$103 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Sep 23, 2014 Check-out: Sep 26, 2014

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

3
5.01.0
PoiseNivy
Holiday, FL
Jun 6, 2011

Good price for the location

It is a nice hotel, staff was very friendly and accomidating. I saw a play at the Straz across the street and walked along the river after. I had a wonderful evening and felt safe. I wish the room had a fridge, but overall it was a good experience.

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

It's a short walk to enjoy a play at the Straz Performing Arts Center. The hotel has a restaurant inside for added convience.

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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!

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Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
TravelerSolo
Business
Pennsylvania
Aug 14, 2014

Solid and satisfactory

It turned out to be a bit far from the convention center, but the free shuttle was very accommodating. They eve took me one morning 15 minutes before the shuttle service was scheduled to start. TV was "snowy", but to be fair, I never called and asked them to fix it. Basic, functional rooms, which is all I need when traveling on business. I didn't try any of the hotel amenities.

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

Business

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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
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Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Anonymous
Florida
Apr 19, 2010

Good enough for me

Shuttle service was a plus for the concert, but had to wait in rain for them.

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

St. Pete Times Forum

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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
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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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Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Flint, MI
Jun 12, 2008

Falling Apart

The local area is fair at best with minimal parking lot lighting. The lobby looks great, but the rooms and hallways are that of a very unkept property. The room had iron burns in the dirty and old carpet, the bathroom door was actually falling off the hinges, the top three screws were missing, and it smells very bad. The vending area had broken glass as somebody in the past had smashed their way thur and it now the empty machine just sits there. The walls are paper thin you can hear the next room clear as day, and don't ask for a wakeup call, you won't get it.I would stay away from this hotel at all costs, pay a few bucks more you will be glad you did.

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

St.Petes Times Forum

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Review of Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa-Downtown

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Miss Ponce
San Juan, PR
Jun 1, 2009

BETTER ROOM

The hotel needs more attenions in the room. I didn´t have bulbs lights in the room. The bathroom need more attention. Thanks

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

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Krazee Kate
Long Island, New York
Aug 26, 2013

An experience

My experience at this hotel was not the greatest. It seems to me that a lot of updates are needed at this hotel. I also was unaware that this hotel was actually a college dorm. We had a veery long wait just to use the elevator one morning because all of the students were moving in with their luggage. I was not thrilled at all with this hotel.

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