$95 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Aug 4, 2014 Check-out: Aug 7, 2014

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

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
38 out of 147
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3.8
Location:
4.2
Value:
3.7

82% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
ManC
Boston, MA
Apr 3, 2014

Nothing Special

The bathroom had a few hairs on the counter top and in the sink that my wife noticed and we didn't get towels after room service came after our second night. Still not a bad value and the location was very good.

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

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Northern Folk
Minneapolis, MN
May 28, 2013

Great location, needs a little updating.

The staff & location of the hotel were awesome. However, our room on the 10th floor had ZERO water pressure. You had to flush at least 3 times and showering was pretty much useless. We ended up using the shower at a different hotel where family was staying. No breakfast or coffee provided, which isn't that big of a deal since there's plenty of places within walking distance. But a few coffee pots in the front lobby would be a nice touch. Otherwise, we had no issues with the hotel. Super easy to find and it's right off of 275, making traveling around really convenient. We would more than likely stay there again since the price was right, but I'd have to ask to see the bathroom before checking in.

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

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Durraine
Yreka, California
May 19, 2013

The staff.

The Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel staff went out of their way to help us. We appreciate the interest and kindness shown us. We were provided with kind and efficient shuttle service to and from the medical facility, with offers to take us whereever we wanted to go. We also appreciated the kind and efficient help we received from Marcus Rowe shuttle service to the airport.

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

Again, very kind staff. Helpful and quick.

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

2
5.01.0
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

3
5.01.0
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
5.01.0
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.

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
AAABBA
Colorado, USA
Mar 3, 2012

average, in a good way.

Don't go expecting that this hotel will be anything better than a 3 star hotel. You won't be impressed by hardly anything but you won't leave feeling disappointed. It serves it's purpose of being a room that you can sleep in, and leave your belongings during the day while you're out exploring a new city. One thing I was not made aware of prior to my trip is that parking is $8 a night, so plan that extra money in to your budget. As far as a decent priced hotel goes in downtown Tampa it was a great location and generally in walking distance of all the attractions I wanted to see. Also just over 10 minutes from the Tampa International Airport.

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

Hey Cafe was a great 3 minute drive to get coffee or breakfast!

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
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
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