULDN'T PLACE THIS AS THE LAST PLACE I WOULD STAY, BUT IT WOULDN'T BE ON MY TOP 5.....

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

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
TRAVELLER TO GO
DOWNTOWN TAMPA, FL
Jan 13, 2011

TRAVELLER TO GO

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR. IM USUALLY NOT EXTREMELY PICKY BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND THE "NOT HAVES" OF YOUR OWN BED. BUT THIS HOTEL COULD STAND SOME RENOVATION. NOT ONLY THAT, I'M NOT A SMOKE AND WAS PLACED IN A "SMOKING" ROOM AND WAS APOLOGIZED TO FOR THE INCONVIENCE. LIKE I SAID, IM NOT PICKY BUT HOW DOES AN APOLOGY SOOTH MY SINUSES? I WAS EXTREMELY OFFENDED BY THE PLACEMENT. I WOULDN'T PLACE THIS AS THE LAST PLACE I WOULD STAY, BUT IT WOULDN'T BE ON MY TOP 5.....

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