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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
97 reviews
Confy stay

Easy to arrive from airport . Check inn/ out : easy and fast . Girls from front desk, nice and... See full review

  • cinnamon hot
  • Aug 2, 2014
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.

Hotel Map

27.9533 -82.4638
Area description
Business district

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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

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 (97)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Overall score

3.2 / 5
5.01.0
97 out of 97
Amenities:
3.1
Room cleanliness:
3.5
Hotel staff:
3.9
Room comfort:
3.6
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

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Greenwood, Indiana
Jun 27, 2010

Great hotel

This is a great hotel for the price. Conveniently located just off the Interstate in downtown Tampa.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Jersey city, New Jersey
Nov 9, 2009

time in Tampa

The hotel was clean, clean, clean. A+ to the management a place where you can take your kids and have fun!!!!!

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Barnstead, *
Oct 30, 2008

Perfect for Time stayed

Room was perfect for a single person as myself, many different options on where to work on my computer, bathroom was adiquite.

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
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

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Riverview, FL
Dec 7, 2009

Very good visit.

We got there and the staff was very friendly. The rooms were very clean, and the mattress was very comfortable. Would recommend this hotel to anyone. Very pleasant stay!

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 17, 2008

Best Bed and Super Shuttle Service

We only arrived at the HoJo at 1am, and our check-in went very smoothly. The lobby was large and clean. We had a king-sized bed and a nice city view from our window. The bed was the most comfortable ever, with down pillows and comforter. I only had one small problem. It looked like the bathroom had been recently given a face lift, which was great. But there was plaster spattered on some of the fixtures, and paint blotches and missed spots. If I hadn't turned on the light, I may not even have noticed. I only mentioned it because it did detract a little from the overall feel of the room. The next morning the staff was very helpful with their recommendations for things to do. The hotel does offer a breakfast buffet, which smelled lovely, but we had other plans. We took their free shuttle, although cheap public transportation was nearby. It seemed to be a very central location. Ybor City and the Port were both within ten minutes, and the HoJo is right next to the Performing Arts Center.Oh, and they also had computers in the lobby that were quite nice and free to use. And they happily stored our luggage after we checked out until we got a ride to the Port.

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

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
black barbie
Baltimore, MD
Aug 29, 2010

Welcome Home

The reason for our visit was to get our daughter settled in as a freshman at Univ of Tampa. The hotel was very busy with the influx of so many new students; the service was exceptional. Without exception, all staff members were accommodating and pleasant.

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
lovingFL
Business
San Jose, CA
Apr 2, 2012

Perfect for a Conference!

This hotel is just close enough to the convention center that you can easliy walk and enjoy the beautiful weather outside. The amenities of having a refridgerator and microwave made it nice to actually buy food and have snacks during the evening. The staff was friendly and I felt safe the entire time.

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

Business

Entertainment tip: Long walk from hotel

Ybor - entertainment and dining

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
The traveling Kiwi
NZ
May 4, 2013

Good place to stay.

Booking this hotel through a fare combined offer was not a wise move.After flight delays we arrived late at night too tired to take much notice of our allocated room which was stale and musty smelling. The following morning on complaining to front desk the Howard Johnston staff with out any hesitation issued a new upgraded room for us for the rest of our stay. We have nothing but praise for the professionalism of these Howard Johnston staff. We would recommend this hotel for your stay. M M-C New Zealand

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
fergher
yucatan, mexico
Aug 23, 2009

Great Personal Service

The people working there, were extremely kind, they dont work as robots... It was very pleasent to; as foreigner, find people so helpful. Sure ill stay again there!

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