$103 Avg/night
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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
99 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
Convenient location with free shuttle

Good that they provide shuttle bus to convention centre where I attended conference, which saved a... See full review

  • C. Kwong
  • Apr 21, 2014
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 (99)

Ratings and reviews for Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Overall score

3.2 / 5
5.01.0
99 out of 99
Amenities:
3.1
Room cleanliness:
3.4
Hotel staff:
3.9
Room comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.1
Value:
3.7

74% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
cinnamon hot
san juan,puerto rico
Aug 2, 2014

Confy stay

Easy to arrive from airport . Check inn/ out : easy and fast . Girls from front desk, nice and polite . Shuttle services excellent for around areas and cruise port terminal. Restaurant. Limited menu Rooms in great conditions, clean without odors. Beds clean and confortable, i had a great sleep after hanguing in a cruise for a week

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Not Applicable

Take the shuttle

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
OttoF
Pa
Apr 7, 2014

Average

No handicapped accessaible room available. no offer to provide simple things to accommodate a handicapped need. HUGE waste of water from the shower and the john. Needed to change rooms as the tub did not empty, standing in 6 inches of water. Breakfast included in on the net site, but there was a charge and the offerigs were mediocore at best. no hot water option (tea), no hot chocolate as an option. But the staff were accomodating.

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

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Meg the Student Traveler
Business
Minnesota
Apr 14, 2014

Decent Hotel for a Short Stay

This hotel is nothing special, but it was the cheapest option I found within a reasonable distance of the convention center. It met my basic needs and the staff was helpful!

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

Business

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Bmurph
Chicago, Illinois
Apr 19, 2014

Average hotel stay

The value was great but the hotel could use some room renovations. The sink had a huge crack, carpet was unattached from the walls leaving big gap between floor and wall, and carpet was dirty beneath air conditioner unit. Otherwise location is convenient, there is free parking, and access to river walk/view is nice.

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

Datz restaurant near Howard street has fantastic food and drinks and even has a bakery next door!

Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Traveler on the run
New York, NY
Oct 11, 2009

Great location

This place is great for short stay. I was there just overnight for a concert and I think a lot of the people there for the same reason. The hotel is a short drive from the airport and all favorite tourist spots.

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

Close to all.

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

3
5.01.0
CBGH
Trinidad
Feb 23, 2012

As a parent of a UT student, perfect location and fairly good amenities. But not over the top

Staff is great and helpful but there are never enough of them. I always have to bring my own luggage up and down.

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

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.

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